The first time I saw Baby Lips, I wanted to hold one, put it deep inside my bag so that, no one can take it from me....I not a maniac but just look how adorable they are!
They finally came to India but I was confused - what are the shades? And why do they look so different?
Maybelline started advertising these everywhere but it was nowhere to be found. On top of it, even the SAs had no idea what they were. So, after a LOT of waiting they arrived in India. But they were different...very very different.....very disappointingly different.
I used the Mango Pie one but was not much impressed. When other bloggers were deep in its love, I was trying to find what to love. I was loving the smell. But the promise of great lips in seven days was not looking strong. I tried to skip lipstick for an entire week which is super tough for me in case you are wondering and use Maybelline Baby Lips Mango Pie for an entire week, reapplying whenever I could. I was not seeing any difference in my lips. The texture is smooth but it just seemed to be on my lips protecting it. It didn't repaired them. Not that I started with bad lips but I do expect it to repair the seldom dry skins that I get in harsh AC environment but it didn't. It was just a simple balm which only protects - nothing additional.
I was this close in ordering another Brut's Bee Lip Balm but then I thought why not try the ones sold in US? I got the peppermint one. This is the one I wanted all the time I was obsessed with Maybelline Baby Lips.
So, lets start comparing -
Before I start, I must mention that I am not aware in which country which one sold. As far as I know the ones in India are sold everywhere in Asia and also in Australia I guess. The rest of the world gets the ones sold in US. So, I will regard them as Asian and Non Asian.
1. Packaging - The Non-Asian one is wayyyyy cuter. The Baby Lips is written the transparent cap. I was sure it will break. So, I put both of them in my bag. Last week they both spent their time rolling inside my bag and I cannot see any harm done.
The cuter one gets one point.
2. Claims - Both have similar claims. But nothing extraordinary is written on the package. In reality, none of them stays for 8 hours for sure. Also, the Non-Asian one protects, repairs and rejuvenates but the other one does only protects.
The cuter one gets another point for repairing nature.
3. Ingredient List - Both have similar ingredients.
There are slight deviations which is primarily because of the comparison between the colored and care range. I seriously do not wish to get another Mango Pie..sorry.
What my concern here is - if both have such similar ingredients then, why does the texture is different?
Whom should I give points in this case?
4. Texture - The most important part of a lip balm. Here, they differ 100%. Both are light and non waxy but Asian one is creamier - something like Avon, Lipice, Lotus...fill me in because nothing is coming to me at this moment. Its just sits on my lips unnaturally like a gloss while I wait it to be absorbed by my lips like a balm.
The Non-Asia one is more like Nivea....ahh good example as most have used it. A little spreads on your lips without making it greasy or oily as it has a lighter texture. This one is instantly absorbed and moisturizes your lips.
Also, I can see the Mango Pie melting in my bag in summer. The peppermint is stronger in the bullet.
Overall - I loved the Non Asian one for all the points that the Asian one failed. Its cuter, rejuvenates repairs, a little is required, better texture to withstand summer and.....cuter! The ONLY point it failed is its not available in India.
Peppermint - 4 $ ( 212 INR) + shipping
Mango Pie - 125 INR (2.35 $)
So, yes it failed in the price section but then they are giving quality products.
Is this the reason for the difference in quality?
The need to keep a very low price so, that they could have sold more?
"Itna paisa mein yeich milega!!" (You will get only this much for this price)
Please share your thoughts...