There is a class of beauty product that we all know as the “vanity piece”. No pun intended here, these products are meant for display.
They sit, beautiful both in packaged form and unboxed, happily on your bathroom counter, bedside table, or vanity. Propped up as little luxuries. They are the petite accent shelf to your functional bookcase.
By Terry’s Baume de Rose is my latest splurge in this category. Naturally, I have lusted over it for years, curious about the hype. The reviews that I have both watched and read mostly place it on a pedestal. This, of course, only made me want it more. However, I could never justify the price. Fifty-nine dollars for 0.35 oz of lip balm is a hell of a lot.
But in the name of both indulgence and blogging, I finally splurged. Sneaky caveat: I redeemed $50 worth of Birchbox points, so that price stung a lot less.
I will say this: Baume de Rose smells incredible. It smells like a million rose petals, carefully pressed. (That probably did happen.) If you enjoy rose scents, you will eat this up. It is a good lip balm. It feels moisturizing on the lips, has SPF 15, and is sticky enough to stay put for hours without being overly tacky. The texture is along the lines of a MAC Tendertone if that helps you visualize it– and I think you know of my love for Tendertones. The packaging screams luxury– weighty frosted glass with a gilded lid.
Will I repurchase? Probably not. Baume de Rose is very nice, but it is not leaps and bounds better than other far less expensive lip products. I will certainly enjoy this pot, though, while it lasts. I will also secretly admit to you that I am keen on trying Dior Crème de Rose someday (insert face of shame). Which at $27, is a bargain compared to By Terry. For a cheaper rose fix, stick with good ol’ Smith’s Rosebud Salve, for $6. For a closer dupe with a creamy pink finish? Your pick is Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé Kiss, for only $2.99. I own and adore both of these.
Have you tried Baume de Rose, or any other By Terry products? Let me know how you like them!