It doesn’t get more old-school than Labello! Labello lip care sticks have been around for more than 100 years! The word “labello” comes from the Latin words “labium” (lip) and “bellus” (beautiful). The labello lip care sticks are also sold under the name Labello Nivea, Liposan and Nivea Lip Care. It is produced by Beiersdorf AG in Germany and Austria. It’s sold almost everywhere in the world but again, people buy it in bulk from Europe because supposedly the European version is superior.
In Kuwait, people sometimes don’t refer to the object by it’s actual name instead we just call it by the brand. For example, instead of saying “hand me some tissues”, we’ll say “hand me some Kleenex”. Following that logic, any and every other lipbalm was dubbed “Labello” regardless of the fact that it was actually from Bonne Bell, Blistex, etc… Just like abroad, people will refer to a lipbalm as a “Chapstick”.
Back in the day, the fruity shine line was very popular in Kuwait. I’ve tried almost every Labello care stick/lipbalm available including both the Cherry and the Strawberry in the fruity shine range favoring the latter over the two mainly because of the scent. I can’t stand the scent of Cherry in any form (soap, shampoo, body lotion, etc…) because it always comes across, to me, as cough syrup, for some reason. The Strawberry smelled absolutely heavenly, though, which is why I’m constantly repurchasing it. Even though these had “shine” in the name, they actually dried down to a lovely matte leaving a beautiful, subtle, stain. Cherry tinted my pigmented lips a darker, purple berry shade, whereas Strawberry tinted them a delightful, juicy, red, but as I said before, they both wore down to an extremely subtle, matte stain. This was the quintessential my-lips-but-better product (at the time) which is why a lot of girls wore them for those no-makeup makeup days (where you wear makeup but you want it look like you’re not wearing any makeup).
Before wearing MAC’s Russian Red (matte) lipstick, I’d actually prep my lips with Labello Fruity Shine Strawberry. I’d apply my eye makeup first (because it took the longest), then move on to face makeup, while waiting for the the lipbalm to dry down to a matte before I could finally apply the lipstick as the last step before running out the door. I also wore it to the beach, school (college), and always had one laying around in my car (safely tucked away in the arm rest compartment protected from Kuwait’s unforgiving sun). I also noticed girls pulling these out at funerals before stepping inside to offer their condolences. In Islam it’s considered disrespectful to wear makeup to a funeral but Labello is subtle enough that they can get away with it but I feel like death is indignant enough as is without people having to try to find loopholes to get away with “bending the rules”. Ok, that turned dark pretty quick. Although I have yet to try the newest addition to the fruity shine range (Watermelon), my fave so far is Strawberry.
L-R Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon, Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey, Labello Soft Rose, Labello Fruity Shine Strawberry
Strawberry is a constant repurchase, as I’ve said before because it looks great when it’s freshly applied and looks equally great once it has actually dried down. It also feels great on the lips, and smells delicious! Soft Rose has a sweet artificial rose scent to it that’s barely detectable (I wish it was stronger) and it’s pretty much invisible on my lips. It’s actually quite hard and waxy. When I tried layering it on, it just left a thick waxy layer on my lips. I won’t repurchase it again. The Kiss range is not marketed as stains so even though they might have fun bright colors (yellow, green, etc…) they are effectively colorless on the lips. I felt the need to point that out lest anyone got scared (or got their hopes up) depending on your taste. I was really excited about A Kiss of Milk & Honey but again, it was quite hard and waxy and did not moisturize my lips at all. It also left a thick waxy layer when I over-applied it. It smelled funky too. I did like that it was yellow to match honey, though. I will not be repurchasing this again. A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon although quite waxy, wasn’t as hard as the rest. It wasn’t extra moisturizing but it was moisturizing enough for me. I love that it’s a mid-tone green stick too! I was pleasantly surprised with the gorgeous scent! I’m not sure how to describe the scent so I’ll refer to my go-to(s) fresh, uplifting, green notes, hint of herbal notes. It just smells absolutely heavenly to me so I will be repurchasing this over and over again, just like Fruity Shine Strawberry. A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon is my new favorite!