I finally got into my Japan loot and started using a couple of products. Today’s review is on the Shiseido Water in Lip hydrating lipbalm.
I remember it was the first day I landed in Tokyo. I was roaming along the streets of Shinjuku and was painfully aware that my lips were chapped. I don’t usually have this problem back home, but the air was a cool 19 degrees and somehow, my lips dried up. Well, beyond dry. My lips cracked and it hurt.
I scooted off to the nearest Family Mart I could find, and was faced with a rack of lip balms. Pretty much you name it, they have it.
Buying this was a game of eenie meenie miney mo. I went with something that promised hydration and had no colour.
Price: about 399 JPY (varies from store to store)
Packaging: Carded vacuum sealed, the packaging will explain the benefits of the product. The balm is in the standard twist up tube.
The photo above are the backups I got, since we don’t have it here (for the two on the left). If I may, from the first on left is the ice mint variant, sakura (water in lip), coral colored from mentholatum, pink colored from mentholatum.
Scent: Mild minty scent
It was a blind purchase, a grab and go experience but it didn’t disappoint. The lipbalm was a lifesaver. It hydrated my lips, so I wasn’t consciously licking them. Licking actually makes your lips more dry. The cooling sensation lasted for a while, and my lips didn’t hurt as much as without using it. Basically, I loved it so much I was using this throughout my trip. To heck with lipsticks.
Here’s a swatch. Depending on what you get, mine was colorless. However you can see a slight shine on the area applied.
My rating: 5/5 (purse must-have, but only available in Japan)
I love this lip balm, it’s affordable and does a great job at soothing chapped lips. The product applies really smoothly, and I can relate to the “water in lip” concept. If I were to visit Japan in future, this is definitely in my to-buy list.
What’s your favourite lip balm? I love the minty ones!