8.04.2015

Berry Pink Lips | L'Oreal Glossy Balm Pink Me Up & Lancôme Lip Lover Framboise Etoile



Medium berry pink is an easy color for me to wear on lips and these two come in great formulas as well. Yet I have been feeling uninspired to do separate posts on them. I still reach for them quite often and I think they are nice every time. The mini Lip Lover has even found a place in my makeup bag. Both are brightening and flattering colors with shine (oh, I like shine) and feel moisturizing. I don't know why I don't love them. There is a less flattering shade in horrid formulation that has a more pull on me than them. Why is that?
Nevertheless, I thought the internet could use a few more swatches and overall looks (or does it?), so here you go.




L'Oreal Glossy Balm Pink Me Up

Maybe it is me who never understood the charms of chubby sticks. I find the whole thing a bit boring. Having said that, L'Oreal Glossy Balm feels amazingly pampering on lips. Probably the best I've experienced from the similar kinds. The color payoff is great but it fades away rather quickly probably due to the moisturizing properties in it. It still leaves some stains behind so that I don't feel rushed to reapply every two hours. 

L'Oreal Glossy Balm Pink Me Up swatch


L'Oreal Glossy Balm Pink Me Up swatch


L'Oreal Glossy Balm Pink Me Up FOTD
(There is nothing boring about blue grey contacts flashing under the bright lighting, because I got scared by my own picture yet again. But I promise you this is the last one with them, and they were recently discarded upon the expiry date, ok?)




I received this mini sized Lip Lover with my Lancôme order a while ago. Kudos to Lancôme for including this legit cutie in their sample selections. No points required. 


I have the Lip Lover shade which I've enjoyed a lot (reviewed here). I placed them next to each other for a size comparison. The mini is definitely more adorable but it lacks the click-y applicator. All is good, though.


Lancome Framboise Etoile swatch
Framboise Etoile is the star shade of the range, I believe.
It is redder (more like raspberry as the name suggests) and hotter than Pink Me Up which has more blue in it.


Lancome Framboise Etoile swatch


Lancome Lip Lover Framboise Etoile FOTD
(I am recycling a FOTD pic from this brown color contacts review.)



Thanks for looking!


Have you ever found a lippie a bit uninspiring although you can't really fault its shade or formula?





28 comments

  1. GEEZ you are so pretty! Love these shades on you! And I love that you have a signature look. I adore that about you. I wonder what my signature look is now? I want one.

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    1. Aww, thanks Tracy! Neutral smoky with pink lips is hardly a signature look. I do know yours though - taupe gold smoky eyes with glowing cheeks! :D

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  2. Both shades look really nice on you, Lena! The mini Lip lover is so cute >.<. I love Lancome Lip lover , I find their formula very comfortable on my lips.

    I get what you meant with uninspiring lip products, for me definitely the YSL Rouge Volupte ( I have 2 shades but don't reach for them often though I can't point out why ), and Dior Rouge lipstick ( the one with dark blue bullet ). They're no doubt excellent in quality but I just don't love them enough..

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    1. I like the Lip Lover range a lot, too! And you know I can't get enough of legit minis like this. ;)

      I have one Rouge Volupte and I'm glad I have one because the whole thing is just so pretty, but I find the formula a bit fussy. It disperse too much pigment, imho. I haven't bought Dior makeup in a while. Nowadays, Chanel has a stronger pull because the COLORS! :)

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  3. you definitely rock these lip shades. Don't you just wish there are some moisturizing lippies out there which can be hydrating and yet stay on the lips more than 2 hours?

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    1. Thank you!
      At least these don't dry out my lips like some of the sheer lippies that seem to moisturize for 15 minutes tops then start feeling tight right after. But someday. Someday. ;)

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  4. Hey Lena, oh berry is your shade! I know that as it cools down, I'll probably be wearing berry all the time again. Regarding that "uninspiring" lippie question, oh yes I feel that all the time! There are a lot of solid formulas out there that I just can't bring to love as some others and I can't quite figure out why!

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    1. Thank you, Sunny! I know you rock berries yourself! :D
      I wonder if this is the same reason why I get sucked into Chanel lippies although the formulation is a hit or miss for me. At least I find their colors much more interesting for some reason. ;p

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  5. You wear cool fuchsia shades so well! But I know what you mean- there are plenty of lip colours with pretty shades and solid formulas, yet they are missing something that prevents me from reaching for it often.

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    1. Thank you, Jen!
      I've been thinking about it, really. A good lippie should satisfy both color and formulation, of course. But it is maybe because we just have too many lippies in our stashes. ;o

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  6. I haven't been impressed with most chubby sticks cause most of them are drying. It sounds like the Glossy Balm isn't lacking for moisture though. Both shades look really pretty on you Lena! Most lippies don't inspire me which is probably why I always reach for the same few. I guess skincare excites me more than makeup lately.

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    1. Because I find the chubby stick concept rather boring, I admit I haven't tried that many nor have I spend a lot on them. But I agree with you many of them are drying. This L'Oreal Glossy Balm luckily isn't one of them, and I'm impressed with the formula. They lack interesting colors, though. Quite basic.

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  7. More swatches from you are always welcomed! These look great on you, bright for the summer weather! I've been feeling uninspired by lippies in general recently, but this post makes me want to play with my stash again...

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    1. That is so sweet, Meiko. Thank you! :D And I'm glad to hear that you're inspired as well. ^-^*
      Sometimes I go through the titles of my blog posts just to be reminded how many I have, which seems to work very well actually...LOL

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  8. I have this lip colour but it comes off too bold for my taste! It looks amazing on you though - a great transition colour to go form Summer to fall!

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    1. Which one? I see some good neutral and peachy pink from the L'Oreal range which you might enjoy more than I would, though. :)

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  9. I actually prefer the L'oreal crayon! I just can't resist a blue tone pink, I can't think of any instant where it wouldn't be an ideal color! I personally don't wear lip colors much because of how my lips tend to peel but I used to go ga ga over reds, cool tone reds and would buy one now and again but just never find myself wearing them so I've stopped since!

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    1. You're so wise, Sharlynn!
      There sure are some lip colors I buy way more than I'd actually wear. Some orange lippies are examples for me. LOL
      I guess I can always use cool toned pinks like the L'Oreal Glossy Balm, but I just feel a bit bored. I wish I could wear wider range of lip colors! :)

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  10. Both berry lips are so pretty but I must admit, I was all focused on those grey contacts! I think they look so cool! :-)


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    1. Hahaha, thanks! They actually looked quite realistic in life that I made a mistake swatching three different lippies wearing them. Under the white lighting, they so look unnatural. ;p

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  11. Lol, I've talked smack about chubby sticks only to finish the Clinique one in a flash and am now almost done with a Clarins version. They are boring but comfortable and reliable! Totally hear you on loving colours more than formula though. It's not the end of the world if something isn't 100% hydrating.

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    1. Hehe, that's way better than praising something initially and ending up hating it soon after, in my book! ;D
      I'm seeing more vertical lines on my lips and I feel I need to do something about them. The Korean water lip tint is so drying yet looking pretty. Why can't we have EVERYTHING ;-/

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  12. Hi Lena, I always associate L'Oreal lippies and pinks with you. You just rock this kind of color! And LOL at your grey contacts disclaimer. There's nothing scary about it at all actually. I think they make you look mysterious :-)
    I wonder what kind of lip color is associated with me. Hhmmm...

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    1. Haha thank you, Lily! <3
      You are one of the people who can rock both warm and cool lip colors, although that EL lip color (cold fire?) has left a very strong impression on me. ;D
      Actually, when it comes to your makeup looks, I always think about flawlessly blended smokey eyes! ^-^

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  13. What a great colour that pink berry is, both look nice on you. I usually wear two different variants of the same colour, haha. Deep berry or a reddish pink. Have a great week. /Madison
    Luxe Vegan Skincare

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    1. Thank you! These are very brightening and easy to wear at the same time for sure!
      Hope you have a great week as well. :)

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  14. Both are lovely shades on you :) I didn't know L'oreal had chubby sticks so will have a look for them.

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    1. Hi Clare, I hope you can find them! Usually L'Oreal UK stuff have different packaging (which I find much cuter). :)

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