10 October 2012

Balmi VS EOS


The blogosphere has been going wild for EOS lip balm reviews for months and months now, but as a US product which can be hard to get hold of here in the UK, Balmi saw an opening in the British market and took it. I have a few EOS balms and I love them and I have been intrigued by Balmi, so I was happy to see one in my August Editors Picks Latest in Beauty box. Balmi lip balms are a blend of ingredients which help to give lips long lasting daily care and protection and can be used by even those with the most sensitive of skins. They contain lots of lovely ingredients such as antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil which are great for moisturisation, smoothing and softening.  But Balmi doesn't just moisturise your lips. They also protect from sunshine and UV rays with a built in SPF15. They also come in five flavours (I have the blackcurrant one!) But are they any good?


Well first off, the scent. I don't know about the other scents in the range (strawberry, coconut, mint and raspberry) but this one smells amazing and it smells very 'real'. Balmi itself is a little heavier than an EOS balm and I think that's because the sphere is completely full of product inside, whereas I don't think the EOS ones are. The Balmi lip balms, which can be found in Boots nationwide and online, cost £4.99. And this has left my lips soft and moisturised. But does that mean it's better than EOS?
There's one thing that hit me straight away when I opened my Balmi lip balm for the first time and that is the texture of the lip balm itself. It is so incredibly shiny and it looks unnatural. And that's because it isn't! EOS lip balms have one up on Balmi and that is that their products are natural and organic. I also think Balmi are limiting their market. Their website says 'Girls go Balmi!'.. for Balmi, by the looks of things. But what about the male beauty market? Another thing I don't like about Balmi is that it comes with a phone charm attached to the bottom. God knows why?! I think it is the most ridiculous, money wasting (although I know you can get 100 phone charm cords from eBay for roughly 99p) gimmick that by the looks of things, has done nothing but irritate customers. And let's not forget the little disc at the bottom which easily comes off, exposing product at the bottom of the sphere which is completely open to bacteria and germs. 

This is not a lip balm I would ever take out with me, and it will stay in my makeup storage to try and keep it away from as much germs and bacteria as possible. Whereas EOS is perfectly handy for popping in your hand bag, smells equally as good if not better depending on the scent you pick, and is completely natural and organic. I like that there is a dupe for the EOS balms here in the UK, as I know how frustrating it is to lust after American products. But EOS is now available in the UK if you look in the right places. I've linked a few places below where you can find EOS in the UK, and although they usually retail at £6, the £1 difference is nothing at all when you are getting, in my opinion, a better-for-you, lovelier product.

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  1. want one of those eos balms
    www.adoramehitabel.blogspot.com
    @adoramehitabel

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    1. They are so worth it so I would definitely recommend picking one (or several!) up! :) xo

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  2. Good comparison! I prefer my EOS although to be perfectly honest, have never tried Balmi...
    I use sunscreen anyway (even on my lips) so that gimmick would be wasted on me, but I suppose that's good for those who don't remember to put sunscreen on!
    xx

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    1. I just prefer natural products all round to be honest! xo

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  3. I've got the Balmi in the mint flavour, and I absolutely love it, but I haven't ever tried EOS so I can't compare. Now I know there a places to get them from, I will definitely be trying EOS! :) xx

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    1. You should definitely pick up some EOS balms, you will never look back, I promise! :) xo

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  4. they look so nice!:)

    http://laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. They are both lovely products but EOS definitely wins for me! xo

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  5. I've always wanted to try EOS, and i am definitely going to make sure i do. Great comparisons!

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. Thank you! Let me know what you think of EOS when you try them! xo

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  6. I think i prefered the EOS when I tried them. Lovely post xox

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  7. I have the raspberry Balmi (just reviewed it) and I do love it but agree with you about the phone charm and removable disc - these are the only negatives for me! The raspberry one smells amazing!

    Rachel from www.whatabeauty.co.uk x

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    1. It's a shame because it means I can never take it out with me! xo

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  8. I'd been wondering whether to abandon my carmex for a balmi, so this post has been very interesting. :) I think I'll avoid balmi if it exposes the product :/ xo

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    1. It does unfortunately! I love Carmex :) xo

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  9. I haven't tried Balmi yet, but I do have an EOS lip balm that I wear most days instead of lipstick and I love it - I plan on buying more :)

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    1. EOS is just a wonderful brand really! I have one of their hand lotions and it is so lovely! xo

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  10. Sounds like a cheap copy to me, even though I haven't tried EOS yet... too bad!

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    1. You should definitely try EOS! And yes, I do think it's a bit too much of a copy of EOS! xo

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  11. I havent tries the Balmi lipbalms & I love my EOS one so much I don't think I will bother.

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    1. I would never go out and buy a Balmi. I love EOS. But I was glad to see one in my Latest in Beauty box so that I could compare! xo

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  12. I won't go near the balmi, far too much rubbish in them sadly! I love my EOS balms. Great comparison! :)

    Lucy
    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com

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  13. It's great to see a comparison of both balms! Haven't tried neither but had a sniff on the Eos balms and they smell yummy! Would probably go for Eos as they're more natural :) xx

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    1. Thank you! I definitely prefer EOS, you should pick one up! xo

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