[Products marked * were provided by PR for review. All opinions are my own, unbiased. No affiliate links.]
I'm always torn at this time of year. On the one hand, it's too damned hot and I want to wear my new boots and I'm ready for some change, so I'm eagerly awaiting the change of seasons.
On the other, I'm always hopelessly behind in my blog schedule and need to post all of the summer features that I wanted to cover.
Like this one.
But it's ok! Because this will be handy all year round, for all those absurdly popular matte lipsticks right now (although Tracy is right. Why are they all BROWN? And pink BROWN. And mauve BROWN. And red BROWN.).
I love me a good matte lipstick (some favorites here and here), but they can require some extra prep work. And sometimes your lips really aren't feeling it, even if you are. A balm can help, but it can also change the texture of your matte lipstick a little too much, or the color, or make it slippery. I've never thought of a skincare product for lips filling in, but that's what I have here - and it totally works.
Nuxe's Nuxuriance Ultra line contains anti-aging products with ingredients like bougainvillea, wakame, and saffron. The product I'm talking about today is the Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Contour Cream* (0.5 oz for $49), which is a two-in-one cream for eyes and lips. I tried it on eyes a couple of times, but I've already got favorite night and daytime creams (Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel and Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream, respectively; the first is a great depuffing, firming gel, and the second has brightening properties) and this one doesn't compete there - it could be doing some anti-aging action, but I don't notice any depuffing. Where it does, shine, however, is as a lip cream.
It's different from their cult classic lip balm*; this cream sinks into lips immediately, making them soft and smooth. It's not waxy or sticky, and doesn't contain smoothing silicones (full ingredients list here). I like it at night, as a treatment - and I don't have to worry about balm traveling onto my pillow or on to the rest of my face - or, like I said earlier, as a quick prep step before wearing a matte lipstick. Because it sinks in immediately, it doesn't affect lipstick application. I pump the tiniest dot on my ring finger, gently smooth product into my lips, and boom - all done. It's not a balm, meant for reapplication - it's a skincare treatment. It's excellent.
I know, lip treatments aren't ever on my list of things I need to buy, but sometimes (especially in the winter), it's nice to be able to pull one out. This is on the pricier end at $49 for 0.5 oz, and while I dot think everyone needs a lip cream, it's one of those items that's nice to have on hand. In the US, it's available on Nuxe's website.