Review: Typology 9-ingredient lip balm

Where to purchase: From the Typology Website HERE

Price: £9.80

Volume: 15ml

What is it?: A lip balm which is fragrance free(contains lemon extract), and is aimed at sensitive skins. It is meant to reduce tightness and dryness.

Description: This lip balm is made with 9 ingredients aimed to tackle dry lips.

Good for: Made for sensitive skins.

Made in France + Fragrance Free

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Packaging: Cold metal packaging with a long metal tube and plastic screw cap.

Directions: ”Apply a small amount of the lip balm on one of your fingers and gently massage it onto the lips whenever they’re in need of moisture. Continue to reapply several times a day if you continue to experience dryness and tightness of the lips.” – From the Typology website.

How I use it: I apply this as I would do, like a lip balm. I use this in the PM as I use a lip balm with SPF in the morning. I find the cap fiddly to use and I’ve dropped it numerous times. But the product isn’t too hard to squeeze out of the metal tube. I do find that once this has dried down onto the lips, that I usually need to apply another layer on top.

Key Ingredients: Shea Butter (emollient + occlusive), Lemon Extract (cooling feeling – I feel a slight cooling effect), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (emollient), Sunflower seed oil (emollient), Polyglycerides (moisture), Polyglyceryl-3 dissostearate (emollient), Glycerol + behenic acid (emollient from coconut + corn). Glyceryl stearate (provides consistency to the lip balm formula). Vitamin E (antioxidant to stop the lip balm going rancid).

Full Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Behenyl Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol

Texture: This comes in a dual phase (not intentional I don’t think), where there is part of this that comes out like a paste and also an oil-type residue/liquid that also comes out (which to me shows that the product has separated a bit, probably because it contains both oils and shea butter/coconut fat). It’s not an issue specifically when applying on the lips because you end up mixing the two phases/texture together on the lips, and then that cool lemon tingle starts to be felt. This to me seems like a very lightweight paste compared to lanolips or the glossier balm dot com and almost feels like an oil. So perhaps it’s closer to something like a cleansing balm in texture. It’s easy to spread on the lips. But for me it’s quite lightweight so I find myself having to apply a second layer after applying the first to ensure my lips are fully moisturised and there is some remainder product sitting on top of the lips.

I think this feels very close in texture to the Niod Lip Bio Concentrate – it’s that sort of oil texture.

Initially comes out like a balm (sometimes the product separates when squeezing out i.e. you get an oil phase and a balm/paste coming out a bit separately which is fine as it mixed on the lips together).


This feels like it’s melting and becoming an oil


Fragrance?: I don’t get any funky smells from this. Yes there is lemon extract but it’s not intended for fragrance I believe, and I don’t smell anything from it.

Good Under Makeup?: Seems to be fine under lip products as long as one doesn’t apply too much (may get a bit oily if too much is added and dissolve the lipstick or make it slip and slide on the lips).

How long have I been using this?: A month

The Effect?: moisturised lips when applied (after applying two layers). It hasn’t changed my lips in a special way but at least if I apply a good amount on the lips, it mositurises them (but I prefer the feeling that my glossier balm dot com gives me and especially the laneige lip sleeping mask).

Youtube Video – Live Swatch of the Lip Balm (you can also see what I mean about the oil/balm phases)

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What I like:

  • No added fragrance
  • The tingling sensation isn’t annoying or too tingly, it’s mild.
  • Moisturises the lips

What I don’t like:

  • the tiny cap I keep dropping (unhygienic).
  • I wish it was thicker in texture (more like a paste) to really form that occlusive layer and top and keep the skin long-lasting moisturised. Because of this I feel like I need to apply a lot / apply 2 layers to get an adequate moisture level compared to other products.

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.4/5 – Yes this moisturises the lips – is it my favourite texture? No. Is it too thin for my preference? Yes. I don’t mind the tingling sensation either. I like that it’s recyclable, but i’m not a fan of tiny caps (I have the same issue with the Glossier balm dotcom in terms of packaging). I like that unlike the laneige lip sleeping mask, this doesn’t have alcohol or fragrance or essential oils (unless you count lemon extract as that). I prefer unscented items.

Would I purchase?: Using this has made me realise that I prefer a more waxy/balm-like texture i.e. Vaseline or the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – so I would not purchase this.

Dupe?: This is a sort of tingly lip balm, so there are many tingly lip balms out there. I would say this is quite similar to a lip oil, so for me – it reminds me of the YSL lip oils (since that’s the only lip oil i’ve tried) but those are quite expensive so I wouldn’t call them a cheaper dupe. when comparing this in terms of its texture and moisturisation levels, I would say the Glossier Balm Dot Com could be a decent dupe (and they are also in tubes with small plastic caps)

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.


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