Revlon Lip Butters Are Here! But What do we Think of ‘em? Find out Now!

By Beautie | March 7 2012 | 36 Comments

Revlon Lip Butter

Honestly, I don’t think I can remember many launches as hotly anticipated as Revlon’s Lip Butters. I’ve been Tweeted, emailed and commented silly about them, because they’ve been sending our blogging brethren wild in the states where they’ve been available for quite some time.

The promises are big, I’ll grant you: 20 shades of sheer-to-medium colour, a moisture boost of up to 156%, ingredients include mango, shea and coconut butters, a formula that’s an easy-to-apply gel all dickied up in cute non lip balm-style bright packaging.

But before we loose the run of ourselves entirely, lets just hold on to one thing, shall we? These are LIP BALMS. That’s all. Not the second coming of Christ, some amazing skincare to turn back time or a new can-do-anything foundation. LIP BALM, people!

*And breathe*

revlon lip butters

Revlon Lip Butters in Creme Brulee, Strawberry Shortcake, Tutti Frutti and Sugar Frosting

Ok, now we’re calm, lets get down to business. Firstly, Revlon Lip Butters will launch in Ireland on March 12th (and not April as previously thought, though something tells me we might find them in stores from this Friday if we look hard) and will cost €9.60 each.  I had four shades to trial ahead of the launch, so what do I reckon?

revlon lip butters

From top down: Sugar Frosting, Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Tutti Frutti

Here it is in a nutshell: to my mind, Revlon Lip Butters are to lips what BB Creams are to skin. They’re an easy-to-use hybrid product that you can slick on with no expertise needed, no time required with application or worrying about going outside the lines, they have nice hydrating benefits and for those who don’t like or want too much pigment on their lips for day – or who just don’t ever go for the full-on lipstick effect – then they’ll give you enough colour and shine to satisfy some form of a makeup requirement, without looking overdone.

revlon lip butter swatches

One swipe swatches of Creme Brulee,  Strawberry Shortcake,  Tutti Frutti, Sugar Frosting

If you gravitate in general more towards last year’s sheer, shiny lip launches like Rouge Coco Shine et al, rather than the full-on opacity of a matte or creme finish, then chances are you’ll like these.  The texture is much thicker and gloopier than the slick, sheer feeling of a high-end lipstick, so be warned. By no means would I call it a gel as Revlon has done, but it’s not a traditional lipbalm feel either. It is something in between, and as these are very soft, very emollient, be wary of twisting them up too much, as I’d say they’ll snap.

revlon lip butter tutti frutti on the lips

Tutti Frutti on the lips

In wear, yes, they are decently moisturising and deliver a sheer-to-medium result with nice shine. The flipside of that is the colour deposit doesn’t last long so you’ll find yourself reapplying frequently. The amount of colour you get on the lips is also variable across the different shades on offer. Of the ones I’ve tried, Tutti Frutti and Strawberry Shortcake are the nicest, Sugar Frosting is – I am sorry Revlon – vile, being a shimmery, frosty, pinky mare on the lips, and Creme Brulee is a light warm nude. It’s grand – very inoffensive.

So, who are these for?

  • Anyone who absolutely cannot wait to get their paws on ‘em
  • Balm fans
  • Those who love sheer colour as opposed to full-on creme finishes

Are you looking forward to Revlon Lip Butters? What shades are you dying to get?


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36 Replies to "Revlon Lip Butters Are Here! But What do we Think of ‘em? Find out Now!"

  • Lisa says:

    Heh, I knew you’d like Tutti Frutti, I have an Origins lippie that’s very similar so didn’t get it for myself, but nearly bought it for you in America when I saw it. The shades are definitely a mixture of lovely and vile – the pale ones all look horrible. I got Red Velvet (deep winey red) and Pink Truffle (kinda neutral rose pink), which are both very nice. The other reds looked good as well.

    Agree that they’re not the Second Coming, and the texture is a bit peculiar, but I like the shades I’ve got and they’re a good “whack on for work” option.

  • Aifs says:

    I picked up 3 of these in the US – Raspberry Pie, Peach Parfait and Cherry Tart. Peach Parfait is quite sheer but has a pretty shimmer in it. Raspberry Pie is really pigmented which I was surprised at. (They had no testers in Walmart) It’s a very strong pinky berry colour. Cherry Tart is pretty pigmented too. I love the look of Tutti Frutti.

    Maybelline have colour riche Balms out over there too. I’m not sure if they’re available here yet? Picked up one in Plush Plum. They are very sheer but have a nice glossy texture. It feels lighter than the Revlon ones.

  • The build up to these really was fanatical so I was a bit dubious about these!

    They do actually look like the type of lip balm I really like and are a nice alternative to gals like me who prefer a sheer wash of colour to a lipstick!

  • OtherMary says:

    These seem similar to L’Oreal’s Rouge Caresse (probably Colour Riche Balm in the US), which appears to be new, and there is pretty much nothing on the internet about them, a blank page on, and no testers in Boots.

    I have five, I love them. One YouTube review said that Rouge Caresse is more moisturising but less pigmented than Lip Butters. I am thinking of picking up a couple of the darker, brownish shades of Lip Butters.

  • Kirstie says:

    Other Mary – I have 6 rouge caresse shades sittign in front of me right now!

  • Kirstie says:

    Ok have just tried one on, no. Different texture entirely and mm, yummy smell! Much more lipsticky. Will do proper ‘testing’ and report back, faithful style.

  • TGIF says:

    oh i cant wait for these!! they look gorgeous!! loving the strawberry shortcake one – will defo be mine!! kinda scared of full on lipstick so these look perfect!

  • Aifs says:

    OtherMary – Stupid me! My Colour Riche is indeed L’Oreal. The Maybelline one I bought was just a lippy.

  • That tutti frutti looks great on you Kirstie.

  • Ellie70 says:

    I am a ‘proper’ lipstick gal but I have to say that the Strawberry Shortcake looks very nice. Not keen on the frequent touching up though.

  • Sabrina says:

    I’m dying to get my hands on these. Kirstie, the Tutti Frutti looks so nice on you.

  • Hazie says:

    I lick/chew my lips so much, I think this would be gone in minutes.. I’d be reapplying constantly…
    I like the coral one on you, Kirstie, very sweet.

  • ladyjane says:

    Im so excited….It looks very nice on a bit glossier than i was expecting.

  • Kirstie you are like a chameleon with lip colours! They all look great on you.
    I just bought Mac’s Watch Me Simmer as well as the Force of Love lipstick, the latter because it looked so lovely on you.

    Now I need to muster up the courage to wear them!

  • Edelmc says:

    I wonder if these are like clinques almost lipstick. Has anyone tried the almost lipstick range?

  • Kirstie says:

    EdemlMc – no, they’re not. Honestly they are not like a regular lipstick or a balm at all. It’s a very loose texture – very very buttery in fact!!

  • stregalice says:

    Oh, they look so fresh, so spring-y, me wants!
    I’m really tempted but down here Revlon is ridiculously expensive, I’ve seen these lippies at 15€!! :(

  • Sara says:

    Very excited to hear that these are finally launching here! I want them ALL! :P

  • Jess says:

    Has anyone tried the new Carmex moisture, tinted lippy style balms?? Amazing! Comes in a pink, coral and I think a Clear with menthol?? Anywho I bought the pink one a few weeks ago after spying it in boots, and since i love the original i snapped it up (for around a fiver). It smells a bit strong, but quite nice really, and more importantly it fixed my flaky post winter lips, which is a feat coz they were manky looking.

  • Amy says:

    These remind me of the Avon Silky Shine Lipsticks. Name was a bit misleading as they were quite sheer colourwise,definitely more like a balm. They were lovely on though.

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