i received this for free for my birthday from sephora, like many of you also did. i didn't even touch this until the past two months when i decided to put these in my bag for when i need to use them on the go.
the first thing about these lip balms is that they're TINY! they are free though and the full sized ones are definitely bigger. i keep these in a little makeup bag for my purse so it's nice that they're small, but if these were just floating loose in my bag, i'd lose them all the time lol
the packaging on these is gorgeous. i felt so dumb because the first time i tried to open them, i kept pulling at the cap and i was so confused as to why they wouldn't open. and then i figured out you twist the caps off. that makes them feel so classy even though they're tiny little samples!
as for the product itself, i like them but damn i would never purchase these for full price. these haven't worked miracles on my lips or done anything that a cheaper lip balm can't do. i love my nivea kiss of smoothness lip balms - those are my HG and they're significantly cheaper and they're just so moisturizing! i don't feel like these compare at all.
it's nice that a tinted lip balm is included too. in the photo with the swatch above, it's probably nicer to just look at the little thumb nail because the actual photo is total crap, but it just gives a sense of the color. it's not very pigmented and i didn't expect it to be. if you have the burt's bees pomegranate lip balm, this one does the same thing but with a slightly rosier color. on my lips though, it doesn't really show up because i have really pigmented lips that are already very close in color to the color of this lip balm.
all in all, i'm glad i got some free lip balms to throw in my everyday makeup bag! would i repurchase the full size? nope!
what are your thoughts on the free sephora birthday fresh duo?