As I’ve stated probably more times than is necessary (and definitely more times than is attractive), my lips get dry quite easily and so lipsticks can often drag or look a bit cakey after a few applications. So while I was on the hunt for a new lip product this weekend, I decided to give Revlon’s much-loved Lip Butters a go. These are known for being smooth, hydrating alternatives to traditional lipsticks, so I thought they could be perfect for my flaky needs.
The Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters usually retail at £7.99 each, which I think is a leeeeeedle bit pricey for a ‘buttery balm’, but seeing them on offer at 2 for £10 meant that I obviously had to get two. I chose shades 040 Red Velvet and 047 Pink Lemonade, which is one of the newer colours.
Red Velvet is a nice deep red, which I thought would be brilliant as we get into Autumn, both for nights out and during the day if I’m feeling a bit dramatic. Pink Lemonade is the sort of colour I’m always naturally drawn towards; a pale peachy-pink that’s perfect for everyday wear.
So, how did they turn out?
040 Red Velvet
The texture of the Lip Butters is lovely – they glide on smoothly, just like a balm. The colour pay off of Red Velvet after one application is pretty good, though you definitely need a couple of layers to get something near the colour in the tube. As you can see from the photo, it’s difficult to get the proper build up of colour that you get with a normal lipstick. It’s much more sheer, so slides around on the lip rather than settling as a lipstick does, making it a bit messier to apply than I would have expected. If you like your reds to have a matte finish then this isn’t really for you, as even with blotting it doesn’t really lose its sheeny finish.
047 Pink Lemonade
One swipe of Pink Lemonade does practically nothing to your lips – it literally just feels like you’ve applied some lip balm. Again, you need a couple of layers to start to see proper pay off from this very sheer lip product. Once you’ve applied it a bit thicker though, the texture and finish of this are lovely. Lips feel hydrated and smooth, with no possibility of dragging and drying out. The finish is perfect; somewhere between a gloss and a lipstick, it actually reminds me of the Cremesheen finish of my beloved MAC Creme d’Nude.
Overall, I do like both of these products. The Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters are the sort of hybrid products that have been gaining a lot of popularity over the last year or so; along with Apocalips and Babylips, they’re aiming to give us the best qualities of lipsticks, glosses and balms in one product. From a personal point of view, I think the Lip Butter texture definitely works better in the paler shades, where the sheerness is less of an issue.
Have you tried Revlon’s Lip Butters? What did you think?