Make Your Dreariest Winter Night Balmy and Bright
Oh those balmy winter nights! Yes, I do live in Southern California, but it’s not necessarily toasty warm this winter. More importantly, it’s rarely humid and tropical. It’s mostly desert out here, folks, so hot or cold, it’s usually dry, dry, dry. That’s why I love my balms – my L’Oreal Colour Riche Balms, to be exact.
Most desert dwellers (along with their cold-dwelling counterparts) know that the secret to extreme weather is a killer lip balm. Cracked and bleeding lips aren’t sexy, and many of us have learned to become balm-o-holics, in winter and beyond. So where does that leave the lipstick-lovers amongst us come winter? Certainly not out in the cold.
L’Oreal Colour Riche Balms ($7.95) are pretty and practical, at once soothing and colorful. Jojoba oil and Shea butter instantly nourish and moisturize lips, while continuing to provide hydration for a full eight hours. The sheer colors provide a pretty tint, while the oils offer a luster of which many glosses would be jealous.
The shades of Colour Riche Balms that I tried run the gamut from nudes to brights, all somehow reading as a realistic version of my natural lip color.
318 Heavenly Berry – an ultra sheer raspberry sorbet tint
410 Wild Lily – bubblegum fuchsia-pink
420 Bold Blush – magenta pink
430 Fiery Red – red orange with a touch of shimmer
440 Electric Pink – bright rose
Since the Colour Riche Balms are on the sheer side, these aren’t super longwearing lip colors, but they do leave lips soft long after the gloss fades. The tint stains a bit, too, allowing for a bit of buildable color.
118 Satin Pink – light pink blush
218 Rose Elixr – light pink nude with slight shimmer
219 Plush Plum – plum with slight shimmer
418 Caring Coral – light, bright coral
518 Tender Mauve – mauve shimmer
818 Nourishing Nude – medium nude
819 Carmel Comfort – medium peachy nude with slight shimmer
The wonderful thing about tinted lip color is that it is so adaptable to different skin tones. For example, I don’t usually look good in babydoll/bubblegum pinks, but Satin Pink looks incredible on my lips – particularly with wintery, smoky plum eyes. And that, my friends, is a party-ready look!
Yes, I always love the look of a good red, matte lip for a party or holiday, but wearing the beauteous L’Oreal Colour Riche Balms the rest of the time will make sure your lips are ready for anything.
Readers, what do you wear on your lips in the winter months?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
skin tone: NC 25
skin type: oily/sensitive
favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything