I was so excited to receive this product as a person who has always suffered from dry lips and a long time hater of lipstick. So I thought this product would be perfect for me. I could wear lipstick but without the dreaded dryness or chapping. While the consistency of this lip balm is quite pleasant, the promise of color isn't quite there.
I found this shade to be so shiny it was actually hard to notice any red. When applying it, I felt as though I was just applying gloss as my lips I suppose as naturally quite red because I didn't see any immediate difference in the overall colour of my lips. That being said I think I was expected more of a matte look rather than a gloss, but if a gloss is what you're after then I'd well and truly suggest this product.
There is some drying but nothing too extreme, far more tolerable than lipstick. What I did like was that there wasn't any stick residue that tends to come with other lip balms. The dreaded battle of wearing lip balm on a windy day and getting hair stuck in your lips, nobody wants that and it wasn't an issue with this product. I do also like the appeal of SPF and feel the product as a whole will hold more success for me in the summer months.