Today I'm showing you a few swatches and giving you my thoughts on Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment in Coral. I have owned and repurchased Plum, so it may come as no surprise that I am a big fan of this formula. I know that $22 is pretty steep for something that amounts to a lip balm, but it is my favorite lip balm; I think I can say, hands down, that it's the best I've used. Does the increase in satisfaction justify the increase in price? I don't know, but I can say that they aren't necessarily directly proportional... For me, the difference is worth it, especially since I use both of my lip treatments (Coral and Plum) as cosmetic AND treatment items, rather than just one or the other. I have no problem dropping $22 on a quality lipstick, so Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment kind of gets lumped into that category; it's a lip color that also happens to feel divine, smell amazing (like sugared lemon!), and make my lips the softest and plushest they can be.
And that's what really sets this product apart for me; it feels absolutely amazing on, very smooth and cushiony without being uncomfortably slick, greasy, waxy, or sticky, and leaves my lips free of dead skin and looking velvety soft and completely hydrated. The soft-but-noticeable tint makes it a beautiful option for keeping in a purse. And, if I put these on before bed, they'll last all night; this means that during the day, I only really need to touch up after eating or drinking, otherwise they'll go strong for a good few hours. Plus, the case is adorable; it's a brushed metal in the color of the balm. It's got some weight to it, and unscrews. I think that Fresh did a good job of upgrading the packaging to reflect the price hike; you really do feel like this is a quality product when you hold it in your hand, not just a run of the mill $2 lip balm that's got a snazzy new label.
Just how tinted are these babies? Well, Plum is a little more subtle, so I was not expecting the rush of color that's in Coral. It's definitely bright and noticeable, although not opaque. The color itself leans more pink than orange, although I think it is fair to still call this shade coral. It's perfect for summer; it brightens up my face, softens my lip, and offers sun protection (it has an SPF of 15). If you get it in your mouth, it leaves the faintest bitter taste in the back of my mouth, which I believe is from the SPF; I've had this problem with other sunblocking lip balms.
Here it is swatched heavily on the left, and lightly on the right. This is just about as dark and as light as you can get this product.
Summary: I love this product, and will continue to purchase Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatments as they release colors that appeal to me or as I run out of my current go-tos. The main criticism I have heard associated with this product is the price, but that is subjective; it is worth it to me to have a lip color that leaves my lips in great condition, but it's a personal decision. Price aside, I think this is a great product and might even be my "Holy Grail" tinted lip balm. Coral is a great color for summer; it's sheer but bright, and I think it would be flattering on a variety of skin tones as it doesn't lean too orange or too cool.
Have you guys used Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment? Have you checked out Coral?