It's not every day we feel genuine excitement when we unwrap a new product. As jaded as it sounds, we see a ton of launches come across our desk. That being said, myself and the other Byrdie editors couldn't help but squeal (yes, it was a completely unironic expression of emotion) when we opened a package filled with Becca's new Lush Lip Colour Balms ($22). If the brand's highlighters have taught us anything, it's to trust its products.
The eight flexible, buildable pigments allow your natural lip color to shine through—each one creating a personalized nude shade that just works. Naturally, nude is not just one shade but an entire spectrum of colors and tints. So many brands ignore that fact. "I love how buildable the formula is and that it's sheer enough that I can apply without a mirror," Faith Xue, Byrdie's editorial director gushes. "One coat feels like a tinted balm, but as you apply more the color intensifies." And it's true, I thought, as I applied my chosen variety, Almond Fraise. With the first coat there's just a tiny tint of pink, but as I kept applying, the sheer balm layered into a more opaque dusty rose.
"I also love that all the shades are flattering on all skin tones," Xue continues, "For example, Cafe au Lait is a pale nude on darker skin tones and a pale pink on lighter skin tones. Black Cherry, which looks black in the tube is a really pretty sheer dark plum."
The cushiony, super soft texture hydrates and nourishes your lips with a balmy, creamy formula that doesn't quite feel like a lipstick or a balm—it's just easy, and, quite frankly, perfect.