Reviewed by Asya

Being an unconditional convert to RMS Beauty Un Cover Up ($37 in the TIA shop), I was very happy to be given another of the brand’s products to try out. I was also excited that it was the RMS Beauty Lip Shine ($25), as my lips require constant effort to prevent dryness and flakiness. In winter they start peeling and turn very dry, which also leads to the appearance of fine lines. On top of this they are quite thin, so needless to say I am always on the lookout for a new product which hydrates, plumps and protects.

This winter I found a routine that works, and I religiously stick to it even though it takes three separate products to achieve the above goals. After gently exfoliating, I massage a drop of Sevani Ageless Eyes Revitalizing Serum ($54 in the TIA shop), which is basically a mix of pedigree oils. I find it too greasy for the eye area but it sets in great on the lips and seems to nourish them quite well. To lock in the moisture, I then apply a simple cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter stick with candelilla and beeswax from The Body Shop. And as a final touch and a bit of color, I spread a little of Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, which has a very light texture and erases the fine lines on the lips while being completely organic.

I was wondering where in this routine the RMS Lip Shine would come in. Maybe it would be such a miraculous multitasker that it could replace all three products I have to use now to take care of my lips?

Well, the answer is no, unfortunately... but, nevertheless, the lip shine did prove to have a nice surprise in store for me.

I first tried it without having anything else on my lips and was left disappointed by the result - it was not hydrating enough and stayed in the creases and flaky parts of my lips - thus, accentuating them.

I then decided to apply the hydrating oil first and then the lip shine. Results were better, but within a couple of hours my lips had dried out - so the lip shine was not “waxy” enough to lock in the moisture.

I finally substituted my tainted lip balm and got the best results. It is a very light textured lip shine and glides on smoothly, leaving a satin finish.

The conclusions I can make are that the RMS Lip Shine is really more of a finishing product to be used after lips are already prepped and more suitable for the summer than a heavy-duty tinted moisturizer that one can use in dry climates or in the winter.

As for the tint, I got my sample in Moment. It is a red-brownish hue that I have to say does not do much for brunettes (plum is more the color I need). So I would rather not recommend it for dark hair/dark eyes types.

Needless to say, I was a little bit frustrated because here I had a perfectly good product that I couldn't find some use for. Then I looked at the color and decided to try it out on my cheeks. Wow! It looked great! It has a little shine to it so I think it can work beautifully as a bronzer or a highlighter in the summer, which is definitely how I am going to use it. It is actually better looking than my current blush.

So RMS Lip Shine did turn out to be a multitasker - though not in the way I imagined. It is a nice lip product with great organic ingredients. However, I would recommend for TIA readers to choose well the tint that would suit their skin color before buying.

Ingredients: Castor seed oil, coconut oil, moringa oil, carnauba wax, cocoa seed butter, beeswax, centella asiatica extract (gotu kola), rosemary extract, tocopherol (vitamin E). Non GMO. May contain red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide, black iron oxide, titanium dioxide