Another Baby Lips formula? Yes, please. :D
I'm not a die-hard fan of Baby Lips or anything but I always grab a few when they come out with the new collection. I have one in every color from the Original first-gen Baby Lips, then the Neon version came along so I picked up a few more and now the Medicated ones, of course, I had to treat myself for yet a few more. This new medicated version couldn't have come at a better time since where I live, the cold weather is right around the corner (and I'm really not happy about it).
The new Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Lip Balms come in a white and pastel theme which I find super adorable. I almost already feel “soothed” just by looking at the packaging alone. ;) The overall appearance is pretty much like the original Baby Lips except for the logo being printed on a sticker that wraps around the tube instead of on the tube itself. Once you peel the sticker off, it will reveal drug facts underneath.
The Medicated formula contains 0.50% Menthol to help “soothe” sore, chapped lips, and to provide 12-hour hydration to combat dryness, so the first thing I noticed was the toned down scent that reminded me of Vicks VapoRub/Halls cough drop (sorry, no fruity scent in this version!). It's not super strong or anything and will go away quickly upon application. I know a lot of people are put off by anything cough syrupy scent-related but for me, I actually enjoy the medicinal scent! I don't know why! I also noticed a refreshingly cooling/tingling sensation on my lips too, just very slightly, nothing burning or anything. As for the 12-hour hydration, it's a completely misleading claim, I didn't even get past the 3 hour mark before I felt the need to reapply. So there is no staying power to this Medicated version.
I picked up 3 colors out of 6 offered:
- 35 Too Cool – clear
- 40 Pink Me Up – pink
- 55 Coral Crave – coral
All three colors look pretty pigmented in the tube but will go on extremely sheer on the lips. In fact, the tint is almost impossible to see on my pigmented lips. They are definitely sheerer than the original Baby Lips and the Neon Baby Lips. As for the finish, they leave a shiny appearance with a slightly waxy feel with a lot of slip to them that I don't particularly like. And as a side note, these do not have any SPF in them like some of the original Baby Lips do.
I'd like to point out one thing about having menthol as an ingredient in a lip balm, though. Honestly I don't know if that's a good thing? It may instantly relieve the soreness and dryness upon application but I doubt it would be good for your lips long term. I'd think it would dry out your lips even more according to a lot of studies (which you can do a research online – it's still a debatable issue).
If you are looking for a temporary, easy, and inexpensive fix for dry lips, these Medicated Baby Lips are definitely an option. They provide a sheer tint to give you something a little extra more than just a plain lip balm. I'm planning to toss one of these in my makeup bag, one in the car, and maybe one at work just to instantly add hydration to my lips. I wouldn't personally and specifically rely on them to be my permanent repair balm since they would not withstand an hour of extreme cold and dryness of the Winter where I live.