Read the Instructions, even if you will not follow them.
** One of my habits is to always read the instructions even if I will not follow them. This comes especially useful on a day-to-day basis. Companies (should) test and get to know their products before selling them or putting them out on the market and they dang well should be good. I always read the instructions just so I would know how the product should give the most to me. If the way the company suggests does not work for me, then I will try it in other ways that have worked for me in the past or ask for suggestions or ask for tips.
I must blame Dior, themselves, for why people may not like this product because on the Dior website ( http://www.dior.com/beauty/usa/en/make_up_and_cosmetics_by_christian_dior_lipstick_m/lips/gloss/the-expert-gloss/color-awakening-lipbalm/py0027010.html), it claims to be:
"Color Awakening Lipbalm. A made-to-measure lip balm that beautifies and durably enhances the lips’ natural color. A customized color result : thanks to its Color Reviver technology, Dior Addict Lip Glow reacts directly with the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips before releasing its color ingredient. Lips seem revived from within, amazingly fresh, full and radiant. In addition, its SPF10 formula enriched with wild mango and luffa cylindrica continuously protects and moisturizes. A universal balm for all lips." - Dior website.
I always take "lipbalms" from Designer Make-Up lines with a grain of salt (I don't really trust it) because there are so many better alternatives sold at Drugstores. I DO NOT feel like this is a true lip balm as much as it is a true LIP GLOW.
Price: - 29 USD - This is definitely a splurge item.
Packaging: - It comes in a fabulous plastic casing with "Dior" engraved on the side. - The tube is silver (plastic) and the Glow is twist-up. - One of the best things about make-up is the aesthetic appeal of owning something that is pleasing to the eye, the packaging is an interesting conversation topic and although (to me) plastic is a little cheap for Dior price (versus Estee Lauder metal packaging) it is quite pretty.
Quality & Formula: - I would NOT say that this is a Lip Balm of any sort. It does have lip balm qualities, but to me it is a true Lip Glow. - It applies like a moisturizing lipstick. If EOS lipbalm & lipstick had a baby, the Dior Lip Glow is the outcome. It has the application of a lipstick (it feels like a lipstick is going across the lips), but when rubbed it feels like EOS lipbalm. - I feel that this is one of its own kind because most "chemistry reacting" lip products come in a gloss form whereas this is in a balm-esque form. - As far as "lip balm" goes for this, I feel that it is moisturizing ... it is just not long lasting like real lip balms. Consider this the lip balm of lipsticks and the rebel of lip balms. - I would not say that this is similar to a tinted lip balm because it does not contain a coloured pigment. It has such a translucent pigment that it does not have the "tinge" of colour (similar to how NARS make-up is made with translucent pigments therefore all the colours look different on different skin tones). - Dior suggests that Lip Glow be used under Dior Lip Maximizer & (preferably Dior, but any) Lipstick for the perfect lips.
What colour does it make my lips turn?: - It varies - which is really nice. At one point in the day, my lips had a nectarine-similar colour to it. Earlier, it had a deep pink almost red colour. I feel that it would be easy to change the "chemicals" the Lip Glow is working with with just the slightest amount of lip product. I had a NARS lipstick on, wiped it off, and then applied the Lip Glow immediately after which resulted in the deep pink almost red colour. I tried it again and it changed to a different colour. ** I have "Mulan" lips. My top lip is mauve, my bottom lip is just short of understated magenta.
Would I recommend it? - Yes! - My friends, parents, and boyfriend do not like it when I wear dramatic lipstick, but they loved the hue this gave me. - I would honestly give this to my little cousin who is going to turn 11 this year. She loves watching me play with make-up, but my family has a strict rule that the make-up worn should be age appropriate and not subtract from youthful glow. Basically, no dramatic make-up is to be worn other than Halloween and after high school graduation. I know she would love this product. - I love it because it is one of the rare few make-up finds, especially from a Designer, that seems all over appropriate for anywhere. This is a purse must have for me. - I would recommend this to my friends who don't like wearing make-up but want something not obvious with oomph! - It's also been kiss tested and approved. ;]
staple for my "Le No Makeup Look"! ~
if i could only have one product in the whole wide for the rest of my life, this would be it. i think this is what beauty junkies would describe as a "Holy Grail". just the science of it it so intriguing, and it smells WONDERFULLLL! it is one of the best-scented products i've ever owned. it smells like combination of a mild rosy scent and mint (maybe a little rose-tea, but the mint makes it smell so LOVELY). the packaging is a beautiful color as well. :3
it's not sticky, very smooth, doesn't dry out my lips or make them bleed (and i have very sensitive lips), it feels like it's more water-based than oil-based. and the finish is perfect. on me, it's a fleshy dark pink, that's really natural.
what's best about this product is the positive message it delivers to women of color. i love that this product reacts to the chemicals on each individual's lips and adjust to the person's skin tone. it's something everyone can use, and it gives everyone a custom-color that perfect for their skin. it's not about women following the fashion/beauty-industry's standards, it's a product that adjusts to everyone uniquely. for someone who's constantly force-fed whitening lotion ads (i live in Southeast Asia) and have been very self-conscious/given a hard time for not looking a certain way, this product just warms my heart. i'll also purchase Dior's Healthy Glow blush for the same reason! because it makes me feel so good that nothing's wrong with who i am. i do believe that many companies are sort of, uhm, "racist" (i know that's a strong word, but i believe it's true). :|
...but this product is actually ANTI-racism! :D
of course i'll get the blush when i can afford it, and i'm not going to give this product less points for its price tag. it's Dior. *shrugs* it's the type of thing you buy yourself as a birthday treat (which is what i did). plus, the R&D put into it must have been quite the investment. i also disagree with people who say this is the same thing as those drugstore tween products. actually, it's not. when i was about 15, i purchased one of those Mentholatum products and it DOESN'T adjust to your skin tone. it just turns a darker magenta (which i think is just for fun because it's kind of fun to watch as it gradually gets darker), but it's the same magenta shade for everyone, not a special custom color like Dior's lip balm.
I just started using it and I love it! It works great as a lip balm and feels great on my lips. I really love the extra boost of color it gives - kind of coral-y for me. Still natural but with more life to them. And I especially love the packaging - super cute! Only downfall is that it is a bit pricey.
I recently posted a review of it on my blog: http://makeupaudrey.blogspot.com/2011/04/awakening-with-dior.html
Holy grail lip product
I don't like referring to this as a balm because I don't really use it as such. This is basically a replacement for lipstick for me. I always opt for sheer lipsticks because my lips are constantly chapped and anything with too much pigment sticks to dry patches/peels and is incredibly unattractive. Then I found this. It gives the nicest tinge of color that looks extremely natural and healthy. It's moisturizing and gives a bit of shine, which means my dry lips get conditioned, and the dry patches are sort of camouflaged. Even better, it's not sticky or tacky, which would be a deal breaker for me. Also, you can kiss or significant other or whomever you wish with this on and not worry about transferring color because it's so natural. All in all, this is a fantastic product that I will never be found without. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea, especially at the price point of $33, but for natural-look lovers, it can't be topped. Again, not a lip balm tho...
Oooooh Yes Girl!
OK I love this balm so much, I almost refuse to wear anything else on my lips! It is super moisturizing like a balm. However, best part? Drumroll pleaaaaasssse........when you glide this baby on your lips, it gives you your OWN shade of a gorgeous everyday pink. I wouldn't even say pink, so much as your very own natural shade of lip color. It gives a gorgeous pop! This was so worth the money as I am getting such great use from it! And the packaging! Yes guuurrrll!!! I could seriously go on and on, but you will not understand my fever for this gloss until you try it for yourself!!!
This is the best lip glow ever! It make your lips feel really soft and hidratated, besides it gives you a feel of freshness and it looks like if you had a light shade of lipstick on, even on pictures. The only complaint i have is that, at least in my lips that are always pretty dry no matter what i do, it doesnt last for much maybe like an hour, but the pretty color still stays on for much more longer.
best lip balm
This is a true lip revivor! Hands down for Dior for coming up with a phenomenal product. I love this lip glow! My lips are always chapped and this lip conditioner does wonders. For $31 ... totally worth every penny. You will not be able to find any generic brand that can replace this product.