I've become a major lip product junkie within the last few years. It wasn't always this way. My mom would always urge me to add some color to my lips, but I was too focused on playing up my eyes. Lips weren't a major deal for me. Blogging opened me up to a whole new world of lipsticks, glosses, balms, and colors.
Last month I showed you the Wet n Wild Megaslicks Lip Balm Stains. After swatching and trying them on, I realized that I had discovered some lip color gold. At the same time, I found NYC's version, with more shades and at the same price. I skipped on them that time, but went back for a few a short time later.
I emerged from CVS with just 3 of the 12 shades:
- Riverside Rose - rosy pink
- Ballroom Blush - bright reddish pink
- Brooklyn Brown Stone - pinkish brown
These crayon-like balms don't just leave a silky, glossy finish on your lips; they also provide a substantial amount of color. I thought they would be more like a washed out tint, but they're definitely a step higher.
NYC vs Wet n WildIn comparison to the WnW balm stains, these seem to be a little less rich in color. Another difference is that the caps on the WnW balms snap closed (which I like), but the NYC balms kind of glide closed, so the cap comes off easier (something to consider if you keep them in your purse). They are the same price ($2.99 at CVS), however, the NYC ones have a little less product in them despite being longer in size. The advantage that NYC has is that they offer 6 more shades than Wet n Wild. Also the Wet n Wild balm stains give a minty effect after application and I think the color lasts longer than the NYC lip colors.
So, which one should you choose? I'd say try one from each brand! I tend to lean toward the Wet n Wild balm stains. If I want additional colors, I don't mind going for the NYC line!
*Products mentioned were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.