Since I got to try out Kae Q’s reformulated products a while ago, I decided to pick up some of the summer colors when they were released.
Kae Q’s Beso Balms use hand pressed oils and are inspired by products local to the owner, Nicole. You can see the local inspiration in a lot of her Color of the Month shades. They’re usually a bit out of my comfort zone which is why I didn’t pick up June or July’s shades. I decided to try out two of the sheer shades and one of the opaque ones.
Lovely, sheer coral-pink color.
Rose Apple gives my lips a really pretty natural pink shade. It’s a sheer shade, but it doesn’t wind up wearing unevenly as the day continues on. This one doesn’t leave a noticeable stain on my lips. It’s not the most moisturizing lip product I own, at least not in Arizona when I’m using this as my primary lip product. In Texas, it works perfectly fine and my lips don’t dry out when I wear it (thanks, humidity!).
Sheer lipstick in a vivid purple shade.
Caimito is another sheer shade from Kae Q’s summer collection, and it winds up being a more sheer magenta-purple on me. As with Rose Apple, it works well in more humid environments and isn’t drying. I’m sure if I had brought this to Arizona with me, I would have experienced the same issues.
There wasn’t a description for this color, but it’s a really bright magenta pink. It stains almost immediately and I do experience some slight feathering when I wear this one.
I found two issues with the Kae Q balms I ordered. First, they tend to develop wax blooms if you don’t use them for a period of time. I reached out to the owner (Nicole) and she said that they’re probably not dangerous so long as they don’t smell and that they disappear when you put the balm near a warm window for a few minutes. Here’s what they look like when this happens:
The other issue I found was that it’s possible for the bullet to shave off a bit. It happens when you twist up the lipstick too far and then twist it back down. It’s sad to see the waste when that happens so don’t twist up the lipstick too much!
Additionally, the website claims that each of these lipsticks/balms is 0.3 ounces. The actual labels say that they’re significantly smaller at 0.06 ounces. Since I ordered at the beginning of the summer, Nicole is changing the packaging back to slimline tubes. I’m actually a little disappointed – even though these tubes have their issues, I do prefer them over the standard slimlines.
Overall, I am a fan of Kae Q’s reformulated Beso Balms. I’ve reviewed the reformulated product previously here, and I’m glad that Nicole decided to put things on a seasonal rotation because it does help with the shipping time. They’re not the most moisturizing, but they’re also not drying on me. The sheer ones don’t feather and I really like them for the summer months.
Price: $7 for 0.06 ounces ($116.67/oz)
You can find Kae Q on her website here.