I happened upon these Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms the other day in Boots (I only went in for paracetamol and tissues). I remembered that I had seen them mentioned in a magazine (Look, possibly?) but other than that I don't think they have been very widely advertised, which is a pity because they are a really nice lippy product that will see you through the transition from Winter to Spring.
I chose Luscious Red because I am naturally drawn to reddish colours but there are paler colours in the range too. Generally, I don't find balms particularly pigmented and sometimes they are a bit pale on my lips; not so with this one, it gives a good dose of colour with only one or two slicks and leaves a very pretty sheen. It lasts about as long as a balm should and wears off gradually. I loved Maybelline Babylips last summer and this is right up there with them. My only slight gripe is that the packaging is a bit non-descript and if you're looking for a particular colour you have to really strain your eyes to find the place they put the little sticker that tells you what the name is (its the same with their Flipsticks which I reviewed last summer). Unlike their lipsticks they don't seem to print the name and number on the bottom of the casing, I'm not sure why.
Regardless of that little moan, these babies are £8.99 in Boots at the moment (same pricing as Flipsticks and about the same as their Colour Elixir lipsticks), and true to form, I will be buying another in the same colour next time I go to Boots, just incase they don't take off and they don't end up being one of their longer lasting products!
|Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red|
|A hint of Luscious Red|