Confession: I don’t own any The Balm product—until now. I know how popular the brand is, at least in the beauty blogosphere, and while I always try to pass by their stand at the Beauty Bar, I just cant bring myself to purchase anything! Don’t get me wrong, I like the brand, I would actually love to get one of the cheeky eye palettes (say Nude ‘Tude) or the Mary Lou-minizer highlighter. Maybe someday, because I this time, this lipstick won me over.
The Balm Read My Lips Lipstick in Wanted, Php699
It’s a delightful, poppy shade of red on the bullet but actually applies sheer and waxy, like a lip balm. The thing is, I love a red lip, but I don’t want to keep on wearing a bright, matte lipstick because I cant always commit to it. I’m sure you know the feeling—a bold red lip takes a certain audacity. Wanted doesn’t require that. It’s very much a red lipstick, but the texture and effect is very wearable and natural; you can very well add layers to suit the level of opacity and color you like. It’s a red lipstick for beginners, for red-o-phobics, and for those who want fuss-free color.
The color is rosy, but red enough. The texture, like I mentioned, is waxy, like a hard lip balm (think Chapstick) but isn’t shiny/sticky/moist-looking. It sets like lipstick, but much sheer so some of my lip’s natural pigmentation still show through. Yes, this is much like Clinique’s Almost Lipstick but this one’s much brighter, and much more lipstick. It stains the lip a bit so it doesn’t require frequent reapplication although it’s very easy to—I reapply it like a lip balm, without aid of a mirror.
I’m not a fan of the packaging though—no matter how cute the print is—coz it’s (laminated) cardboard. It’s not easy to pull and replace the cap, and twisting to get the bullet doesn’t go smooth either because paper gets dented and deformed over time.