Whether you have dry lips or not, lip balms are essential, especially during the winter months when our lip skin tends to crack and dry a lot more.
I’ve accidentally come across the INCredible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher and it caught my attention, for all the wrong reasons. I didn’t know that the brand does lip products and it looks so pretty!
But is it as hydrating as other lip balms and more importantly is it better than my holy grail, the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm? Let’s find out!
The INCredible Jelly Shots can come in various colours but they are not lipstick, just light lip tints or coloured lip balms. In this post I will be talking about the plain, colourless one called “_ex revenge”. A silly name that doesn’t match the product at all.
The balm bullet is colourless with little gold flakes and a white flower at the bottom. It looks really special and gorgeous and it almost makes you not want to use it! However, the balm looks like any other balm when on the lips, just colourless and a little shiny.
Texture and Finish
This balm has a gel-balm type of texture that is very typical of this kind of product. It doesn’t feel sticky or oily. It feels as if you used an oily-gel-balm without their negatives. In this respect, it feels very similar to the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm.
As mentioned above, the finish gives a little shininess on the skin but that’s pretty much it. It is very discreet and the perfect type of product for lip skin care or no makeup-makeup looks.
Smell and Taste?
This balm has a very faint scent of oil which you might not smell at all unless you place the bullet very close to your nose.
I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat this. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the balm off your lips while you eat or drink something.
This balm doesn’t taste of anything.
Like with most lip balms it doesn’t last very long and you will need to re-apply quite often. However, the hydrating feeling it gives on the lip skin is not as short lived as with other balms.
A full size 4.4g INCredible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher retails for £8. This is more expensive than a drugstore lip balm which usually retails around £1-5.
At £1.81 per gram of product, it is still more expensive than the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm which retails at the almost four time cheaper, £0.48 per gram.
This product doesn’t come with outer packaging but there is a sticker on it which holds the lid to the bullet and therefore, you will know if anyone has opened it or not.
The actual balm itself comes in a white plastic tube of high quality. The branding and design is simple but there is a strange contrast in the product. The packaging of the bullet is simple but not especially pretty whereas the bullet itself is very beautiful.
Practicality of use – user experience
This lip balm is very easy to use and travel friendly. All you need to do it remove the cap by pulling it off, twist to get the balm bullet up and apply on the lips.
Lip skin compatibility is not as detailed or researched as much as our face skin, so one can only assume that this lip balm is suitable for all. Avoid using any cosmetics if your skin is broken or has open wounds.
Additionally, this product does not contain any skin type specific products.
This product lasts for an amazing 24M but you should really not use a lip balm for more than 3-6 months as it becomes unsanitary.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher _Ex Revenge
Superfood lip quenchers enriched with natural oils.
These irresistible lip quenchers are enriched with moisture-boosting and protecting ingredients to help nourish, moisturise and repair your lips. Formulated with a blend of avocado, vitamin E and rice bran oil, the transparent jelly shot comes in fun tints with a super cute hidden flower detail.
Ex Revenge is a luxurious 24 carat gold infused lip that gives a subtle glow. ”
I have to say I thought that the statements “Superfood lip quenchers enriched with natural oils” and “Ex Revenge is a luxurious 24 carat gold infused lip that gives a subtle glow.” where a bit of an over-sell. This balm gives the same glow as other lip balms and the gold doesn’t make a difference other than it makes it look pretty. Similarly, the “superfood” statement is a little exaggerated and I guess it just refers to the avocado oil it contains. But there are many lip balms these days that include natural oils like avocado and most of lip products now days, even the cheaper ones, include vitamin E.
This balm moisturises the lips without feeling sticky or heavy and the lip skin feels conditioned and moisturised. It feels really nice on my dry lips and it has a “thicker” but not annoyingly thick presence on the skin. It definitely feels more impactful than drugstore lip balms.
However, I didn’t think that this balm conditioned my skin any more than the cheaper Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm, it just felt nicer to use it because this product is more feminine.
This product contains only 11 ingredients of which 8 will offer your some kind of skin care benefit (some more than others), 2 ingredient negatives and 4 potential irritants.
The ingredients are not as amazing as the “Superfood lip quenchers enriched with natural oils” marketing line sounds but in general they are better than a lot of drugstore lip balms, but not really superior to the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm. Also, it is a little strange that while the gold bits are a core part of the marketing and appearance of this product, they do not appear in the ingredient list. This means that they are either not actual gold or there is so little of them, in comparison to the rest of the ingredients, that they are not legally required to to be listed. This could in turn also mean that their effect is probably also very low.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
- Isononyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner that leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
- Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate – Skin conditioner.
- Isostearyl Alcohol – A fatty alcohol that can act as a skin conditioner.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
- Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Cera – A skin conditioner, protector and softener.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil – A yellow-green oil high in vitamin A,C, D, E and might also contain omega 9 fatty acids which aid skin healing and regeneration. It also contains lecithin and it has antibacterial and anti-wrinkle properties.It can protect against UV light and pollution (not as good as a sunscreen) and even has anti-ageing effects. It is a skin conditioning agent and while it is suitable for all skin types it is particularly good for the dry types. It can also moisturise, soothe and soften the skin. It penetrates the skin to a higher degree than a lot of other oils.
- Hydroxystearic Acid – Some studies showed that this might be a potential carcinogen. However, there is still no solid scientific evidence.
- Perfume – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skincare benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can irritate and therefore, damage the skin.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Hydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Perfume.
Full list of ingredients:
Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydroxystearic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isostearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Cera, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Perfume.
This balm is definitely better than the average drugstore balm but it should be considering the price! While it hydrates the skin nicely, feels and looks gorgeous and is in general not a bad product, I would not recommend it before the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm which is at the very least much cheaper.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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