Summer is almost here and Lip Cafe Frappes have arrived from Lip Smacker. Lip Frappes are a fun novelty lip balm Lip Smacker released in concurrence with the Original and Best Coffee House party pack that was released for January 2017. The packaging on these are really cute for a novelty lip balm and look like a mini Frappuccino from Starbucks. When I heard a Cinnamon Churro flavor was on it's way I about lost it! I've dreamed of a cinnamon churro Lip Smacker ever since the original Cinnamon Sugar Lip Smacker was discontinued in the late 1990s. Much like most of the world who've tried the Cinnamon Sugar brought back in 2014, I was gravely disappointed with it's inaccurate flavor that smelled nothing like cinnamon sugar nor close to the original I fell in love with at first sniff Christmas of 1996. That being said, here are my thoughts of the five Lip Cafe Frappes flavors:
Pumpkin Spice- This smells like all pumpkin Lip Smackers they have brought out, nothing different about this one.
Vanilla Chai- To me, this smells identical to the Cinnamon Chai Latte Original and Best Lip Smacker from the Coffee House party pack. I don't smell chai at all, more of an herbal or even nutmeg note. It don't get the sweetness of vanilla either.
Mocha Chip- An accurate sweet, chocolate-y mocha flavor that smells similar to the Mocha Frappe Lip Smacker from the Coffee House party pack.
Caramel- Just like the Caramel Macchiato Lip Smacker, a good balance of caramel and coffee.
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Cinnamon Churro- I was really, REALLY anticipating this one (like REALLLLLY) and I regret to say this does not smell anything like a cinnamon churro in any way, shape or form. It smells like a softer version of Pumpkin Spice which DOES NOT SMELL LIKE A CINNAMON CHURRO. I even get a hint of the chai flavoring they use with a hint of coffee. A real bummer as I had HIGH expectations. I expected a sweet cinnamon sugar flavor with a soft hint of fried dough. Something that might smell similar to Bath & Body Works Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut/ Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla (same scent) candles. Or like Smirnoffs Cinnamon Churro vodka, for those of you of age. It seems that cinnamon flavors are hard to crack for Markwins since 2014 and I am hopeful they care enough to get it right, sooner than later. Bonne Bell use to have thee BEST cinnamon formulas in the 90s and it seems they have been hidden in some mystic tomb far, far away.
Overall a really cute collection that I'd recommend picking up, especially if you like the sea of dome shaped lip balms out there now. These have a moisturizing formula that really does hydrate and protect.