By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in Bloom Berry 4, Fig Fiction 5 and Toffee Cream 6

September 10, 2014
By Terry has released six tinted versions of her classic lip balm in the Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur ($56 for 7 g/0.24 oz, made in France). I’ve been a huge fan of the regular Baume de Rose and fell in love with the tinted shade in Mandarina Pulp #2. Her lip balm is quite expensive making these a luxurious splurge. It took me several years before I was willing to spend the money one and it was a big ouch to my wallet, but I have been really happy with the formula and have no regrets. The By Terry Baume de Rose (both regular and tinted versions) are super hydrating with a soft rose scent. It’s noticeable but not overpowering. I have sensitive lips that are prone to drying out and peeling with many lipstick brands. In my years of testing lip balms, I’ve found several that I’ve fallen in love with and By Terry has made to my favorites list.

Today I have three of the tinted shades to share with you. I bought these in two moments of weakness while at Barneys on one visit and at Space NK on another. I had a gift card and points burning a hole in my pocket and with one swipe of these I fell in love with Bloom Berry 4, Fig Fiction 5 and Toffee Cream 6 which are more on the grown-up / neutral side versus the brighter Rosy Babe 1, Mandarina Pulp 2 and Cherry Bomb 3 (swatched here). While all the shades are really quite lovely, I think the  colors 4, 5 and 6 are more classic colors that are easier to pull off.
  • Berry Bloom 4 is a lush deep but soft red (versus Cherry Bomb which is almost fuchsia)
  • Fig Fiction 5 is a blue-toned plum, it looks purple in the tube but the sheerness makes it more forgiving on the lips giving a really nice plum tint
  • Toffee Cream 6 is a nude caramel pink shade, on me it matches my natural lip color pretty closely so it might look like it’s clear in the lip swatch below, but it is actually quite pigmented and covers the lip entirely

All three shades have sheer to medium coverage in terms of pigment. They are lip balms so they are on the natural side and won’t give you a full opaque lip look. I did find that they had more coverage than YSL Rouge Volupte Shines or Sheer Candy Lipsticks. I would say coverage of the By Terry tinted lip balms is similar to some of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, perhaps a tiny bit more color.

Swatches, with flash:

No flash:

Close ups of each shade with lip swatches, I applied these with a lip brush that was on the end of one of my Chanel lipliners for a more precise application. First up is Berry Bloom #4:

Next is Fig Fiction #5:

Last is Toffee Cream #6:

If you’ve been eyeing the Baume de Rose for a while and are wondering whether to purchase the clear version or a tinted one, I would say go for a tinted one unless you plan on wearing it as a night treatment. I will sometimes put lip balm on my lips before I go to sleep but I don’t like having a lot of product on my face at night so I tend to skip it. Both perform equally well in terms of how they make my lips feel really soft and prevent dryness. The regular Baume de Rose is more expensive at $60 but it does have more product with 10 g versus the Tinted version which is $56 for 6 g. (Repost from my Mandarina Pulp review.)
One last view of all three shades featured today:

If it weren’t for my gift cards and points that I had saved up, I would not have splurged on all three shades, I probably would have only purchased either Bloom Berry or Toffee Cream. At $56 each these are insanely expensive but I haven’t met a single person yet who didn’t love these once they bought one (or were gifted one). With so many good lip balms on the market (that are much more affordable), I can’t say the By Terry Baume de Rose is a must-have. There are plenty of other lip products that will work to keep lips smooth and moisturized.

That being said these do make an ultra luxurious treat and I think they feel marvelous on the lips. The pots are really big and a little goes a long way so they will last you a very long time (versus small squeeze lip balm tubes which I have sometimes finished up in a couple month’s time). By Terry’s new tinted versions are well designed. The colors have this basic but classic simplicity that enhances the lips in a natural way.

I do think these are something you should be able to test and see in person before you splurge, but if you’re like me, the By Terry line isn’t easily accessible. I hope these swatches help you if you’re shopping these sight unseen.

The By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur lip balms come in 6 shades for now and retail at $56 each. You can find them in store and online at Space NK and Barneys New York.

P.S. There are two gift events going on that I think are worth splurging on, especially if you have a wish list going and want to take advantage of a good gift with purchase offer:

  1. Space NK has their amazing Autumn Edit gift bag event for one-day on September 10th in stores and online (details here). You might want to look into signing up for their N.Dulge Points program if you shop there occasionally.
  2. Barneys New York also has their Beauty Bag event starting the same day Wed Sept 10th through Sunday the 14th or while gift supplies last. Details up on Barneys.com now!

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  • Jo September 10, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I have these in all three of these colors plus Rosy Babe. My favorite is the berry, followed by fig, then rosy babe then toffee. I tend to look better in cooler color products although warmer shades are better base colors for me. Toffee is a warmer shade so it is not as flattering on me. Toffee looks great on you Sabrina. I haven't purchased too many lip products this fall (I think the only other lip product I bought was the pink Armani lip sheer that is part of the new collection which I just adore!) and I just love the formula of this balm so I rationalized the purchases. These do a great job of soothing dry lips and they are just pigmented enough to offer a beautiful splash of color.

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

      Rosy Baby looks so so so gorgeous, but I was worried it would be too pale for my coloring. I can't always pull off pale pinks. That Armani Lip Sheer is so gorgeous, I tried it at the store but wanted to think about it and never went back to purchase it. I might have to look into it again although I just splurged on a couple Guerlain lipsticks.

  • Jo September 10, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Thought I would pop back in to say that if you order these from b-glowing they are giving away a free mini of the original balm with a $100 By Terry purchase. That's where I got mine, except the Rosy Babe which I bought at Space NK.

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

      Jo – thanks for always sharing the deals you find!

  • Velveteen Rabbit September 10, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Fig Fiction looks amazing on you Sabrina!

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

      Thank you!

  • Aerie Berrie September 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I really want to try these! x

    BerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

      They are definitely worth looking into if you can get to a By Terry counter to see in person πŸ™‚

  • MarΓ­a Blardone September 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I fell in love with your nail polish!! Btw, you have beautiful hands!
    Lots of love, xx


    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

      Thank you!

  • Marina(Makeup4all) September 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Fig Fiction looks gorgeous!

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

      Thanks Marina, did you pick up any of the shades?

  • GiΓ² September 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Same nail polish on my nails today πŸ™‚
    they're lovely but I prefer a neutral baume for home day or night. I don't like touching up with my fingers and I'd rather not to carry the lip brush with me. So I prefer a product with a different packaging

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

      I wish they had these in different packaging too, although sometimes stick balms end up being too soft and break on me.

  • Anonymous September 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I love the toffee on you! How do these compare to La Mer lip balm??
    Thanks for all of your hard work, gorgeous pictures and comparisons of the different products πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

      Hi Cathy, I haven't tried La Mer in many years. I think they might have reformulated it, but when I tried it (over 6 years ago I think) I was not impressed.

  • Lisa September 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Sabrina I live in Houston and wish I had local access to By Terry! Your great reviews and swatches have been so appreciated. I love all these shades but Fig really appeals because it is a little different than everything else you see out there.

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:20 am

      Thank you Lisa, so glad these posts are helpful to you!

  • Angela M September 11, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Fig Fiction looks lovely. Is there a lipstick similar to that shade?

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:21 am

      I haven't found anything similar, I want to say MAC Syrup might be close? By Terry also has a sheer lipstick called Dare to Bare, the artist thought it was similar but slightly more pink and less purple. MAC Lovechild Lipglass might be similar although it's a lipgloss (not lipstick) and has some gold shimmer in it but it could be close.

  • nueyork September 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    These are super pretty and the consistency looks very interesting.


  • How Does Dee DoIt September 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    All of them look so pretty on you but what I loved the most in this post is that nailpolish!!! wow..its gorgeous:) 56$ for a lipbalm is pricey but…Ive spent money on worse things, so maybe its not THAT bad:)

    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Yes, $56 for a lip balm is outrageously ridiculous but By Terry's formula is really good and I have no regrets buying. I do think I could have just picked 1 though.

  • darlingdee September 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    They look lovely on you. I need Fig fiction it looks amazing. I love anything Fig coloured.


    • Sabrina September 17, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Thank you Dee!

  • Rae // theNotice September 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Hoo boy. These are LOVELY — especially Fig Fiction! <3