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Tatcha Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
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Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Camelia Nourishing Lip Balm
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Don't let delicate piece of gold leaf fool you: Tatcha's Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm is remarkably un-fancy and unfussy. Which, when you think about it, is kind of the point of a lip balm, right? It's supposed to moisturize and protect, and see itself out (or, absorb itself in). Tatcha's does all of the above, without stickiness, a glittery finish (the aformentioned metallic topping is barely perceptible when spread onto your lips; the finish is pretty matte), or a weird hyphenated flavoring (e.g., hibiscus-boysenberry, ginger-root-mangosteen).

The clear, jelly-like balm, a mixture of camellia and macadamia nut oils, licorice extract, plus squalane for...I'm not sure why (why not?), is also the perfect consistency, somewhere between a slippery gloss and thick beeswax. Girls, of course, will find it appealing, but, being low-shine, it's also great for guys. They'll just have to get past the gold leaf. And the price tag ($36). But it will last.

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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