04 December, 2011

They Captured the Burning Lip Flavor Perfectly

When EdenFantasys added some new lip gloss tubes to their products, I decided I wanted to give them a try. I wanted to try this lip gloss first, but it was out of stock in the flavor I wanted. I settled on trying the strawberry flavored EroStick instead. I really wish I had just waited until the other lip gloss had come back in stock instead.

EroStick comes packaged in a pretty big box. It’s big enough to just about fit a regular sized tube of toothpaste in it. The packaging states this is a “clear lip gloss with a warming glow.” Basically, this is a warming lip gloss. In small letters on the back, the packaging states this is dermatologist and allergy tested. The sleeve looks pretty nice. It’s red and black and the front has lip prints on it. Inside of the paperboard sleeve is a black box with some shiny black designs on it. It’s cut away to show the lip gloss tube, which is held firmly in place by paperboard.




Ingredients:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Flavor (Aroma),  Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Water (Aqua/Eau), Laureth-4, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Sodium Saccharin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide,  Menthoxypropanediol

I’ll now break down the ingredient list as to what the ingredients do.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene: Skin conditioner/lip plumper
Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer: Creates gel-like viscosity
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil: Common in bath and beauty products. Acts as a lubricant.
Phenoxyethanol: Fragrance/preservative. May irritate skin, eyes, or lungs.
Laureth-4: Common in antiperspirants and shower gels. May be irritating to skin.
Vanillyl Butyl Ether: Skin conditioning agent.
Sodium Saccharin: Artificial sweetener.
Tocopheryl Acetate: Skin conditioner. Listed as being a human skin toxicant (toxic to human skin). High doses cause tumors in animals.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil: Skin conditioner and moisturizer. May be irritating to skin.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate: Skin conditioner and fragrance. May be irritating to skin.
Tribehenin: Skin conditioner. Made with glycerin, which some users may be sensitive to.
Sorbitan Isostearate: Surfactant.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: Skin conditioner.
Menthoxypropanediol: Flavor and fragrance agent.

As you can see, some of these ingredients are listed as being irritating to skin. They’re mostly chemicals, with only two natural oils and water.

Inside of the black box is the EroStick tube. It’s clear with a metallic dark gray plastic lid. Attached to the lid is the wand. The tube is just over 4 ½ inches tall, which is an average size for a tube of lip gloss. It contains .16 ounces of lip gloss. There aren’t any designs or labels on the tube, except for a small sticker on the bottom of the tube. This just states the flavor, Tempt-Me-Strawberry, and that this is a warming, clear lip gloss. Inside of the tube, the lip gloss is a see-through hot pink.



Rubbing on this gloss, I am hit immediately by two things: a pleasant strawberry scent and an overwhelming burning feeling. The strawberry smells like it has a bit of vanilla to it as well. The burning feels like I either just lit my lips on fire or I have some strange skin eating disease on my lips. It starts as soon as the lip gloss is on and intensifies quite a bit from the initial burn. I honestly can’t even determine the flavor of this stuff, because as soon as I lick my lip, my tongue gets a burning sensation as well. After a while, my lips feel pretty nasty and infected, with wet patches of gloss on top of burning sensations. I do have somewhat sensitive skin, especially when it comes to detergents and chemicals. I did not notice any long-term damage to my lips.

In appearance on lips, this is indeed a clear, somewhat shiny gloss. It feels smooth and does not get sticky. I tested how long I could keep this stuff on my lips, which was about 3 hours, until I needed a drink of water. It didn’t get sticky or tacky. It does attract an obscene amount of lint compared to other lip glosses. I had a ton of cat hair on my lips without even being anywhere near my cats.

The purpose of this lip gloss, according to the box, is to act kind of like a warming lube. You just kiss your partner and they’ll have warming sensations where they’ve been kissed. However, my fiancĂ© did not want me anywhere near him with this. I gave him a kiss on the lips with it, and he agreed it does burn lips, even with just a hint on them.

This is pretty easy to wipe off. I got most of it off with a tissue, and then I just rinsed my lips off and wiped them with a napkin. Afterwards, I applied a gentle, natural lip balm to soothe my lips and moisturize them again. As soon as I got EroStick off, the burning sensation went away.

The packaging is pretty nice looking and the lip gloss tube is discreet. Both of these work towards this making a good gift. However, the burning sensation is extremely uncomfortable and made me wish I didn’t have lips to have smeared this on. I do not recommend gifting this to someone unless they have tried it before and enjoyed it.

I’m extremely disappointed in Kama Sutra’s EroStick. It looks cool on the product page, but it turns out being pretty foul. I’m not sure if this is something with just the strawberry flavor or if all of the flavors are like this. I wouldn’t be as disappointed if EdenPoints had covered this purchase or if I received this item to review. Since I actually shelled out money for this, I’m extremely disappointed. 

I give Kama Sutra's EroStick lip gloss 1/5 stars.

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