The Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask from Ilia is a lip treatment that claims to gently exfoliate, nourish and hydrate the lips while providing a soft, smooth, plumped feeling.
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mango Butter Dimer Dilinoleyl Esters/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyglyceryl-10 Decaoleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaoleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydroxystearic Acid, Aroma, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lactobacillus/Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract, Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
Salicornia herbacea extract is said to improve hydration up to 6000% for smooth and supple lips. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, drawing moisture to the lips. Papaya enzymes gently exfoliate the skin, improving absorption of other ingredients. Plant butters and oils nourish and soften the lips over time. Undaria pinnatifida extract is a type of seaweed that is hydrating and soothing and acts as an antioxidant. Geraniol, limonene and linalool are fragrance ingredients.
Directions: Apply a thin layer during the day and/or before bed as a lip mask. Can be worn under lipstick. Due to the gentle exfoliating properties, the lip treatment can be applied up to a few times per day.
Ilia Lip Wrap is a balm-like treatment that has a bit of a herbal scent/taste. It feels nice on the lips initially, not too heavy. It makes the lips a bit shiny, but not sticky. I’ve used for 2 weeks thus far, two to three times a day, in the morning, sometimes afternoon, and as an overnight mask. My lips are generally dry and can get flakiness.
A number of times I’ve applied this, after about 15 to 20 minutes, the lip balm seemed to soak in really fast, leaving my lips feeling much drier with quite a bit of flakiness. The lips look smoother and little plumper while the balm is applied, but there are no real short or longer term benefits. As an overnight mask, the Lip Wrap does not last on the lips until morning. In the 2-week photo above, my lips look and feel drier with dry surface skin and a couple cracks, worse off than in the before photo. The lips are not smoothed, nourished, hydrated, plumped or exfoliated. Lip Wrap gives similar results to the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, although feels nicer on the lips.
I would stick with my must-have lip balm Quench from My Best Face Skin Care. As an overnight treatment, I layer squalane oil over Quench for soft, hydrated lips the next morning.
I will not repurchase Ilia Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask.