To me, few brands are more chic than By Terry. I’ve adored the unquestionably luxe line since the first time I spotted the brand while living in Paris. I still remember the thrill I got from splurging on my very first tub of Baume de Rose lip balm… How decadent it was! The rich, soothing cream never left my college purse until I’d used every last bit on my dry patches, cuticles and, of course, lips.
Later a good friend sent me Or de Rose, a golden shimmering take on the original, except with rose gold packaging, and I am still scraping to get out every last drop.
I jumped for joy and nostalgic excitement when, this past year, By Terry released Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur, a tinted version of her precious cult classic in a range of shades from berries to classic cherry reds and deep maroons.
For spring 2016, By Terry has added two new shades — Mauve Moon and Corail Stellar ($56 each) — the first in the line to contain subtle shimmer, and they’re just as stunning as their predecessors.
As a dry-lipped lass, I really appreciate the tinted take on By Terry’s classic lip balm formula, which I clearly love, as I’ve nearly demolished two pots of the original and two pots of the golden shimmering version, and Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur easily lives up to the classic’s standard.
“The much-loved lip balm has now been given the Rose Infernale full-color treatment. This eye-popping palette ranges from chic and cheerful to innocent hushed hues and whimsical high-drama. The ever-luxurious formula pampers and soothes with softening rose flower essential wax, lipo-regenerating shea butter, free radical fighting vitamin E, restructuring ceramides, hydrating and smoothing filling spheres. Lips will lap up this deep-down long-lasting cure.”
Just as rich and moisturizing as the untinted version, the tinted rendition also has a wonderful rosy garden scent, which smells like real life roses and green stems.
I adore it but, as a word to the wise, if you’re sensitive to scented lip products, you may want to reconsider, as the rosy scent lingers on lips for a while.
Mauve Moon, an exquisitely subtle lavender, pulls both pink and blue, depending on the light, and it shimmers, but it’s not overt. When carefully applied, it emphasizes my natural lip color ever so slightly. (I never thought I’d find a purple “my lips but better” shade, and yet here it is!)
Mauve’s coral cousin, Corail Stellar, is a delicate, shimmering peach that gives lips a classic springtime flush. Like Mauve Moon, it’s more opalescent than glittery when applied. I was pleasantly surprised by Corail Stellar, as I think it looks quite shockingly orange in the pot, but don’t be fooled. It’s an understated springtime peach ripe for the picking.
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, HYDROXYSTREARIC/LINOLENIC/OLEIC POLYGLYCERIDES, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, METHYL HYDROGENATED ROSINATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYETHYLENE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII / SHEA BUTTER, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, C20-40 ACID, CORYLUS AVELLANA (HAZEL) SEED OIL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, GERANIOL, ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER (WAX) CERA, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER (WAX) CERA, TRIHYDROXYPALMITAMIDOHYDROXYPROPYL MYRISTYL ETHER, CITRONELLOL, CITRIC ACID, LINALOOL, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, BENZYL BENZOATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRAL, EUGENOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, +/- [CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 15850 / RED 6, CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES, CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 15850 / RED 7, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES, CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE] (T0431/B)
So, what turned By Terry’s Baume de Rose into a cult classic? The aura of self-pampering (#treatyoself) surely gets partial credit for its success. I mean, who among us doesn’t enjoy something luxurious from time to time?
For me, the formula really stands out, and it stands apart from other balms. It’s soothing, moisturizing, and thick, without feeling uncomfortable, and it stays with you, even overnight!
Corail Stellar is simply stunning, but I cannot get enough of subtly purple Mauve Moon. And silly as it may sound, the scent takes me back to those strolls along Boulevard Raspail in Paris on my way to class… Given this particular memory, I think By Terry has me hooked for life. 🙂
Being $56 each, these are definitely a splurge, so I’d love to know if you’ve tried Baume de Rose before, the original or the tinted version and, speaking of luxurious lips, what’s your favorite luxe balm?