Long-time readers of mine are, by now, well-versed in my profound love for tinted balm. Tinted balm is so awesome, I would marry it if I could! They’re the ultimate lip product–they do it all! And if you’ll recall from my previous post on Fresh’s Sugar Coral Tinted Lip Treatment, the Fresh line is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve almost tried all of them (except Passion and Berry, which may be a touch too bright and pigmented for my taste). I had planned on skipping out on Sugar Plum as well, but a (semi) recent review from Emi at Project Swatch convinced me that I needed it in my arsenal.
Sugar Plum is described as a “sheer berry plum”. It may look a little scary in the tube (which is why I held off for so long!), but it’s a very sheer, shiny, universally-flattering plummy-purple. It adds just a mere suggestion of vampiness to the lips. It’s perfect for those who are scared of lip color but want something more “autumn-appropriate” for their lips and those who want to take (itty-bitty) baby-steps towards a full-blown lipstick.
For many of you, I imagine the sheerness of Sugar Plum will be a major letdown. But for me, it’s just perfect. It adds a hint of plummy color to my lips without it obviously looking like I’ve put something on. It’s a shiny kiss of color and a helping of decadent moisture–perfect for tinted balm-lovers out there. Despite being so sheer, when I wear it, it really just pulls my whole look together without detracting any attention away from the rest of the look.
You’ll remember from my previous review that these Fresh lip treatments are lemon-scented. It’s okay…I’m not a huge fan of lemon normally, but this one isn’t cloying or too pungent. It does, however, linger for quite a while.
Sugar Plum lasted about 2 hours on my lips. Not very long at all, but frequent reapplication something I am fully prepared to do when it comes to balmy lip color. It’s a trade-off you have to be aware of and willing to make, otherwise I would suggest you look into an actual lipstick with a sheerer, creamier finish. But I think most people out there are aware of the shorter wear-time of products like these.
I swatched Sugar Rosé (left) and Sugar Plum (right) side-by-side because I thought they were the most similar in terms of sheerness. They might look a little similar in the swatches but the difference in color is much more noticeable on the lips–or at least on my lips, which aren’t very pigmented on their own. The degree in which it will show on your lips will vary due to your own lips’ natural pigmentation.
If you are in search of a similar shade but with more opacity, try the newly released Sugar Berry–based on reviews I’ve seen, it’s a bit more berry-pink and definitely packs more of a pigmented punch. Sugar Coral is also one of the more pigmented ones–as is Sugar Honey (which has the most “lipstick-y” feel due to the texture which is just a touch more creamy rather than balmy. It is by far my favorite shade). And of course, the original Sugar balm is clear.
Overall, I’m quite a happy camper and am so glad I finally got around to trying this shade. Though I haven’t tried all of them, I’ve tried enough to safely say that this whole line is a knockout! They might be pricey for “just a lip balm” (as I’ve heard many people refer to them :P), but I think the luxe packaging, luscious formula, and lovely shades make these the crème de la crème of tinted balms. Sugar Plum has become one of my most reached-for balms, and that’s saying a lot when you’re a tinted balm-hoarder like me.
»»Pricing: $22.50/0.15 oz. (4.3 g.)
»»Recommended for: anyone with perpetually dry lips that’s looking for comfortable, healing balm with a hint of color
»»Overall Rating: A