Sunday, 20 January 2013

Veracious Product Review: Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

Hi, everyone! Sorry for the relative lack of posts lately. School has been quite demanding over the past few weeks, but I'm finally reaching a bit of a lull (well, as much of a lull as grad school allows), so I'm hoping to be more prolific in the coming weeks!

Today's post is a review to a little product that I bought back in November and have been using religiously since. A treat quite small and unassuming, but incredibly unique and effective! From the picture below I'm sure you've gathered that this lovely treat is Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub. As noted in the description, it's a lip exfoliant that has a popcorn scent that's a delectable mix of sweet and salty goodness. Mmmm....


The scrub is contained in a cute little glass jar that's compact enough to fit in my bag, but weighty enough to feel a bit luxe. Looking at the ingredients, I was pleased to see that the list was relatively brief and that the contents were largely recognizable and natural. The main ingredients in the scrub are sugar, jojoba oil, salt, corn meal, coconut oil, and (maybe the most unique ingredient ever!), fizzy candy. This concoction makes for a truly sweet and salty treat that feels nourishing on the lips. And it's vegan!

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Ingredient List

Here's a photo to demonstrate the texture of the scrub. As you can see, it's definitely grainy (due to the sugar and salt) and has a drier texture than expected. Despite the oils in the formula, the product doesn't feel overly oily on the lips. Instead, the oils subtly blend into the lips as the scrubby bits dissolve.

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

Here's a bit of a 'before and after' to show the amazing results of the scrub. First, a "before" shot of my lips. Not the clearest photo ever (was still adjusting to my new camera), but you can tell that my lips look slightly chapped, dull, and pale.


And here is a photo of the lip scrub on my lips. As you can see, the texture really is of salt and sugar. Grainy, but the oils in the formula prevent it from being too harsh. I rub the formula into my lips for several seconds to get the exfoliation going, then (as Lush recommends, since the ingredients are all natural), I just lick off the excess. Easy!



And here's a shot of my lips after using the Popcorn scrub. They're definitely smoother, softer, and rosier! I've used lip scrubs in the past that don't do much except offer a pleasant fragrance, so it was fantastic to see that this product actually made a difference!


Here's a breakdown of the ups and downs of this great little product:

Pros:
  • A highly effective lip exfoliator! Makes a difference that you can see and feel!
  • A little goes a long way, so this tiny pot will last forever!
  • Smells incredible. Not exactly like popcorn as Lush suggests, but still an incredible mix of sweet and salty goodness.
  • Tastes delicious. Yes, the purpose of this scrub is not to eat it, but it's nice for a lip product to have a pleasant flavour. Who wants a lip scrub that tastes of wax or chemicals?
  • Vegan and cruelty-free. Always a bonus!
  • Leaves lips moisturized without a greasy feel.
Cons
  • Doesn't quite smell like popcorn. Not too much of a negative for me, but may disappoint those who are seeking that authentic movie theatre scent.
  • Slightly messy to use. Because it isn't smooth and creamy, the dry texture makes it difficult to get a good amount of product onto your finger, and there's always a bit of fallout when transferring it onto the lips.
  • Limited edition, so it might be hard to track down nowadays. 

Overall, I've really been happy with this product. This sweet, salty offering from Lush has been a saviour for my dry, chapped lips this winter. Although it's a bit difficult to use, the awkwardness of application is made up for by its incredible this effectiveness and scent! It's quite disappointing that this was a limited edition Holiday product, as the scent would definitely be appealing year-round (and because I hate touting products that may be currently difficult to find). I really hope this makes an appearance next Christmas as well!

My crush on this product makes me really curious about the other lip scrubs that Lush in in its roster. They offer a few other scents that really pique my interest (Mint Julep? Yes, please!) but I'm curious about whether these other  varieties have equally effective formulas. Have any of you tried any of the Lush Lip Scrubs? Any favourites?

Thanks for reading :)

17 comments:

  1. This is currently my favourite Lush product to date! I definitely want to try their other ones as well. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Kori! Glad you're loving it too :)

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  2. I LOVE the Lush Sugar Lip Scrubs! They're amazing. I have the one in Bubblegum, and it does wonders to my lips, especially prior to applying those MAC Mattes!

    I think that this Popcorn scent is the same as their new facewash (Let the Good Times Roll)...which I have to restrain from eating everytime I wash my face. mmmm!

    elliesvanitytable.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Danielle! Glad to hear the Bubblegum version is just as lovely and effective :) And thanks for the tip about Let the Good Times Roll- I'll have to check it out!

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  3. I'm so sad I didn't get my hands on the popcorn one! Last time I checked at a store near me they didn't have any left! But I use the "Sweet Lips" one and it is great, tastes like chocolate and vanilla and preps my lips for lipstick!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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    1. Aww, sorry to hear it's all gone! But glad to hear you've been loving Sweet Lips! Sounds yummy :)

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  4. I love the Bubblegum one. Lush lip scrub is so amazing to use to prep lips.
    xx

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    1. Good to hear the Bubblegum version is great too! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. aw too bad it's limited edition! believe it or not, i've never even heard of lip scrubs! i usually just use my toothbrush to exfoliate, but this sounds way less... abrasive haha and much more tasty! i always have super super chapped lips during winter so this would be totally up my alley, and i love popcorn so that's a plus :) i was wondering, do you have a suggestion or a review on super moisturizing lip balm? i used the Bobbi Brown lip balm and it's SO amazing- like it turns chapped rough lips to baby smooth lips in a day- but it's also $25. just wondering if you know of a cheaper alternative :)

    xo Marlen
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    1. Hey, Marlen! I think a toothbrush would work just fine, but definitely not as tasty! The Popcorn scrub (and, as I'm hearing from others, the other Lush lip scrub scents as well) really does at job at exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time! And I think by exfoliating regularly, the lips will more readily absorb any balms put on top. Here are a few balms that I really like: for a super affordable option, I love Bonne Bell Lipsmacker in the Dr. Pepper scent. Moisturizes and leaves a rosy tint. I also really like the Dr. Hauschka Lip Care stick, which is not super cheap, but better than the BB version an nice if you like herbally smells. I've also heard great things about the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (honey scented, comes in a pot)- many bloggers have been raving lately! Hope this is a helpful start :)

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    2. Super helpful! I'm liking the sound of the last one so I'll go try it out. These brutal winds have been killing my lips lol :\

      xo Marlen
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  6. It seems to be a good product.
    I like seeing Lush products but they're a little exensive and don't always work :/

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    1. Yeah, I love the brand as a whole, but I agree- the products can definitely be hit and miss. Hope this review was helpful, and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  7. Hi!

    Just found your blog. Such great reviews. I agree that the products at Lush are hit and miss...but when they are good, they are so good!The popcorn face wash called "Let The Good Times Roll" is one of my favorites as is the "Love Lettuce" mask.

    Hope you can check out some of reviews/fashion at mine and my sister's blog at http://scottsisterstyle.blogspot.com/

    Thanks,
    Megan

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    1. Thanks so much, Megan! Glad you're finding my reviews helpful. Thanks for the Lush recommendations! I'll check out your blog for sure :)

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  8. This is a great product - I own the bubblegum one! :)

    However I can't help but think that it is something we could make ourselves with sugar and oil...

    But they do smell delicious and last for ages so can't complain!

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    Shelley x

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    1. Yeah, I'm sure I could concoct something similar at home, but I agree- the scents of the Lush products are fantastic and a little really does go a long way. Glad your'e enjoying the Bubblegum version! Thanks for stopping by :)

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