06.19.2014
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Colour Riche Balm SPF 15
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$7.95
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This tinted lip balm with sunscreen feels pleasantly light on your lips, yet delivers a surprisingly natural-looking pop of color. The classy twist-up lipstick-style packaging is a chic spin on lip balm, but the transparent pink case makes it difficult to determine what each of the eight shades actually looks like without opening the package. Unfortunately, this SPF-rated product does not provide adequate broad-spectrum protection and, therefore, can't be strongly recommended. See More Info to learn more about which sunscreen ingredients to look for in any SPF-rated product.

Pros:
  • Moisturizing formula feels light on lips.
  • Delivers a vibrant pop of shine and natural-looking color.
  • Chic packaging looks more like lipstick than lip balm.
Cons:
  • Tinted packaging makes it difficult to determine the shade's true color until it's opened.
  • Lacks adequate UVA-protecting sunscreen ingredients.

More Info:

This product does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. The sun's UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun's silent, though more penetrating and in many ways more damaging, UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active” to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253)

Claims
Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3%), Other: Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Ozokerite, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Alumina, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Red 7, Red 22 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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11.09.2014
Feels and looks great!

This balm is great! I love the Rose Elixir color. Sheer color with lots of shine. No stickiness at all, unlike many glosses. Lasts a while on the lips. It's disappointing that the UVA protection is inadequate; otherwise I would have given it 4 stars.

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07.24.2013
I LOVE this product

Goes on nicely, feels good on, stays in place, does not require frequent touch ups, colors are awesome. I am not a big lipstick person but I love this. Gives color to the lips yet does not look overly done and provides just the right amount of shine, is not slippery or slick, feels like you just moistened your lips. I carry one with me at all times. Love the Rose Elixir #218 and pink satin is perfect as a gloss over the top of another darker shade of lipstick to soften it. Hope it is never DC'd

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