Caring coral- nice hit of coral colour, but I find the sunscreen taste uncomfortably strong.
Pink Satin = HG status for me! I love the packaging, love the texture, love the color! It is a very clear light rosy pink with tiny, tiny pink/rose shimmers. Definitely has some color, not totally clear. Glossy, but not like you just swiped vasoline on your lips. Balmy, but not that waxy buildup. Just comfortable, creamy. Oh, and not greasy (YSL Sheer Volupte Candy...I'm looking at you!) So I am really enjoying these, but I fear when they will be discontinued.
Okay, to EVERYONE out there who insists on comparing this product to the Revlon Lip Butters - ITS NOT INTENDED TO BE THE SAME THING. Revlon Lip Butters are advertised as lipsticks, whereas these are LIP BALMS. They're not supposed to have the same pigmentation! So stop comparing this product to the Lip Butters - that's stupid and makes you seem uneducated.
Now, that being said, these products are pretty hydrating, but they don't last the 8 hours as advertised....they last about 2-3 if I'm lucky. The color is super sheer, but there is definitely the lightest tint on my lips, so it's not too disappointing there.....The smell is a bit bizarre though. It smells artificially sweet....bleagh.
Basically, it's a lipbalm. It's not a fantastic lipbalm...it's kind of alright. And it's definitely not worth the 8 dollars I shelled out for this. You probably wouldn't need more than one or two of these, because from afar, these all look the same on most people's lips (unless your lips are less pigmented). Up close, there are slight differences, but not extreme. I bought the Rose Elixir L'Oreal Color Riche Lip Bam, which is basically the color of my lips.
These are ultra smooth, hydrating lip balm. These are not to be compared to Revlon's Lip Butters - they are not alike in any way. What I love about these are that they are a sheer wash of color. They smell great and feel really nice on the lips. I own:
Caring Coral: A nude peach
Plush Plum: Dupe for Black Honey from Clinique
Heavenly Berry: Berry pink
These look great with a smokey eye or when wearing darker, heavier shadows and a light blush.
pros: great smell, smooth, moisturizing
cons: no color payoff at all, cheap packaging, price value (chapstick is way cheaper)
i own these in 3 shades, the coral, a berry, and a red-ish. i have only tried the coral so far so i can only speak for that one. there is no color payoff what so ever. that being stated i do like these, they have a really nice feel on the lips, like a smooth, slick lip balm. the packaging cracked because of the little insert tab which i was not pleased with. these have a mac-esque smell of a vanilla-sweet scent, no discernible taste. hopefully the berry/red tones i bought have more of a color to them, on my lips the coral is a my lips tone so i see nothing but a slight moisturized shine
So between these and the Revlon lip butters, I suppose the idea of a super moisturizing lip color is something that everyone wants right now. I bought these and the Revlon lip butters at the same time, and it is hard not to compare them. Overall, I think it comes down to personal preference. I tend to prefer a lighter more sheer lip look, so these are the winner for me. If you are into more of a dramatic or colorful lip look, you will prefer the lip butters. I like that the colors are distinguishable but aren't as obvious as the Revlon ones. I would say that for me both are equally moisturizing and both have kind of a vanilla-ish scent, so if you are trying to decide between the two, it comes down to whether you prefer a lipsticky or tinted balm look.
I am SO in love with the L'Oreal Balms. I have two colors (Caring Coral and Nourishing Nude) so far, and I see myself buying several more eventually. The texture is just amazing, the color is perfect for a natural look. A nice buttercream type scent that isn't overpowering, and no flavor that makes me want to lick them off. The packaging is totally chic and looks and feels so much better than pulling a Chapstick out of your purse. I really cannot say enough praise for this product. I've been using them about a month now, and they have completely replaced all my other lip items.
And for people comparing them to Revlon's lip butters: there is no comparison. The Lip Butter's are too cakey and the color is much too strong. I wouldn't feel comfortable applying the Lip Butters without a mirror. And ultimately, they're just not as hydrating. L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm all the way!
*EDIT: I just purchased color 118 ("Pink Satin") this morning, it doesn't really show up at all, so if you're looking for a translucent, this one would be perfect. I myself need a little color so I probably wouldn't use this shade as much as the others :)
I have pink elixr. Its a nice lip balm. However, for the price I paid its way too high for just a lip balm. Its elegant packaging is beautiful but I wont repurchase.
I know that a lot of people are comparing this to the Revlon lip butters [which I also own tons of]. While I love the Revlon lip butters for their unique characteristics, I feel like there are not enough people that give the L'Oreal lip balms their due praise. While I have pigmented lips and the balms do show up slightly sheer, I LOVE IT. It gives me a slight hint of color as opposed to a solid color that makes me a little self-conscience sometimes. It gives a much more natural effect--- and I find these much more hydrating than the Revlon butters!
The L'Oreal lip balms lean more towards tinted lip balm, [which they are], while the Revlon lip butters are more like lip sticks that just happen to be a little more hydrating than normal. Even so, I still love both!!!
So its been few months or so, and I still love these balms! But as someone mentioned before in a previous review, it is kind of pricey for a lip balm, mostly paying for packaging if anything when you can get something awesome like Maybelline baby lips for a third of the price. Even so, I would still choose to repurchase maybe one or two of the colors and just stick with that. There just isn't another balm or lipstick out there with the same texture and consistency!
Since I thought the Revlon Lip Butters were too pigmented and garish on me (screamed I'm over 40 and trying to pretend I'm half that)....so I picked up one of these L'Oreal Balms in "Pink Elixir". Once applied, it's an ever so slight gloss of healthy pink color on my naturally pale lips. Both shades I'm speaking of are a similar glowy carnation pink.... only one is too loud and the other too soft. That kind of "beachy" pink that looks wonderful in the summer months. Then I figured why not combine the Revlon "Sweet Tart" lip butter lightly by dabbing it on with my finger with the "Rose Elixir" gloss to top it off.... the results were just what I was looking for... the prettiest pop of a healthy pink. And yes these "balms" do have a weak Coppertone scent which is odd but not offensive to me. This product is also very similar to Clinique's "almost lipstick" for more color choices without the scent/taste.