£16 for a Lip Balm!? Can Clinique Justify the Price?

I spent how much on a lip balm? I think what would be more worrying is if we totalled up the cost of all the lip balms I own at the moment, as I definitely have too many. I tried to justify my purchase with the idea that this is a lip mask rather than just a lip balm, and that my holy grail Nuxe lip balm seems to be doing nothing for my lips lately. I’ve been trying the Clinique PepStart lip mask for a few weeks now and thought I’d let you know whether the price is justifiable.

Clinique Pepstart Lip Mask

The packaging is quite cute, light pink and white, though the plastic tube is nothing unique. I’m not sure how they could’ve amped up the packaging, but for the price I would expect more. Obviously, the packaging isn’t the be all and end all, but for the price it would’ve been nice to see something with slightly more ‘wow factor.’ In the tube you get 10ml of lip mask, which is about average for tube lip balms, from what I can see anyway; I can’t complain about the contents at all.

The product itself is marketed as a lip mask, though Clinique also say to apply when your lips need a boost and before lipstick as well. I am more than happy to use this anytime my lips are feeling dry, while also applying a thicker layer than normal before bed. I’m always one to recommend using a lip balm, especially if you have dry lips as it can help stop your lipstick going quite so patchy clinging to dry patches.

Clinique Pepstart Lip Mask

As for the actual product, I do like it. It’s a thick formula, I can see why it’s marketed as a mask, you can coat the lips quite thoroughly and allow it to sink in throughout the night. I don’t however find it works absolute miracles during that time. If I go to bed with my lips feeling dry, they aren’t miraculously hydrated by morning, but I didn’t expect this (even for the price) as my skin is an extra special type of dry. While this isn’t a miracle cure it is nice to use through the day when my lips are feeling thirsty. I also don’t feel as bad about the price as I managed to score 20% off.

Would I recommend this if you have normal/dry lips as an overnight treatment, that’s a yes. However, if your lips veer towards the more dry/dehydrated side you might as well pick up the Nuxe Reve de Miel and lather that on as it has a similar effect and is £6 cheaper, sometimes more. I’m not quite sure how anyone can justify £16 for a lip balm, be it marketed as a mask or not, and I’m well aware some charge more than that. I am still a firm believer in Clinique’s skincare range, though this won’t be a repurchase for me.

You can find the Clinique PepStart Lip Mask on the Clinique website for £16.


  1. BeautyandTheBoy
    August 15, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    To be honest i dont think i would ever pay that the most ive paid was like £26 for a lip balm and that was insane haha i dont even know why i did it haha


    • Beth
      August 17, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      I don’t think I’d ever pay that much again! It was a good experiment though x

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