Vaseline Paint The Town Red Lip Tint – Review

I think it is safe to say that most people use Vaseline Lip Therapy, why? Because aside Carmex and Chapstick, it’s probably one of the best lip balms out there! I myself have only ever owned one tin of the classic blue Vaseline and that was when I was 14 and suffered with really dry lips during the winter.

Since then I’ve owned Vaseline’s limited edition Lip Therapy in Pink Bubbly, which came out last year. The year before that we were graced with crème brûlée, which I stupidly never picked up and wish I had. This year Vaseline have brought out Paint The Town Red, a limited edition lip tint for this autumn and winter!

I knew when I spotted this in Boots during my shopping trip last month that I had to buy this and in my basket it popped itself. You can read about that shopping trip over on my most recent haul post.

I’d read other beauty bloggers reviews on this and I found that people either loved it or hated it. People who loved it seemed to be regular Vaseline users but as well as that they loved how it tinted your lips and how yummy it smelt and tasted whilst the people who hated it ranted how this was a waste of money as it didn’t tint and it smelt synthetic and horrible.

I won’t lie, I love this product and I haven’t put it down since buying it, so for £3.49 it’s been work every penny to me and I’m already contemplating stocking up before they’re discontinued.

I know there are probably hundreds of reviews out there of this but I wanted to share my thoughts on it, as I just love it so much!


Like all Vaseline Lip Therapy, Paint The Town Red comes in the classic metal tin, but of course due to this being limited edition, it comes with a pretty design on the front. As you can see its red paint dripping down the tin onto a black background to create a building affect, which I think is a cool idea.

It comes in the little round 20g tin like all the Vaseline Lip Therapy’s come in, which is good as it means it’s easy to fit in my pocket, on my desk, bed side table, bag, etc easily with no worries, but in a way this proves a problem, which I’ll talk about later on in this review.


When Vaseline described Paint The Town Red as a lip tint, they weren’t wrong. It’s bright red and looks so beautiful and eye-catching when you first open the tin and for me, every time I open this to use. It makes a change to a boring light pink or clear Vaseline Lip Therapy, don’t you think?


The balm itself contains Vaseline’s Petroleum Jelly, as well as some other skin caring products that make sure to keep your lips lovely and soft when they need that care most, but Paint The Town Red (as you can see) contains a lovely red tint. As I mentioned before, a lot of people are complaining how it doesn’t show up red enough for their liking and that other balms on the market show up a lot brighter. I won’t lie, this is true but if you apply enough of this onto the lips you’ll get a red shade similar to the colour pay off you would get from doing the same with Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Cherry Me. Personally the colour is just enough for me as it’s definitely noticeable when applied to the lips. This being said my lips are rather pigmented naturally anyway so this just enhances that for me.

Paint The Town Red doesn’t just look amazing but it smells and tastes wonderful as well! It’s enriched with a spiced berry flavour, perfect for autumn and winter and it isn’t a really strong scent, but it’s not weak either. As soon as you open the lid and have a sniff you can smell it straight away and it definitely reminds me of winter walks around The German Market and hot winter drinks in pubs and bars. It doesn’t just smell that way though, you can taste it on your lips too!

I’ve been using this at work a lot but instead of using my fingers, where get all dirty from making drinks, touching plenty of money, as well as cleaning plenty of things throughout the store I just brush the balm against my lips instead… I hope this makes sense as it does to me with the way I’ve written it…

This is so easy to just throw into my apron pocket and easy to pop on my lips as and when I need to. I’ve had a few comments from customers asking what it is as they recognise the little tin, but not the bright red jelly inside of it. Most of them have commented saying how they’ll be trying this out, don’t need to thank me just yet Vaseline. 😉

As I mentioned I’ve been using this a lot, especially at work as I’ll apply my dark berry to dark pink lipsticks and as my shift goes on, the lip colour will often feather or vanish completely and I don’t really get time to reapply, so I’ll just pop some Paint The Town Red on instead as it doesn’t take that long and keeps my lips feeling soft and nourished.

Now onto one of the flaws I have found with this product… When I pop out with my boyfriend or even on my own down the road to the shops I’ll usually take three things, my iPhone, my wallet and a lip balm, this at the moment being Paint The Town Red. I don’t bother taking a bag with me when I’m just taking three things as it just seems silly so I’ll carry my wallet like a clutch bag and my  iPhone and my lip balm go into my pockets. Due to this being in a tin and my body being warm, when it’s sat in my pocket for a maximum of say… 15 minutes it can start to go really warm and melt a tad which thank goodness hasn’t ruined this balm, but due to worry of it happening I’ve had to try and find other places on me to keep it which usually ends up in a coat pocket, my boyfriends coat pocket or at home due to worry of ruining it.

This isn’t a big problem though and during the colder months will be no issue as I’ll keep it in my coat pocket.

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I apologise now if I look poorly or like crap in these photos. I wasn’t feeling too great to be perfectly honest but I knew I needed to get these blog pictures taken to be edited and uploaded on here. The photos probably don’t do the lip tint any justice either, even though I applied loads to my lips!

Overall I love this and I really can’t get enough. When I have some extra cash I’ll be stocking up on these, as well as buying a few friends of mine a tin of their own for Christmas as two of my friends use nothing but Vaseline and I know they would both love one of these.

It leaves a lovely red tint to your lips, with a gorgeous smell of winter berries all the time keeping your lips soft, smooth and kissable! I really want Vaseline to make this a permanent product as it’s just wonderful! Please make more tinted Lip Therapy Vaseline!

What do you think of Paint The Town Red? Do you love it, or hate it? If you haven’t tried it yet, will you? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all!

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