I am fairly certain I've mentioned I am a lip balm fanatic. I have been since my early teens, and I wear it all the time, even under lipstick. My favorite, by far, is Camellia Balm by Julie Hewett. It comes in stick form, plain and sheer, packaged in her basic black lipstick tubes. It also comes potted. With a tint.
This product is amazing, a true staple. The texture is silky, and it sinks in as it warms up on the skin, but it still leaves behind some shine. This lip balm is truly hall of fame and made it into my 2011 favorites. There's no doubt it will also be among my 2012 favorites. And 2013 and ...
|Ruby and Rose potted balm (oversaturated image/warm looking when it's not)|
Rose has very subtle pigment. It shows up as a light glowy pink on my medium-pigmented, mauvish lips.
Ruby, on the other hand, is surprisingly pigmented for such a sheer wash of moisture.
|Obligatory white paper swatch: Rose and Ruby|
I recently returned from a few weeks of living on the beach surrounded by woods, so I didn't need much in terms of makeup. I pared down in ways that surprised even me. Besides the excellent Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Fresh Watermelon (a sheer blue rose), which went with my "public face," I lived among the mosquitoes, ducks, loons, fish, egrets, and seals in Julie Hewett Camellia balms—day and night. Now that I am back in my real world, among human creatures, I find this lip balm is outstanding at sheering out matte lipsticks that I love but which tend to feel a bit dry as they sit on my lips throughout the day.
Get thee to the Julie Hewett web site and buy some Camellia balm. Stat! And I highly recommend subscribing to their newletter so you can be notified of any product launches and sales.
Bottom line: Best. Lip. Balm. Ever.
All photos taken by me