“Plumping lipbalm with stem cells, 3D filling spheres and rose wax”

Wow, what an intro. As lip balms go, the Rodial Stemcell super-food glam balm lip is setting itself up to be the King of all lip treatments.

I’ve been using the Rodial Stem-cell super-food glam balm on and off for the past few months and I do quite like it. Is it as good as my holy grail lip prep product, Dr Lipp? No, but nonetheless it’s a great everyday handbag essential. Here’s the low-down.

Scent: It has a gorgeous light rose scent that is very subtle. I generally prefer unscented products but this is so delicately fragranced that I can’t help but like it.

Texture: soft texture without being too viscous. It’s smoother than Dr Lipp or Lanolips, but not as runny or viscous as Elizabeth Arden 8H cream. Other lip balms just let too much out of the applicator at once, either because they’re too runny (Elizabeth Arden 8H cream) or because they’re more solid and you have to squeeze so darned hard to get anything out.

Absorbency: A small amount will smooth the lips without making it gunky. I find that as it’s soft in texture I can use just a tiny bit over the lips and it absorbs very fast. Once absorbed, my lips feel softened and I can put lipstick over it without the lipstick slipping and sliding.

Longevity: When I’ve worn it alone, without lipstick, I find that it absorbs quickly, and holds the moisture in the lips for a good few hours without touch-ups. I only tend to touch up after lunch and I’m good for the day.

Price: Wow it’s pricey! £17 for 7ml. Yes, really. This compares to Dr Lipp’s £11.50 for 15ml (shop around and you can get Dr Lipp for £7.66 from places like www.Vit-shop.co.uk), or Lanolips for £11.22 for 15ml.

Rodial = £24.28 for 10ml , Dr Lipp = £7.66 for 10ml, Lanolips = £7.48 for 10ml. Boom! It’s more than three times the price of other comparable lip prep products.


How well does it stack up to its’ claims?

  • Plumping – no noticeable visible plumping on my lips, but mine are pretty decent to start with. When I tried DuWop Lip Venom (click here for review), I saw very little improvement, but probably as my lips are nicely full to start with
  • 3D filling spheres – my lips looked smoother, for sure, but I’m not sure how much of this was just the moisturising element and how much was the 3D spheres
  • moisturising – yes, definitely one of my favourite lip moisturisers, as it retained moisture so well throughout the day.
  • SPF15 protection – yes, but most lip prep products today have SPF15, so I consider SPF15 to be standard rather than an added benefit
  • innovative stem cell technology – I don’t know the science behind this, and to be honest it doesn’t impress me any more than the basic moisturising properties.
  • enriched with rose hip oil and shea butter – yes, but this is really just adding to the moisturising properties, most of which come from the castor oil (listed second in the ingredients list)
  • Stimulates collagen production – I can’t comment on this. I tried to find out more about the science behind this from their website but it’s all a bit vague. It basically works on the principle that the shea butter and rosehip oil provide essential fatty acids and thereby stimulate collagen production. I would welcome an ingredients maestro or chemist to shed more light on whether that is indeed how it works.
  • Repairs dry, dehydrated lips – It hydrates lips and helps lips retain their own moisture, yes, that’s true. It can’t really claim to repair lips though. When lips are dry and flaky, the dry skin that is flaking off is dead skin. You can’t repair dead skin. You can however keep the living skin cells hydrated and stop them from drying out and flaking off. That’s not the same as repairing lips though. A cheeky claim really.



Hydrogenated polybutene, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, diisostearyl malate, tridecyl trimellitate, synthetic wax, ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamate, c10-30 cholesterol/ lanosterol esters, homosalate, benzophenone-3, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), rosa canina fruit oil, benzyl alcohol, aroma (flavor), phenoxyethanol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aqua (water), rosa damascena flower extract, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, tocopherol, mica, dehydroacetic acid, isomalt, rhododendron ferrugineum leaf cell culture extract, lecithin, sodium benzoate, lactic acid, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 75470 (carmine), citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linalool

Ingredients-wise, the 2 key ingredients are listed first and second. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene acts as a lubricant and when added to creams or lotions, it’s what gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. The castor oil is the active ingredient that nourishes the lip and helps with moisture retention. Lower down the list you’ve got the shea butter and rose oil extract for fragrance and additional softening/ moisturising properties.


What’s the verdict?

I love this as a lip prep product, as it works well to hydrate my lips and retain moisture. I’m not sold on the other hi-tech aspects that make it such a luxury product and give it the high-end price tag. I will happily use up the rest of my tube, but I won’t be splashing out and repurchasing. It’s really good, no doubt, but for me it’s just not worth such a luxury price tag. I’ll stick to my Dr Lipp or Lanolips for everyday.