Cheapie but Goodie: Revlon Lip Butters

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I finally got my hands on the Revlon Lip Butters (well I only got one since all the other colors left were straight-up brown!) and can now safely add them to the list of good makeup products available at the drugstore.

Note: that's good--not terrific, or even great. Just good.

Revlon calls these lip butters, "A buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips",

Now I can't deny the first part--the butters are creamy, well pigmented, and the sheen they leave is a nice halfway between a satin finish and a gloss. They go on very smoothly and are the kind of product you can just throw in your purse and slick on whenever you want.

But to call them lip balms is not even a stretch--it's just wrong. Maybe they do moisturize the lips on some very small level, but there is a world of difference between a lip balm with color and a lipstick that's creamy. A tinted lip balm tends to sacrifice pigmentation for incredible hydration, and a creamy lip color has to give up some moisturization for more color and/or better staying power. Revlon clearly tried to bridge the gap with these lip butters, but they've only landed in the creamy lipstick category.

There's something a bit off-putting about the way these lip butters are "moisturizing"--they feel almost heavy and waxy on the lips, and the finish is a bit of an unsettling stickiness. That sounds stupid, I know, but I expect stickiness from a lip gloss so that's not uncomfortable, but everything else about how creamy and smooth these products are makes the tackiness really weird. It's just not what you would expect from that sort of lip product, so even though it's not as sticky as a standard lip gloss would be, the way the butters are tacky on your lips is just as uncomfortable. (Does that make any sense?--It's 3 am and I have a turkey hangover.)

The best example of a creamy, moisturizing lip color that I know of is the NARS Sheer Lip Treatment. Even though they're marketed as sheer, they have just as good color payoff as the Revlon lip butters do, and the finish is infinitely better. (Of course, the NARS one is also three times the price of the lip butters). 

Maybe I wouldn't be disappointed with these if I hadn't heard so much glowing, praising, hype about them. From what I'd read and seen, these lip butters were supposed to be just like my purse staple, the Dior Addict Lip Glow. Unlike the butters, lip glow is a highly moisturizing lip balm with a wash of a really flattering berry-pinkish color. I've done a whole post on it before as well as a more recent one featuring it and the NARS Lip Treatment as really stand-out lip products. In comparison, the Revlon lip butters are simply not nearly as comfortable to wear. That sounds like such a small thing, but it really is an important point and definitely something you notice!

Why, then, am I recommending this I product if I just spent the better part of four paragraphs tearing it down? Because overall, they're not bad. They're certainly not my favorite lip products and are nothing compared to the NARS and Dior ones, but between the color variety and the creaminess of the lip butters, at this price point, they can't be beat. The shade selection Revlon offers is really lovely, from deep reds to light peachy-pinks and brown nudes, definitely suitable for a range of ages and skin tones. 

Bottom line: if you're keeping a close eye on your budget, are willing to put up with a sticky finish and find lipsticks to be too drying, check these out at your local drugstore. (If you can find them, that is. I've been looking for some time and when I finally found them, the color choices were slim pickings!)

I've just realized it's been over two weeks since I've shown any pictures of food on my blog. What has the world come to?! So for your drool-worthy pleasure, here's a shot of our Thanksgiving dessert: warm homemade pecan tarts topped with fresh churned maple ice cream!

Someone couldn't contain himself! =)

Have a terrific weekend!

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