Beauty Review: Kari Gran Lip Whip

Winter is coming. Here's the "lip balm" you need for it.


I’ve only been using Kari Gran’s Tinted Lip Whip for about two weeks now, but here’s how I know it’s good. On two of the weekends that I had it with me, I was also in the company of groups of women, who all wanted to try it. Try it they did — and they loved it. This has been such a good beauty discovery, that as we’re heading into cooler weather (a.k.a., Chapped Lip Central), I thought you absolutely needed to know about it.

So, two weeks ago, I stopped by Credo on Fillmore to pick up some more of that Trilogy lotion. I was leaving later that night to head to Lake Tahoe, so this was a last minute errand to pick up toiletries that were about to run out! I was running low on lip balm, so I thought I’d finally buy a pot of Herbivore’s Coco Rose Lip Conditioner (remember when I mentioned the tinted version earlier this summer?). We were chatting about it when the salesperson said to me, “Have you ever tried Kari Gran’s lip products? Honestly, I think they’re better moisturizing than Herbivore’s anyway.” I was a little hesitant, since I was in a bit of a hurry and didn’t feel like spending time exploring a new line. But she convinced me to take a q-tip and sample a tiny bit of one of the shades.

HOLY MOLY. First of all, the texture of this “balm” is very unique — it’s extremely light and airy (hence the ‘whip’ in the name), but you also only need the tiniest bit before you feel like you’ve slathered it on. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product that made my lips feel so immediately soft and comfortable, even when they’re chapped. It’s incredible!


The product comes in a few different shades, as well as some colorless versions too. However, I find the shades are extremely sheer. I ended up going with the Radiant color, and it adds the lightest touch of pink to my lips (and as a bonus, it also has peppermint oil in it, so it gives you that pleasant cool tingly feeling when you apply). It looks and feels like you have something on, but it’s not overbearing at all — perfect for those “makeupless” days. It’s also great to layer over other lip color if you want extra moisture and a little bit of glossy shine.

When I was in the cabin in Tahoe — which, at about 7500 feet, was pretty high altitude — everyone’s skin and lips were so dry the first day. I couldn’t believe that my lips felt totally moisturized. I shared some of my newly discovered Lip Whip with the group, and everyone was wowed (and asked me for more all weekend). Last weekend in Napa, I got the entire group hooked, too (everyone took photos of the pot and said they wanted to order it for themselves and for stocking stuffers this holiday season). It really is that good!


Ready for the final cherry on top? Lip Whip’s ingredients are primarily organic. Seriously! With the exception of some of the specialty oils, and the mineral ingredients that provide color and shine — organic. The only downside is the ingredients are reflected in the price. At $21, it’s more expensive than a simple drugstore lip balm, but I don’t think you can even compare the two, really. Since it doubles as a makeup product (you can use it as a lip gloss for sure) and it seemingly will last quite a long time, I think it’s one of the best buys for the winter. I’m planning on picking up an extra one so that I can keep one in my handbag and one at my desk.

Here’s a pic to give you the idea of how sheer it looks on skin. My skin tone is pretty medium; if you wanted a darker look, I’d try the Marsala shade.


Kari Gran sells at Amazon, as well as Sephora. You can also purchase directly through the Kari Gran website. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


  1. 10.20.16
    Cory said:

    It’s only $15 on Amazon right now! :)

    • 10.20.16

      Yes! Although this confused me for a sec too — she has two separate product lines, “Color” Lip Whip and “Tinted” Lip Whip. A lot of the tinted versions look really similar to the color ones, but the only difference is price ($15 or $16 compared to $21 for colors). My guess is the “color” line just has more pigment in it? But I think the base formulation is probably really similar, if not identical. Let me know if you get the tinted version, and how you like it!

  2. 10.20.16
    Erica said:

    Ooh, living in Arizona my skin and lips are always dry. I can’t wait to give this a try. Plus it sounds like it would make a great gift for our girl’s night holiday gift exchange!!

    • 10.20.16

      Literally the perfect gift. I’m buying a bunch for girlfriends this holiday season.

  3. 10.20.16
    Monica said:

    I’m a lip balm addict so obviously had to order one…can’t wait for it to arrive!! Thanks for the intro :)

  4. 10.20.16

    Oooh! At first when I clicked on this post, I thought, “there’s no way I could possible pull off such a bold colour…” But when you told us and swatched the whipped balm, I was pleasantly surprised by how sheer it was! And it has a purple-y tint to it… Perfect.

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    • 10.20.16

      Believe you me, I’m not that brave when it comes to lip color either. It’s amazing how sheer it is, no?

  5. 10.21.16
    Jamie said:

    This might be a silly question, but how do you apply it? Do you use a brush or just your fingers?

    • 10.21.16

      Not a silly question at all! I use my finger (you really can just get the tiniest amount on a pad of your finger and it goes a long way). I imagine you could also use a lip brush with it too, if you kept it alongside your makeup brushes. Hope that helps!

  6. 10.24.16
    Lindsay said:

    I bought the Jolene color at my local organic beauty spot yesterday and I am in love! Thanks for sharing such a great find :)

    • 10.24.16

      Yay! You’re welcome!! I’m so happy to hear you like it! :)

  7. 11.15.16
    Jenn J. said:

    I visited friends in SF this weekend and we made the (hilly) walk over to Fillmore St. to visit the store. I scooped up a pot of this lip whip and have been enjoying it ever since. Thank you for sharing this with us! I’m going to get my Mom some for Christmas. :)

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