Burberry Lip Glow Balm Review (including comparisons to Burberry Lip Mists)

As a big fan of Burberry Lip Mists (a line of extremely moisturizing, sheer, gel-like lipsticks), I was very excited when I saw that Burberry came out with Lip Glow Balms ($28). The Lip Glow Balms are supposed to “protect and moisturize your lips while giving them a hint of color. Its formula glides on smooth, hydrating and soothing dry lips.” I tend to gravitate toward moisturizing, sheer lipsticks, so it wasn’t any surprise that I ran to the counter several weeks ago once this was first released! 

Burberry Lip Glow Balms (L: No. 1 Orange Poppy; R: No. 2 Pink Peony)

Burberry Lip Glow Balms (L: No. 1 Orange Poppy; R: No. 2 Pink Peony)

I purchased the Lip Glow Balms in No. 1, Orange Poppy, and No. 2, Pink Peony. Orange Poppy becomes quite dramatic after applying several layers. I actually prefer Orange Poppy applied in just one pass, as it subtly yet effortlessly brightens my skintone. Pink Peony is a sheer neutral pink that can be built up into a perfect my-lips-but-better (MLBB) color on me. If you’re interested in seeing the third color, Pink Azalea (a plummy-rose), The Beauty Look Book has that swatched as well.

Burberry Lip Glow Balms (L: Orange Poppy; R: Pink Peony)

Burberry Lip Glow Balms (L: Orange Poppy; R: Pink Peony)

Burberry Lip Glow Balm (L: Orange Poppy; R: Pink Peony [after multiple passes])

Burberry Lip Glow Balm (L: Orange Poppy; R: Pink Peony [after multiple passes])

When I purchased these, I could barely find any reviews of the Lip Glow Balms so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This product has surprised me in several ways. First off, given that it’s a marketed as a tinted balm, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that these give a fair amount of color with several passes. Orange Poppy is especially pigmented: with the first layer, it gives noticeable yet sheer color, but with several passes, Orange Poppy has the pigment of a moisturizing lipstick. Secondly, when I first swatched these on my hand, they seemed extremely sheer as I needed to swipe many times for more color to appear. However, on my lips, it needs only a few passes to have noticeable color — especially Orange Poppy (Pink Peony requires more passes for the color to show).

Burberry Lip Glow Balm in Orange Poppy

Burberry Lip Glow Balm in Orange Poppy

Pink Peony, while beautiful, requires multiple layers of the balm before it shows up well on the lips:

Burberry Lip Glow Balm in Pink Peony

Burberry Lip Glow Balm in Pink Peony

Another aspect that surprised me is that the Lip Glow Balms really remind me of the Burberry Lip Mists after I’ve applied several passes to my lips. While I do find these balm-like, for the most part, I don’t see a substantial difference between these and Burberry’s Lip Mists line. Both the Lip Glow Balms and the Lip Mists feel extremely comfortable on the lips, are moisturizing, and deliver sheer, shiny color that can be built up. Both formulas do not settle into the lip lines, even after multiple layers/passes. I also adore how easy both are to apply — they’re very no-maintenance formulas, easy to swipe on the go! One great thing about the Lip Glow Balms that I haven’t seen with the Lip Mists is they tend to leave stains on the lips, hours after application and a meal. While the sheen wears off hours after application, there’s a nice tint left. This is especially the case with Orange Poppy. I’m always surprised when I head to the restroom at the end of a work day and find that there’s still quite a bit of Orange Poppy tint left on my lips (I don’t touch up during the day).

As for differences in pigmentation, with Orange Poppy, I don’t see much of a difference between the Lip Glow Balm formula and the Lip Mists. Both are sheer on the first layer but build up easily. With Pink Peony, however, there is a substantial difference. It takes 3-4 passes for it to show up well on my lips, whereas the Lip Mists only require 1-2 passes. Of course, this is all a matter of personal preference. I don’t mind needing to apply several layers of Pink Peony, but others who prefer more pigmented lipsticks may.

As for dupes, I have nothing in my collection that is close to Orange Poppy. However, while I like Pink Peony, I do feel that this color can be easily duped. You’ll see that I’ve compared it to Burberry Lip Mist in Field Rose and Pink Heather. While neither is a dupe of Pink Peony, I feel that they are somewhat similar, especially on the lips. On me, all three qualify as my-lips-but-better type colors. Therefore, if you own either Field Rose or Pink Heather, I think you can skip Pink Peony, especially because the Lip Mists impart more color on the lips.

From L to R: Lip Glow Balm in Orange Poppy; Lip Glow Balm in Pink Peony; Lip Mist in Pink Heather; Lip Mist in Field Rose

From L to R: Lip Glow Balm in Orange Poppy; Lip Glow Balm in Pink Peony; Lip Mist in Pink Heather; Lip Mist in Field Rose

Overall, I’m happy with my purchase of the Lip Glow Balms. I love how low-maintenance these are and how they leave a stain on the lips. However, given the similarities between these and the Lip Mists, I feel that these might be of more interest to gals/guys who don’t already own a Lip Mist!

Have you tried these? What are your favorite sheer, moisturizing lipsticks?

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  • http://makeuptricksandtips.blogspot.com/ fiona furtado

    These are lovely sheer lipsticks… I wish all the Brands were easily available in India too

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      I wish they were too, Fiona! Do you have any sheer lipstick favorites? Hope you had a great weekend!

      • http://makeuptricksandtips.blogspot.com/ fiona furtado

        I have only tried the chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Addict :( I am waiting to travel to dubai to try new brands

        • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

          How exciting! I’d love to go to Dubai one day. Have you been to Dubai before, Fiona? I enjoy Chanel Rouge Coco Shine & Dior Addicts as well!

          • http://makeuptricksandtips.blogspot.com/ fiona furtado

            I go there quite often. And I am sure you will love the place.

          • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

            That’s awesome that you go there often, Fiona! Are you a big fan of the city or has some of the novelty worn off since you go often?

  • http://theconsciencefund.com/ Divya

    Hey Carolyn! there is a shootout waiting for you on my blog! hope you like it :-) BTW, lovely picks.. I am really eyeing Pink peony! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Divya! You are so sweet and kind to mention my blog — thank you so much!! It was such a nice surprise waking up this morning to see your shoutout. :) Pink Peony is definitely beautiful, but if it’s hard to to get Burberry in India, I bet you could find a dupe pretty easily! Hope you’re having a nice Monday!

  • http://www.hellojaa.com/ Jaa

    Wow, they do look very similar to the Lip Mists! I was about to purchase these based on TBLB swatches (for some reason these look way more pigmented on her swatches than yours) but now I’m hesitating! I have way too many tinted lip balms right now so maybe I’ll pass on these (for now…).

    But those packaging, though! UGH! So tempting! LOL!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Jaa! It would take many passes of Pink Peony on the arm to look as pigmented as they did in the TBLB swatches! (It took quite a few passes just for it to show up in my arm swatch.) Orange Poppy though doesn’t take many passes to become quite a dramatic color. Yes, I don’t think these are a must if you have many tinted lip balms at the moment!

  • How Does Dee DoIt

    What pretty lips :),thnx for the reviews .I’m always comparing the texture if these kinds of tints/balms to my fav – the Dior addict lip glow balm..do you have any idea how the textures compare ? Happy to have found your blog thanks to Divya! HowDoesDeeDoIt

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Thanks for stopping by, Dee! Unfortunately, I’ve never tried the Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm so can’t comment on that, sorry! Have you ever tried the Lip Mists? Glad to have found your blog as well through Divya :).

      • http://www.howdoesdeedoit.com howdoesdeedoit

        I have not Carolyn…I haven’t tried any Burberry makeup to date. I’ll have to change that very soon lol.

        • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

          I love their lip products and highly recommend them! If you try any Burberry makeup, I’d love to hear how you end up liking it :).

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I wish they were just a tad more pigmented… Then again, they’re tinted lip balms of course, so I can’t expect too much :-)

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      I know what you mean, Melissa — Orange Poppy is nicely pigmented for a lip balm, but Pink Peony really could be more pigmented at first (or even second) swipe!

  • Krithi Marla

    wow first of all i love love the packaging
    and these sheer lippies looks like so good :)
    I wish they were available in India ,I would have grabbed without any thoughts :)
    http://itskrisworld.blogspot.in/

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Aw, I wish it was also available in India for you, Krithi! What are your favorite sheer lipsticks?

      • Krithi Marla

        Hi Carolyn
        I like YSL Volupte lipsticks -I have 3 shades ,then chanel coco shine lipsticks :)

        • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

          I also really like the Rouge Coco Shines! I like the Volupte Shines, but haven’t tried the Rouge Volupte (non-shine) version.

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i love the look of the burberry products but i dont think i need to pay the price for these lip glows. i’m sure the maybelline products work just as well BUT i am more than a little tempted by their packaging. i love the burberry items i have but probablyb won’t be picking these up.

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hey Jenn, yeah, these are definitely pricey! If you don’t currently own a Burberry lip product, but are still interested in getting one, I’d recommend the Lip Mists which have more pigment than the Lip Glow Balms. They’re just as moisturizing in my opinion. Which Maybelline product are you thinking of? Also, which Burberry items do you own?

      • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

        i have two of the sheer eye shadows (pale barley and rosewood) and one of their lipsticks in english rose

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