Friday, January 20, 2012

Revlon Lip Butters: Worth the Hype?

For those of you based in the US, I’m a little late on the bandwagon here, but during my recent trip to LA, I managed to get my mitts on a selection of the new Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. They’ve caused quite a stir online, and prove rather hard to track down in drugstores too, as many of the shades are continually sold out.

I thought I’d take a few snaps of the colours I’ve got and give my two penny’s worth in a little review so you all know what to expect when they hit the UK shores from March 14th.

Firstly, I love the packaging. There have been mixed feelings about the colour-coordinated, sheer plastic lipstick tubes online, but I’m a big fan. I think they are cute and fun, but still a little chic with the Chanel-esque quilted effect that Revlon are so fond of replicating. They also have clear caps, so you can see the product through the top, a great feature if you have a lot of lipstick and want to be able to see what’s what!

I have five of the 20 shades (from left) Cupcake, Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie and Lollipop.

The consistency is quite unique. They feel like a smooth balm to apply, but the pigmentation is that of a sheer lipstick. Having said that, some of the shades are more pigmented than others, some more akin to a standard lipstick, which is pretty impressive when you consider the super hydrating gel/balm like formulation.

A lot of the shades also have subtle shimmer in them which I wasn't expecting (Peach Parfait especially - it reminds me of a lipstick version of NARS' famous Orgasm blush)

Considering they contain mango, shea and coconut butter, I was expecting them to taste a little better, but surprisingly they aren’t particularly scented at all.

The staying power isn’t outstanding, but then again I don’t think you would expect it to be considering the formulation. The shade selection is fantastic, ranging from uber-pale pinks and lilacs, to darker browns and reds. My favourite shades are without a doubt Berry Smoothie and Lollipop (the latter having absolutely amazing colour payoff!)


The two minor downsides I have experienced with these are the fact that they tend to squish a little if you’re not careful (as the product is so soft, but comes in a lipstick packaging) and that the twist-up mechanism can tend to be a little temperamental (i.e. not twist down) This isn’t too much of a problem as you can carefully push the product back down, and it usually isn’t a consistent fault.

Overall, these are definitely worth the hype in my book. I would 100% recommend checking them out when they hit the high street in March. I would think they’ll be around the £6 mark (they are around $7 in the US) so they won’t break the bank either!

If you want more info on the Lip Butters, I’d recommend checking out my friend Ingrid (aka MisGlamorazzi)’s more in depth review on her YouTube channel

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