Rouge Dior Baumes have finally hit counters in Hong Kong! Colored lip balms are probably my number-one weakness, and I'm happy to report back that Dior has nailed it this time - this is the best lip-balm-meets-lipsticks release of the year in my opinion.
Featuring a "rare, natural crystal oil" as the key ingredient, Dior Baumes are marketed as a lip plumping, nourishing lip balm-lipstick hybrid. The formula did not disappoint - it goes on velvety smooth and feels so comfortable on the lips, just like a creamy lip balm. It has a very slight glossiness, just enough to leave your lips looking plump. Even as the color wears off (which it does after a short while, as all sheer lip colors do), my lips look and feel significantly more hydrated. I've just had a week of nasty, chapped lips, and the Dior Baume definitely came to my rescue!
Color wise, I chose shade #558 Lili, a my-lips-but-rosier shade. It's one of those easy to wear, no-brainer colors that leaves a healthy glowy tint after wearing off. It's that shade you can wear for a modest look at work, then layer it on to create a brighter red for a night out of town (or just movie night at home, #homebodiesunite).
We've seen countless brands come out with their interpretation of a lip-stick-lip-balm hybrid, but most tend to end up being more of just a sheer lipstick. Dior has definitely showed them how it's done this time, creating a truly nourishing, balmy lip color that I would happily reach for even on my worst chapped-lips day.
Side note: I've read a lot of reviews comparing Rouge Dior Baumes to Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, but to me there are noticeable differences between the two. I've been a long time fan of the Chanel Coco Shines, but the Chanel formula is definitely more slippery, looks glossier, and is not as nourishing. Chanel's is a sheer lipstick, Dior's is an intensely colored lip balm. If I had to choose, I'd probably recommend the Dior one (shhhh!).
Have you tried the Rouge Dior Baumes? (p.s. you should!)