The Balm "Read My Lips" Lip Glosses

Hi everyone!
You know I love my lip products! So I was really excited when The Balm sent me their full line of Read My Lips lip glosses to review. These sell for $15 each on The Balm's website. I was thinking about doing a video review on these, but with 11 different colors to show, I thought it would be easier for you to compare the shades at your own pace with pictures on the blog. So here we go! The first thing I tend to wonder when a new product comes out is... what makes this different? The Balm's site says these glosses are fortified with Ginseng, which is a powerful antioxidant known for it's mentally-stimulating properties. I've been wearing these on and off for the past few weeks... I can't say I've noticed any burst in brain power, but maybe it's happening in a more subtle way ;) 

One thing that definitely DOES help my mental abilities is not being distracted by an uncomfortable lip product. The consistency of these glosses is very thin, but not at all greasy or overly slippery. I do feel that it clings nicely to my lips without a lot of added weight or sticky texture. If you love shine but can't handle sticky glosses, you may want to give one of these a spin. The staying power- particularly with the more vivid shades- is quite impressive. Even when I start to lose some shine, I still have a lot of color left over. I only noticed bleeding outside my lip line with one of these shades (I'll point that out below), but all the rest seemed to stay in place. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the color range. I think there's something for everyone, but it's very heavy on the red/pink tones. Those looking for plums/purples or oranges don't have as many options here. Aside from the comfortable texture, one of the most impressive aspects for me is the color payoff. I love a BOLD gloss that shows up with full color on my lips, and there are only a couple of these glosses that I would describe as sheer. 
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These shades are pictured above from left to right (and yes, they all end in an exclamation point!) 
Bam! - Pop! - Snap! - Ka-Bang! - Grrr! - Zaap! - Pow! - Hubba Hubba! - Wow! - Va Va Voom! - Boom! 
This is a very classic light pink. I love that it's so light, yet very full color. I don't have to work to build this up. This is one of my most reached for shades in the bunch because I think it suits lighter, summery makeup looks so well. 
This soft coral is one of the few shades in the line that I would describe as sheer. Unlike the first shade, I DO have to build up this gloss a bit in order to achieve the shade you see in the picture. It's still a pretty color, and nice for someone who wants a coral gloss that isn't to orangey. 
Anytime I look at this one, I think- "oh snap!" This is a caramel-ish nude that has more depth and warmth than most of the nude glosses I own. This is an interesting color because while I think it makes my makeup look seem very finished and pulled-together, it's the kind of lip color that will take a backseat to the rest of your makeup look. Sometimes that's what you want! 
Staying in the neutral family- this is deeper and more brownish/bronze than the previous color. It's one of only two shades in this line that contain shimmer. I haven't picked up on any change in texture with this shade, though. This isn't the kind of color I wear often. I don't love it- but might try to get out of my comfort zone and work it in more. What do you think? 
This shade was a little deceptive! I thought it looked kind of deep in the tube, but on my lips, it's very much one of those "My Lips but Better" kinds of colors! (I just recently did a video on that topic- check it out!) It's definitely a little deeper than my natural lip color, but still captures the mauve tones that my lips have. I think it's so natural, and brings some life to the face without being too bright. I could see this being a great everyday shade for people in a conservative workplace who can't go too crazy with color!
Along with the coral, this is the other shade that I'd describe as somewhat sheer, but buildable. It also has a bit of shimmer, and I just feel like it's not quite as bright as what the tube would lead me to expect... and compared to the remaining shades that REALLY go there color-wise-- this one is definitely more subtle. In a sense, it's nice because I can more easily throw this on without being as careful. 
Are you ready for some color?! We are officially in the bright zone. I think this shade is stunning! A bold fuchsia with so much pigment and shine. Definitely one of the best of the bunch, in my opinion. And with this gloss, as well as the remaining glosses, I notice quite a bit of staining. So when the shine wears off, I still have a decent amount of fairly even-looking color hanging around. Yay!
Hubba Hubba!
Hello juicy cherry gorgeousness! This is a blue-toned red that I just love! I feel like this lip color GLOWS. So much intensity, and just full-on creamy color. The one risk we run into with bright glosses is keeping them in place. Unlike a matte, red lipstick, for example, this could be a bit harder to control if you're not careful as you eat and drink. 
While the last red is more cool, this one is warm. It reminds me of an old-school pinup type of red lip... more of a tomato red. Every bit as glam as the last shade, just a different tone. I feel like these kinds of reds are very summery, so I'm going to try to wear it more often!
Va Va Voom!
This gloss is like the child that I love... but I'm kind of mad at. For some reason, this is the only gloss that I've noticed bleeding outside of my lip line. I think I was on Beauty Broadcast Live the day I realized it was happening! Strangely enough, this shade does seem to have a slightly thinner texture than the others. I still think it's a great berry red shade! Very close to Hubba Hubba above... but in person, I notice even more depth to this color. 
Last but not least, our deep berry shade! This shade isn't quite as deep on the lips as it appears in the tube, but I still LOVE it. I'll be busting this one out a lot in the fall and winter! I have a lot of deep lip colors in my collection, but not many of them have this much shine. I think the level of shine, paired with this beautiful color is just a knockout combination. 
My Favorites! 
Could you tell just by reading my descriptions above which ones were my favorites? Here are my top picks (and why)....
  • Bam! Classic light pink. It's a can't-miss shade, especially for this time of year. And so many glosses in this tone tend to be too sheer. 
  • Grrr! Just a great everyday shade. It walks the line between neutral and mauve and for many people, that's a very flattering option!
  • Pow! Probably my overall #1. I cannot argue with a glossy, bold, fuchsia lip color.
  • Hubba Hubba! Loving this cool red. Dresses up any look in an instant!
  • Boom! A beautiful glossy berry/wine shade. If you're scared of deeper lip colors- try a shiny one like this. 
Have you tried any of these new glosses? What did you think? Let me know what shades you like best, and as always, tell me what products you'd like to see reviewed either here or on my YouTube channels! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I've been meaning to post this blog for a few days but was having trouble getting my computer to read my memory card with all the pictures on it! Finally got it to work :) 
  • Today's Beauty Broadcast Express review is something for the Disney lovers!!
  • My butt is starting to feel a little better since my fall on the stairs!
  • Had an awesome visit from my friend Kalee yesterday! She and her husband Jonathan & dog Mia stayed with us, and then they continued on their travels to Alabama this morning. Kalee is the bomb- and if you watch her do the weather in the morning in the Kansas City area, you know what I'm talking about! :) We watched the World Cup soccer game, waited for a thunderstorm to roll through, and then grilled some burgers & hot dogs and had a pool party! It consisted of many crazy dives from Tyler & Jonathan. Here are a couple of highlights- note the amazing rainbow in the background! :D
I think Tyler was trying to make it look like he was laying on his side in mid-air? And I can't remember what Jonathan's trick was named. Regardless- we were all laughing our butts off!

Cupcake & Mia are friends! :) 


  1. The hubba hubba looks great on you!!! It is a lovely summer wearable red. When those darker reds we love in the fall just look odd in 100 degree weather!

  2. Bam looks like the kind of gloss I've been looking for all spring/summer!! Thanks so much for this post

  3. kabang looks actually quite nice on you even if you seem to think otherwise :o

  4. Those pics are great, the pool looks amazing! Looking forward to trying these glosses! What did Cupcake think of a DOG in your house??? ^..^

    1. I forgot I had a pic of them both-- just added it to the end!! They are actually pals! :D

  5. These look amazing!!
    I love all the shades so it will be so hard to choose

  6. I love all of them :) yeyyyy

  7. If I actually liked lipgloss I'd get zap! and hubba hubba. Though the promise of being lightweight and not sticky might get me to try it!

  8. this sounds awesome and I love the pigmentation! I might get bam and snap!
    Modern Beauty Girl

  9. i think the second pose is "the invisible bicycle" =)

  10. HOLY...Bam! - Pop! - Snap! - Ka-Bang! - Grrr! - Zaap! - Pow! - Hubba Hubba! - Wow! - Va Va Voom! - Boom! that pretty much sums up what I think of them lol. they look amazing and ofcourse so pretty on you Emily! Grr and Bam are my favs but theyre all so gorgeous! Thanks for the swatches & review !! HowDoesDeeDoit

  11. Love how Bam! Grr! and Hubba Hubba! look on your Emily! I've been waiting on you to do this review for us... have to say that I am impressed overall on this product! Definitely need to think about grabbing these!
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  12. These all look so pretty; really pigmented and shiny! You also look amazing wearing them! - Beauty, Parenting and Lifestyle Blog

  13. They're gorgeous! Your faves are my picks too :)

  14. Love ALL those colors! I really can't pick just one!!! like potato chips. LOL
    Those were some good pics of those two in the air with the rainbow in the background. I bet that was fun though. The furbabies look so sweet!

  15. Beautiful colors you got there! Definitely want to try some of them out(: You look beautiful in the pics, btw. And I hope you're feeling better from your fall down the stairs!

    Stephanie, The Best In Beauty:

  16. All of these colours are super pretty! I'm really impressed by the pigmentation - especially with some of those darker shades. Wow indeed!

  17. love the names of these glosses! thebalm comes up with most amazing names for their products :)

  18. They look sensational! I cant't wait to get my hands on one of them!

  19. I have never tried any of The Balm's products, but after reading this I may have to.

  20. The packaging of the balm lip gloss looks like it's jumping out from some comics books!

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  22. I love the lip glosses :) But I love your dog even more!

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  24. Hi Emily! Do they have a scent? Might have to try Bam, Pow, and Grrr! All shades look great on you!

  25. Fantastic blog, Emily. I really missed reading them awhile back, but I'm glad you got your blog groove back on! I especially love the thoroughness in description and photos. Your daily nuggets are always a treat as well :)

  26. My sister would love these lip products. She is a HUGE 1960's Batman fan and would go nuts if I bought her some of these, plus there is such a good range of colors to choose from. Thanks for the great review :)

  27. All colors are soooo great!

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  29. Ouuhh Those lip glosses look wonderful!!!

  30. Grr! looks awesome, thanks for the review Emily!

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  32. Kalee's dog Mia is so adorable!

  33. I noticed you said that you ka-bang wasn't a colour you would usually wear. I believe it really compliments you though - you look absolutely stunning in it, and i think it is one of the best out of the collection on you. So don't be afraid to rock it, because you will do just that.

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  35. the boom one looks so gorge on you

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