|L'Oreal's Colour Riche Balm (Photo courtesy of Musings of a Muse)|
I have always been a fan of "lip balms", which at their best, should have the pigment of a lipstick with the texture of Chapstick. I combined Laura Mercier's Healthy and Baby Lips for years, in hopes of creating just the right hue of plummy nude...it was always just a bit off from the color of my dreams, but the texture was soothing and I never felt like I was "wearing" lipstick.
L'Oreal has traditionally been one of my favorite mass market makeup lines. As soon as I saw their new Colour Riche Balm, I purchased it without hesitation. Infused with SPF 15 and the promise of 6 hours of wear, I had nothing to lose and as always, hoped for the best.
I think the mass lines have done a really good job in recent years of recreating the feel of more expensive brands at a fraction of the price. My only decision was whether to select Tender Mauve or Plush Plum. I mused for about three seconds before opting for the lighter, Tender Mauve. That might have been an unlucky pick...
I decided to refrain from my usual practice of tearing off the plastic packaging with my teeth, applying it in my rear view mirror and simultaneously backing out of my space, until I got home to give Colour Riche Balm a fair test on clean lips.
I was truly disappointed with the results. Tender Mauve looked positively ghoulish. The tint of this balm made me look embalmed. The texture was comfortable, but I don't see how this bear hint of color could possibly yield 6 hours of wear, (thank God).
Since it appeared so many shades off from the color I chose, I'm not inclined to give Plush Plum a shot either. Sadly for me, the balm was a bomb.
Tomorrow evening I will be attending a new brand launch from the maker's of Burt's Bees. Burts Bee's also makes a tinted lip balm, but none of the colors ever had my name on them... I have the feeling my luck will change. As always, I'm hoping for the best.