Interestingly Ciate have also included a little transparent lip-balm-scrub within the range that is supposed to prep and prime lips for the balms. The bullet is infused with eco-friendly micro exfoliating particles to gently smoothen lip surface and buff away any flaking, dryness or roughness, whilst a blend of seaweed extracts encourage cell renewal to revive dull, dehydrated lips. It sounds great, but practically speaking this left me feeling somewhat disappointed; the balm is perfectly pleasant, but I felt no scrubbing action whatsoever as the concentration of exfoliating particles is so low. You need to use a lot to even get down to the first traces of scrub infused within the balm, which realistically don't really do much at all. I'm also not sure why you need to prep and prime ahead of using an already moisturising and comfortable formula - it just seems like an additional unnecessary and costly step. Although I really like the balms themselves, give this one a miss and treat yourself to another shade instead. Which one would you opt for?
The Ciate Pretty Stixs are available in ten shades online now (via ASOS, Feel Unique & Look Fantastic) priced £16.00 each.
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