I purchased the Coral Reef version of this MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm last year and I have recently re-discovered it and been using it like mad so I also decided to pick up French Violet as I was feeling a purply vibe.
Here are my thoughts on the pair.
|Coral Reef and French Violet|
I actually really love the packaging, it accurately reflects the colour on the bullet, the writing is nice and it looks pretty. The only thing that kind of annoys me is the clear top as I keep getting the product all over the inside- that is most probably my own fault for being a clumsy cow.
They have a very light, sweet vanilla scent which I find quite nice. It's not too overpowering and sickly, it's just right.
|L- French Violet R- Coral Reef|
As you can see from the swatch, they have very definite colours when swatched but they are very sheer. The coral colour definitely has the most pay off but both are more a whisper of colour. I find that this makes them really easy to wear as you don't have to be precise with your application and they just give that hint of a tint that is nice with minimal makeup.
As these are billed as a balm, one of my main reasons for wearing them so often recently is dry lips. They have a really good sheen and slide but I'd say that I've tried better balms in terms of hydration. For a two in one they are good and they keep what moisture there is, locked in.
l-r bare lips, Coral Reef, French Violet
The Staying Power
This is probably where this product lacks, it doesn't stain or stay but it does wear off nicely. I don't use this product for staying power and as it's easy to apply, cheap and wears nicely, I don't mind re-applying during the day.
I really do like these and I'm considering adding to my collection. For £2 each they are definitely worth it. And thanks to Rebecca from Rouge Pout for recommending in the first place!