Not really any good as a lip balm, however this is a good product if you apply it liberally last thing at night as a lip line treatment. On initial application, it feels quite oily but sinks in well. Lips do feel plumped and soft in the morning. The spatula (if you dont lose it!) is a good idea, meaning you dont have to put your fingers in the pot. It is a pricey product and perhaps the word balm is a little misleading as I dont think this product is intended to be used as a lip balm but as daily treatment. It sinks in and doesn't last long enough on the lips to be any good as a regular balm. I havent been using it for long enough to comment on the extra firming properties, but the lip area does feel plumped.. and if you have sensitive lips, this may be a better product for this area than your normal facial serum.