These Fancy Lip Balms Are Inspired By French Wines

Tousled hair, dewy skin, matte red lips — is there anything more alluring than the beauty look of the archetypical Parisian woman? For me, only one thing beats it: The country's red wine. It's rich, decadent, and utterly delicious. Luckily, I can have both, because skin-care brand Caudalíe has combined my two favorite things in life.
As all good things do, every Caudalie product starts with wine — more specifically, with the antioxidant-rich polyphenols often found in grapes. The brand's new French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm, however, is taking it to the next level. "I always say you consume everything that is on your lips, which equates to 4 kg of lipstick in a lifetime," says founder Mathilde Thomas. "These balms are super-natural and contain polyphenols you can actually eat."
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Ahead, take a closer look at the collection of three lip formulas inspired by Caudalíe's very own winery in the Bordeaux region of France— c'est magnifique, I swear.
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"Innocence is meant to enhance your natural color," Thomas says. "It's a soft vanilla mixed with citrus, which are notes inspired by my family's sauvignon blanc blend." Like the light, translucent wine, this one won't leave behind much color on your lips — and it smells like a dream.

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in Innocence, $18, available at Caudalie U.S.
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Swipe this one on days you're after a subtle, slightly shimmery pink. "It has deep vanilla and soft spice notes inspired by my family’s cabernet [sauvignon]."

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in Seduction, $18, available at Caudalie U.S.
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"Specifically with Addiction, I had 'Bouche Mordue' in mind — think the 'bitten-lip' effect," she says. "This scent is rich in notes of red berries, which reminded me a lot of a beautiful merlot." Like the wine from which the balm was inspired, this one was by far my favorite — bold yet soft, and smelled like a juicy raspberry.

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in Addiction, $18, available at Caudalie U.S.
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