Packaging and price: The packaging is exactly the same except that mine has a red band in the middle. I am not sure if that represents a different product. I purchased this lipstick about 4 weeks ago at a sale i.e. around Christmas for $23 It was expensive for me (i.e. I usually do not purchase a lipstick for this price, let alone a lip balm/ protectant).
I have used it most nights on my lips after a facial cleansing
Product: The lipstick has a mild and pleasant smell and the perfume suits the product well in that it does smell soothing.
Since it was an eight hour lip protectant I decided to use it at night rather than the day so that eating or drinking does not wearing off the product from the lips. I have had dry lips along with other skins issues and I find that this product is very soothing. In the morning I found that my lips felt normal without any dryness. This product most definitely does not irritate your skin.
I have also used it during the day when I go for walks if I did not want my lips to feel dry and I also did not feel like wearing any lipstick. I am Indian and have dark lips so you cannot really see the product, but it does feel very soothing and creamy.
I would recommend this to my friends and family but it is quite pricey for $42. In the last 4 weeks I must say that I have not had any lip dryness, it is a pleasant, creamy, and balmy. I would definitely buy this product again when I run out as I have seen that my lips are less dry and irritated so in that sense I give it full marks.
It is spf 15 and offers your lips protection from the sun and that is an additional bonus point.