L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm in Rose Nude review, swatches, photos

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Tinted Lip Balm review swatches

The product: L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm SPF 25 in Rose Nude

Launching this June at L’Occitane is the Pivoine Sublime skincare range, which features a Perfecting Cream, Skin Perfector Serum, CC Cream, Perfecting Mist, and four peony-scented lip balms: Transparent (housed in a gorgeous silver tube), Rose NudeRose Amber, and Rose Plum.

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The scent: L’Occitane has actually come out with a number of peony-scented collections over the years, and I’m happy to say that this is my favourite one. It’s much a much softer, fuller floral than the scent used in the Pivoine Délicate makeup collection, and has a rose-touched scent profile.

Pivoine Sublime is also a little fruitier than the bath/body Pivoine Flora, which I find has a soapier feel to it — a differentiation that I think makes the two perfectly suited for makeup & body products, respectfully.

L'Occitane vs Fresh tinted lip balm reviews

The formula (& the elephant in the room): When I saw this lip balm tube for the first time, my mind went to the same place that I’m sure all of yours did: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments ($26 CAD).

Well, the packaging is near-identical for these (which is to say: super luxe, metal, and twist-on), but the formulas are very, very different! While the Fresh balms are lemon-scented and smooshy-soft with a beeswax/castor seed oil base, these L’Occitane balms are peony-scented and smooth but solid.

Plus, while the Fresh balms are rather heavily tinted and have an SPF of 15, the L’Occitane balms are sheer, with SPF 25.

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Rose Nude vs Fresh Cherry, Rose swatches comparison

Swatched L-R: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm in Cherry & Rosé; L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime in Rose Nude

But do they moisturize? Honestly… not really. I can wear Nude Rose for about a day without any problems, but it’s not as hydrating as the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. If you have normal-dry lips, I don’t think it’ll be an issue, but I do have to pile on the Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 in the evening if I’ve spent the day wearing a Pivoine Sublime lip balm.
L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Tinted Lip Balm review

The verdict?

While the L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Lip Balms may fall short of delivering intense hydration, they can’t be beat for a luxury tinted lip balm under $20. They’re gorgeously packaged, smell amazing, and (unlike the cult-followed Fresh lip balms) have the texture of a proper lip balm rather than a soft puddle of butter.

I say skip these if you need a lot of hydration (I do), but definitely indulge if all you’re looking for is something exquisite, hygienic, and pretty!

Availability: $20 CAD online and at L’Occitane boutiques beginning June 2015.

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Tinted Lip Balm packaging L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Tinted Lip Balm Rose Nude review L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Rose Nude swatch review

L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm SPF 25 swatch – Rose Nude

L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime SPF 25 Tinted Lip Balm ingredients:

2.7% Avobenzone, 6.8% Octinoxate

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Synthetic Wax, Shea Butter, Pentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate, Beeswax, Paeonia Lactiflora Extract, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol,  Boron Nitride, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Saccharin, Fragrance, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Manganese Violet.

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  • Vesna

    Well, this looks very nice! Somehow I always skip their lip products but I might check this out. :)
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    • They don't have a lot of them, Vesna! I think these tinted balms are a nice addition to the line ;)

  • mostlysunnybunny

    Ahh see, that's the thing! I've been trying this one as well and I came to the same conclusion: when my lips are feeling normal, it's fine on. When my lips are drier than normal, this just isn't enough. I still think it's a little ridiculous how much hype Fresh lip balms get, but the problem is if I really think, there is no lip balm (in stick form) that I like more than the Fresh one!
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    • YES, exactly!! These feel great for a day or so for me, but by the end of it my lips are DYING. I wish they were just a little bit more moisturizing (to really give those Fresh balms some competition!)

  • scoo06

    Hey Rae! I know the Fresh ones are very mushy and melt away in summer but I still prefer that to "solid"! These do sound tempting enough to try though :-)
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    • The texture is a dream, Divya! They're not waxy-solid, just… perfectly firm. I find that they're exactly as hard as I want my lip balms to be ;)

  • Oooh these are definitely something for me! I'm all about the tinted lip balms! And the formula of these looks good, even if they're not the most moisturizing lip balms out there.
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  • neversaydiebeauty

    I just posted about the spring L'OcciBox and saw the summer box on their website, and I believe it contains a few Pivoline products. I agree that the lip balm looks so much like Fresh Sugar's packaging. But the Fresh Sugar colors and from your experience hydration is much better. Oh well, it's better to know!
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    • I'm a little 50/50 on them, to be honest! I think L'Occitane definitely wins for texture and scent (and price), but I love how hydrating the Fresh balms are. It's a hard choice to make!

  • bonjourjennifer

    I'm glad you posted a comparison between L'Occitane tinted balms and Sugar lip treatments, I got a mail from L'Occitane about these and my mind immediately went to thinking how similar they are to Sugar.

    Now if only Sugar lip treatments are more smooth and solid.. :)

    • Happy to help, Jennifer! I hope that Fresh comes out with a solid version someday, or that L'Occitane comes out with a super-hydrating version — I want the best of both worlds ;)

  • Kristen

    I'm using (and loving) both of these products, but I have a third, lower priced but delish option for consideration if you love these products, (as I do). Burts Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate oil . Admittedly lacking in any SPF protection, but hydration, silky smooth (without the soft-butter feeling mentioned earlier) and a delicate and lovely hint of sheer colour. (Smells lovely also!). Give it a try and see what you think…

    • I actually own that one already, Kristen! :p I love its texture, but I'm not the biggest fan of the Burt's pomegranate fragrance. I find that I really have to be in the right mood for it, even though the product itself feels absolutely lovely!