PLUMP LIPS SINK SHIPS
Since Laneige released their Sleeping Lip Mask in 2002 and then got brought on by Sephora in recent years, it has blown up into a cult-favourite product of the world. Even five years ago the only really popular lip mask there was was Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. I remember when I first heard of Laneige’s Sleeping Lip Mask, I thought it was kind of silly and unnecessary- kind of like face mists when those started being a thing! Now I can’t function without multiple mists and lip masks in my home. High maintenance? Why yes.
Among Tatcha’s recent releases, the Kissu Lip Mask really caught my eye. I’ve been using the Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask for over a year now and until this year, not many other brands have lip masks on the market. I was definitely intrigued to see if Tatcha could measure up to Laneige.
LANEIGE SLEEPING LIP MASK REVIEW
Let’s start with the OG. Laneige is a Korean skincare brand known for their water-oriented skincare products. Above is the original Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in all its glory and it’s quite sizeable as you get 20g of product. The packaging itself is simple but I should note it’s also a little bulky for travel in a makeup bag. However if you’re looking for value, this is it. 20g is tons of volume for a lip product (most glosses are around 6g for example) and this is priced at $26CAD.
I’ve used the full size consistently multiple times a week for over a year and I finally am in the last third of the container. So even though $26 is a lot more than Vaseline’s Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy (a great drugstore buy), it’s taken me ages to use up.
THE LANEIGE FORMULA
Sooo the main reason (imo) this product has blown up in popularity is because of the formula. It’s super rich and juicy beyond your average lip balm. BUT, I notice that the more I actually use this mask, the more dry my lips feel. I looked up Hydrogenated Polyisobutene which is the second ingredient. This ingredient is a synthetic alternative to mineral oil and is meant to seal in moisture. The next primary ingredients are different waxes which likely give this the texture it has.
I’m clearly not a cosmetic chemist, but just reviewing the ingredients in this mask, I can’t pronounce half of them and it looks like the natural ingredients are way on the bottom of the list. Even “fragrance/parfum” and the colouring agents are higher on the list than the natural extracts. Ideally, I like products where I can actually read and understand what’s in them.
TATCHA THE KISSU LIP MASK REVIEW
Now let’s talk about Tatcha! This luxe Japanese skincare brand gained notoriety after Kim K raved about their Dewy Skin Mist. Coupled with fabulous packaging, clean formulas and products aimed at perfecting the skin, the brand was off to the races. One of their latest products is The Kissu Lip Mask, a Japanese peach extract jelly mask. I do wish it smelled more like peach as it’s barely detectable.
The Tatcha packaging is undoubtedly more luxe than Laneige and it is also more compact. This is due to the fact you only get 9g of product for $36CAD, so definitely not the most economical choice. However, I do appreciate the lovely golden spatula the mask comes with as I do question the sanitary aspect of these lip products you are constantly touching. Also, the packing itself is gorgeous and it’s pretty to just have out on my vanity.
THE TATCHA LIP MASK FORMULA
I find the formula for the Kissu Lip Mask is actually much thicker and more moisturizing than Laneige. As this is an on-trend jelly product, it’s super rich and makes my lips feel uber plump and juicy. I enjoy Tatcha’s formula big time!! I also don’t have any issues with my lips feeling more dry after using this mask, so I therefore don’t need to use it as much.
The Kissu Lip Mask is also formulated with Japanese camellia oil, three rose extract and squalane. Sephora has also rated this as a clean beauty product. Looking at the ingredients list, the natural extracts are at the top of the list and it’s nice to see squalane as the second ingredient. There are fewer chemicals, waxes and colouring agents by far compared to Laneige.
LANEIGE SLEEPING LIP MASK VS. TATCHA KISSU LIP MASK
Okay, basically I like both of these products. Even though Laneige annoyingly makes my lips feel more dry the more I use it, I still like it. There’s something so satisfying about the feel of it and the original scent smells like candy! They also have three other permanent scents now- Vanilla, Apple Lime and Grapefruit. However, they do use more filler ingredients and the Sleeping Lip Mask is not a ‘clean’ designated beauty product from Sephora.
Tatcha’s formula is superior in my opinion but it’s more expensive for less product. The Kissu Lip Mask is a thicker jelly formula that just feels so nice on the lips. As usual with Tatcha, I find the whole experience with their products from the packaging to ingredients is pure luxury. There’s something so nice about taking a minute in my day to use my fancy golden spatula and apply this mask. Especially with the way the world is going right now, I’m living for these little moments.
WHATS THE VERDICT?
Laneige: better value, more product, more flavours to choose and smells like candy. Get it here.
Tatcha: more luxurious, cleaner ingredients, less product, minimal scent. Get it here.
It’s really up to you to decide what is more important to you in a product as these are both great options. I wish Laneige didn’t dry my lips out with regular use, but I still enjoy it. I love the plumping feeling of the Tatcha Kissu lip mask but probably won’t rush to re-buy once I run out since it’s so $$$ and who knows what’ll be on the market by that time!