Remember how I accidentally used Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask on my face instead of over the lips? Well, that took me quite an effort to cleanse the product off my face. For the same reason, this lip mask is very effective in clinging on to the lips and keeping them moisturized for hours.
I’ve had the chance to use Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask when my sis-in-law passed me a small pot to try. Let’s see how this compares with my favorite lip care product – DHC Lip Cream.
Update Dec 2020: This post was first published in Feb 2020. After using this lip mask daily for close to a year, I’m probably only halfway through the pot which makes it super value for money. I’m also loving it more with time. Will be repurchasing! Rating bumped up to 4.5/5.
Tell Me More about Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Even though this product is listed as a sleeping mask for the lips, I thought Laneige Lip Mask can be used anytime, just like a lip cream or lip balm.
Made in Korea, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is said to melt away dead skin cells making the lips smooth and moist by the next morning. Here’s more write-up from its official website about how the lip mask works in keeping the lips nourished:
“Laneige’s patented moisture technology forms a moisturizing film which helps to retain moisture and lock-in active ingredients such as hydro ion mineral water, evening primrose root extract, and Hunza Apricot extract for skin to absorb throughout the sleep.”
Comes in a 20ml pot, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is available in four scents, namely berry, grapefruit, apple lime, and vanilla. The one I’m reviewing today is a “Berry” scent made of a combination of Raspberry, Strawberry and Blueberry. Let’s find out its pros and cons.
What’s Great about Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask?
1. Smooth & Well-Moisturized Lips
True to its description, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is so moisturizing it makes my dry lips feel so comfortable.
In fact, after just a few days of usage, the dead/dried skin on my lips rolled away to reveal smoother and healthier lips. This is one of the best lip care products I’ve tried.
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2. Long-Lasting Protection
Once applied, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask can last many hours, even after a shower or a good night of rest.
And don’t worry about it coming off after a drink. Because this waxy product is able to cling onto the skin so firmly I had a hard time removing it when I accidentally applied it all over my face the other time (I thought it was a face mask. What a joke! :))
On the lips, you don’t have to worry about the “clinginess” as lips don’t get clogged or suffer acne as easily as the face. In fact, this “clinginess” is a good thing because it means you don’t have to reapply often to keep your lips hydrated.
Looking at the ingredients, now I understand why it took me so much effort to remove the product when I mistakenly used it on my face. Look at how many “wax” we have in the list. Oh, I see butter too!
Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter, Synthetic Wax, Candelilla Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aromatics, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Carnauba Wax…
3. Comfortable After-feel
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask feels a little oily to the touch, but isn’t sticky. If you are used to wearing moisturizing lipstick or lip balm, you should feel very comfortable wearing Laneige lip mask.
4. Soft Glossy Effect
I love the glossy effect it has on my lips. It’s a subtle shine that helps my lips look plumper and more kissable. Heh!
I’ve also tried layering over with a lipstick, and the colour sat on nicely.
5. Product can last years
The pot jar may look small. 20g may sound little. But as compared to DHC Lip cream that contains only 1.5g of product, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which has 13 times the quantity would last a very long time.
If my DHC Lip Cream can last me 6 months, I think this sleeping mask can last me 5 years? LOL!
6. Reasonable Price
Although its’ recommended retail price is S$27, I can often find it available online at a good discount (view latest price).
Considering that Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask contains 13 times the quantity as compared to DHC Lip Cream, I think it’s quite cheap.
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What’s Not Great?
1. Less Convenient Packaging
Although I find Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask effective in combating dryness, this product is not the most convenient lip care product to use.
Unlike a lipstick form, I have to twist the lid open, dab my finger into the greasy balm, and swipe it over my lips. After that, I have to close the lid and clean my greasy finger. Did I mention that the product would get under my long nails? Perhaps it won’t last me 5 years. :)
My Poor T-Shirt
Having to clean the finger after every application is too tedious for me. As such, I often habitually (and lazily) wipe my fingers off my t-shirt. Heh!
Poor T-shirt, I wonder if the washing detergent is able to remove the waxy balm.
TIP: I’ve come up with a good way to cleanse the balm off my finger. Instead of wiping it against my T-shirt, I now rub my finger against my knee, elbow or ankle. This kills two birds with one stone – cleanse & moisturize drier part of the body.
2. Can’t Line Lips Properly
By right, we should use the applicator to line the lips. But that’s in an ideal scenario when you have the time to wash the applicator after every use.
I normally would just use my fingers instead. It’s quicker! However, it also means that the gloss may go out of the lip lines. A lipstick-form such as DHC Lip Cream would solve the problem, but it may also mean getting lesser product.
3. Less Portable
Yes, I know the pot is small, but it’s more bulky to carry than a slim lipstick. So far, I’ve never brought it out of home and doubt I’ll bother bringing it for overseas trip.
Understandably, this product was designed for use only during bedtime. So, can’t really fault it on its design though it would be great if a product can be used anytime, anywhere.
4. The Scent
I’m not a fan of the smell. Instead of a “berry” scent, I thought it reminded me more of chewing gum. But scent preference is a very subjective matter. Some may love it.
In any case, there are three other scents to choose from – grapefruit, apple lime and vanilla
5. Any Color Boost to the Lips?
Some may think that the pinky balm would offer some colour to the lips. Well, it doesn’t. Remember, this is a bedtime product. And it may actually be a good thing for the balm to be colourless as nothing visible would transfer to your pillow.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is an effective lip cream that moisturizes well and offers hours of protection. If you are looking for a lip care product that’s great for indoor use and don’t mind the pot container, then go ahead and give this Korean lip mask a try.
It is super value for money, given the quantity that you get. Just don’t use it on the face like I foolishly did. Rating: 4.5/5.
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(This post was first published in Feb 2020, and last updated to include latest opinion.)
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