Dior's Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm ($27) is quickly becoming a cult favorite as it is getting rave reviews from many popular beauty bloggers and YouTube beauty gurus. I have to admit, I have been suckered into purchasing this rather pricey lip balm because of the positive reviews across the board. That and the fact that I am a lip product junkie. And because I have very annoyingly dry lips and will almost try anything to make them as soft as a baby's bottom as possible. This is how I justified the purchase anyway.
The lip balm is housed in a thick, white, plastic container pot that screws open with "CD" embossed on the lid. It's maybe about an inch and half in diameter and three-quarters of an inch tall. I wouldn't say it's small but definitely compact enough to stick in your purse or clutch. I don't think I'd carry this around in my pocket though.
The balm has a soft baby pink tint but it's pretty much clear on the lips. It goes on buttery smooth and hydrates very nicely. I don't think the product is especially more moisturizing than any other standard lip balm, but the feel of it is so nice on the lips, which is what I would expect from a luxury lip product. After a while the lips do get slightly tacky as the balm wears off or your lips absorb the moisture. The product claims to be plumping, but I didn't notice any extra juiciness to my lips (darn?). I'm not sure how I feel about lip plumping products so I'm not too disappointed. The product has the most delicate rose scent in the pot that translates just slightly to the lips. I don't think it's too heavy or overbearing, but it does tend to linger for a while. I love rose-scented things so this is just a nice luxurious touch to the overall experience. As an added bonus, there's also SPF 10 in it, so you also get some sun protection.
Overall, I really like this lip balm and would recommend because feels really, really nice on the lips and provides a good amount of moisture. Though my lips need a lot of TLC, I tend to abandon a lot of lip balms and treatments because I dread the way they make my lips feel or the way they taste. With Dior's Crème de Rose, it's an absolute joy to slather this stuff on. It doesn't repair my super dry lips completely overnight, but I think it does an adequate job and with daily use the condition of my lips have improved immensely. I like applying this at night before bed but I find myself reaching for it during the day too if I'm not wearing any other lip product. It performs very well under lip products as well.
As an added tip, I suggest pressing your finger gently into one spot on the balm to "start" the balm. The top layer of the balm is a little tougher than the balm underneath. It reminded me of melted candle wax than had dried again. It just takes a little more warming up than the balm underneath that top layer to get smooth. If you press a little spot down in the balm, that spot will always be soft and ready to use.
I bought mine at Sephora. You can also find it at Sephora.com or your local Dior counter.