Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Moisturizer: Review and LOTDs

Friday, August 5, 2011

Colour changing lip glosses and lipbalms have been around since goodness knows when. They aren't anything new, so when I saw the new Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Moisturizers, I literally rolled my eyes and was like, "Oh yeah, THAT again." Lip Ice is one of the sub-brands under Metholatum, a Japan-based company that owns other consumer healthcare brands as well. This time round, they have released not just one, but three lipbalms with that "colour changing" trick. Two of them are shown below.

The difference between the two is that one has shimmer, the Shimmer Lip Colour, while the other one has no shimmer, but has a very pleasant strawberry scent, and is the Strawberry Lip Colour. Both feature the same colour changing property, though.

You know what I first thought of when I saw the the Lip Ice Sheer Colour Moisturizers? Well, first I thought of this:

(Image from Nordstrom website)

That's the Dior Addict Lip Glow Reviver Balm, which looks exactly like the Lip Ice version, sans price tag and upscale packaging. It also promises to turn to your customized shade of pink.

I also thought of this the Smashbox O Glow Lipgloss, which is similar but in gloss form, instead of stick balm form. Once again, it also claims to turn into your unique shade of pink.

Well, we know that isn't really true, in my experience these turn into some generic shade of super-bright pink. But it doesn't stop me from wanting to try them! Here's a look at the lipbalms in their little, slim, pink, plastic tubes. The Shimmer one looks a little more pink in the tube than the Strawberry one, which looks completely white.

lipice sheer colour lip moisturizer (2)

Here are swatches of the lipbalms on my skin. On my skin, these change to a very subtle shade of pink, and the shimmer isn't too discernable. It's there, but it doesn't make that huge of a change to the colour. It's pretty much the same shade of pink, just with some shimmer. I think the shimmer shade looks really pretty. The Strawberry shade smells very sweetly of strawberries. Yum.

lipice sheer color lip moisturizer 4

I know you're curious about how these look on the lips, so here you go, swatches of these on my lips! First up is the Strawberry shade:

lipice sheer color strawberry lip moisturizer

As you can see from the swatches, although on my arm these turned into just a slight, subtle shade of pink, on my lips, it was like WOWZA BRIGHT PINK! This is pretty much in line with my experiences with other colour-changing lipglosses too - although they all claim to change to some unique shade of pink, the shade of pink they change to seems to be a pretty universal bright pink on me. Still, it's a pretty shade, and fun to wear.

Now, here's the shimmer shade:

lipice sheer color shimmer lip moisturizer

As you can see, the shade is a lot brighter than on my arm, and the shimmer is more visible as well. I actually quite like the shimmer in this shade, I feel like it adds a little zing to the gloss.

And here are the lipbalms swatched on a piece of paper, just to show you the actual shade of pink they change to on your lips. I don't know why all the colour changing lipbalms and lipglosses change to this shade - perhaps they're all using the same technology?

lipice sheer color lip moisturizer 3

Although the colour-changing pink shade isn't anything new, and pretty bright, I quite like these lipbalms. The lipbalms are moisturizing, and wear relatively well on my lips. If you're planning on getting these, I advise sparing application, since if you apply these too heavily, you might end up with really bright pink magenta lips, and that wouldn't quite be the subtle pink you're looking for! Lip Ice is also running some photo-submission contest with their Sheer Colour Lip Moisturizer range on their Facebook page, so feel free to check it out here.

(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)


  1. I may be totally wrong, but I think these work by detecting the level of alkaline(ness) in your lips, then almost like a pH indicator that you may have played around in high school, turn that bright shade of pink. I guess that 'unique' selling point isn't totally BS as different people have varying levels of alkaline in their lips. Barry M do one, as do a Korean brand (the name escapes me) who have Dara from 2NE1 as their spokesperson? It's a really cool orange colour but goes pink on the lips.

    I'd assume they were all using the same technology.

  2. cuuuteeeeee cuteeee, omg the shade is so pretty and pink!! >.<


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