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For those of you waiting on my comprehensive lip balm comparison article, it is still coming. Every time I buy a new lip balm, I have to test it exclusively for a while to give a proper review. Since I’ve purchased another large round of lip balms (9) recently, it will get pushed back again. The good news is I have to eventually stop buying lip balms, so the article will inevitably come. As I move through the journey of testing as many lip balms as I can, I want to write articles when I find two or more that are very similar. Yes, I will ultimately mention the similarities in the massive article, but I feel like the message will get lost for those who simply want to read an article with advice on which one to buy when they’ve already narrowed it down to the options I want to discuss.
So many people recommend the Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask, so of course that is one I decided to test. One I’ve never heard anyone mention but decided to purchase when Ulta offered a point multiplier for the brand is the Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask. They both have Sleeping Mask in the product title, so I expected long-wearing lip balms. As I had never heard a single thing about the Mamonde mask, I had no clue if they were similar or not. It was just another lip balm to test for my impending comparison article. While I am trying to test as many well-known ones as possible, I also want to test some that are rarely mentioned. There could be hidden gems.
I am going to start with the Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask, because I placed it on the left of the picture. This is a 0.7oz mask that retails for $14. That makes it $20 an ounce, which is actually an extremely reasonable price. Most lip balms are around 0.15oz. To put that into perspective, this cost the same price per ounce as a 0.15oz lip balm that retails for $3.
This mask has a story claiming Mamonde re-invents beauty using energy derived from flowers. The lip sleeping mask uses the Plum Blossom Flower to draw its strength if beauty. If that reads like a load of PR to you, I promise it does not me as well. It really is just a clever way to spin things. Flowers are beautiful and can smell pretty, but I am unsure how much energy and strength they have. Who knows? Maybe, it is more than PR and there is some real truth in it.
This mask claims you can apply a small amount for use as a lip balm during the day. The lip mask is a little more sticky and has a thinner consistency than the other one (spoiler alert, they are not perfect dupes). It feels like wearing a very comfortable lip gloss when you apply it this way. Like a lip gloss, it will add an ever so slight transparent sheen to your lips. Considering how large this container is, it will last a long time. If you want it to last even longer, I would only apply it at night. During the day time when you are eating and moving around, it will wear off a little faster. Do not get me wrong though, this is an extremely long-wearing lip mask. When I apply it before bed, it is still on when I wake up. Even better, there are still remnants after I eat breakfast. That means this can clearly wear for up to 10+ hours.
The texture of this looks like Vaseline, so you might see the picture and think, I will just apply Vaseline instead. As someone who has tested Vaseline on her lips, I assure you this is different. For one, it has a better taste than Vaseline. If you ever look up how to make Vaseline, you will understand why it has a less than desirable taste. No matter how well a lip product works, I cannot keep using it when it tastes bad. Product will always end up in your mouth when you apply it to your lips. Bad-tasting products take away from the experience and are serious deal breakers. This does not have a great taste either, but it is one that I can definitely tolerate. It does have a slight chemical taste, so I would not recommend purposely licking it.
Vaseline does not have much of a scent. This lip balm has a delicate floral scent. Those who are sensitive to scents will probably not have any problem with this. I have a great sense of smell, and while I can smell this, it does not bother me once it’s applied.
Vaseline is also known to trap moisture into the skin, not add any. This product actually seems to add moisture to the lips. When I apply this to dry lips, they always feel more moisturized while this is on. A real test is how moisturized they feel after it wears off. This passes that test as well. My lips always feel more moisturized for a while after this wears off. It is important to note that I do not believe any lip balm can heal lips. The underlying problem that causes dry lips will always persist as soon as you stop using the product that is helping provide external moisture. That said, there are lip balms that can exacerbate dry lips or only add comfort and moisture while the product is on.
After weeks of continuous use, there is not a dry patch on my lips. For the most part, I only use it at night. For testing purposes, I have applied it during the day time twice. Applying this once every night before you go to bed will likely result in moisturized lips. As I do with all lip balms, I stop using it and all lip balms for a couple of days to see if my lips return to normal. They always do. My lips (like almost everything else on my body) are naturally dry. When I drink only water, it does help slightly. So far, that is the only thing (other than external lip products) I’ve found that can help.
The Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask comes in at the same generous 0.7oz size. This mask retails for $20. Like the other mask, this container is hard plastic. It is taller, which makes it easier to grip than the shorter, wider Mamonde mask. For those of us without arthritis, it is a minor detail. I think people who have trouble opening containers will prefer this one. Of the two, this one is more expensive. At $28.57 per ounce, it is equal to a 0.15oz lip balm that retails for $4.29. That means this is a very reasonably priced lip balm as well.
There is no marketing gimmick to this one. It is simply an overnight lip mask that promises baby soft lips from its berry mix complex. While it does not mention that you can apply it during the day, I have tested it during the day a couple of times. This has a thicker formula than the Mamonde, but it is not as sticky. That actually makes it the one I prefer to wear during the day of the two. The berry scent in this is stronger than the floral scent in the Mamonde. As someone who really enjoys most fruit scents, I really love this one. Those sensitive to scents might have more trouble with this one than the other one.
This comes with an adorably small lip applicator. If I ever find it, I will add a picture into this article. For the first two weeks, I used it consistently. Having to wash it after every use (to prevent sticking a dirty spatula back into the container) seemed like more work than washing my hands before I dipped my finger in. Yes, I know a clean spatula has less germs than clean hands, so more power to the people who take the time to wash it after every use. If you are not washing it after every single use, I would argue your clean hands probably have less germs than your dirty spatula.
Of every lip balm I’ve tried so far, this one actually has the closest looking consistency to my beloved By Terry Baume de Rose. It almost looks like a darker pink version of it. Unlike my By Terry Baume de Rose, I do not like applying the excess of this to my cuticles. While it is not as sticky on my cuticles as the Mamonde one, it is a lot more sticky than the By Terry. Thankfully, that stickiness on the cuticles does not really translate to the lips. This does not feel sticky at all on the lips. Because it is a little thicker than By Terry, it lasts longer on the lips as well.
It is not uncommon to apply this before bed and have it last well after breakfast. If I am not going anywhere that morning and delay my face wash, it will last all the way until I wash it off my face. There was one time I even washed my face after eating lunch. Some of the product was still there. That means it lasted through sleep, breakfast, and lunch. Only the face wash made it finally fade away. This is the longest lasting lip balm I’ve tried (so far). The Mamonde is not far behind it though.
This one has a slightly better taste than the Mamonde. I cannot really taste chemicals at all. It is still not so good that I would happily lick it off my lips. Like the Mamonde, this seems to add moisture to my lips. The same test I conducted for the Mamonde went into this one earlier (because I bought this one first). When I used this every night, there was not a dry patch on my lips. Very rarely did I apply any of this during the day time, and my lips felt comfortable all day. After I stopped using this for a few days, my dry lips started to return. That signifies that this product does add moisture even when it is not actively on as long as I continue to use it. Once I discontinue use, my lips resume their normal, dry state.
You may have noticed there is still a lot left in each jar despite weeks of testing each one. These are bound to last a long time, so those who are not writing a massive lip balm article should only buy one or the other. The problem with my undertaking is it is highly unlikely I will use any of the lip balms to completion, given the sheer amount I have opened at the same time. That is not usually something I do, but I did it for the sake of science (product testing).
While there is not a huge price difference between these lip balms nor is there a huge difference in the way they perform, there is still enough difference for me to decide which one I like better. I am going to give the edge to the Laneige Sleeping Mask. That said, those looking to save some money will probably be perfectly happy with the Mamonde one. Neither of these are as good as my beloved By Terry Baume de Rose, which I have dedicated an article to. It is still my favorite lip balm with the best texture, taste, and look that leaves my lips feeling hydrated long after the product wears off. My mission to find a cheaper lip balm to take the reins from that beauty is still unresolved. As I continue to test more products, I may still find one that will become my new favorite.
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