As a rule, I’m not a fan of winter, and my negative feelings toward the season are only exacerbated by annoying beauty problems like chapped lips. Judging from the bottom of my handbag, it’s safe to say that I’ve found quite a few products that do the trick at curing a dry pout, but I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting formulas that kick this mega-annoyance to the curb.
Balms, sticks, butters, gloss—I’ve tried them all, but surprisingly, I haven’t personally given lip masks a try. So when the launch of a new formula, nügg Lip Mask ($8, nuggbeauty.com), popped up in my inbox at the same time I was experiencing very visible lip dryness, it was almost serendipitous.
The concept of lip masks isn’t anything new. It’s basically the same thing as putting on a face mask, except you slather the super rich formula all over your lips with hopes they will feel smooth and moisturized after you wipe it off. nügg’s creamy version comes in a little gold ball that looks just like a Golden Snitch from “Harry Potter,” which was enough for me to give it a shot.
Made with natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter, it works to moisturize your lips and plump them up with licorice root complex.
I scooped out a bit of the formula and gently rubbed it on my lips. I should add that I was sick and dehydrated, so they really needed some TLC. It’s not gloopy, but instead feels like you’ve just put on a really thick lip balm or lotion. As per the instructions, I left it on my lips for about 20 minutes and then wiped it off with a tissue.
My lips weren’t super flaky to begin with, but there were some dry patches that needed attention. When I took off the product, my lips definitely felt smoother and like they got the dose of hydration they needed. It wasn’t cure all, though. I still put on some balm before bed—but it got me on track for healthier-looking (and feeling!) lips, for sure.
The process felt luxe—I’m sure the packaging helped—and I can say it made having dry, winter (probably fever-induced) lips suck a little less.
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