Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sensai by Kanebo- Total lip Treatment

I had a lip emergency. Between the weather outside and the dry heat in the house (I keep things toasty), I've been going through tubes and pots of lip products. I didn't notice I was running low until I found myself on a cold NYC day with painfully chapped lips. Dryness is even worse on my bottom lip because of the stupid tiny scar that runs across and starts bleeding if not moisturized regularly. It's not pretty and my lipsticks deserve better.

The day was saved by a small sample of Kanebo Sensai Total Lip Treatment I had tucked somewhere in my purse. I had a few of those around- one came from the company and another one or two were a Bergdorf GWP that arrived in the nick of time. It only took minutes for the balm to start hydrating my lips and restoring them to a soft and healthy look. A good lip treatment also plumps- not by stinging or irritating but by making your lips look their natural best. It's an excellent starting point for a dark lipstick (you can't wear red if your lips are pruny and peeling) or a simple gloss.

Bottom line: This is real skincare for lips. Worth every penny.

Total lip Treatment ($65, 15 ml) and the rest of Sensai by Kanebo products are available online from Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. In store they are exclusive to Bergdorf. One can also place the order on kanebo.com and have a rep call you to confirm and consult. Not exactly my way of doing things, but I can see why it would appeal to some.

Image: blog.modernmechanix.com


  1. If you just put plain old vaseline on your lips every night right as you go to sleep, gently exfoliate in the shower in a.m., you will never, never ever, have dry or chapped lips. xoxo love your blog!

  2. I like to use Aquaphor on my lips at night rather than plain Vaseline because, in addition to petrolatum, it has moisturizing and soothing ingredients. Unfortunately, neither one is cosmetically elegant and lipstick just slides off in no time. For day, we need something that will be super hydrating, healing, and occlusive; yet won't interfere with the wear of our lipstick. If Kanebo can do all that, it's well worth checking out.

  3. you have created a kanebo lemming out of me, Gaia! seriously, i had never given anything by them the slightest thought before i read your posts. now i look at my chanel's like they are revlon and pine for the kanebo's and metier's and e. bess's like nobody's business.

    you are good.

  4. I have been using the Kanebo Lip Treatment for YEARS! I went looking for the Prada balm when it first came out and the Saks SA showed me this instead. I tried it and have been hooked ever since. I love the texture and the moisture.


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