Rare Beauty Dewy Lip Balm | Review + Swatches

Hey everyone! Today I want to review one of many products that I have been trying from Rare Beauty. To be honest, Rare was totally not on my radar, until all of a sudden it was. I wasn’t phased when it was announced, nor was I when everything first released. It took me a couple of weeks, and as I heard more and more people talk about it, I decided that I might be a bit curious. The feeling that Rare gives off is natural and effortless. During my recent move, I wore no makeup for two months straight, and I’ve found it kind of hard to go back to full coverage full makeup again. That being said, I’ve been feeling more open to trying more natural looking makeup, at least where complexion products are concerned (I have purchased the foundation and concealer and will be reviewing those products soon as well). Now that’s not what this post is about per se, but that’s why I decided to give the brand a try. And while I was at it, why not try one of my favourite kinds of products, a tinted lip balm!?

Packaging and First Impressions

This tinted lip balm comes in a classic lipstick tube with a thinner twist-up component. The outer packaging is actually quite unique, with having one entirely flat side. The cap and base have a very weak magnetic effect, but they do slightly snap together during closure. This balm has no scent.

This lip product comes in eight different shades, including clear, pinks, browns and berries. I purchased two shades, “Empathy”, described as a “rose mauve” and “Thankful”, described as a “nude mauve”. I don’t exactly agree with the shade descriptions. To me, neither shade have much mauve to them. Empathy actually reminds me a lot of Ravenswood from Urban Decay, a dusty rose, which is my signature lipstick shade, so I love it of course. Surprisingly though, I might love Thankful even more, which is a straight up nude brown.


“A hydrating lip balm with a kiss of dewy, buildable color that looks and feels so good your lips will thank you.

Sheer color, soft shine. The kind of tinted lip balm you can throw on without a mirror and still get right. Glides on with a smooth, satisfying slip. Feels comfy and cushiony, never greasy or sticky. Weightless hydration that lasts all day so lips feel nourished and nurtured. Lips look fuller and healthier, with buildable color that blurs the look of fine lines without settling.”

Price and Quantity

This balm is priced at $21 CAD ($16 USD) and has 0.1 oz of product. The pricing of the products was actually one of the main reasons why I decided to try Rare. It’s not quite as expensive as I thought it would be!

For price comparisons I chose higher end tinted lip balms that are also popular from retailers like Sephora.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

RankProduct Cost ($ CAD) Quantity (oz)Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1Fenty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm$240.4$60/oz
2Sephora #LIPSTORIES Lip Balm$100.1$100/oz
3Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer Shine Balm$260.14$186/oz
4RMS Tinted Daily Lip Balm$280.15$187/oz
5Rare Dewy Lip Balm$210.1$210/oz
6Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment$320.15$213/oz
7Milk KUSH Lip Balm$220.1$215/oz
8Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm$240.1$240/oz
9Tarte SEA Quench Lip Rescue Balm$260.1$260/oz
10Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner$370.14$264/oz
11Sephora Melting Lip Clicks Lip Balm$180.052$346/oz
12Dior Lip Glow$420.12$350/oz
13NARS Afterglow Lip Balm$370.1$370/oz

As you can see, I did include quite a few comparisons this time. Tinted lip balms have been popular for quite a while now, so this product has certainly released into quite a saturated market. It seems to rank pretty middle of the line, with fairly equivalent brands ranking below and above it, and more prestige brands having a poorer value (of course). It does seem like the amount of product you get is fairly standard for this kind of product.

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, I feel that these are pretty solid tinted lip balms. There are obvious pros and cons to them in my mind, so they aren’t a clear home run for me.

First I’ll start off with the good. The pigmentation of these is WAY more than you would expect for a tinted balm. A lot of “tinted balms” look incredibly pigmented in the tube, but just don’t translate to the lips. While still being semi-sheer, these almost have the pigmentation of a lipstick. Like I honestly feel that these could have been marketed as a super emollient lipstick. You get pretty close to full pigmentation with 1-2 swipes, although it does remain a tiny bit sheer (I have a scar on my lip that I can still slightly see through). However, I would DEFINITELY never apply this product without a mirror, because it is that pigmented!

The formula while wearing it feels very nice. It is very creamy and emollient when applying it, totally like a balm. My only issue, and it’s a big one for me, is that these just do not have the hydrating properties of a typical lip balm. It is comfortable while you wear it, but I do not find these hydrating. In fact, as they wear off, I find my lips feeling extremely DEhydrated. So, while they look great and feel great while on, when they inevitably wear off when you are drinking/eating (and quickly, as you would expect), I immediately need to reapply something, ANYTHING because my lips feel uncomfortably parched. Now, my lips do run on the dry side and I pretty much always want some sort of lip product on, but a lot of my favourite lip balms, tinted or not, do not leave my lips feeling quite this bad. And even when I am consistent with reapplying throughout the day, by the end of the day my lips are left feeling quite uncomfortable.

Below you can see how pigmented they are in the swatches and in-person photos.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the pigmentation of these is excellent! Much more than you would expect with something that is touted as “tinted” and “sheer”. The comfort, however, it’s mediocre at best, because it just doesn’t last. If you don’t care about hydration, then this product could be perfect for you! As things are, I’m still going to use these and I’m going to mostly enjoy doing so. But every time I reach for them I’ll do so knowing that my lips are going to feel fairly uncomfortable by the end of the day. To be honest, I think the L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks are a superior product, and they are drugstore.

Have you tried anything from Rare Beauty yet? So far my experience with all of their products has been very middle-of-the-road. I neither love or hate anything.

12 thoughts on “Rare Beauty Dewy Lip Balm | Review + Swatches

    1. That’s the one thing I am also interested in but haven’t managed to get my hands on yet. There’s only one or two shades I’m interested in but they’ve been sold out online and in store for a while now!


  1. These balms have piqued my curiousity as I have 2 of the Jouer ones, which I like. But I also totally love the ColourPop Just a Tint balms too. Balms are just more practical right now with the mask wearing when in public.

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      1. I just got two of these. So far I’ve applied the clear one; it feels gorgeous going on, but you’re right there’s a weird feeling of tightness as it sets down – so weird!

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  2. These lip balms look beautiful! I wouldn’t have expected them to be so pigmented. It’s too bad they aren’t very hydrating. I know exactly what you mean about them being comfortable but not actually leaving your lips hydrated when they wear off. That’s the worst!
    Hopefully you’ll still be able to get some use out of them though!

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