[productsample] So, we know that watermelon is a #trendfruit having its moment with Milk Make Up and with Glow Recipe, to name but two. I think Glow Recipe has set the benchmark for watermelon inspired products, because without being remotely ‘natural’, it does at least make you think that a watermelon has been near it. I don’t not like the Ciate versions (in fact, I actively like the lip oil) but it doesn’t feel the same level of quality.

Ciate Watermelon Burst

The ‘bits’ you can see in the Hydrating Primer are apparently watermelon extract droplets. Also in the mix are hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Also, witch hazel, which is lightly astringent and while that in theory might be good for helping with pores, it’s not, to my mind, an ideal ingredient. However, the primer is water based and lightly hydrating – no silicones gives it the benefit of not having adverse interactions with foundations or tinted moisturiser you put on afterwards. It smells of very artificial watermelon – remind me of Jolly Rangers actually so I didn’t find it unpleasant personally, but if you’re not a Jolly Rancher fan, you might not like it.

Ciate Watermelon Burst

While I might feel a bit meh about the primer, the lip oil is a whole other story. Again, it’s really full of the artificial watermelon fragrance but I like it! As a lip oil, it felt nicely nourishing (it has avocado and jojoba) and gave a beautifully glossy finish. It’s properly a burst of summer in a tube with a slanted applicator for easy on the go applications. If you like a dewy lip look AND you like Jolly Ranchers, your luck is in! It’s £14 and the primer is £24 (which feels like too much to me) so I suggest the small size duo with one of each for £10 HERE.

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