Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer Review

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is rapidly gaining popularity for its moisturizing properties because of its high moisture retention capacity. HA is able to hold up to 6 litres of water! Hada Labo under Rohto-Mentholatum is one of the companies that promotes Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) in their skin care regime and is widely accepted amongst consumers. 

SHA is said to hold twice moisture retention capacity of HA and it forms a smooth, moisture locking shield to replenish and retain skin's essential moisture. SHA is extremely gentle on skin, with low sensitivity. Oil free, fragrance free and alcohol free. Suitabe for all skin types. SHA deeply penetrates and is easily absorbed by the skin. Its superb moisturization leaves skin incomparably soft and hydrated.

Recently Hada Labo had released a new product which is the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer under the Gokujyun line. With all the goodness and moisturizing properties SHA has, I was very keen to pick up a tube to try it out. So, on a fine afternoon I did just that. Hehehe...

The SHA Lip Moisturizer comes packaged in a plastic box with a translucent window showing off the tube of balm. The product's name is written in Japanese at the side of the window.
An unopened package of SHA Lip Moisturizer.

The back of the box is description of Hada Labo, the product and listed ingredients. The Lip Moisturizer contains SHA to effectively moisturize and hydrate lips. It continuously replenish moisture to keep lips moist & supple, and it has 10 hours moisture retention capability. It has low irritation, free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.

The ingredients listed is: Petrolatum, Squalene, Olea Europaea (Ollive) Fruit Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer/Synthetic Wax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.
The description and the ingredients printed at the back of the box.

This is how the package of Lip Moisturizer looked like opened and the tube taken out of the package:

The tube of Lip Moisturizer is a standard round plastic tube with a twister mechanism at the bottom. It weighs 3.5 g. There is no safety seal on the cap of the tube. The logo of Hada Labo is the only thing printed on the white tube giving it a minimalist and clean look. The twister mechanism is actually thicker than what is usually found in other tubes of lip balms and the thicker width make it easier to twist the balm out.
The sleek and clean looking tube of unopened balm. Notice the thicker twister at the bottom.

The balm is white and almost translucent in colour. There is also no scent detected when I opened the cap.
Opened tube of SHA Lip Moisturizer. Very clean and white.

To use the Lip Moisturizer, all you have to do is twist the twister mechanism at the bottom of the tube. In this case, it was fairly easy to twist the balm out of the tube because of the wider twister which I found very convenient. The balm glides easily in and out of the tube without getting stuck at the mouth of the tube.
Twisting the balm easily out. I really like the wider twister.

The SHA Lip Moisturizer goes on clear and unscented. The glide is very smooth and there is no waxy nor sticky feeling left on my lips, which I like. The balm left a subtle shine on my lips. It really does make my lips supple and moisturized upon first application. SHA rocks! The lasting power for this balm is a couple of hours before needing to reapply.

Here's what the balm looked like swatched on my hands:
A very subtle shine but very moisturizing.

My verdict: I really liked the balm because of the moisturizing effect it gave my lips. The fact that there is no colour and scent is a plus point for those who are allergic to either one or both. Guys would dig this too because there is no girly design or colour on the product, gives only a subtle shine and no girly scent. I would definitely purchase this again after I ran out of my big stash of balms to use as one of my staple balms.

Where to get it: At Guardian's Pharmacy outlets anywhere for RM19.90.

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