First of all, if you’re not into thick (but not sticky IMO), heavy, creamy lip glosses then you should just skip these because that’s what the N.Y.C. Lip Sliders are. Granted, a moisturizing lip gloss but a lip gloss all the same, at least in my very humble opinion despite how they’re advertised. They are by no means waxy like Chapstick and Burt’s Bees lip balms, or greasy and thin like Vaseline and Smith’s Rosebud lip salves.
If you’re at all familiar with e.l.f.’s Candy Shop Lip Tins or L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balms, the N.Y.C. Lip Sliders are extremely similar in texture. I actually sat there, put one balm on, rubbed my lips together to get a sense of texture and thickness, wiped it off, tried the second brand of lip balm on, wiped that off, tried the third brand of lip balm on, etc. several times to compare. The differences are definitely more noticeable when you try them on back to back.
Ranked from thinnest to thickest in consistency:
e.l.f. Candy Shop < L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm < N.Y.C Lip Sliders
The e.l.f. Candy Shops Lip Tins are thick but noticeably less so compared to the Jelly Balms and Lip Sliders. I’m definitely able to smoosh (yeah, technical term here :P) my lips together very easily and it’s the creamiest of all three. But before you’re totally turned off by the N.Y.C. Lip Sliders, they go on thick but smooth out and feel a bit more creamy as they warm to your body temp.
Based on scent, quality and price my favorites are the Lip Sliders.
Although I prefer the slightly thinner texture of the e.l.f. Lip Tins, I simply cannot get past their overpowering mocha/coffee scent. It’s way too strong. I keep them hidden away in a drawer and I can smell them whenever I walk past my desk. The Jelly Balms and Lip Sliders, in comparison, are much more subtle in aromas. The former have a sweet vanilla scent and the latter have more of a marshmallow/cotton candy kind of scent.
In terms of quality, I think the N.Y.C. balms blow the rest out of the water. The colors across all three brands are pretty much hit or miss. Each brand has a few shades that are pigmented but they also have some that are very sheer. I tend to think of all three as lip glosses rather than balms but considering that two out of three ARE marketed as lip treatments/balms (i.e. Jelly Balms and Lip Sliders), I find that the N.Y.C. are by far the most moisturizing of them all.
If we take a look at their ingredients, it’s really no wonder why…
L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm: pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, bisdiglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, polybutene, C18-36 acid triglyceride, tridecyl trimellitate, silica dimethyl silyate, cera microcristallina/microcrystalline wax/cire microcristalline, parfum/fragrance, allantoin, isopropylparaben, benzyl alcohol, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, bht, sodium saccharin, calcium socium borosilicate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, silica, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, tin oxide. May contain: CI 77891/titanium dioxide, CI 15850/red 7, CI 45410/red 28 lake, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492/iron oxides, CI 19140/yellow 5 lake, CI 45380/red 22 lake, CI 42090/blue 1 lake, CI 15985/yellow 6 lake, mica, CI 75470 carmine, FIL D29546/2
e.l.f. Candy Shop: Polyisobutene, Isooctyl Palmitate, Ceresine Wax, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Mica, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850) , Red No.28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow No.6 Lake (CI 15985)
N.Y.C. Lip Sliders: hydrogenated polyisobutene, tridecyl trimellitate, microcrystalline wax (cera microcristallina), octyldodecanol, ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil (Ricinus Communis), Flavor (aroma), tocopheryl acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olea Europaea), Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Hydrogenated Grapeseed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)(Butyrospermum Parkii), Hydrogenated Avocado Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter (Mangifera Indica), Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Sodium Saccharin, Mica, Silica, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
If you love waxy balms (e.g. Burt’s Bees) but don’t find them moisturizing, love natural butter balms but find that they’re usually too thin and don’t last (e.g. Korres Lip Butters), and love thick, shiny lip glosses then the N.Y.C. balms are perfect for you. They’re the best of all three worlds. The butters and oils in the Lip Sliders help moisturize the lips, and the thick, glossy consistency with just the right amount of wax seals the moisture in for a long time while providing shine to the lips. I smear some on my lips as my nightly lip treatment and wake up to find some of it still left on my lips in the morning.
When you look at quality, quantity and price, the N.Y.C. Lip Sliders are the best deal. L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balms cost approximately $9 for 0.159 oz./4.5 g of product, the e.l.f Candy Shop Lip Tins cost $1 for 0.39 oz./11 g of product, and the N.Y.C. Lip Sliders cost $2.99 for 0.32 oz./9 g of product.
e.l.f. advertises the Candy Shop Lip Tins as lip glosses so, right off the bat, if you’re looking for a moisturizing balm you can cross those off your list. Looking at the list of ingredients, the e.l.f. Lip Tins don’t really contain anything beneficial for the lips. Between the Jelly Balms and Lip Sliders, I would have to recommend the Lip Sliders. Yes, they’re a bit thicker but if you can get past that, they’re worth every penny and then some.
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