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.
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...