What beauty addict never heard of the Revlon lip butter? Pigmented like a lipstick, moisturizing like a lip balm and with a glossy finish. Beauty addicts all around the world tried them and most of them loved them. As a response to that, many companies such as L'Oréal and Maybelline created their own answer to the product. But do they measure up to the lip butter?
First contestant: Maybelline color whisper in Rose of attraction.
Maybelline describes the product as pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel no heavy waves or oils, soft sexy gel color.
This shouldn't be called a color whisper but a color silence. It barely does anything. I have chronically dry lips no matter what I do and this moisturize okay but nothing sensational. The pigmentation is barely existent, the packaging is a copy of the revlon lip butter with the same flaws (I will get back to that) and the writing is rubbing of. I wore it this morning with my coffee and after one hour there was nothing left. It is so light weight that it just doesn't adhere properly to lips. It's not an offensive product, but it just doesn't do anything. There is a slight shimmer in the finish. For the price it isn't worth it.
staying power: 0/5
Moisturizing ability 3/5
Overall result: 1.5/5
On lips (sorry for the dry patch, but it shows how thin the product is)
Second contestant: L'Oréal Rouge caresse in Cherry and sassy
L'Oréal describes this product as a flutter of kissably soft light-weight feeling colour. Its delicate texture glides onto lips creating a veil of colour with a luminous shine.
This product is the most expensive one of the contestant. The packaging is the best of the three, easy to hold and with a transparent cover so that we can see the color. The problem is once again the pigmentation and the staying power. It feels very slippery on the lips and it just doesn't quite stay. The glitter in this product is very pretty and well balanced. I just wish the product would apply a bit thicker on the lips. It's very similar to the maybelline product with a better packaging. I really love the light bright pink glitters in this one but the pigmentation, the price and the staying power will save me from repurchasing.
staying power: 0/5
Moisturizing ability 2/5
Overall result: 1.75/5
Third contestant: Revlon lip butter glitter finish in peach parfait
Revlon describes this product : sheer to medium color with buttery shine.
Revlon lip butters have two finishes a glossy finish and a glitter finish. The glitter finish is very glittery and gritty. I'm not going to focus too much on the color since this is a product battle and not an individual product review but this is a great color for a bronze make up look. It's one of those color that make your lip look bigger. The lipstick feels very nice on the lips and quite ticker than the two other contestant. It's just waxy enough to adhere on the lips without feathering without feeling tacky. The glittery finish is less moisturizing and pigmented that the other finish. It contains a lot of glitter.
staying power: 3/5
Moisturizing ability 4/5
Overall result: 3.5/5
Third contestant : Revlon lip butter glossy finish in sweet tart
The glossy finish (without glitter) is definitely the best finish from the lip butter. The texture is consistent and nicely pigmented. My only problem with the lip butter is that the packaging is hard to open. It's hard to hold the tiny bottom part to open the tub. With the lip butter you can try bright color without being too much. This one is a pretty bright pink but it's still wearable. This finish is the most moisturizing finish of the 4 lipsticks. I gave a better rating as the maybelline lipstick because it is sturdier.
staying power: 3/5
Moisturizing ability 5/5
Overall result: 4/5
The revlon lip butters are the clear winner is this product battle. I would highly suggest to choose a finish without any glitter even though peach perfect is quite pretty on the lips. The darker colors can slightly stain the lips. The L'Oréal and Maybelline lipstick just don't stay on the lips. You would achieve better results by taking a dark lipstick using it as a stain and then butting some lip balms on the lips or just simply use a tinted lip balm.
None of those lipstick are very long wearing, but none of the companies claims that they are. I always carry one of those with me during the day and I take something more pigmented at night.
Here's a swatch of the products.
From left to righ: LB in sweet tart, LB in peach parfait, RC in cherry and sassy, CW in rose of attraction