Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

the claim

The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Berry) claims to be a leave-on lip mask that soothes and moisturizes for smoother, more supple lips.
 

the science

The ingredient list in this formulation looks extensive, but if you investigate closer, you will note that there are several alternative names for the same ingredient provided.

There are many moisturising and hydrating components. Diisostearyl Malate is present at the highest concentration and is simply a skin conditioning agent and emollient predominantly used in lip products. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is included for its ability to reinforce the skin barrier to reduce moisture loss, rather than to actually deliver hydration whereas Dimethicone helps form a protective barrier on the skin for a plumper look. Shea Butter is a plant-based emollient that mimics the lipid content of skin to promote a soft, smooth, healthy appearance. Glycerin replenishes and restores normal skin balance and hydration.

Due to its low molecular size, Sodium hyaluronate can reach deep into the dermis to combine with, maintain and attract water making it a superb natural moisturiser.
 
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
 
The formulation is also rich is berry extracts. The Lycium Chinense (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract is packed with minerals which can firm the appearance of skin whilst its amino acid content helps to smooth and improve tone and hydration. Together with Rubus Chamaemorus Seed (Cloudberry) Extract and Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), goji berries provide protection against environmental stressors.

Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract and Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract also display antioxidant effects as well as antiseptic and soothing properties. Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract provides purification, moisturisation and exfoliation properties to the balm. It contains natural salicylic acid which helps lift impurities and remove bacteria and dead skin cells for cleaner pores. Sapindus Mukorossi (Soapberry) Fruit Extract and Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract hasten skin healing and provide antibacterial support. As does Beta Glucan, a soluble fibre extracted from oats capable also of reducing redness, itching and soothing sensitive skin. Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract defends against photoageing and supports skin to restore moisture and hydration for a brighter and firmer appearance.
 
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Other ingredients are added for their binding, viscosity, emulsifying, fragrance and preservative properties.
 

the ingredients

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Synthetic Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica (CI 77019), Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone, Fragrance/Parfum, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 6 (CI 15850), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water/Aqua/Eau, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed (Cloudberry) Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside
 

the packaging

The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask comes in plastic screw top lid jar with protective inner cap and spatula.
 
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Packaging
 

the analysis

Aside from the added fragrance and colour plus the astringent nature of zinc sulphate, the CosDNA and EWG Reports are favourable.
 
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Apply generously to lips and leave on overnight. Gently wipe off remaining product from lips the next morning.
 
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Texture
 

the scent

As expected, the lip balm has a distinct, sweet berry scent.
 

the cost

The 20g jar of Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask sells for a recommended retail price of US$20.00.
 

the availability

The Laneige brand is readily available online and from skincare boutiques. I purchased mine from iHerb .
 

the expiry

The product has at least a two year shelf life. (I suggest ‘at least’ since mine is dated two years ahead but may have been sitting in a warehouse for another year or so prior to being picked for dispatch). I cannot see any use requirements following opening.
 

the performance

This product has what can be considered a cult following in the skincare community. So many people love it which is the reason why I thought it was worth investigating. I have previously been using the E.L.F. lip exfoliator to renew and soften the surface of my lips. This one has the benefit of an immediate result whereas the Laneige product acts overnight to deliver a similar effect. It is certainly far more gentle than scrubbing.

The jar appears tiny but would last a very long time given the small amount required per application so is cost effective. It also comes in four different flavours (berry, grapefruit, apple lime and vanilla). The formula of each is consistent, the berries offering the exfoliation properties of the mask. The colorants added are different between flavours. Additionally, the Apple Lime is the only one that contains silica.
 
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
The balm is quite dense and leaves a waxy and glossy cover over the skin, thicker than a regular lip balm. It’s not sticky or tacky but you can’t forget you’re wearing it either. It lasts on the lips for many hours with a recommendation to wipe the remaining amount off in the morning after overnight application.

Alternatively, as it starts to work quite rapidly, you can also apply it for a shorter period (15-60 minutes) as a quick lip freshener. There do not appear to be any ingredients in the formulation that make it sun sensitive however, I wouldn’t wear it out in direct sunlight. There is some titanium dioxide in the formula which provides sun protection but it is not sufficiently effective alone and certainly wouldn’t deliver broad spectrum cover. I have heard of some wearing it in place of a gloss but I don’t think lips need to be under the constant effect of exfoliation so I wouldn’t recommend this. I prefer to use it as intended as an overnight treatment. Furthermore, the Laneige website suggests discontinuing use if redness, itching, swelling or irritation occur after exposure to direct sunlight, perhaps preempting potential side effects of a.m. application.

Although there is a definite berry scent to this product, the sweet smell does appear to dissipate after application. The idea of overnight skincare with fragrance is nauseating to me so I wouldn’t tolerate this otherwise. The product inoffensively sits on the lips during the night. By morning, my lips feel very soft and totally exfoliated. New skin on your lip surface, totally soft and smooth and even plump. I wouldn’t wear it nightly though as I think it would over exfoliate your lips. Perhaps 2-3 times a week would be ample.
 

the conclusion

This lip treatment has earned its popularity. It leaves lips soft, plump and moisturised. It’s a great solution for dry and cracked lips and with regular use would be an effective preventative for such conditions. It’s certainly won me over too.
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Well priced Only available online in Australia
Non sticky, non tacky Added colours
Exfoliates lips thoroughly Added fragrance
Leaves lips soft and supple

 

the references

Laneige website
Diisostearyl Malate Truth In Aging
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene The Dermatology Review
Benefits of Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter for Skin Skincare Club
Dimethicone: The Truth Behind This Common Cosmetics Ingredient Britta Aragon
Glycerin Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
Goji Berry for Skin, the Long-Lived Anti-Aging Fruit Annmarie Skin Care
Cranberry Extract RAU Cosmetics
Strawberry Natural Organic Skincare
Ravi Teja Tadimalla
Blueberry As Both A Superfood And Skin Care Treatment David Maillie
Cloudberries Arctic Berries website
Fight Skin Aging with Coffee Extracts Gary Goldfaden, MD and Robert Goldfaden
Beta Glucan Skin Care Corinna Underwood
Enjoy Glowing Skin With Beta Glucan Dr Eric Zielinski

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 


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