Over the past few years we have seen a huge influx of celebrity beauty brands. From the likes of Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Lady Gaga and more, some have been a huge success, whilst others have struggled to take off despite the famous face. One that has seen the heights is none other than Rhode, a minimalist skincare brand founded by model Hailey Rhode Baldwin Bieber (or Hailey Bieber, for short). Known for their sleek and understated packaging, Rhode was an instant hit and it’s popularly has continued to soar. Arguably their most famous product is the Peptide Lip Treatment, which flew off the e-commerce shelves as soon as it was launched. But the question is: Is it actually any good? Let’s get into my Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment review and find out.
APPLICATION, TEXTURE & FINISH
As soon as I tried the Peptide Lip Treatment I absolutely loved it. It’s rich and luscious without being sticky or heavy. Unlike some other lip treatments on the market, the texture isn’t at all oily. Instead, it feels deeply moisturising and gives the lips a cushioned looked. It has the texture of a balm with the look of a natural gloss, and it layers really well on top of lipsticks and lip liners.
In terms of application, I find that the Peptide Lip Treatment works best when a little is applied – both in terms of look and wear. The treatment is packed with skin-loving ingredients, and so if you use an excess amount, you’re really only wasting product. A small amount works wonders.
SCENTS, SHADES & WEAR
At this moment in time, the Peptide Lip Treatment comes in four flavours – vanilla, watermelon slice, salted caramel and the original unscented, which is the one I own. Truthfully, as I don’t own the the scented versions, I have absolutely no idea whether or not they’re tinted as it’s not clear on the website. As colour descriptions are not mentioned on the site, I’d say it’s pretty safe to assume that they’re not tinted, but I’m not 100% sure. Either way, what I can vouch for is the unscented version, which has no smell whatsoever and is completely clear.
The wearability is pretty good, however, it is much better when you apply a small amount. As I said above, the Peptide Lip Treatment is packed with nourishing and replenishing ingredients, so you really are only going to waste product by applying too much. Also, I find that as the product wears, it does eventually ‘dry down’. Application is much easier and looks best when you’ve only had a relatively small amount on before. If you apply a lot, it’s best to remove the product before applying more.
LONG-TERM SKIN BENEFITS
A lot of lip treatments and balms on the market feel amazing on the lips when the product is applied. The instant hit of hydration feels soothing and deeply moisturising, however, the lasting hydration or skin restoration just isn’t there. When it comes to the Peptide Lip Treatment, this couldn’t be further from the case. The Peptide Lip Treatment restores the skin’s barrier, and allows your lips to maintain hydrated, soft and pillowy even when the product has faded away.
PRICE, PACKAGING & THE NITTY GRITTY
Unfortunately, I do have one criticism of the Peptide Lip Treatment. But it isn’t anything to do with the formula itself, it’s the packaging. I own both the Peptide Lip Treatment (unscented) and the Peptide Lip Tint (in the shade Toast, which is unscented) and I cannot fault the formulas – they’re beautiful – but both have developed the most horrible scent that I have only ever encountered before with cheap plastic. I feel so bad for criticising the product at all. Needless to say, I absolutely adore the formula, but I now don’t use the products because of this issue. And it’s an issue that I’ve never had before, despite owning hundreds of lip products, unscented and scented, over the past 10 years since I’ve started wearing makeup.
Once the product is on the lips, the scent is not there whatsoever. So it is definitely an issue with the packaging. Luckily, though, it’s an issue that can be addressed and fixed. I really hope they do, as I love the formula so much. I’m also hoping that I’ve just been incredibly unlucky and got a bad batch, but only time will tell.
To end the Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment review on a high, let’s talk about the price. For £16, I think you’re getting an great formula for a reasonable price. The packaging is sleek and lightweight, and easily fits into small bags. The lid is really good quality, and helps to keep the product neat and tidy.
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