“I’m not a big makeup person, so I don’t feel guilty doing it,” she says of buying luxury lip balms. “I don’t feel bad, because that’s all I really wear.” And the luxury ones, she says, “just make you feel special”.
A nearly $100 lip balm? You might have thought this was the primary preserve of oligarchs who fly on gold-plated jets. (Or, perhaps, of famed trumpeters who rely on their lips for a living, like Louis Armstrong, who once spent $US250 in the 1950s, or the equivalent of $US3,9150 in today’s dollars, on a shipment of Ansatz-Crème lip balm, which he called “the greatest salve in the world”.)
Not anymore, say the experts.
“About a year and a half ago, patients started really kind of asking me about luxury lip balms,” says Dr Shyamalar Gunatheesan, a Melbourne-based dermatologist. “It’s almost this little luxury accessory that you pull out from your handbag with your mates.”