A few months ago, I saw this NP Set Lip Balm with Benefits on clearance for 3 bucks (it's normally priced at $10) so I decided to give it a try. I reckon the product can't be too old (as I only started seeing it fall 2013) and I can't say no to anything juicy and jelly-like.
For each tub, there is 3.6g of product in a simple clear container and white cap...The packaging quality is pretty decent. The balm is Made in China...Which shouldn't bother me much (because so am I), but when I buy something China-made, I expect them to have a lower price point. (NP product is usually a bit more than Revlon).
Capris, Revlon Candy Apple Lip Butter, MAC Crosswir. Capri is a reddish orange that's bold and semi-translucent. The formula is light, watery, a little sorbet-like but it manages to be only slippery within the lip boundary... Basically it reminds me of those lip color in those elf lip palettes that ended up on clearance...but a tad better.
Even with the wet sheen, it kind of doesn't do anything with my lip lines (an effective indicator how how moisturizing/plumping a lip product is). I am grateful that it doesn't smear outside of my mouth. Since I tried to get more shine and color, I just dug the tub with a lip brush and layer for a few times. The slippery formula and bold color gives an interesting just-bitten gradient effect that's so common in K-pop artist.
Anyway, I actually don't mind it much here (normally the just bitten looks just make me look like how I am stressed out and couldn't stop peeling skin on my lips). The color is translucent (see-through, but quite bold) enough that it blends with my lip color and becomes rather flattering/brightening. I was almost ready to wear it with some thick, straight brows, foundation 2 shades lighter than my neck, and some under-eye-bag highlighter...You know, how the well-dressed Korean girls in my school looked like.
Overall: I almost liked it but then I gave the pot a good whiff. The lip balms smells mechanical (maybe it was the sweatshop it came from), like a petroleum byproduct...It's one of the worst I have ever sniffed (worse than the Boot's squeeze gloss that smelled like molten plastic) and gives me a bad mood every time I applied it.