Lip & Cheek Balm Face-Off: The Colourette Coloursnaps vs Happy Skin Pinch Me
While tints may currently be the more popular option, I'm a big fan of lip and cheek balms. They're multipurpose (which saves money as well as kikay kit space) but also generally easier to use than liquid tints. Locally, we've got great new options from two well-loved, homegrown brands!
The first is from Colourette, a brand born from a skincare company from Pampanga. Though they were only introduced over summer, the Coloursnap Dewy Multistains (P249 each) quickly became one of their bestsellers! They're available in a total of 8 shades, and I got the shade Woke, which is a bright pink color.
I love how this shade flatters my morena skin tone, resulting in a nice drunk-blush look! The consistency is very lightweight, and it almost dries down to a powdery texture. When freshly applied on my cheeks, it doesn’t look like dewy, but once it mixes with my face’s natural oils, it looks even better. The balm is very pigmented; I only need to use a little to build color on my cheeks.
On my lips, it does stain but not as much as on my cheeks. I was also disappointed that it wasn't not moisturizing for my lips even if the balm contains shea butter and vitamin E. However, consider that I have really dry lips, so maybe this balm doesn’t have enough moisturizer for me.
The stain on my cheeks lasted for about 3 hours in an airconditioned setting. I also tried it on an ordinary day without aircon (I get really sweaty) and it didn’t last as long, probably just around 1-2 hours. I tested it again on a different day and put on setting powder, and that extended the longevity of the stain to about 4 hours. On my lips, it lasts for only about 2 hours sans eating and drinking.
This lip and cheek balm has 12g worth of product and, considering how little you need for application, P249 goes a long way! The tin can packaging is also really cute and looks like a container for mints! Make sure to clean your hands well before use to avoid contamination. It also has a playful bubblegum scent, which is nice if you like that!
The other lip and cheek balm I tested is from a Pinay beauty staple - Happy Skin Cosmetics! Their Pinch Me Summer-Proof Natural Lip & Cheek Stick (P449) comes conveniently packaged in stick form and is available in two shades. I got the shade Berry which looks just like a deeper tone of my natural flush.
The formula is lightweight as well, but a little bit stickier and dewier. It is pigmented, too, but I found that I had to apply a bit of pressure for the color to adhere. Once applied though, it delivers a beautiful pigment! Because of its dewy and balmy consistency, it looks like a lip balm/lip tint when applied on the lips. I found it more moisturizing, both on the cheeks and lips.
The longevity is nice, too. In a non-airconditioned setting, it lasted for about 4 hours on my cheeks, and when set with powder, it lasted longer for up to 5 hours. It lasted up to 6 hours in an airconditioned setting. It also lasted about 3 hours on my lips without eating nor drinking, which is not bad at all.
The stick only contains 6g of product, which I personally think is too expensive. However, I like that the product is very pigmented, unscented, and has vitamin E and mango seed butter. I also prefer the stick packaging because it's easier to use and to clean.
While I love both products, there are clear advantages to each. Get Colourette if you're looking for something more budget-friendly and with more shade options. Happy Skin's balm is more moisturizing and longer-lasting, plus the packaging is more user-friendly, so get this if you are looking for something more for on-the-go convenience. I really like that both products are pocket-sized so I can bring them with me easily.
Have you tried these lip and cheek balms? Which one do you like better?