We've heard a lot about Kate CC Lip Cream N from women in their 20's and 30's. While some say it goes on (and stays on) comfortable, others say the color is too thin or it doesn't moisturize lips at all.
We decided to put this to the test by purchasing it and officially assessing its moisturizing ability and how it felt to use. If you're on the fence about buying it, read our review before making your final decision!
*Please be aware that the packaging of this product has been updated since we purchased and tested it!
Kate CC Lip Cream N contains a ton of plant-based moisturizers like olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower seed oil. The CC aspect of it acts as a color controller for your lips and gives them a revitalized color.
It comes in four shades: Beat Red, Orange Burst, Grace Pink, and Snow Green. They all have SPF 10 PA+ UV protection, so you can moisturize and protect under your lipstick or lip gloss.
We had a group of editors put Kate CC Lip Cream N to the test. In particular, we analyzed the following factors:
Test ①: Moisturizing ability
Test ②: How it felt to use
We also purchased 37 other Japanese lip balms and tried them all. If you want to see how Kate CC Lip Cream N stacks up to other products, check out the article below.
First, we tested it for its moisturizing ability.
We used the SKICON-200EX to precisely measure the moisture levels of our skin before and after use. We applied the lip cream to our arm and took measurements over the course of 8 hours.
After the 8 hours had passed, we found our lips a bit drier than we started with. We'd recommend reapplying at least once within 8 hours, especially if you're prone to dryness or irritation.
Next, we tested how it felt to use in terms of ease of using the container, how it felt to put on, and whether or not it felt sticky. To do this, we tried applying Kate CC Lip Cream N on our hands and then put breath mints on it to see how many of them stuck.
This packaging comes in a simple yet stylish black and red design, which we would totally love to bring out with us.
The lip cream comes out by twisting the container, and we thought just enough product came out that you don't have to worry about wasting it. However, the cap was a bit small, so it might get lost easily.
The lip cream looks bright red in the container, but we found that it's closer to a faint pinkish red when applied. The color is fairly durable as well, so you could use it as a touch of makeup on any occasion.
In addition to being a lip balm, it's also a great way to add some healthy color to your lips.
As for the stickiness factor, exactly 4 breath mints stuck to it. That makes it a bit sticky, but it wasn't enough for us to worry about. The benefits--such as the lively color and dewy look it gives to your lips--makes it worth it.
Kate CC Lip Cream N earned 12th place out of 38 products we tested because it's moisturizing and gives your lips a flushed glow.
We think this is perfect for those that want to bring a bit of color to their lips or want to cut down on the amount of lip products like gloss and lipstick that they're using. Even though it's a bit sticky, its moisturizing properties make up for it (as long as you reapply every now and then).
Since it has a dewy finish, we also think it would be great as the base for a regular lipstick or touch ups. We also liked the added sun protection that means you can go out with peace of mind.
If you like the color of Kate CC Lip Cream N, you'll love their lip tint.
If you want bold and long-lasting lip color, we also recommend Kate CC Tint Gel. It gives your lips a revitalized tint and cares for them as well. It comes in three shades: Mode Red, Dark Pink, and Radio Orange.
It contains the same moisturizing ingredients as the lip cream and gives you the same dewy finish as well. We also like that it has a bit of glitter, which makes it perfect for dates or nights out on the town.
We put Shiseido Senka White Beauty Serum to the test, and it did not disappoint. We liked the flushed color it gave our lips and the long-lasting moisture it provided with plant-based oils. It would work great by itself or as a base for more lip color. We recommend it to those that want something versatile, moisturizing, and a bit of color.
Translation: Shannon McNaught
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