Review & Swatches: L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in “Rose Elixir”

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir

Availability: Drugstores
Price: $7.95

Company’s Description

Indulge your lips with Colour Riche Balm. This tinted SPF 15 lip balm provides a hint of luscious, kissable color, smoothing lips instantly and for a full 8 hours of continuous hydration. Lips are softer and more supple all day long–and keeps conditioning even after it’s been removed.

Available in 8 shades, L’Oreal’s latest lip product gives a hint of color while also claiming to provide sun protection. The color in Rose Elixir is reviewed, below.


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Packaging: 9/10

This lip product comes in a standard plastic tube with a twist-up base.

Quality: 8.5/10

This balm is very emollient and gives your lips plenty of moisture. The product has a vanilla scent that isn’t overpowering. Rose Elixir is a medium rose color with subtle shimmers in the tube, but applies sheer, giving the lips only a hint of pink color and a very subtle sheen.

The disappointing thing is the inadequate sun protection. Despite having an SPF of 15, this balm won’t protect your skin against UVA rays. It contains active ingredients Octinoxate and Octisalate, both of which protect against UVB rays, but not sufficiently against UVA rays, which are responsible for aging the skin.

Ease of Use: 10/10

This balm glides on smoothly and effortlessly. It requires very little precision since the tint is so sheer.

Price: 8.25/10

For around $8 (the price will vary depending on the store), you get 2.9 grams (0.1 ounces) of product. This is a standard size for lip products. For a lipstick, this would be a decent price. But because this product is pretty much a tinted chapstick (even though it’s a good one) with less-than-adequate sun protection, $8 is more than its value.

Final Grade

88/100

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir Packaging

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir Swatch

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir Swatch Applied


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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in “Rose Elixir”

  1. Sarah L. says:

    This is such a pretty natural colour, but looks kind of sheer, and the SPF15 is kind of a disappointment 🙁

    Thanks for the review anyway! 😀
    Sarah(:

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I was really hoping these would be a better version of Revlon’s Lip Butters by virtue of the SPF, but no such luck. Though I guess between the 2, some sun protection is better than none.

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