Purchased by me (Affiliate links)
As previously noted, I purchased one of the few remaining TATCHA GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balms when I attended The Beauty Event at Barneys New York at The Grove in Los Angeles that featured TATCHA and Surratt. I had been wanting to purchase this museum worthy beauty for some time, but could no longer resist its gold leaf-laden charms. I must confess that it is so uncharacteristically beautiful for a lip balm that it took me many days of coaxing myself before I was able to pierce the lovely surface with my finger. I felt as though I was touching a medieval altarpiece while a guard turned away at a museum, and that I would surely be caught and hauled away! Once I worked up the courage, there was no turning back-- and this beauty is every bit as amazingly effect and pleasant as it is beautiful. I should also mention that Kyoko Getz used this luxury lip balm on me during my truly amazing TATCHA facial at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.
According to TATCHA,
This intensely hydrating lip balm absorbs quickly and smoothly, leaving lips soft and touchable. The 24-karat gold leaf crushes upon application. Hand-laid 24-karat gold leaf adds a touch of sensual shimmer. Ideal for all skin types.
As one might guess from the nourishing list of ingredients, GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm is remarkably hydrating and nourishing, and has the ability to render parched lips utterly soft and smooth with little coaxing. I tried it on chapped lips, and was delighted that it delivered relief instantly. My lips were quickly transformed from dry to supple, and as such this makes a miraculous base for dry lipstick formulas. In fact, it makes an extraordinary base for all lipstick formulas. It can be used day or night, and once you try it you may be inclined to over-use it, as do I!
While I have far more lip balms than any reasonable person could ever use or need, trust me when I say that this one immediately soared to the top of my must-have list. When efficacy, beauty and a delightful visceral experience while using a product merge so elegantly-- it is hard not to reach for it repeatedly. This is luxury skincare of the highest order!
FORMULATED WITHOUT: Mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
Overall assessment: While the packaging is extraordinarily beautiful and elegant, the true wonder is in how well TATCHA GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm performs. That said, something that is so gorgeous and effective is even more satisfying to use. The visceral experience of rubbing this remarkable lip balm into your lips is utterly joyful. This product has earned a resounding A+, in my opinion!
$36.00 for 0.28 oz. Available from TATCHA and Barneys New York (Affiliate Links).
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