Splendid Thing: Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm


Look, I didn't think it would happen either. I didn't think anything would replace my beloved Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring, which I have written about here and here, and which I fully believe looks fabulous on anyone. But then one day I picked up this new lip balm at Target—it's by Neutrogena and it has the staggeringly creative name of "revitalizing lip balm," which I can only assume means the Neutrogena copywriters all had raging hangovers that day and just murmured "eh, call it whatever you want" from behind their dark shades and half-full bottles of Gatorade—and what do you know, it came pretty darn close.

What, you thought I was going to say it was better than the Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring? It's not. Nothing will ever be better than Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring, at least not for getting that perfect, berry-ish, maybe-they're-chapped shade that I've been trying to achieve my entire life. But this new Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm has a few things going for it: for one, a single tube of it lasts a lot longer than the Cover Girl, and for another thing, the packaging is way less cheesy. It's slightly lighter and more "balm-ish" than the Cover Girl, which makes you feel less like rolling your eyes at yourself when you swipe a little on for the gym—oh come on, you've done it too (haven't you done it? Please say you've done it. Those mirrors in the weight studio just aren't flattering)—and it's got SPF 20 for protecting your lips.

I've been wearing it in "Sunny Berry," which isn't as, well, daring as "Daring," but it's a lovely, rich, moisturizing berry shade all the same. Have you tried this stuff? Do you like it? It's not going to be replacing my good old Lipslick, trust me, but it is the first thing that's challenged it in the last six years.

(I hate that I have to say this, but in case it's not obvious, all Splendid Things are always, always, ALWAYS things that I've found on my own, bought with my own money, and decided to write about just because I think they kick ass.)


Jan 24, 2012

Damn. I was actually looking for an alternative to my rose salve, which the skin around my mouth has suddenly started rejecting in a terrible, blemishy way. How much color does this add? Just a sheer tint?

Jan 24, 2012

Wait. Are you saying that not everyone swipes on some tinted lip balm before a workout? (Cover Girl's Daring is in my gym bag. I splurge, and go to a swanky gym. I call it swanky because every now and then, you can spot a celebrity working out there.)

You can be damn sure that those weeks when Mark Wahlberg was working out there, I was swiping on some Daring so that I looked cute for our 6:15 am yoga class.

Right. "Our yoga class," might be overstating things. :)

Kate in Ohio
Jan 24, 2012

I confess, I have been known to swipe some tinted lip balm on at the gym, but mine is not as swanky as there has never been a celebrity at my gym. I just hate it when my lips get dry during Zumba. I am not even sure what brand it is, but the next time I buy some, I am going to try one of these.

Jan 24, 2012

Ooooh will have to try this.
I discovered this winter Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm. It is incredible! I can't believe I am now getting my lip balm in the medicine aisle of CVS and not the make-up aisle :)

Jan 24, 2012

I've been using this for several months now and love it too! I like the healthy blush - I'm not as daring as you...

Anna Louisa
Jan 24, 2012

I've been wanting some tinted lip balm...I love lip stains, but not every day, and lip glosses are just too sticky for me. thanks for the endorsement! :)


Jan 24, 2012

Despite extensive searches, I can't get hold of Cover Girl lipslicks in the UK. They sound like just the kind of thing I like but alas, it looks like getting one will have to wait until I visit the States.

My go-to tinted balm is the Burts Bees lip shimmer, in either fig or rhubarb - it provides good moisturisation, a hint of colour and is pleasantly minty.

Jan 24, 2012

Helen -- the Burt's Bees in rhubarb is about as close to the Lipslick in Daring as you can get! But I'll bring you one over the next time I come to the UK.

Jan 24, 2012

I'm a HUGE fan of Palladio's tinted lip balm. I have it in a couple colors but my favorite is Brownie, which is not actually brown, but a deep berry (probably a little similar to Daring...) and it SMELLS LIKE A BROWNIE .. and it's not sticky! My lips always feel great when I use it. Here's the link.


Also, my friends made fun of me when I used LipSlicks in their presence. Apparently, to them, CG LipSlicks are very much "9th grade" ... which makes me sad. I love it.

Jan 24, 2012

That is so funny, I have never seen anyone else use the Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring! I have been using it since I was fourteen when I realized I was not blessed with lip pigment! I'll have to give the neutrogena a try :)

Jan 24, 2012

That is so funny, I have never seen anyone else use the Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring! I have been using it since I was fourteen when I realized I was not blessed with lip pigment! I'll have to give the neutrogena a try :)

Jan 24, 2012

Ok, so, I do NOT put on tinted balm or anything before I work out, but it's because I drink a lot of water and have Issues with drinking from anything that has a lipstick print on it at all, so, yeah. But I do make sure I have on mascara, at the very least, and ideally a bit of eyeliner, because my eyes look really bright and pretty when my face gets flushed.

Dana @ Bungalow'56
Jan 24, 2012

I love finding recommendations freely given without strings attached from bloggers. I've never been disappointed!

Jan 24, 2012

Ooooh, I bought the "Healthy Blush" color and I so wish I had bought the "Sunny Berry" because there's just not quite enough color to offset the shimmer (because face it, not everyone can get away with wearing as much shimmery makeup as Paris Hilton) but I love the texture and how even when the shimmer rubs off there's still a bit of stain left on my lips so they don't fade into nothing.

That said, when the tube runs out I will be upgrading to the berry.

Jan 24, 2012

I just got back from the gym and I am very jealous of all of you! My face is STILL beet red 30 minutes after doing anything strenuous and no amount of anything could make this look OK. I just listen to my Mumford & Sons and pretend to be alone. (The lip balm sounds interesting to me for nicer times though. I've never felt comfortable in "big girl" lipstick. It just seems to look clownish on me.)

Jan 24, 2012

Looking at makeupalley.com reviews on this product, I see that there's also a Neutrogena "lip sheer" in "sunny berry," which also gets awesome reviews--- might be better for a more pigmented, but still natural, look! Thanks for the heads-up Holly!

Jan 24, 2012

Great, now I have to stop at Target on my way home from work. I can't *not* buy both of these products now.


Jen (The Trephine)
Jan 24, 2012

When I played roller derby, I gave my LipSlicks to the watergirl to hold, and she learned to hold it out for me after every. single. play.

It's not that I was vain -- my mouthguard would rub it off, and chapped lips were my own personal athletic cue for fatigued self-pity. But I can only imagine what the crowd thought every time she held it out to me.

Jan 25, 2012

I'll have to give one or both of your mentioned products a shot. I thought I was being all sneaky, using Burt's Bees plain lip balm and then applying regular lipstick over it. Which actually works amazingly well, as the lip balm sort of acts like a magnet, keeping the lipstick exactly where I put it, and not letting it bleed outside the lip line.

But for times when you just want a swipe and a shine, this stuff sounds pretty cool! The only danger with me and scented/flavored stuff is I tend to eat it off my lips, and it's probably awful for you internally... which is why I had to give up my cherry and fruit flavored lip glosses of yore.

Jan 25, 2012

Thanks Holly, that would be lovely! I'll give you wine gums and Branston in exchange.

Jan 25, 2012

So, after this post I finally broke down and bought the CG Daring. I had some CVS Extrabucks that were about to expire, so I *had* to splurge on *something*. ;)

...and OH MY GOODNESS! You're totally right! It IS amazing! :) Thank you!

Stephanie M
Jan 25, 2012

Yes! I'm so glad to hear somebody who actually knows things about products talking about this. I've been using it for a few months, but nobody else had ever heard of it. I use "Petal Glow" and LOVE it. The only complaint I have is since the packaging is black, it gets lost in the bottom of my purse a lot, making it hard to find.

Jan 25, 2012

I am so disappointed. I guess I'm the only person in the world who doesn't look that good in Daring lipslick.

Jan 26, 2012

I think I'm forever indebted to you for this find. I've been looking for a lip balm type product that adds just a little color. And this was hidden on the bottom shelf of my local Target where I never would have looked.

Jan 27, 2012

After reading this post, I dashed to Ralph's and purchased my very own Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring. Love it! Thanks for the rec- I will be sure to pass it along.

Jan 28, 2012

I LOVE Neutrogena products. Just the other day, I realised that just by standing in my bathroom (not opening the medicine cabinet or anything), I could count 20 unique Neutrogena products -- in that room alone! They have never let me down.

Jan 28, 2012

Holly, Maybelline has this new product called "Baby Lips" there is a shade called "Cherry Me" it is a touch pinker than "Daring" but it smells/tastes like cherries. I just put Daring on my upper lip and Cherry Me on the bottom to check lol

Mar 11, 2012

Thank for post this Holly.. I feel this product is great - it offers just enough pigment, goes on smooth, and I think the unique shape helps you apply it evenly.

http://lovenuts.net/ - Mary's blog

I feels my lips no tackiness, caking, crusting, or bleeding.

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Night Light
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I don’t what women will do on seeing this post. Glad it’s a nice lipstick.

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