[affiliatelink] A good friend, knowing my love of Japanese beauty products and my love of lip balms, found the perfect gift for me while she was over in Tokyo. I don’t know what it is about Japanese balms but they’re just the best in the world as far as I’m concerned.

D Program is a Shiseido owned company and one I’d never heard of before now. It doesn’t seem to be quite as pricey as Shiseido products (who also make stellar lip balms) and although it’s proving difficult to find any information about D Program in general I ‘think’ one of its USPs is more natural formulas across the brand.

The D Program Lip Moist Essence is clear and gives a sheen to the lips – it’s super, super comfortable, very softening and a good over-nighter as a lip mask. There is a plumping element to it (not so I’d notice, to be honest) but I’m working from such odd translations (“vertical wrinkles are not conspicuous, lipstick glue is up”) that it’s best to go on my gut feel rather than what I’m reading! It’s a gentle formula for sure – my lips react horribly to a lot of balms and I’ve yet to drill down which common ingredient is the culprit) I’m usually left with just the really expensive ones (By Terry and Sisley) and Lanolips as my choice in this country. Balms that I bought in Japan when I was there a couple of years ago, even though they are global brands, don’t give the same reaction. So, what are they leaving out in Japan that they don’t leave out elsewhere? That’s the big question!

Anyway, I did track the very last one in stock down to Yes Style (HERE) and it looks a little different to mine in that the packaging is pink. It’s £16.

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