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Fight, Fight! Battle of the Balmy Budget Lipsticks: Revlon Lip Butter Vs L’Oreal Rouge Caresse

By Emma | June 29 2012 | 24 Comments

L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick Versus Revlon Lip Butters

These two lip products have made a serious splash in the beauty world this year. Both are hybrid colour and care products that deliver a shot of moisture along with a shiny, semi-sheer finish (read our full reviews here and here!). On paper there’s very little to differentiate between them -  so which one should you go for? Let’s make ‘em fight it out!

Shade Choice: With 10 shades of Rouge Caresse and 20 Lip Butters – 14 of which are available in the UK – Revlon should be the clear winner. But – and this is a pretty huge but – only 7 of those are available in the Irish market! Cue weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.  L’Oreal wins this round.

L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick Versus Revlon Lip Butters

Pigmentation: With both lines, this varies from shade to shade. Some of the lighter colours give a barely there sheen, but the stronger, brighter colours last longer on the lips. I’m particularly impressed with Revlon’s Candy Apple and L’Oreal’s Impulsive Fuchsia shades – both fade to a nice stain that hangs around for up to four hours. This one’s a draw.

Packaging: Ooh, now this one’s contentious – we nearly came to blows when I polled the office on it! The general consensus is that the L’Oreal bullet looks more expensive, but the colourful, quilted Revlon case is quirkier and fun. It’s close, but Revlon just takes this round.

L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick Versus Revlon Lip Butters

Texture:  Both are nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear. The Rouge Caresse lippies glide on for a weightless finish whereas the Lip Butters feel that little bit heavier and thicker on the lips. They’re also softer in the bullet, where the Rouge Caresse shades feel more solid – so less likely to melt or break. Round four to L’Oreal.

Value For Money: Tight again, folks. Rouge Caresse is slightly more expensive, €11.99 to Revlon’s €11.25. But as the Revlon product is softer, you use more and it could run out quicker. And I could be wrong, but it seems as if you get a little more product with the L’Oreal. But they’re the same price in the UK, and that should be the case here too –so this one goes to Revlon. 

The verdict? It’s two-all, but as L’Oreal’s texture just takes the edge, that’s where I’d point you if I had to choose just one. Do yis agree? To the comments with you!

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