Friday, 27 September 2013

The Tinted Lip Balms: from Carmex to Chantecaille


I do love a tinted lip balm for days when I don’t fancy a full-on pout but my lips need a little somethin’ somethin’.  School girls, first daters, no-make-up-make-up-lovers and au natural gals, this one’s for you…


Especially useful in cooler months to seal in an extra pretty layer of moisture, my line up includes pocket-friendly options: Vaseline and Carmex Moisture Plus - and a whisper of balmy high end colour, courtesy of Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint.  I’ve already swatched limited edition Vaseline in Paint the Town Red if you fancy a look.


                   L to R: Carmex Moisture Plus in Pink + Berry Sheer Tint, Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint in Sardinia

I’m probably the last person on earth to try Carmex - and the Moisture Plus ultra hydrating balms seem a great place to start. I didn’t expect to get such good colour pay off from these, especially the pink, but it gives a really pretty wash of colour to the lips that’s quite buildable.  The berry shade is a nice dark red, slightly deeper in tone than the Chantecaille and Vaseline.  The Carmex balms contain SPF 15, Vitamin E and Aloe to moisturise - and the lightweight, slim twist-up tubes are very handbag friendly.  They leave a minty, tingliness on the lip, which I rather like, though don’t suggest eating straight after application for this reason. 

If you like to switch it up a notch, Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint in Sardinia comes in a chic silver lipstick style bullet, and contain a healing formula enriched with a rose and honey blend. This also protects lips with SPF 15 and is recommended for use during sports.  While Carmex feels like it offers a dense, physical layer of balm, the Chantecaille has a much finer, firmer texture and deposits a thin layer that sinks into the lips; if you don’t like the feel of balm on your lips, then go for this option.  One swipe is pretty much undetectable on my lips, besides a slight sheen and hint of colour that could easily be mistaken as my own. It is buildable to a slightly deeper tint and overall gives a lovely natural, healthy lip look. 

At the end of the day, both options do a similar job - there’s not a huge discrepancy - and your choice will most likely be budget based.



L to R: Vaseline Paint the Town Red, Carmex Moisture Plus Pink, Carmex Moisture Plus Berry, Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint Sardinia.

Do you like a tinted balm? What’s your favourite?


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