Jun 7, 2014

Review, Swatch - L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm, Heavenly Berry & Tender Mauve

Sometimes you don't realize how much you love it until it is gone. L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm is the very example for me.
I bought 4 different shades when it first came out, and actually used up all 4 of them. This is a big deal or at least it should have felt that way because, you know, it does not happen to me.
Funny that I never thought I "loved" them although I knew I liked them, and using them all up did not hit me as a significant beauty event. It is funnier that I started missing them rather terribly as soon as they were gone. So I had to buy them again, this time not out of curiosity but necessity. (What?!)

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm
L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm
Heavenly Berry(L) & Tender Mauve(R)

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm was introduced around the time when Revlon Lip Butter came out, and I think they were compared to each other a lot. Of course, Le Balm wasn't received as well as Lip Butter being such a "sheer lipstick".
Maybe it was because of its much lipstick-like exterior, but Le Balm is more of a tinted lip balm as the name strongly indicates. 
(Btw, I am always bothered to read reviews complaining that a lengthening mascara doesn't volumize, a moisturizing foundation doesn't control oil, or a mattifying powder is too trying. I am not denying that we see more and more products that satisfy multiple aspects nowadays, but please "know thy products" before ranting about them for the wrong reasons.)

L'Oreal Le Balm Heavenly Berry Tender Mauve
(Well, before it turns into a "soapbox post", here is another pic of the colors I repurchased.)

Once you understand L'Oreal Le Balm is a tinted lip balm that focuses on treatment and protection rather than on color, you will love it as much as I do.
These sheer glossy lip balms feel very moisturizing and comfortable on lips and come from SPF 15 protection (whether constantly eating sunscreen is better than being protected from the UV rays or not is another day's debate, though).
I am not even gonna talk about the wear time. It is a lip balm, a rather glossy one, too.

L'Oreal Le Balm Heavenly Berry Tender Mauve Swatches
The swatch colors are achieved with 3 swipes each.

L'Oreal Le Balm Heavenly Berry Swatch
Heavenly Berry shows up rather nicely on my medium-toned lips.
I also love wearing this with Revlon Balm Stain Smitten, which is a deeper berry color.

L'Oreal Le Balm Tender Mauve Swatch
Tender Mauve is one of the prettiest and chicest mauve-y nude.
I get many compliments wearing this understated color paired with deep smoky eyes.

The colors I repurchased, Heavenly Berry and Tender Mauve are actually packed with more pigments than the lighter colors like Rose Elixir or Caring Coral.
Personally I think they make great "bar lipsticks". They moisturize my parched lips (from alcohol intake) wonderfully, and I can easily reapply without mirror. Plus they smell like sweet cotton candy.
I myself prefer them over those expensive (and mushy) Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments, for example.

Have you tried L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm?
What is your favorite tinted lip balm?

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm & Other Tinted Lip Balm Suggestions

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