Average Rating 4.0/5
Review by spinthedeck
So I got sucked in by all the hype & all the pretty colors & ended up trying 5 shades. Since I generally prefer gloss to lipstick, I thought these lip butters would be a happy compromise. Shade Selection/Formula: The shade selection is wonderful, especially the reds, and I like that you can see the color through the clear plastic window on the cap which makes comparing shades a lot easier. The formula is okay, not the best nor the worst; I guess when I hear “lip butter” I expect a super emollient formula with a glossier finish. These are creamy like a lipstick, but just not as moisturizing as expected; Cotton Candy, Sugar Plum & Red Velvet felt glossier than Sweet Tart & Candy Apple, so it may just depend on the shade? Shades Tested: The 5 shades I tried definitely range in terms of pigment: Cotton Candy = light; Sugar Plum & Sweet Tart = medium; Candy Apple & Red Velvet = heavy. (From the online swatches I found, it appears that the lighter shades are generally less pigmented & sheerer than the brighter/darker colors.) My surprise faves are Candy Apple, a warm orange-toned red that is unbelievably flattering to my pale skin & Red Velvet, a deep brownish brick-red that is simply stunning. I usually shy away from reds b/c I’m so pale, but both of these reds are amazing. Cotton Candy is a pretty light shimmery cool-toned pink, but you have to really layer it on to get it to show up. I found that Sugar Plum (medium plum) & Sweet Tart (bright warm-toned pink) look best when lightly applied, blotted w/a tissue & then applied lightly again; they each entered garish old-lady territory when I applied too heavy a layer. Cons: I’m constantly drinking water, so staying power is only a/b 1 hr for me, although after the color has worn off, it leaves a light stain on the lips which does look pretty. As with lipstick & brighter/deeper shades of gloss, I found that the lip butters settled into any patches of dry skin on the lips, so I make sure I gently exfoliate using a damp washcloth or my toothbrush prior to application. Bottom Line: While I think that these lip butters are for the most part overhyped/overrated, if you can score a couple on sale they may be a fun way to try out a new shade, especially red, since you can control the intensity of the color by how lightly/heavily you apply. I'd definitely repurchase Candy Apple & Red Velvet, but probably not the others.