Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm Review & Swatches

Purchased Affiliate Links

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm Unique Pink

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm

I’ve always been intrigued by Dior’s Lip Glow, but unwilling to spend $31 on what is essentially a sheer pink lip balm.  While browsing in Sephora the other day, I came across Sephora’s house brand Color Reveal Lip Balm which appears to be a dupe; both are marketed as moisturizing balms, and both self-adjust from clear (when initially applied) to some shade of pink based on the pH of your skin/ lips. I should have swatched both side by side in store but didn’t think to.  I have swatched Dior Lip Glow on my hand several times and I know it turns a similar color on my hand as the Sephora brand product.

In the photograph below, the leftmost swatch (which is almost invisible) is a freshly applied stripe of Sephora Color Reveal Balm – it’s clear.  The center swatch is a single swipe of the balm, but has been sitting on my arm for a few minutes – about 2-4 minutes I’d say (it only takes a minute or two to adjust to it’s final color). And the third swatch is multiple swipes that have also been on my arm for a couple minutes.

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm Swatch

One swipe immediately // one swipe after a few minutes // multiple swipes after a few minutes

Here are my lips with no product at all:

No product

No product

And here are my lips with the Color Reveal balm, which has been on for a few minutes:

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm Swatch-2

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm

As you can see, the balm gives my lips a very slight pink tint and a slightly glossy shine.  It feels like a balm and not a gloss; I do find it moisturizing, though not as moisturizing as my staple lip balms (these days, I most frequently reach for Jack Black’s lemon or shea formulas during the day and Nuxe Reve de Miel at night).

Overall, is it worth $12? I’m not sure.  Perhaps it’s worth $12 just because now I know that Dior’s version definitely isn’t worth $31.  And, on days my lips are in good condition and don’t need a heavy-duty healing lip balm, it’s a nice option to add a hint of color and some shine.  If you’ve been wanting Dior Lip Glow but are on a budget, I’d definitely check this one out instead — but if you’re really trying to save, this is definitely skippable.

Do, however, note that it is listed as limited edition on; so if it is something you want to get, you may want to purchase it soon rather than later.

*I purchased the product(s) featured in this post.   This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

  • Oooh pretty! I have always been interested in Dior’s version too! Maybe I will check this one out…

  • This is cute. For me, not worth $12, but still nice

  • hmm interesting! i’ll have to check this out, as i’ve always been curious about the dior but thought it too expensive for what it is…