A look at the product and active ingredients!
I’d tried the original Sugar years ago and I didn’t like it that much. I’d tried the Rose when it came out and it didn’t even show up on my lips. It felt nice but I wanted some color. Fast forward a few years and they have a whole range of colors and what feels like a more moisturizing formula. I was actually interested in the Bite BB and went to Sephora to purchase it. The SA told me the Fresh balms were better and had more pigment. I gave the Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment a try and it was hard not to buy a tube right then and there. I ended coming back for it a few weeks later when my iron will finally rusted! The company makes a lot of lofty claims about the Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment:
What it is:
A hydrating treatment that nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips.
What it is formulated to do:
Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. It provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This lip-loving essential has a bright, citrus scent and is free of petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin.
In an independent consumer testing panel on 22 subjects, after 4 weeks of twice-daily application of Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15:
– Keep lips moisturized for up to 6 hours after initial application
– 97% said it produced softer, soothed lips
– 94% said it improved the appearance of dry, chapped lips and noticed more hydrated, healthier-looking lips
– 90% said it retexturized the lips
– 87% said it prevents dryness
Wearing two layers of Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment
Did it really live up to the claims? Yes with one exception. I don’t feel it’s “plumping” at all. Since it does a great job of smoothing out lines from dehydration in the lips your lips may look volumized. You will not gain volume back without injections. Certain ingredients will temporary plump but this formula doesn’t have those ingredients. The Berry shade is the color of my lips pretty much exactly. One light swipe and it looks just like I used a balm. You can build it up a few layers for very full impact color. I haven’t noticed any feathering and it does stain ever so lightly. I find the moisture lasts long after the color and the “slip” have faded. My favorite way to wear it has been over lip stains! Once the lip stain is dry just put a thin layer of the coordinating color balm on top. The Berry shade works well with darker colors, reds, and fuchsias.
Comparing it to other formulas, it certainly comes out on top. The moisture is longer lasting then any of my Burt’s Bees or Revlon balms. It’s not quite as good as La Mer or By Terry in terms of moisture and lip repair but it’s close. In terms of moisture, I’d compare it to Dr.Haushka and Nuxe but it seemed to repair chapped lips better then both formulas. Since it’s doing this while adding color it seems to be the best daytime answer for problem lips. Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment is not cheap at $22.50. It’s not as expensive as some I’ve tried but it’s certainly a luxury product. For me, one tube will last months because I only use it three or four times a week. I think it’s worth the price for anyone who has lip chapping problems but needs color too. Overall, I give this product an A-. The only claim it doesn’t live up to is plumping and it can melt easily in a hot car due to the emollient formula. If it plumped or was a bit heartier, I’d give it an A+!
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