Lipsticks tend to be one of those things that I could go with or without. I only have a few lipsticks that I’d be truly devastated to lose since I gravitate towards tinted balms, lip stains or highly pigmented glosses, but last fall/winter’s matte red pout and this summer’s bright bold lip have renewed my interest in this makeup staple.
A few of the drugstore makeup lines have released light-weight formulas of lipstick/lip balm hybrids, such as L’Oreal’s Color Riche Caresse Stick Lipstick, Maybelline’s ColorSensational Color Whisper and Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butter. I was very excited to try out some of these since my main concern is that lipsticks tend to dry out my lips. Let’s just put it out there that chapped lips are never a good look and as far as lips go, they’re pretty much as anti-sexy as you can get.
Shoppers Drug Mart had the Revlon Lip Butters on sale so I stopped in to pick up one or two and instantly fell in love!! The consistency and color selection were so fantastic that I snapped up a total of 7 of them, even driving to another location to pick up the shades that I apparently needed to have but were currently out of stock. The colors I purchased were: 010 Raspberry Pie, 015 Tutti Frutti, 025 Peach Parfait, 030 Fig Jam, 070 Cherry Tart, 090 Sweet Tart and 095 Crème Brule.
True to its name, Raspberry Pie (010) is a deep raspberry-toned hue. The consistency of this gorgeous fuchsia is the smoothest and creamiest of all the Lip Butters I own, and it packs a big punch with the highest color payoff by far. Revlon Lip Butters are advertised as sheer to medium coverage, but I’m not complaining that this one definitely over delivers with creamy, full coverage. I bought this on a whim to experiment with the fuchsia lip I’ve been seeing everywhere and I’m happy to report that this is the Lip Butter that I’ve reached for the most.
Tutti Frutti (015) is a bright tangerine, which although not nearly as pigmented as Raspberry Pie, delivers a bright pop of color that is perfect for summer. Swiping this once over your bare lip will deposit a slightly sheer orange that gives your natural lip color more of a coral tone. The color is somewhat buildable, but no matter how much you apply the sheer texture prevents it from showing up like the shocking orange seen in the tube.
Cherry Tart (070) is a glossy, sheer red with barely visible shimmers. Despite how strong the color looks in the tube, this Lip Butter applies surprisingly sheer with a very moist consistency that is reminiscent of a tinted balm. This cherry hue contains blue (rather than orange) undertones—which with a red lipstick is always a good thing as it makes your teeth appear whiter.
Peach Parfait (025) is a pretty, peachy pink filled with gold-toned sparkles. This Lip Butter is very sheer and quite sparkly, which although looked nice when swatched on my arm, didn’t work well with my skin tone when applied to my lips due to its cooler undertones. Peach Parfait is by far the sparkliest of all these lipstick/lip balm hybrids and would be my recommendation for younger girls looking to experiment with makeup.
I was really excited when I swatched Fig Jam (030), because I instantly knew it was a dupe for one of my all time favourites, the Clinique Almost Lipstick (also a lipstick/lip balm hybrid) in Black Honey. Black Honey has become a cult-classic with its sheer formula that although intimidatingly dark in the tube, actually applies as a universally flattering sheer, berry tint. As you can see from the swatches above, I would definitely consider Fig Jam to be an affordable dupe!! Just like its department store counterpart, Fig Jam appears deceptively dark but glides on very sheer tinting lips in the perfect my-lips-but-better kind of way.
Sweet Tart (090) applies on lips as a simple bright pink that is much more wearable than the vibrant, almost neon pink seen in the tube. This would be the pink-hued equivalent of Tutti Frutti in terms of both consistency and color payoff. Sweet Tart paired with a similar toned lip liner has been my go-to product for this summer’s bright pink lip.
I had hoped that Crème Brule (095), a sheer nude with fine silver shimmer, would create the perfect nude lip to pair with a smoky eye. While it had a lovely, slightly peach tone (similar to the lid) when swatched on my arm, the silver shimmers lighted the color too much for my skin tone and looked too frosted on my lips. The end result seemed to cancel out any reddish tones in my lips, resulting in the unflattering bluish-purple your lips turn when you are freezing cold. I would have preferred this shade with no shimmer at all, or at least with a gold or bronze shimmer that could warm up this nude tone. This one is by far my least favourite and will sadly be tossed out.
Other than Peach Parfait and Crème Brule—which could be nice on those with lighter complexions but don’t really work with my skin tone—I couldn’t be happier with these Lip Butters! The name sounds as luxurious as the product feels and with a formula containing mango, shea and coconut butter for moisture and I am happy to report that I have yet to find that my lips become dry from putting these on. The cute, quilted packaging so chic and the translucent colored caps (with a clear top window) make it easy to find the color you need, regardless of whether you store your lipsticks upright or on their side.
These Lip Butters don’t have that regular lipstick smell and actually, I could barely detect much of any scent from them at all. The consistency is exactly what you would expect from something that is half-lipstick/half-balm and although the top of the product appears to be the consistency of an ordinary lipstick, rubbing the first millimetre or two off will reveal a moister and glossier stick underneath.
Revlon Lip Butters come in a total of 20 colors featuring a variety of both matte/crème and shimmery finishes. The colour payoff varied according to the shade, with most of lighter colors having sheer coverage and the bolder colors containing enough pigment for solid, medium coverage.
I also adore how truly versatile this product is! One swipe over bare lips provides a sheer and moisturizing hint of color that I now opt for instead of my usual lip balm. The sheer but buildable nature makes it perfect for experimenting with bolder shades that you wouldn’t normally wear, and layering it over a matching lip liner provides a strong pop of lustrous color. None of the shades are fully opaque, but unlike other lipsticks, the balm portion ensures that the color wears off evenly and naturally. I definitely get the hype surrounding the Revlon Lip Butters and I can’t recommend them enough!
What do you think of the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters? How do you think they compare to the other drugstore lipstick/lip balm hybrids?