This formula is really consistent, so Charm and Rendezvous perform a lot like the others I’ve reviewed. They form a stain with a balmy finish, and the balmy finish can wear off within 2-4 hours but the stain sticks around, and you can actually put a plain balm overtop of it to get back the shine. I find these feel hydrating until the shine wears off, and then they actually start to feel drying so topping them up with either a plain balm or a retouch is necessary for my comfort.
I have to point out, though, that Charm is a little different from the others just because it’s so pale and this isn’t an opaque formula. It’s more like a very tinted lip balm, so it’s semi-sheer. Charm is paler than most people’s lips, so you don’t get the color you’d expect by looking at it in the tube. This will become really obvious in the swatch photos.
That’s Rendezvous on the right and Charm on the left, applied to my arm which is pretty pale and lets Charm show up like it looks in the tube. But here’s what happens on lips.
The pink pigment in my lips totally changes the look of it. My lips are mildly pink, not very dark. This is still a very pretty look, but the point is you have no idea how this particular shade is going to look until you put it on. Which is frustrating with a drugstore product you can’t test before taking home.
Rendezvous, on the other hand, comes out pretty much the same on lips as on arms. It’s a coral orange, so pink lips may bring out more pink in it. If your lips are deeper pink or brown, I believe this would still show some orange but be influenced by the color of your lips. From a normal viewing distance, it looks a lot smoother than this – you can see here that it goes on a little unevenly, and that’s a problem I’ve only been able to correct if I wear lip primer under it. But it does look fine from a normal distance.