Hello all! Today I’ll be reviewing Rohto’s brand-new lip balm line: ChuLip Lip Essence. Someone suggested I try this as an alternative to EOS lip balm, which contains ingredients that may aggravate lip acne. I was immediately sold by the cheerful colours and cute packaging of ChuLip. Even the name is adorable! ChuLip is a play on words in Japanese – it sounds like the Japanese pronunciation of “tulip,” but it’s also a portmanteau of “chu” (sound effect for “kiss” in Japanese) and “lip.” Very clever! My lips get dry and chapped really quickly, especially during winter. I’ve tried every balm out there: Nivea, Carmex, Burt’s Bees…the list goes on. The only things that worked, and I swear I’m being serious, are Vaseline and original flavoured Lip Smackers. So I’m always excited to try out a new lip balm, hoping that I’ll find my holy grail. ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ So, did they hold up? Read on.
I picked up two scents: Paris, Perfect Memories (pink) and Waikiki, Hello Paradise (blue). Paris is supposed to be raspberry/peach/vanilla scented. Waikiki is supposed to smell like mint/vanilla/lavender, which is not a scent I’d really associate with Hawaii at all, haha. They also have a Nordic scent (green) that is supposed to smell of mango/orange/lime – that seems a lot more tropical to me! Maybe Rohto mixed up the item descriptions…
Anyway – onto the review!
The lip balms come in adorable droplet-shaped containers. There’s an indentation with an embossed lip icon to make it easier to open. The container is made of some kind of soft plastic or silicone, so unfortunately it picks up all the dust in the bottom of your purse, but it wipes clean very easily. The pods feel heavy and sturdy. It contains 7 g of product, which is quite a lot compared to your average tube of lip balm (usually 4 g or so). The balm itself is in a dome shape. Like EOS balms, it’s a little bit awkward to apply until the balm starts wearing down. Not a big deal, though.
Normally I’d like to go over the special ingredients and explain their purposes. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ingredient list for you because I don’t know Japanese. I’ve looked all over the place, but I haven’t found a translated ingredient list yet. If I find one, I’ll come back and edit this review ASAP!
Both balms have the same texture. The formula is very light, but moisturizing – not at all sticky, greasy, or gummy.. I used to use a thin layer of coconut oil on my chapped lips, and the texture feels similar. My lips were a bit chapped when I first started using the balm, and after 2 days of using it regularly my lips look and feel much smoother. I wear the balm underneath my lipstick and it makes application really smooth, especially for dark matte shades (my favourite!).
The longevity is also pretty decent. I’m a heavy tea drinker and I snack constantly, so I go through most lip products pretty quickly. They held up surprisingly well after eating/drinking. For me they last about 2 hours without needing to reapply, but I tend to lick my lips frequently so YMMV.
These scents would be ideal for someone who is sensitive to strong perfumes. Waikiki has a mildly minty, floral smell. It smells a lot like chamomile mint tea, actually! It’s very refreshing. I was hoping to get a little more vanilla, though. Paris has a sweet, fruity smell but it’s very artificial. It smells kind of like strawberry candy. Not really getting the peach, vanilla, or raspberry at all. Still, it smells pretty nice. Like Waikiki, it’s not strong or overpowering at all. Likewise, both balms have a very slight flavour…sort of minty and coconutty at the same time? It’s almost nonexistent – you won’t notice it at all if you’re eating or drinking.
All in all, the formula is excellent. I just wish that the scents were a little more true to the descriptions.
Overall, I really like these lip balms, even if they are a little pricy. The formula is excellent, and I love the cute packaging. I would definitely purchase these again.
- Large amount of product
- Scent/flavour is noticeable, but very mild
- Light, non-sticky texture
- Balm lasts for a few hours even when eating/drinking
- Container gets dirty easily
- Scents don’t really run true to the descriptions
- A little expensive ($6 USD in Japan, $8+ overseas) – prices may come down later since this is a new product
Score: 4.5 /5
Where to Buy:
AdamBeauty: $6.50 USD + $2 shipping worldwide
AlphaBeautyUK (Ebay): $8.50 USD + shipping <– I purchased here before realizing it was cheaper on AdamBeauty (っ◞‸◟c)
Thanks for reading y’all!