This product has been blowing up on every beauty related website and/or videos, and I finally decided to join the bandwagon.
When I first heard about Revlon’s lip butters, they were only available in the States (early Winter), but they finally released them in Canada Jan. 2012. As soon as I knew that my local drugstore carried them, I went right over.
The lip butters are available in 20 different shades (of which I purchased three) and are described as:
- Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
- Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth
- Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine
I really like the covers for the lip butters. They’re a quilted pattern (think any classic Chanel bag) and a little transperant.
I purchased three of the 20 shades: Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie and Raspberry Pie. I think I spent half an hour deciding on which colours I wanted! I wish I had bought a more broad spectrum of colours though, just because the ones I purchased are all quite pink-based and have a shimmer to them. There are several colours that don’t have shimmer in them if that’s not your thing. The colours in this entire line are quite pigmented considering they’re not lipsticks.
I placed these three in order of pigmentation. Raspberry Pie is the most pigmented colour I got (a bit of a vibrant pink, you can see a swatch below) and it was a compromise for not getting Lollipop, which is VERY pink. Below I posted the separate tubes in both natural lighting and with flash, so that you can get an idea for these colours specifically.
This colour is more on the nude-undertoned side when applied. It’s a coraly-peachy colour with a gold and pink shimmer to it. It’s perfect if you just want to add a touch of colour while maintaining a nice shimmer during the day. Here it is in a natural lighting:
This seems to be an extremely popular colour because so far everyone I know who has purchased the lip butters has purchased this shade. It’s quite a neutral shade of pink and goes with any skin tone. It looks hot pink in the photo but it’s not that opaque when you apply it; it’s much more of a sheer pink. At first I thought it matched my natural lip colour, which is nice, but it added just a bit more colour to it, along with a pink shimmer.
I’ve never been one for vibrant pink colours, but this shade definitely won me over. I absolutely love it; it’s a deep pink colour without being extremely overwhelming (if you compared this to Lollipop, you’d see what I’m talking about). It’s not as shimmery as the previous two, but does have a subtle pink shimmer. This shade is perfect for a night out or even during the day if you wear a more neutral eye colour. Compared to the other two, the pigment seems to stay on much longer even after it feels like you need to reapply it.
I absolutely love these lip butters, but I do wish they had more of a fruity smell/taste. With all of the names, it seems like you’d get a product that was like a Lip Smacker; it doesn’t smell bad or anything, it just smells/tastes like nothing, which is kind of disappointing (Berry Smoothie would have been such a nice smell!) And because it’s a lip butter formula, it’s a little melty, so I wouldn’t suggest turning the tube all way at once.
I also find with these you have to reapply much more often than you do with a lipstick to keep the colour on your lips. My lips do feel more moisturized, but that’s after I remove the entire lip butter. If you don’t apply a lip scrub and/or lip balm before the lip butter, it feels almost like it’s drying out your lips? Or maybe that’s just the sensation you’re getting as it’s moisturizing … From what I hear, not many people have experienced this so maybe it’s just me?
All in all, I would definitely recommend this product! Last I checked, it is selling for $11.49 CAN at my local drugstore, but I got them on sale for $8.49 several weeks ago.
If you can’t find the Revlon lip butters, L’Oréal recently came out with a similar product called L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm. They work similarly to Revlon’s product but in the advertisement, it said “84%” of women noticed their lips were much more moisturized (compared to Revlon’s which was in the ninty-percentile).
From the reviews I’ve read, it is pretty glossy and moisturizing. BUT their colours are hardly pigmented – even the deep pink shades are VERY sheer. Le Balm runs at approximately the same price range as Revlon’s as well. It also has a SPF of 15 and there are seven available colours. If I purchase these in the near future, I’ll do a more in depth review.
Have you guys tried either product? What shades did you buy and what did you think of it? If not, do you think you’ll buy these in the future?