I am always a sucker for the Dior Lip Glow aka The Colour Reviver Lip Balm. A few years ago, people started asking exactly how this ph alchemy, that turns your lips to a more intense shade from an unlikely beginning (often clear or nearly clear), works. It’s a good question and it’s down to an ingredient called Red 27. It’s allover the internet so if you really want to drill down, there is plenty of information out there. But, in a nutshell, it’s a colourless dye that only reacts with moisture – so it won’t show up in oil solutions, but starts to emerge as a pink shade once moisture (from the environment or your skin) hits it. It’s going to be pretty much the same colour for everyone but dependent of course on your skin tone or any additional dyes within the product. So, now we know!
Coral and Ultra Pink are existing shades, but new for 2018 are two matte shades, Matte Pink and Matte Raspberry and a ‘holo’ shade, Glow. In fact, it’s not holo, it’s glittery.
At £25, these are pricey balms, but I find them very good (La Mer balm, by the way, comes in at £45) at locking in moisture and giving a sheen (so the mattes aren’t for me). I even like that suit-all pink tint that just gives your whole complexion a boost on a low to no make up day and lets face it, it’s the sort of pretty that weary January needs, all set in fresh pastels.
So in the swatch from bottom to top: Ultra Pink, Coral, Matte Pink, Matte Raspberry, Holo. As you can see, the colour has ‘caught’ on that little bump (now gone, thankfully) and if your lips are very dry or cracked the same can happen so these are best used on a smooth surface to start with. There are several shades within the Lip Glow stable (Berry & Lilac for example) but the pink and coral sheens are still my favourites. I’ve linked below to Escentual which has a site wide 20% off at the moment so you’ll get these for £20 which makes them very tempting.
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