Color Adjusting Lip Series: Part 3

Have you heard of the brands IPKN and Arrow? They were new to me as of about a month ago. I noticed them on, where Arrow is being sampled this month. I don’t know the whole scoop on IPKN– I could have sworn it was a Korean brand, but then I found out that its name stands for: “Independent Professional Knowledgeable New Yorker, IPKN.” So, perhaps it’s a Korean brand made for New Yorkers…? I’ll stop foolishly speculating. But if you do know, please comment at the bottom of the post.


I picked these two brands to sample because they both make a color adjusting lip balm and were not outrageously expensive. So come along while I introduce these guys and show you some swatches.

Left to right: IPKN Twinkle Lips and Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm

Left to right: IPKN and Arrow – natural light
Left to right: IPKN and Arrow – with flash
Left to right: IPKN and Arrow – with flash
Bare Lips
Bare Lips
IPKN Twinkle Lips – Pink, in natural light



Arrow in natural light
Arrow Boost balm, in natural light

IPKN Twinkle Lips – Glow Pink comes in a thin-ish twist up stick, whereas Arrow comes in a traditional balm tube. Even though Arrow’s tube is made out of light plastic, I was more impressed by Arrow than by IPKN. Arrow Boost balm reminds me of my cherished blue stick Nivea Kiss of Moisture balm (which, by the way, I have on “subscribe and save” to be delivered in mass quantities every 4 months), and felt similar to Nivea during application. Arrow gives off a slight minty smell, but not enough to bother me. And neither product had any tingly affects or annoying and distracting qualities (ahem, such as menthol).

Arrow also gave me an (unexpected) glossy look, which is probably due to the butter and oil in it. On the other hand, IPKN was a bit dry and just bland for me. But I can certainly picture myself keeping an Arrow balm in my pocket for frequent reapplication.

I had fun with both of these products. They’re brand new to me and a bit funky. But IPKN didn’t wow me and I probably won’t buy from that brand anymore.

Below are the ingredients.

Arrow Boost Lip Balm:

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Soybean Glycerides, Diisostearyl Malate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Synthetic Beeswax, Ozokerite, C20-40 Alcohols, Polyethylene, Flavor, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 45380/Red 21, CI 45380/Red 28 Lake, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake

IPKN Twinkle Lips:

Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Phytosteryl/isostearyl/cetyl/stearyl/behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Caprylic/capric/myristic/stearic Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Ceresin, Triethylhexanoin, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylene/propylene Copolymer, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Red 27 Lake (ci 45410:1), Fragrance, Yellow 5 Lake (ci 19140), Titanium Dioxide(ci 77891), Red 6 Lake (ci 15850), Persea Gratissima (avocado) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil

Have you tried anything from these brands yet?

Stay tuned for Part 4 of this series!