L'Oreal Glossy Balm: Review

Hello gentle reader.

*affiliate*

L'Oreal Glossy Balm is a lip product I picked up a while back and have kind of waffled on whether I would even review it or not. I'm a little cranky and writer's blocked, today and this is an easy off so, here you go. L'Oreal claims that this product "gives lips a high dose of pigmented shine, while smoothing and conditioning to keep lips soft and supple for hours on end."


L'Oreal Glossy Balm is a twist up chubby pencil. There are eight shades available from pale pink to peach to brownish to red. Just about everyone, of every skin tone should be able to find at least one shade to suit them. Some shades are shimmery some are not. This product is free of chemical sunscreen.


I caught a BOGO 1/2 off and had a coupon so I bought two shades at my local Walgreen's; My Baby Doll, a cool, sweet pink and Innocent Coral, a bright coral. You know that I can't get enough of these kinds of colours so I was happy to snap up these pretty shades. The formula is smooth, glossy and applies easily without dragging or pulling. This glossy balm is moderately pigmented, it's more balm than lip colour but it does show up on my naturally red lips. Comfortable and fairly moisturizing, I can wear this all day and my lips are pretty happy by the end of the day but I can't rely on this for my sole source of lip moisture.

As far as colour, comfort and wear are concerned, I like this lippie well enough. Where it falls down on the job is in the scent. This balm smells unpleasant. It smells medicinal with a generous whiff of latex bandage. Sorry but, yuk. The scent keeps me from reaching for these when otherwise I would grab them for an easy, pretty lip. And, unless L'Oreal reformulates and changes the scent, I can't recommend these and I most certainly won't be purchasing any more!

L'Oreal Glossy Balm is available at Ulta, most drugstores that carry L'Oreal, grocery stores with beauty departments... You know where you go for your fix. L'Oreal Glossy Balms sell for about $8.00 each and most stores have regular sales and BOGO specials. You can also find coupons in your local paper and online. But really, if you haven't tried these, I would suggest that you look to a different brand for something similar, unless you like the smell of the inside of a plastic bandage box wafting around under your beak.

Have you tried L'Oreal Glossy Balm? What did you think of it? Of the scent? Please do tell.
*affiliate*

36 comments

  1. I haven't tried them, but I do love the shades. I had a bad experience with Tarte lip crayons really drying out my lips (it was the peppermint oil), and that has put me off lip crayons which is stupid since most of them don't have peppermint oil. Too bad the scent is so unpleasant on these since the colors are beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  2. I had that problem with a tiny Tarte deluxe sample. It was a Lip Surgence pencil that had peppermint oil. Gorgeous colour, it was self adjusting... Turned a beautiful pink but in a few hours, my lips were screaming! Tossed it. Yeah, these... I don't know what I'm going to do with these, I love how they look but the scent... Blech.

    ReplyDelete
  3. My Baby Doll looks like the perfect pink!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ughhhh I hate when a pretty lippy smells horrible-- I usually refrain from grabbing for them too! I have one of these from my walmart beauty box but haven't opened yet.

    ReplyDelete
  5. oh no, that sounds like a terrible smell!

    ReplyDelete
  6. These shades look so pretty, but too bad they don´t smell that great :S

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great swatches on them! There pretty but too bad about the smell on them.

    ReplyDelete
  8. The colors are pretty but I don't want a lippie that smells like medicine.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I know. I'm bummed. And I waited too long so I couldn't return them. I'm stuck with the stinky suckers. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's beautiful! Too bad it smells the way it does. :(

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yep. Would it have killed them to pop in a little vanilla or cake batter yummy-ness?

    ReplyDelete
  12. It's not good. I can handle scented products but I don't want my lippies smelling like a hospital! :P

    ReplyDelete
  13. Well, now you know what to expect. :P LOL

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's so pretty! I just wish it wasn't so stanky.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Smell is a deal breaker for me, what a shame.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have one light shade that I feel does absolutely nothing as in color, and the smell well I didn't notice it

    ReplyDelete
  17. Funny how we have different results from products. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  18. If you don't like a scent, you probably won't like this one! :P

    ReplyDelete
  19. I wish L'Oreal would stop putting fragrance in EVERYTHING they make,even the skincare has a strong scent!

    ReplyDelete
  20. oh no! I'm picky with scents so I'm going to pass......

    ReplyDelete
  21. Too bad about the smell; Innocent Coral is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I have only seen this at one store in stock... normally they are sold out, but they are about $8.99 here and I just didn't feel like spending the money on them. Man... the colors are gorgeous... but that is a bummer about the smell.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I often see them sold out around here, too and after my experience with them, I don't grok why! LOL Different strokes, I guess. I'ma going to keep trying different brands of this kind of glossy balmy pencil. I'm sure there are some that are beautiful but don't smell so bad!

    ReplyDelete
  24. It is gorgeous and I am so bummed because the scent is so off putting.

    ReplyDelete
  25. They do love to over scent stuff. Ordinarily I don't mind, that much but this scent is so unpleasant. I don't know... Maybe they wanted people to think it was something "healthy" and "good for their lips" so they made them smell like a hospital. :P

    ReplyDelete
  26. Have you tried the Jordana or Hardcandy ones? I really like those and use them most often, even more than my Revlon ones :) I really want to get my hands on some from NYX... but my local stores don't sell any new NYX products, only their standards. :/

    ReplyDelete
  27. oh - and rimmel too - I like those :D

    ReplyDelete
  28. I haven't tried these, and it looks like I won't be! Thanks for the honest review!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I never understand why L'Oreal doesn't change up their scents.. but the product is nice!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Ugh, so disappointing when the scent ruins it!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Oooo this is interesting to see but the scent makes it a no go.

    ReplyDelete

I love to know what you're thinking. I dig honest discourse and lively discussion, even a good debate. I do not dig spam, hate speech or personal attacks either against myself or my gentle readers. Comments are moderated before they post to maintain a harmonious community.