This is going back ASAP!! Why? OMG, the sunscreen smell/taste. I'm surprised that more people haven't commented or complained. When I first applied, I thought I had ~almost~ found a dupe on my beloved (HG) Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip balm that was d/c a few years back. Nice plum/fruit punch color, smooth, had SPF. Sadly, this wasn't. I love the color that I chose (something Plum). Sheer, plummy color. Nice and smooth, easily wearable. Fairly inexpensive. Wore it for about an hour and 'thought' I could hack the sunscreen smell/taste 'cause I liked the color that much. Nope. Can't. Do. It. Went to eat dinner and instead of yummy dinner, all I could taste was sunscreen! The reviewed who said that it tasted like you smeared Coppertone on your lip was dead on. Boo!
Got in the Plum shade, and I love it! I read this has the most color payoff by far, so I can't comment about the other shades, but this one is perfect for me. As another reviewer mentioned, this shade is VERY similar to Clinique's Black Honey, although this one seems a litte more red/pink or something, actually compliments me more. Honestly, I really love these, my lips have been super chapped lately and I tend to like stronger colors, but with the chapped lips that hasn't been going to well, so I decided I need a more MLBB approach to lip color, and this is perfect for that! I must say, also quite moisturizing for a tinted lip color.
I bought this in Nourishing Nude and I absolutely love it. I've been on the market for a nudish lipstick. I think I'm NW30 or 35? I'm not entirely sure but my lips are naturally pretty washed out. However, I wanted something that looked like my lips but better... not lipstick that is similar to my lip color but still obviously lipstick... but just something that would add a lil something to my lips in a nice, natural way. does that make sense? Anyway, these were perfect! Sheer but enough pigment to even out any pigmentation and give it a little more life than usual. They feel very moisturizing and I love that because my lips dry out very easily. I have a billion lipsticks and give them their time in the spotlight but this is quickly becoming one of my favorites just because its so easy to use.
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.
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.