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Softlips Cube Lip Protectants Vs. eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms — Which One Boxes The Other Out?

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My first thought when I saw the new Softlips Cube Lip Protectant lip balms was, Well, I guess someone decided to give the eos Smooth Spheres some competition. 

The similarities between the two offerings are hard to ignore. Both come in peculiar packaging — the eos Smooth Spheres in their egg-like containers and the Softlips Cubes in, well, cube-shaped cases. Both allow users to glide lip balm onto their pouts without ever having to use their fingers, ensuring a more hygienic experience. Both feature lip balms with rounded, dome-like shapes and creamy consistencies.

But as is the case with most similar yet competitive offerings, there are some marked differences as well. While both products have gluten-free formulas, only the eos Smooth Spheres can claim to have 100% natural ingredients. Sure, both products’ formulas contain natural humectants and antioxidant-rich botanicals, but eos relies on these exclusively whereas Softlips marries them with other chemical derivatives. On this same note, the Softlips Cube contains petrolatum, a byproduct of the oil industry and therefore a less-than-eco-friendly ingredient, whereas the eos Smooth Sphere does not. On the flip side, the Softlips Cube moisturizers contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemical sunscreens that protect lips from the sun’s UV rays, whereas the eos Smooth Spheres contain neither physical nor chemical sunscreens of any kind. Applying the Softlips Cube can also initially feel a bit more comfortable since the product contains dimethicone, a silicone-based polymer that provides a rather smooth application (in fact, it’s a key ingredient in many top-notch makeup primers). The eos Smooth Spheres, on the other hand, tend to feel best after a couple of uses, once the lip balms’ surface doesn’t feel quite as hard. That said, the use of dimethicone in the Softlips Cube is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it does make for a smooth application; on the other, chances are that silicones aren’t particularly great for your one’s skin in the long run.

In terms of the moisturizing ingredients in each of these products, the eos Smooth Spheres rely primarily on shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and sunflower seed oil to hydrate lips, lock in moisture, and create the desired soft and smooth textural effect. The Softlips Cubes also contain shea butter and sunflower seed oil, as well as octydodecyl olivate, which sounds pretty scary but is, instead, a derivative of olive oil that conditions the skin and is readily absorbed by the epidermis, along with stearyl olivate, the ester of stearyl alochol and the fatty acids derived from olive oil which has been found to have conditioning properties. That said, the Softlips Cube lack many some of the botanical extracts found in the eos Smooth Spheres’ formulas (among them the coconut oil and jojoba oil extracts). Alternatively, both products contain Vitamin E (known to protect the skin from free radical damage), but only the Softlips Cubes contain vitamins A and C, which are known to boost collagen and elastin production, facilitate natural exfoliation and cellular turnover, and brighten the skin’s natural tone.

As far as results go, both products are stellar. In fact, my husband and I are in complete and total disagreement on this account (for some reason, we tend to disagree in regards to lip balms). He find the eos Smooth Spheres feel a bit too heavy on his lips, whereas I simply adore them and keep a virtual nest of egg-shaped balms, and he adored the Softlips Cube lip protectants. I, on the other hand, found them to be excellent products, but still favored my eos Smooth Spheres. Perhaps because my lips are so dry so often, I like the richness of the eos Smooth Spheres, the buttery sensation I get when I glide the balm over my parched lips. The Softlips Cube, on the other hand, felt soothing and nourishing, but the effect wasn’t quite as long-lasting (perhaps because it does contain some alcohols that have a drying effect on the skin and perhaps counteract some of the more nourishing ingredients). Still, it’s one of the best drugstore lip balms I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying, so by no means should you dismiss this product as anything other than superb. And, given that it has sunscreens in ti, the Softlips Cube will come in rather handy once summer rolls around.

While I think the eos Smooth Spheres have a slight edge above the Softlips Cubes in terms of performance, the Softlips Cubes’ packaging is way more practical. The eos Smooth Spheres’ egg-shaped containers are rather bulky, making it hard to carry these lip balms in small clutches, whereas the Softlips Cubes are perfectly streamlined so that no excess material is used to encase the lip moisturizers. And here’s a biggie: the oval shape of the Smooth Spheres makes it likely that, at some point or another, you’ll set one down on a table and have it roll right off and tumble along the floor, sending you on a virtual egg hunt; this, of course, is unlikely to happen with the Softlips Cube lip protectant since its surface is perfectly flat. It sounds like such a small detail but, really, if you’ve ever had to hunt for an eos Smooth Sphere underneath a bed, night table, vanity table, or bureau time and time again, you’ll understand that this design element  makes a huge difference!

Overall, whether you prefer the Softlips Cube to the eos Smooth Sphere or vice versa will come down to very individual preferences. How much value do you place in your lip balm having a 100% natural formula? How much importance do you place on having a lip balm with built-in sunscreens? How important is the convenience of the packaging?  In the end, it’s a bit like choosing Coca-Cola versus Pepsi — everyone will have a strong opinion on the matter, but no one can dismiss either option as being anything short of delicious.

The Softlips Cube lip protectants retail for $3.99 and are available at mass food and drug retailers. Visit Drugstore.com to scoop up one of the three flavors: Vanilla Bean, Fresh Mint, or Pomegranate Blueberry.

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