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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Fresh Kissing Ritual Set - Plum Lip Treatment


Fall officially made it's arrival a few days ago, and I am so ready to start pulling out my jewel toned/ vampy nail polishes, warm blushes and plummy lip products. I'm not one to go with a full on bold dark lip, but I do like a bit of plum, especially when the weather cools. Something about plum just says fall to me. My first official Fall mani was Essie's Bahama Mama- a warm, creamy plum, so it's only fitting I adorn my lips with a touch of plum as well. The perfect product for the job? Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment.


 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment- Plum

 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment- Plum

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment- Plum

Before I tried the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments (as the Sephora birthday gift) I didn't see the point in paying $26 for a lip balm. Of course that was before I tried them. What can I say, I like what I like, and these... well, I like. I didn't know which shade I wanted, but I knew I wanted a tinted one. I was quickly swayed into choosing Plum when I saw that I could not only get it with a deluxe pot of Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, but I could get it for a dollar less than the balm on it's own. Yes, save a dollar. Easiest choice ever. The set is a Sephora exclusive, which I picked up in the summer, and it looks like it's currently out of stock, but both prodcuts are available separately.

The Plum balm looks a bit intimidating in the tube, but as you can see from the swatch, it's not scary at all. On my lips (which range from pale to normal in terms of pigmentation) it gives a soft wash of plum with a glossy shine, which I quite like. It adds a bit of warmth, without being too dark or bold.

 Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Lip scrub is a part of my daily routine, so I was excited to try the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. The pot included in the Kissing Ritual set is 0.28 oz compared to the full size 0.6 oz. It's packaged in a small plastic pot similar to that of a lip balm. The scrub looks more lip a lip balm, until you dip into it and find the granules of real brown sugar.

Now, if you've ever used a Lush lip scrub (I'm a Sweet Lips fan) you know how tasty lip exfoliation can be. Take that notion, and toss it. While the Fresh scrub does contain real brown sugar, it is not edible, and does not have a sweet taste- it tastes quite bad, actually. Taste aside, it does exfoliate well enough. It is like a balm/scrub hybrid though, and the particles are quite gentle. It really doesn't feel like it's doing all that much, but my lips did look and feel quite smooth after use. The fact that the full size pot is $26 compared to the $9 of Lush's version, I can't say I'd repurchase this, but it is decent and I'll finish it off without complaint.

Overall, I'm a major lover of Fresh Sugar Treatments. The Coral variety is next on my list, but I'll be skipping the Lip Polish. Have you tried either of these products? What did you think?

Availability: Sephora, Fresh Kissing Ritual Set, $26 (CAD)