Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nuance by Salma Hayek Rose Petal Hydrating Balm

I believed that many of you are familiar with the new CVS-exclusive brand by now, but just in case you don't... Nuance, a newly released drugstore ranges consisting a sizable display wall of cosmetics as well as several skin care item (from what I have seen, most are made in Taiwan), is the brand-child of actress Salma Hayek. She drew most of the inspiration from her Latina heritage as well as her grandmother who has been a beautician. And of course I have to start my adventure with a lip product!

Nuance by Salma Hayek Rose Petal Hydrating Lip Balm is a little sturdy pot of moisturizing balm designed for dry patches at lips, cuticles and elbow. The location (placed right new to other lipstick, gloss and makeup instead of being in the skincare isle) and the coral-tint can be a little misleading that the product offers practically no tint at all (if that's what you are looking for).  

The slightly tinted, rose-scented translucent balm is semi-hard to the touch that it requires a little pressure (don't wipe, dig it) and heat to grab the product. The texture of SH balm reminds me of Smith Strawberry Salve, only thicker and not as sticky to the touch. On the lips, it glides on and smooth out easily (like a petrolatum based balm) without providing any moisture so it's not horribly effective on the hydrating aspect. However, I found it pretty effective as a dot-on moisturizer for the eye area and a brow groomer as the nourishing formula stays put/semi-wet for hours and get absorbed fully at night.
Ingredient list - I tried for several minutes but the closest thing I can find to rose would be Evening Primrose (Oenothera) which isn't even the in same Genus as Rose (Rosa). So I take that there is actually no rose in this "Rose Petal Lip Balm"?

Overall: When used sparingly, I really like it as a brow groomer and under eye moisturizer (dotted on gently instead of being rubbed in) but the product itself isn't that special and the $7.5 retail price for the amount of product (7.5g) (especially it's not even made in US) is a little expensive. Bottom line, wait for BOGO to try it and keep your receipt for possible return.


  1. What a neat idea to use lip balm to tame stray eye hairs and as a eye balm. I don't really like her packaging on some of her products. XD

  2. That is so disappointing! The packaging looks so cute and what's even worse is Mineral oil is the first ingredient :( Love the color though.

  3. Kalmo:
    Are you talking about that ginormous 3D tulip flower bud shaped eyeshadow quad? (That thing totally made me lol)'s like a tacky take of a Japanese brand Ayura.

    Yeah, it's pretty adorable (as for the color, it's practically clear) with the black and shiny lid (which got scratched way too quickly!).

  4. What a shame it's not very hydrating and the color doesn't show up. That's so disappointing. But I'm glad you found alternative ways to make it work.

  5. Meeeeeeh.

    Lately i'm all about lip pigmentation, so this doesn't appeal to me in that sense. Secondly, I love me a hydrating lip product and so I think i'll pass on THIS product alone. Can't wait to read your other reviews!

  6. I was eyeing this when I was trying to choose which products to get on my BOGOF sale, good thing I didn't get this...

  7. Gio:
    Urgh...Thanks for summarizing yet another of my reviews?

    Well, unfortunately the only other product I got from the brand is equally lackluster...

    Haha, good for you...Sometime if I get two products from a new brand and neither of them work out...there is unlikely to be a third purchase.


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