By now, I don’t think it’s any big surprise that I much prefer a nice, sheer tinted lip to an opaque, full-coverage lipstick. I just feel like a heavy lip doesn’t match my style or personality. I’m a true California girl, and my makeup style has always mainly consisted of the following: a natural to smokey mostly-neutral eye, perfectly flushed and glowing skin, and a sheer gloss or tinted balm. The hint of slightly glossy color is every bit as important to the look as the eye makeup itself. And, because I have large perma-chapped lips, a soothing, moisturizing formula is a must. You could say that I’ve become a bit of a (self-proclaimed) tinted balm connoisseur in my quest for the perfect one. Korres, Fresh, Benefit, Laura Mercier, Burt’s Bees…I’ve tried them all. But a favorite of mine has always been Bobbi Brown’s Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15–so you can imagine my excitement when I first heard that she was releasing a few new colors for her Miami Collection.
The 4 new colors released as part of the collection are: Orchid Pink (light heather pink), Peach Sorbet (pink coral), Pink Seashell (pink nectar), and Sunset Beach (golden bronze). To the best of my knowledge, these are all going to be permanent (I am waiting for confirmation on that–as I’ve read some conflicting posts) **update: these are all limited-edition (and I found this out through no help from Bobbi Brown. I emailed them several times and never got a response. Not cool)!!**. I wouldn’t describe Peach Sorbet any other way–it truly is a beautiful, creamy, pinky-coral. It is the perfect mix of the 2 colors, making it completely wearable and flattering for both warm and cool skin tones. The Treatment Lip Shines are described as a “lightweight, soft shine lipstick that doubles as a rejuvenating moisture treatment.” In my mind, I don’t think of it more as a sheer lipstick or a tinted lip balm. It’s the perfect marriage of the two. These Lip Shines are extremely moisturizing. They’re not like other moisturizing lipsticks where they’re moisturizing…for a lipstick. These are moisturizing, period.
These balms contain “natural Cocoa and Shea Butters, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Avocado oils”, with added vitamin C and peptides to “stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles”. And of course, there is the addition of SPF 15–which is super important to me. It’s wonderful that most lip balms these days contain some form of SPF, but that wasn’t always the case–and my lips can attest to that (I have small freckles all over them). So I really appreciate any amount SPF in my lip products. I can’t say much for the “reducing of fine lines” claims, as I don’t have many lip wrinkles–but the addition of vitamin C is always good, in my book.
This balm glides easily over my lips, distributing the perfect amount of color, moisture, and shine in one pass. I don’t find that you can really build up the color, just a few swipes across the lips yields an even color and coverage–and going over it again won’t darken the color, really. Some Treatment Lip Shine shades are more opaque then others, but I find that Peach Sorbet is the perfect semi-sheer lipstick. It’s not as glossy as a Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment–nor will it really streak and build up the more you apply like Fresh’s does.
Peach Sorbet lasted about 3 hours on my lips. Definitely not bad for such a moisturizing “lipstick”. Plus they’re taste and scent-free. My only real qualm is that I wish these thin, metal bullets contained just a bit more product. At $23 for 0.07 oz., they’re not the most budget-friendly option–but they are beautiful and certainly are worth it for the color alone.
Testing Peach Sorbet these last couple of days has reminded me how much I love the Treatment Lip Shines. I hadn’t used my Rosy one in quite some time (because I’ve been distracted by other products), but now that I have Peach Sorbet, I have not used anything else on my lips (during the day, at least). And, I hate to say it, but Fresh’s Tinted Lip Treatments have nothing on the Treatment Lip Shines!! But that’s just my humble opinion. I think they’re the perfect mix of balm and lipstick–while the Tinted Lip Treatments are much more “balm”. Bobbi’s Lip Shines are easy to use, easy to wear, feel comfortable, and look amazing. All the shades in the line are to-die-for. I’m thinking of going back for Pink Seashell and possibly another Peach Sorbet for when I run out (which, if I had to garner a guess, will be much sooner rather than later).
Pros: beautiful color; lasts a decent amount of time for such a moisturizing lip product; will flatter both warm and cool tones, dark or light; taste and scent-free; contain SPF and other beneficial ingredients
Cons: I wish it contained a bit more product (Fresh’s Tinted Lip Treatment is $22.50 for 0.15 oz–so Bobbi’s is 50 cents more for less than half the amount of Fresh’s)
»»Pricing: $23/0.07 oz. (2 g.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for the perfect tinted balm/moisturizing sheer lipstick; both warm and cool skin tones
»»Overall Rating: A
So what do you think? Will you be checking out Peach Sorbet, or any of the other new Treatment Lip Shine shades?