As for color, this stuff adds just enough subtle sheen to let people know you’re wearing something without screaming, “My lip gloss is poppin’!” Of the current seven flavors offered, four have a tint: Rose adds a translucent pink, Cherry a red one, Mango a coral tint, and Birthday a subtle shimmer. (It’s also available in three clear options: Original, Mint, and Coconut.)
Each flavor has a subtle corresponding scent; the product description suggests sniffing the balm for an “instant mood lift.” While there’s no scientific proof of this, we’ll acquiesce to a whiff of the Rose flavor being akin to walking through a rose garden (and not sticking your nose directly in the middle of a flower) and Birthday being reminiscent of sticky, sweet frosting — which, sure, didn’t not lift our moods.
Our testers were very willing to replace their current everyday balm with this one. The one caveat is that it’s only available on the Glossier site or IRL at the New York-based brick-and-mortar — meaning you can’t just run to the local store (or depend on Amazon Prime) when you’re out. With a $12 price tag but free shipping on orders over $30, you may even want to consider the Balm Dotcom Trio, which saves you $6 and gives you the option to customize which three you want, even if that means three of the same one. Bonus: Every order is delivered in Glossier’s chic-as-heck signature pink pouch, which you can use as a clutch or makeup holder.