***I’m breaking my own rules with this review because Bliss appears to sell in China so it is not cruelty-free, though I thought they were when I bought and wrote this review. I decided to post the review anyway so that those who are still interested can learn more about the product, but I’m a bit torn about what to do with this product now. ***
I don’t know about any of you, but my lips have been super dry and flaky lately. I’ve been exfoliating them regularly, constantly conditioning with lip balm, and still nothing I seem to try makes much of a difference. I heard a few positive reviews of the Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-O-Matic Spa-Powered Lip-Perfecting System and, out of sheer desperation, I decided to give it a try myself. It’s a weird little battery powered gadget that, when used in conjunction with Bliss’ Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub (included in the set), is supposed to give you smooth, soft, full lips. It actually reminds me of a dentist’s toothbrush, but I’m sure it’s more gentle! J If you want to hear how it’s worked, keep on readin’!

So, first things first – what exactly is the ‘Pout’-O-Matic? It’s a handheld battery powered little tool with a soft rubber head that has little nubs on it and it rotates back and forth to gently scrub your lips. There’s a power button that turns it on and off – you’re supposed to use it for 30 seconds – and that’s about it! As I mentioned above, the kit comes with the Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub as well because the two are meant to be used together. This Lip Scrub contains very finely granulated sugar, almond and walnut shells, as well as conditioning oils, butters and vitamins. It is verygentle and I really don’t see this doing much at all on it’s own, but combined with the ‘Pout’-O-Matic tool, it gives some slip for the rubberized head and a tiny bit of extra exfoliation. I don’t think you’d have much success using one without the other…and the directions warn that you must use the Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub – and only this lip scrub – with the tool to prevent damaging your lips. Fortunately when you combine the two, it has great potential! J

I’ve been using this regularly for probably about two weeks now. I must admit that it didn’t seem like it did much initially. It would make my lips feel softer, but they were somehow still dry and flaky. I started using the tool twice a day and that made a little bit of a difference, but not a huge one. So, what I’ve been doing is using the Lush Mint Julips Sugar Scrub beforeusing the ‘Pout’-O-Matic with the Fabulips Scrub. I find this has helped quite a bit – but it still took a bit of time. And still, some days my lips are a tiny bit flaky. I find that this definitely needs regular maintenance to keep lips smooth…and without the addition of the Lush Lip Scrub before the ‘Pout’-O-Matic, it is still not terribly effective. It’s not an instant fix for your lips, nor do I think you can just use it once in a while. I doubt you need to use it twice a day every day for the rest of your life, but I don’t think it’s a quick fix on days where you wake up feeling a bit less than smooth lipped. I find that a bit disappointing, but by the same token, it seems to work better than a just a lip scrub if used with someregularity!

So what’s the verdict? If you’re willing to use this at least a few times a week to maintainsoft and smooth lips, then I think this is a great tool and it will get your lips in better condition. If you’re looking for a quick fix for seriously dry lips, it will help, but you’ll need to give it some time and probably a bit of extra effort for the first week or so. It’s definitely not something I would say everyone should run out and buy, but if you have a lot of trouble with chapped, flaky, dry lips, you might want to give this a try. It is a tiny bit of an investment – both in terms of cost and time – but it will give you softer, smoother lips. Personally, I’m pretty happy with the Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-O-Matic, though it got off to a rocky…or should I say flaky…start. J

The Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-O-Matic Spa-Powered Lip-Perfecting System retails for $48 and can be found at Sephora, online from Ulta, or on Bliss’ site. The kit contains the polishing tool, one extra polishing head (for a total of two), one AAA battery and a full size (14g / 0.5oz) Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub.

***Bliss’ website states that they do not test on animals (you can see that information here) (http://www.blissworld.com/t-askthespaexpertmakeup.aspx), however it is not specific about ingredient testing or if it is sold in markets where animal testing is required. Bliss does seem to appear on the Sephora China website, which means they are not cruelty-free. L I was under the impression the company was cruelty-free when I purchased this and wanted to review it because I have had some success with it. I’m a bit torn about what to do with it now, but I wanted to share my experience so that those who are still interested can learn more about this product. ***


Comments

  1. I feel your pain, I have bought things in the past thinking they were cruelty free but it turns out I didn't dig enough to find out. Thankfully I didn't like them anyway so gave them away. Though, it was my understanding that if you have an online business and only ship to China, as opposed to having a store there, your products don't have to be tested. I'll see if I can find a definitive answer and get back to you.

  2. I feel your pain, I have bought things in the past thinking they were cruelty free but it turns out I didn't dig enough to find out. Thankfully I didn't like them anyway so gave them away. Though, it was my understanding that if you have an online business and only ship to China, as opposed to having a store there, your products don't have to be tested. I'll see if I can find a definitive answer and get back to you.

  3. I think buying non-cruelty free products happens to us all once in a while. It's not the nicest feeling, but I know no one's perfect and it's nearly impossible to keep track of EVERY brand at ALL times. I try, but we all fail now and then.

    I hadn't heard that about animal testing in China. That's really interesting. I'll have to investigate further myself! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 🙂 I'm not 100% sure that Sephora doesn't have free standing stores in China though, which then brings the question of what is sold in the stores themselves too. Always so complicated! 🙂

  4. I think buying non-cruelty free products happens to us all once in a while. It's not the nicest feeling, but I know no one's perfect and it's nearly impossible to keep track of EVERY brand at ALL times. I try, but we all fail now and then.

    I hadn't heard that about animal testing in China. That's really interesting. I'll have to investigate further myself! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 🙂 I'm not 100% sure that Sephora doesn't have free standing stores in China though, which then brings the question of what is sold in the stores themselves too. Always so complicated! 🙂

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