Dior Crème de Rose is one expensive lip balm and there are a few reasons why.
Unlike everyone else, I absolutely adore the packaging design – simple yet elegant 1930s. At $27, one might expect a little more but to me, this is a perfect balance of simplicity and luxuriousness.
Housed in a screw cap round pot is a gorgeous peachy pink balm that smells of delicate rose petals. The scent is strong but not overpowering and will dissipate after 10-20 minutes. The formula is definitely thicker than ordinary lip balms and this is why you have to rub it in a little. It's almost like a creamier, more velvety version of Vaseline. I don't see much of the plumping effect but maybe I'm just not rubbing it enough. But what I see is my lips becoming instantly smooth and moisturized. It contains vitamin A, E, rose oil, and shea butter as the anti-aging complex. It also has chemical sunscreens (Octinoxate 7.5% and Avobenzone 1%) to help protect your lips from sun damage.
I like to rub on a thick layer of this balm on my bare lips, blot the excess oil, then follow with my lip color application. It definitely helps fill in fine lines and provides a perfect smooth base for the lip color. If there is one thing, one small thing I don't like about this lip balm, it is the sanitary issue. Since it comes in a pot, you may have to think twice before getting the product out with your finger. I usually have disposable lipgloss applicators in my purse, so I always use that when I'm outside. But that's an extra step I have to do. It would be nice if it came in a stick tube instead.
The price is definitely not cheap. The unsanitary design of the packaging may bother some. But the quality of the lip balm is top notch. Your lips will thank you for keeping them smooth and hydrated throughout the day and night.