Unless you are some kind of hermit, living in a high-security cell under a mound of rocks in a no-wi-fi zone, you'll have heard about Revlon Lip Butters. They've been on the brain of most beauty bloggers ever since they were released in the States a while back, and now that they've finally landed here, I just had to give them a go.
We've seen an explosion of sheer lipsticks that claim to moisturise and colour your lips at the same time in the last year or so - off the top of my head, I'm thinking Clinique Chubby Sticks, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, MAC Sheen Supremes, etc. I have to say that even though I'm a total lipstick junkie, I wasnt't gone on spending about €20 or so on such a sheer product that isn't very longlasting. Although they have undoubtedly been the most hyped, the Lip Butters aren't the only product of their kind to have been launched into the more affordable end of the market of late. Rouge Caresse seem to be making an impact too, if a little later than Revlon.
So, I went for the ''cheaper'' versions - two Lip Butters and a L'Oréal Rouge Caresse. That's not to say that they were great value, though, as they are both about €11. So, you're looking at paying more than the price of a MAC lipstick if you want two! All in the name of blogging, I picked these up on a Boots 3 for 2 offer and gave them a shot. I'm going to give my thoughts on the two brands, so if you're thinking of picking one up, keep reading!
The other Lip Butter I went for is Raspberry Pie, a deep reddish-fuschia which is incredibly pigmented. The only thing stopping me from calling this a lipstick is the fact that it feels like a gel and is genuinely moisturising to the lips. I love the idea of a bold lip without the commitment; no liner, balm or exfoliation needed, just swipe and go.
So far, so good for the Lip Butters. I really like the packaging and they apply like a dream - you would need to reapply more often than with a regular lipstick, but they feel so nice that it's really no task at all. There is one major downfall with these, though, which you'll see in the image below: the seriously shoddy amount of product that you're getting.
Just look! Considering that this is a product that needs to be reapplied throughout the day, and has quite a malleable, creamy texture, the amount of product in one tube is ridiculously stingy. I wouldn't be so put out had I bought this in the US, where they are €7.49, meaning that a fair price here would be about €6. As usual, we're being really badly ripped off here. I know that Sinéad is trying to hold out on buying these until she goes to New York this summer, and I don't blame her in the slightest. However, if you're a make-up freak like myself and want to get your mitts on these ASAP, it's worth noting that they are on a 3 for 2 deal in Boots at the moment.
In the interest of stringent testing, reviewing, and, eh, lipstick wearing, I also picked up a L'Oréal Rouge Caresse in the shade Aphrodite Scarlet. It's a red-pink shade - not as pigmented as the Lip Butters, but it can still be built up quite easily. The texture of the lipstick is much firmer and it doesn't feel quite as moisturising as the Revlon ones, but is still in no way drying. I find this much easier to apply without a mirror, and one major plus point is that it leaves a very even stain on the lips even when the glossy part has vanished. The amount of product you are getting is similar to a Lip Butter, but as it is much harder in texture, I feel that these will last longer.
|Swatches: L'Oréal Rouge Caresse in Aphrodite Scarlet, Revlon Lip Butters in Raspberry Pie and Candy Apple|
So, do we have a winner? Not exactly, as they are both overpriced in the ROI. However, for the packaging, pigmentation, texture and shade range, I will be buying more Revlon Lip Butters as soon as I can. They are now my favourite daytime lip product - I just wish they came at a fairer price.
Have you hopped on the Lip Butter Bandwagon?