A good chap stick is an essential part of my make up routine. Coincidently, the kind I use most often is called Essential by Niva Lip Care.
I love this chap stick because it is very moisturinzing and keeps my lips soft and shiny for almost an entire day after just one application. It always goes on smoothly and it never dries out or clumps up in the tube. It is also good value for the money.
Another great thing about it, is that it makes a great base coat before putting on lipstick. Every type of lipstick I have tried goes over this chap stick smoothly and without difficulty. The shine of the chap stick seems to shine through the lipstick, and keeps my lips moist throughout the day, preventing that dry, flaky look that lipstick can get after a few hours. It is great to be able to go about my day confidently, without giving a second thought to whether or not I need to reapply my lipstick.
I have only once had any problems with this product. When I went up north for Christmas to northern Ontario, this chapstick just could not compete with the icy cold weather. Within an hour of arriving, my lips were dry and chapped, and no amount of this chap stick could prevent it. For that, I had to get a good medicated chap stick with menthol. But a week later, I was back home, and within an hour, my lips were smooth and moist again--more an indication of the poor weather, than a poor product, I think!
I continue to use this every day, and wouldn't be without it. Highly recommended!