Barry M Cor Balmy

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.
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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 (£3.49)



  1. July 16, 2014 / 8:40 am

    OOO! I like the look of the Trouble & Strife. I might stop by boots and have a look later on. I’m really into orange toned reds at the moment too! Clo 🙂

  2. July 16, 2014 / 9:35 am

    Wow these look great!!!
    I love the Currant Bun one!! so beautiful!
    xo Holly xo


  3. July 16, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Barry M was created in London! Barry started off with a few cosmetics stores around London (Hackney area I think?) and then expanded, so it makes sense that he’s using cockney rhyming slang!

  4. July 16, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    I really like that these have an spf in them which is often overlooked in lip products and I agree with you – my favourite shade is also trouble & strife as I can see it being a very wearable colour this summer. Is it just me or does it seem a shame that adam & eve doesn’t have more of an opaque colour in keeping with the rest of the range? I do love the smell of Baby Lips though – how do these compare?X

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