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