April 03, 2012

Revlon Lip Butters vs. L'Oréal Rouge Caresse

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!

First up, we have a lip butter in Candy Apple, a bright mid-toned red which can lean a little bit coral depending on how much you apply. I absolutely love this for day-to-day wear, and I think it could definitely go onto my list of red lipsticks to try if you're a little bit afraid of them!

Candy Apple

Raspberry Pie

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.

Raspberry Pie

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.

Aphrodite Scarlet

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? 


  1. Jaysus, didn't realise that you get so little product with the Revlon Lip Butters! Stingy feckers.

  2. I love the look of the Raspberry Pie Revlon Lip Butter!

  3. I really want to know what the lip butters are like before I get one, as I have a huge stash of lipsticks and can't afford to keep adding to it. Plus if it's rubbish it's like £7.99, they do look nice.

  4. Sorry the rest of your post just uploaded. :P oh they do look nice on, they look great on I'm really pleased as same look solid and out out so faded. Like you said these are really pigmented, and they look creamy :)

  5. Great post Dee! I'm loving the lip butters myself! Superdrug in omni have a great selection & they are around the €9 mark but less than €10 if you can make it up there!

  6. When I saw them first I really, really wanted them and had them on my list for ages - until I found out that they were €11 (or €12 in some places) and now that I see the amount of product in the tube, no way am I getting them here!!!! Brother-in-law & girlfriend are coming home from Manhattan in October so I'll get her to pick me up one over there!

  7. I have the Revlon lip butter in Cotton Candy which is a baby pink, its quite sheer but can be built up! Again like a big eejit I paid €11 for it in Boots! Hopefully if I'm in the US or UK later this year I might pick up a few more, their colours are fab!


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