January 31, 2012

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm Review, Swatches, Photos

Ooo Sephora look at you sitting at the cool kid table for lunch. Spring 2012 has obviously been a good year for you with some very interesting product releases.

We’ve had our bickers in the past but when you do it right kid, you do it right.

I’m loving the new Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm.

Oh no, groan, not another pH lip balm. Yup, Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm is indeed a pH lip balm that promises a customized pink shade. These are pretty much the standard lately for Spring and have been consecutively released for the season for the past several years. If you can get past the part about being your shade of customized pink you’ll be pleasantly surprised how great Color Reveal Lip Balm is.

I like this. I’m one for stashing lip balm in my makeup bag, desk drawer, on top of desk, on my vanity, by my night table, etc…it’s particularly a treat for stashing in your desk drawer if you’re anything like me and not really up for reapplication of lipstick and lipgloss after its worn away. The balm starts out a tad on the disappointingly hard side but it warms up quick enough and has a nice glide on lips. It’s not shiny and it’s not heavily hydrating but it does offer enough moisture to protect lips and keep them feeling smooth and flake-free. Essentially the texture is that of a lip balm so don’t expect a ton of bells and whistles.

The joy?

It does indeed turn a hint of pink but I think the real joy is the fact it enhances the color of my natural lips and gives a nice MLBB (my lips but better look) without turning a bright shade of unflattering bubblegum pink.

The thing I didn’t like about it was the taste. It kinda tastes like cardboard. Bit odd but nothing that I can’t overlook.

I like it.

Well worth a pick up and only $12 bucks.


Available now at Sephora and Sephora.com

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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  • Cj

    Good morning! I ended up not getting this, and from what you said im kinda glad I didn’t lol, cardboard tasting lip balm?? Eww lol. I’ll stick with my Dior lip glow tyvm 😛

    PS: Skin79 came out with a new bb cream that’s in a can like the pink and gold ones, it looks really good! Super high SPF50, matte finish, and it’s a whole lot less grey than the other two! It’s in an orange can, this is like the third time posting this lol I hope this comment goes through, I know your like the BB cream queen so I really wanted to tell you 😛


    I ordered one from evilbay already, I can’t wait to get it I have a really good feeling!

    • the Muse

      GOOD morning or afternoon I’m a little late Happy weekend CJ! ;-D Dior Lipglow=AWESOME ;-D but no worries cardboard taste goes away! ah ha here’s the missing comment on the skin79 lol! might be too light for me so might have to skip on it, have you tried the oriental that’s another one that’s super brills from skin79!

      Hope it works for you!

  • Regina

    “kinda tastes like cardboard….” LOL 🙂

    I’ve just discovered the L’Oreal balms and really loving those, even more than the Revlon butters. Don’t think I’ll try Sephora ’cause I’m “balmed out”

    • Rachel

      I totally agree Regina! I think the new L’Oreal Balm is easily twice as good as the Revlon version. Not as many color options, but way more hydration and not as heavy on the lips.
      I’m intrigued about this Sephora lip balm, but $12 seems a bit steep.
      Thanks for the review Muse 🙂

      • the Muse

        my pleasure dear ;D! i liked the loreal ones too but def LOVED the revlon ones ;D!

  • sylvia

    Damn that’s about how much you would spend on the Physician’s Formula version—-wtf is going on with their prices?

  • S

    Oooh that looks nice! I tried the Dior one & it was too bright for me. Maybe I’ll give this one a whirl….thanks, Muse!

  • Sierrablue

    Labello all the way, Fruity Shine Pomegranate is all i need. This one is a bit on the pricey side so I won’t even be tempted to try. Thank you for the review 🙂

    • the Muse

      my pleasure and yes I’m a hardcore labello girl too totally understand your fandom ;D

  • aquahartz

    This is actually nice frm Sephora!! I waaant this! Like the MLBB look. Does it feel moisturising enuf to u, Muse?
    Too bad Sephora is not here in Australia…
    Oh well, here goes online shopping…

    • the Muse

      for a balm yes aqua 🙂 it is a balmy texture though so not a shiny, slick feel.

  • Miss_Silk

    YAY~! I’m waiting for this to hit my Sephora store anytime soon…..too lazy to order online haha

  • ann

    personally, i own the dior version and love it!
    this looks like a great less expensive dupe.
    but tastes like cardboard? HAHAHAHAHAHA. hilarious but not totally sure i could overlook that. !

  • Aria

    Great review!! But when u said “tastes like cardboard” did u mean “smells like cardboard” ?? Cuz I don’t think ur supposed to taste lip balm