Lipbalm and I aren’t quite the best of friends. We aren’t arch enemies, but we only have a nodding acquaintance. If I see Lipbalm across the room, I’d nod at them to acknowledge that yes, I know you’re here, and they’d nod back to say yes, we are and some day, you’re going to regret not wanting us. HAHA!
So, when the Dior Crystal Coral Voluptous LipCare Lipbalm sashayed into the room, I did the same. Give it a cursory glance and then promptly forgot about it. However, one day, I was in a bit of a hurry, and left the house without apply anything to my lips. Do you realize how odd someone looks when there’s makeup on, but no lipstick? Trust me, its odd.
To my surprise, the one and only item in my bag was this Crystal Coral. I usually have a whole pouch of lip colours and on this day, there was nothing bar a tinted lip balm. Meh… I thought. But I used it anyway and lo and behold! Did the skies open for me? Did I throw my hands up and say Hallelujah for Lipbalm!
Well, no. You see, if I consider the Dior Voluptuous LipCare a lipbalm as they proudly emblazon on the case, I’d be quite disappointed.
Personally, whilst I found the texture of this product balmy, my lips still felt a little dry. If I have dry lips and apply this, it doesn’t do much to help the dryness. So for me, as a lipbalm, I felt that it performed somewhat sub-par.
However, what this is is also a very pretty product on its own. The coral tint is very very light but despite that, it gives a lovely glow to the lips once you slick it on. If you look in the mirror up close, its hard to actually notice anything. But when you pull back and look at yourself overall, it gives your lips a nice glowy tint that pulls your makeup together. Its quite surprising, because to be quite honest, I was staring at myself up close most of the time going “But there’s no difference!!” and then I stepped back in frustration and then “Whoa! That sort of works!”
If you see the swatches on the back of my hand you’ll know what I mean.
Dior Crystal Coral 003 Left: 1 swipe Right: 5 swipes
You can see that there’s just the barest hint of a coral tint and even when I layer it about 5 times, it still sports a sheer tint. On lips though, it sort of feeds off the natural tint of your lips, so I reckon this is a product that will look quite different on different people, depending on the tint of your lips.
For me, here’s how it looks on my lips. Because its so light, I did a before/after to give an idea of how it looks.
See how it it draws on the red tint of my natural lip colour to look slightly coral pink? On the back of my hand, because there’s no tint there, it doesn’t look like much.
So if I were to do a mind shift and consider this a moisturizing sheer lip colour, I am less disappointed than if I were to consider this a tinted lipbalm.
In a nutshell
The Dior Addict LipBalm Voluptuous LipCare in 003 Crystal Coral is a tinted lipbalm that smooths and moisturizes lips and adds a tint of colour. As a lipbalm, I personally do not find it very moisturizing. If I have dry lips or flaky lips, it does not seem to help. By contrast, when I use the Dior Serum de Rouge lipsticks, I notice a marked increase in the level of comfort of dry flaky lips. As a sheer lipstick that moisturizes the lips and keeps it from drying out further, while adding a tint of colour and a glow, I find it performs remarkably well. I do not consider this one a must have.
Pros: Gives a lovely glow to the lips, Nice light tint of colour, Keeps lips from drying out further, No oily feel
Cons: Pricey, Does not do much for dry or flaky lips
Who will like this: Anyone who likes a very sheer tint of colour and moisturizing properties in a lipstick
I personally use this as I would a lipstick. One more thing is that when I use this as a lip balm and then layer on lipstick, the lipstick seems to adhere better. With normal lipbalms, I find the colours sheer out or it slips but with this, because there’s no oily feel, it sits nicely.
So here’s how I usually wear it. As I prefer using it as a lip colour as opposed to a lipbalm, I make sure it blends in with my look. It has a slight warm peachy tint so I wear it with slightly warmer shades. For some reason, since its been so darned hot here, I find I appreciate this more. Its less heavy than a gloss and lighter in colour and texture than a lipstick.
Still, do you need this? My answer is no. You could easily get tinted lipbalms anywhere for a smaller price tag. But if you look at this as a lipstick, then the pain is easier to bear 😉 I may have made friends with one lip balm at least 😛
Did you pick up the Dior Crystal Coral lipbalm? I believe they had previous incarnations of this, also limited edition. Did you try those? Personally, I’m going to try the famed Dior Lip Maximizer next. Its super popular, and I need to know why! 😀
Dior Addict Lipbalm Voluptuous Lipcare 003 Crystal Coral Price: RM88 Availability: Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes, part of the Dior Croisette 2012 Summer collection