When news dropped that Dior was launching a berry shade of its cult-classic Addict Lip Glow ($38), we had a tube delivered overnight. (After all, lip balm is kind of our thing here at Byrdie, and Dior's formula is one of our favorites). The berry shade offers the same hydrating, nourishing ingredients we've loved for years—it's packed with wild mango and Luffa cylindrica (known for its anti-inflammatory properties), plus SPF 10. But what caught our eye is that the new Lip Glow shade seems richer than the lilac, coral, and rose hues currently available. Dior calls Berry #006 a "sheer plum" that "instantly awakens the lips, leaving behind a kissable wash of color."
This seemed like it had the potential to be the "perfect" lip balm. But how does it look and feel in real life? To find out, we put this product to the ultimate test: Editors with three different skin tones tried it out and reported back. Keep scrolling for our honest reviews (with photos)!
Pros + Cons
- Subtle, buildable color
- Works on multiple skin tones
- Very sheer on darker complexions
- Reads more pink than berry on some
- Very expensive
The Bottom Line: A great no-makeup makeup balm
Dior Berry Lip Glow has the same beautiful, hydrating formula as the other shades in the range, with just a touch more impact.
Dior Berry Lip Glow
Best For: No-makeup makeup days
Star Rating: 4/5
Active Ingredients: Mango butter, beeswax, luffa cylindrica seed oil
Potential Allergens: Mango butter
What's Included: Product only
About the Brand: Dior is a high-end makeup brand that specializes in luxe complexion and color products.
How to Apply: Multiple swipes for buildable color
Swipe onto dry, exfoliated lips. For super sheer color, apply one coat. If you'd like a bolder look, build to the desired pigmentation with several swipes.
The Results: A versatile tinted lip balm
Olive Skin Tone
"The lip glow applied super smoothly and, after a couple of coats, gave my lips a pop of color a bit pinker and brighter than natural. I'm prone to chapped lips, so I appreciated how moisturizing the formula was while still delivering color—a great alternative to lipstick. The color was buildable but still resulted in a finish somewhere between a gloss and a lipstick." — Dacy Knight, former editor
Deep Skin Tone
"The Dior Lip Glow went on super smooth and felt very nourishing on my lips, which I loved! However, when it comes to lip products, I go zero to 100 real quick (translation: I either wear nothing but lip balm or a super-pigmented lipstick or stain). So I wish this product looked a little more pigmented on me, but I was pleased with how it looked and would probably wear this on the weekends while running errands or post-workout to look a little more put-together." — Aimee Jefferson, former editor
Fair Skin Tone
"I love high-impact lip color, but in the winter, my thirsty lips aren't always up for supporting a heavy matte lipstick. Pigmented lip balm sounds like a great alternative, but I haven't found one that delivers both pigment and hydrating, nourishing qualities.
"I dig Dior's other Lip Glows for their incredibly moisturizing formula, but for me, they're a little too sheer to wear on the reg. So I was thrilled to find that this one delivered more oomph. It's truly buildable: One coat gives me a whisper of color while three or four coats produce a vibrant pink against my fair skin. Being picky about it, I suppose I do wish the product looked more berry than pink, but regardless, I can see myself reaching for this on low-maintenance makeup days when I want my lips to feel nourished." — Amanda Montell, contributing writer
The Value: A high-end option
There's no denying it—this is a spendy product, especially for a lip balm. Depending on the retailer, you'll pay about $40 for a single 0.12 oz tube. Most lip products tend to last a long time since you're only applying a small amount with each use, but still, the cost seems a bit excessive. No one needs to spend $40+ on a lip balm, especially when there are great options at the drugstore.
Similar Products: You have options
Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm: Perhaps the best dupe out there is this $3 balm that, like Dior Lip Glow, reacts to the PH in your lips to create the perfect color and gives you a lightly plumped look without any irritation. The one downside compared to Dior is the lack of color range.
rms Beauty Tinted Daily Lip Balm: Another slightly more affordable option at $20, the rms lip balm comes in four shades. Twilight Lane, a sheer berry, is probably most comparable to the Berry from Dior. If you're sensitive to mango butter, this one could be a good pick, as it gets its moisturizing properties from jojoba oil, cocoa seed butter, and candelilla wax.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop: A color-adjusting balm-meets-non-abrasive scrub in this $22 product. Glow Recipe's formula uses floral extracts with AHAs to exfoliate lips while hydrating with coconut and watermelon extract.
Our Verdict: Beautiful, but spendy
This is a great lip balm with a color that suits a variety of skin tones. That said, it's on the expensive side for such a staple and is relatively easily duped for less money. If you adore the Dior Lip Glow formula, the Berry shade is worth the money. Otherwise, there are other options that won't hurt your bank account.