December 6, 2011

C.O. Bigelow Tinted Lip Balm Review, Swatches, Photos

Ahhh Fresh…you do so make some brilliant lip balms but damn are they costly. Loving Fresh not loving the hefty price tag?

No worries, replacement alert! Try out C.O. Bigelow Tinted Lip Balms, dare I say they are even nicer than the Fresh version?


Hey, don’t get me wrong Fresh Tinted Lip Balm is the brilliance but they are costly at $22.50 per balm.

C.O. Bigelow makes a damn nice Tinted Lip Balm that’s half the cost if you’re on a bit of a beauty diet. These are a mere $7.50 and if you buy two of ’em at your local Bath and Body Works you can snag one for free. That’s three for less than the price of one Fresh Balm.

Sweet right?

These are formulated with lemon oil, shea butter, vitamins, and minerals so expect a highly moisturizing lip balm. They glide onto lips beautifully and aren’t as dense as Fresh’s version. They have a melty, hydrating finish that feels nourishing and lightweight on lips so no icky, heavy balm feel here just smooth, beautiful shine, color, and a lovely little burst of lemon and berries.

Part of the main appeal here is the fact they keep my lips so very smooth but it doesn’t hurt that every single shade I hauled gives me a beautiful MLBB (my lips but better) hint of color. They look natural and pretty on without every being over done or too garish.

The shades I hauled were:

  • Lemon and Blackberry (this is equivalent to Fresh Plum Balm and leaves a natural plummy berry tint behind on lips)
  • Lemon and Ginger (this is a nude, natural shade of beige that equivalent to Fresh Honey Balm)
  • Lemon and Strawberry (this is a bright berry pink similar to the newest Fresh Tinted Balm in Passion)

The balms all have a lemony fresh taste combined with either strawberry, blackberry, or ginger. The combination of lemon and berries is refreshing and sweet. Quite pleasant particularly if you love flavored lip balms. It’s not a sugary lemon taste like Fresh’s version but it does have some of the same elements.

I love Fresh’s version but I actually like these even more. They have a really nice glide and keep my lips nicely hydrated throughout the day. I don’t really love reapplying my lipstick and gloss once it wears away so this is a nice way to keep my lips tinted and hydrated throughout the day!


A most perfect beauty budget balm.

Muse Approved for purchase.

Available at Bath and Body Works.

P.S. If tint isn’t your thing no worries they make a regular Lemon Balm sans color as well!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • FadBurger

    I got the plum before thinking the strawberry wouldn’t show up, but it’s too brown…I’ll have to pick up strawberry next time!

  • Heather

    First time commenter, long time reader. Love your blog. You have my fav make up reviews by far. These balms are awesome. Just found this past weekend that BBW is discontinuing them (at least here is Houston). I’ve been to two locations to buy backups. They are marked down to 50% off. Run, don’t walk, to your BBW and buy what you can! Keep up the good work, Muse!

  • Sarah from WI

    Dang it Muse, I just went into a BBW to grab those naughty & nice lip glosses. Looks like I’ll be going back in to pick these up!

  • Kris

    I am a huge Fresh balm fan, so I will definitely have to check these out. Might end up gifting some of these in some stockings as well!

  • Candee

    Hey Muse,

    I didn’t see these on the site. Are they available in store only? LE?

    • the Muse

      not LE as far as I know chica I got them out of the liplicious bin in store ;D!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure misses! I looked online too and yup, don’t see ’em :-/ Def check stores as almost every store I’ve been in has a bunch!

  • Alex

    i’ve been wanting to try the fresh ones but i agree with you about the price!! definitely have to check these out though! thanks for the review!! 😀

  • S

    Just picked up the pink & nude ones but they’re being DC’d so grab fast if you want them. I’m so sad they won’t be around any longer 🙁

  • Tigress

    I’ve had the strawberry one forever, it’s a perfect pink for my skin tone. I went to B&BW yesterday and saw them on sale for 50% off as well, so I grabbed another strawberry one.

  • Angela

    Great swatches! I was looking at these the other day and I couldn’t make up my mind if I should pick them up or not and now I regret it!

  • butterdaisy

    Those seem wonderful but unfortunately clearanced out. (Sigh) Maybe the Maybelline ones will be a sub for some. I really really like thiers too. I got the purple one and definitely going back for more. My chapped lips are hydrated well by it and that is an amazing feat for my kind of dry. Lol!

  • Lily Nguyen

    These are sadly discontinued, because I bought them a few months ago and they were still on the site. Now they are not in my store or on the site anymore either. =/