Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm, $36.00: Givenchy has turned their iconic lip balm into a liquid gloss formula. I think that if you read the description from Sephora and that is what has piqued your interest, you will likely be disappointed and feel that this a lip gloss claiming to be a balm. However, according to the description on Saks, it is actually called a liquid gloss formula.
This balm starts off as a lip gloss, but as it wears away it feels more like a balm. On my lips, the color is a light pink. It has a slight scent that doesn’t linger for very long. Surprisingly, it does hang around through drinking and eating for 2 to 3 hours and I still feel like there is a balm on my lips even a little while after that. I can also feel that it did help my chapped lips after just one day of wearing it. I also feel like my lips feel softer and smoother after I use it. It does have a tingle at the start of wear thanks to pink pepper that is supposed to plump the lips. If you’ve ever used a gloss or lipstick with peppermint oil in it, then this will feel similar to you. I didn’t notice any plumping effect from the tingle and it goes away fairly quickly. I really like this and do feel it performs a lip balm function but with a nice sheen on the lips and gives a hint of color.
Some lip balms that heal my lips for less money are the Fresh Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm ($18), Nivea Lip Care A Kiss of Moisture (before the recent formula change), and good old fashioned Carmex ($2.79 for 3). What works for one person’s chapped lips won’t work for all, but these are just a point of reference so you can tell if something I find helpful did or did not work for you.
I have not used any tinted lip balm or regular glosses that I’d compare to the lip balm properties of the Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm. For those that might still be wondering how this compares to other glosses, I’ve swatched it next to Nars No Regrets Lip Gloss and Mac Voyeur-is-Me Lip Glass.
The Givenchy is slightly tacky, but that is what helps it hang on to the lips. However, Nars is more tacky than Givenchy and Mac’s Lip Glass is the tackiest of the three. When compared to actual lip gloss I can really tell that the Givenchy has a more nourishing, almost oily feel to it compared to the stickiness of the lip glosses.
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