Fabindia Dew Plum Lip Butter
Winters are here and I suddenly recalled that I had purchased this lip butter a few months ago in the summer but it did not work for me back then. I had kept it under hibernation with the hunch that it might give me better results at a cooler temperature. I have now been using this lip butter since early October but I am not very pleased with it. It does not moisturise my lips much and only works as a good top coat over my matte lipsticks. Since it is so thick, it does not impart an over-the-top-sheen characteristic of most lip balms when used over a lipstick. At least, I figured out a way to put my money to use else this would have never come out of its state of hibernation J
Price and Weight: Rs. 75 for 10 grams
Key Ingredients: Wheatgerm oil, Cocoa Butter, Sesame Oil, Tocophenyl Acetate, Kukum Butter, Olive Butter, Beeswax, Triglyceride, Veg Sequolin, Permitted preservative, Fragrance
Where it scores:
● An economical buy given the fact that it has some natural ingredients.
● Cute packaging. Besides, if you were to buy more than one lip butter from Fabindia, it would be easy to differentiate amongst all of them because each pot carries a distinctly coloured sticker on the side and a thick line in the same colour at the top of the lid.
● The texture feels comfortable on the lips.
● It may appear so in the pot but it is hardly pigmented (who would want green lips anyway???!!!) This is a plus for me as I use it on top of many of my matte lipsticks to avoid the dry, dull, unkissable look that matte lipsticks are sometimes prone to give after a few hours of application.
Where it loses:
● This is a lip butter as opposed to being a lip balm so the consistency is thicker. As a result, I feel I need to exert a lot of pressure to dig it from the pot out with my fingers particularly in the winters. Though in summers, I have noticed that it melts and softens quite a bit in a non-AC room making it very convenient to use.
● It is, after all, a potted product so microbes and bacteria will enter the pot each time your fingers come in contact with the butter.
● The fragrance is a combination of “waxy” and “whatever flavour you have bought”. Though I find it more the former than the latter, would have definitely preferred it to be fragrance-free. I simply do not understand why these so-called herbal/natural product lines employ artificial fragrances. It defeats the purpose of opting for chemical-free products.
● My lips do not feel conditioned when it’s on. Additionally, within a span of half an hour, they feel even more dry than they were before its application.
● I do not have chapped lips but only dry lips so it works very well as a top coat for my matte lipsticks. But two of my friends have chapped lips and it doesn’t do anything for them.
●Even though non-sticky, the lip butter does not glide on like a dream as is visible from the thickness of the swatch below. It requires some effort to blend in the product on your lips using your fingers.
Verdict: I have tried, used, and loyally stuck to several products from Fabindia as they are indeed good and deliver what they promise. But I suggest you give this a miss. Try it only if:
(A) You wish to see that Fabindia ain’t so fab after all:-P
(B) You are a sucker for cute dibbis 😀
(C) And most importantly, if your fingers need a good warm exercise in winters in just seventy-five rupees 😛
Would you purchase this again? : No