Ok, so lip balm isn’t necessarily the most ‘wow’ beauty product out there – but it is a pretty essential one. Plus if you take a look at the success/hype for the Maybelline Babylips you can probably see why it makes sense for a brand or two to throw their own hat into the ring with a lipbalm/tinted lipbalm offering. This is the Barry M Cor Balmy range – with five shades of tinted balm, each stick has a ring of tinted balm with a core of pure white/colourless balm to hydrate. Combined it delivers a wash of colour (with varied levels of sheer-ness) and a pop of moisture. The lazy girls lipstick basically.
From the swatches you can hopefully see what I mean by the varied level of sheer-ness to the shades. If you want a truly sheer wash of colour then ‘Adam & Eve’ is your go-to, but if you want a stronger tint then you might want to opt for Currant Bun or Jam Jar. For a sheer, but noticable wash of colour your colours are Rosie Lea and Trouble & Strife – both with a clear level of colour, but very cream and sheer enough to apply a wash and not need a mirror with no risk of looking like a clown.
Shade wise, my personal favourite is Trouble & Strife – the orange toned red shade is my weakness at the moment so loving this one above the others. I do also like Rosie Lea for a pop of colour of Adam & Eve for a sheer tint but mostly the balmy goodness.
Another note are the cockney names for the balms. Maybe just me, but didn’t really think of Barry M as a London centric brand but it is kinda quirky. I like how bright the packaging is, but it’s not really the sort of thing I’ll be racing to show off on the tube to be honest. All in all, an affordable tinted balm option that’s creamy and nice to apply – but the sort of thing you could buy for say a festival or night out and not be devestated if you lost it. Or as I said at the beginning – they’re the perfect option for a lazy girls lipstick.
p.s. They also have SPF 15 in them – always a plus!
Barry M Cor Balmy * is available from Boots.com (£3.49)