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E.L.F. Studio Lip Exfoliator (review)

Gently exfoliate lips to remove dry, chapped skin with our Lip Exfoliator! A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This Lip Exfoliator treats and smooths lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel.

Chicago winters are brutal and nightmare for dry lips like mine. They chap, they peel, they flake and they occasionally bleed too. Along with moisturizing and hydrating the lips with lip balms and lip oils, I find lip scrubbing very helpful. If done correctly and not very frequently it can result in much smoother and softer lips.
Sometimes, I get lip sores in winter. In those time Abreva is my drug of choice. I do not disturb my lip sores by scrubbing. It can lead to spreading of infection, causing more harm than good. 

Lip scrubs are very basic. A simple D.I.Y with olive oil or cold pressed sweet almond oil along with some granulated sugar works good to exfoliate any dry and chapped lips, but lazy souls (like me) in this world need easy solution. Often I find a clean tooth brush or wash cloth working fine for exfoliating dry lips, but then it can get harsh and there is no conditioning of lips with this method.

Lip scrubs usually come in pots. I was intrigued by the idea of lip scrub in form of a lipstick. E.L.F is a very affordable drugstore brand and for $3 for this product, it was not too expensive to try.

Color: Clear with brow bits of granules suspended in it. 

Texture and Consistency: Grainy, rough yet not scratchy, thick, waxy stick

Scent and Flavor: It has no flavor or taste, but I do smell some vanilla mixed with oils. It is not unpleasant at all, but not amazing either. 

Application: I use as suggested. Apply on clean, damp lips and massage in a circular motion to exfoliate. Then use a moistened cotton pad with water to gently wipe away scrub. Follow with a lip balm or gloss to condition. 
Initially I applied it directly on dry lips and it did not work at all. The product was too dry and stiff to even move. It tugged the lips bad. Scrapping the tip of the product did help a bit. Using it on damp lips is the perfect way to go.

Feel and Effect on the lips: It is not too scratchy to begin with. The granules are gentle yet potent enough to buff off the dead skin on the lips without hurting or irritating. There is not tingling at all. I believe there are other new minty flavors in this range. They might have that minty tingle. Not this one though. This leaves the lips velvety smooth, soft and gets rid of the flaky, dry patches and crusty gross dead skin if any. The whole exfoliating process helps with increased circulation of blood flow towards the lips, in turn making it appear more plump. This effect is short lived. It is not a lip plumper. I do find that the product is not moisturizing enough to my liking, considering the number of good oils it has. I need to apply a lip balm after exfoliating. 

Packaging: The packaging is the best part. For $3, it is pretty sturdy. Snaps shuts and looks chic as well. It is well made.

Verdict: This is not my absolute favorite Lip exfoliator, but it is the most convenient one to carry. It does the job of scrubbing pretty well, but I do find it a little drying afterwards. Also, over scrubbing can lead to raw lips, causing it to peel more in the longer run. It is an OK product. Worth giving it a try. The most affordable one in the market so far. 

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