Kosas LipFuel Swatches & Review
Having a good lip balm is essential to any skincare or makeup routine regardless of your personal style. I have always had a very difficult time finding one that can moisturize my lips at the current moment but also benefit my lips in the long haul. That is why when Kosas sent over their new LipFuel's*, I was very eager to give them a run for their money.
As a lip product junkie, I have a key list of things that I need a lip balm to do for my lips in order for me to consider it a favorite. It needs to:
Provide immediate soothing to chapped and irritated lips
Give moisture without being too thick or heavy
Have no Petroleum, as it keeps moisture from going into the lips
Is not sticky, but provides a good slip
Has to last and not immediately dissipate
A lot to live up to, I know, but when your lips are the key focus of your looks, they need to be at their best. Here is a full review, the good and the bad, of the Kosas LipFuel.
There are three shades in this range of Lip Balms. Baseline is your staple transparent balm. Rush is a sheer, cool pink. There is also Pulse, which is a warm tan. They are meant to be a sheer and lightweight formula that provides protection, healing, and energizes the lips. Their purpose is a bit different than your average chapstick. Activity centered and integrity driven, LipFuels are supposed to be a staple in a routine that encompasses Love, Trust, and Commitment.
All three shades have Hyaluronic Acid, which is a polysaccharide naturally found in the body that draws in water and provide hydration and plumps tissue. There is also Vitamin E for repair and, again, plumping. Konjac Root is the replacement for Petroleum and acts as a barrier between your lips and the elements. Finally, the Wild Mint serves as a stimulant for, as Sheena puts it, increased "…Mental Agility And Boost Motivation".
So, how do they measure up? Well, I love how lightweight and sleek the packaging is. I feel like lip balms get a bad reputation because of the basic nature of them. Kosas has a very minimalist and streamlined aesthetic, so it is no surprise the LipFuel's maintain the branding. Similarly, the shape is actually quite different, but I like it. A very thin oval that really reflects the average lip shape is exactly the kind of detail I did not know I needed. It makes the application much easier compared to a completely round chapstick. A small detail that is noteworthy.
That being said, the shade names are printed on the caps of the LipFuel. The fact that I was taking product images meant that all of the lids were off. You should have seen me trying to put the lids back on. I couldn’t remember which cap went with the colored balms. You may not run into this problem because I doubt you will put on all three at one time, but maybe a little label on the bottom could help?
I love the formula of the balm! It glides onto the lip without tugging and does not feel thick or tacky like most balms. It lasted a good half hour before fading off of my lips. For a balm, this time frame is actually great. Let's be honest though, who doesn't reapply chapstick religiously anyway?
There is a mint scent to this balm, thanks to the Wild Mint ingredient. I actually do not hate it. I know peppermint is typically used as a stimulant essential oil, but I suffer from migraines and find it is a great natural way to subside the pain. That aside, I had a day where my lips were particularly chapped. I mean, bright red and peeling chapped. I applied the balm and there was a mild burning. It subsided after the mint faded, but it definitely wasn’t pleasant. Pro’s and con’s to mint, so I do not hold it against the balm.
Speaking of cons, I have to talk about the shades. In my opinion, Rush and Pulse look the same swatched on my hand and my lips. Obviously, everyone has different coloring and the shades will look more distinct, but I did not really notice a difference. That being said, Pulse showed up a lot more on me than Rush did. They both were still sheer though which is great. Not mad about it.
Overall, I think that the LipFuel's are another great release from Kosas. There are always good and bad things about products. In terms of my requirements, The LipFuel hits all of my main boxes. I recommend picking up Baseline over the shades though, as I could not make much of a distinction between the colors. The packaging is modern, ingredients are of high quality, and the message behind the product launch is inspiring.
You can get your hands on the Kosas LipFuel’s HERE for $18.00 USD.
* Kosas gifted me all three shades of the LipFuel’s *