Saturday, April 14, 2012

Batty For Butter

These wretched Revlon Lip Butters. They targeted both the lip product fiend and hoarder in me. I may have gone a little overboard. When I saw they were buy one, get one free at Priceline, all restraint flew out the window. Truth be told, I had been waiting for the sale for a couple of weeks. I stalked my local Priceline in advance, to pick out all the colours I wanted. Then came the agonising deliberation about which I should buy and which I should leave behind. I finally narrowed it down to 6, but my resolve started weakening when I saw reviews and swatches from Australian and UK bloggers (where these have been recently released) of other shades that I hadn't picked. So I started thinking again...

In the end, I decided I would rather chastise myself for shameful levels of self-indulgence, than have that awful feeling of overriding dissatisfaction because my collection felt lacking. I somehow managed to pull off a pretty miraculous feat in not buying a single light pink colour. Cupcake and Strawberry Shortcake particularly called out to me, but I convinced myself that if experience was anything to go by, they just wouldn't work for me. In hindsight, I probably could've swapped one of the berry/plummy/darker shades for a baby pink. For more variety, if nothing else.




These are really a triumph of marketing and packaging. Not saying that the product inside isn't good, because for the most part, I'm actually fairly impressed. But the reality is, the colours and formula are hardly revolutionary. They've just been expertly crafted into an attractive collection of 20 shades, with sophisticated packaging, scrumptious names and Emma Stone as the poster girl. The online community certainly played a part in generating major hype, which I bought into with zeal.

These Lip Butters vary in terms of creaminess (or "butteriness"), and pigmentation. Generally, the ones with glitter (like Peach Parfait and Berry Smoothie) are less smooth and creamy than the ones without. Some of the darker shades (Lollipop, Raspberry Pie, Cherry Tart) are more or less standard lipsticks, but with more moisturising properties. Pigmentation can be built up with any of the shades. Peach Parfait is to me the most wearable, though I'm not a fan of the glitter and you need a couple of swipes to get any colour. Of the brigher shades, I love Sweet Tart and Cherry Tart.

 l-r: Creamsicle, Peach Parfait, Tutti Frutti, Sweet Tart, Lollipop, Raspberry Pie, Berry Smoothie, Cherry Tart

l-r (first row, then second row): Creamsicle, Peach Parfait, Tutti Frutti, Sweet Tart

Creamsicle The one nude that I chose. It looked a lot better on me than Crème Brulee, which was too brown. It's too similar to my skin tone though, so not the most flattering colour. This one, for some reason, smells absolutely heavenly though, like cookie dough ice cream.

Peach Parfait I'd love this more if it weren't so sheer and loaded with gold glitter, because it really is a pretty and easy to wear peachy pink. I think it looks better with at most 2 coats, heavier application results in the glitter becoming almost gritty and the colour a more gold-flecked deep guava.

Tutti Frutti I wasn't going to get this initially, as I have too many coral lipsticks already. But every swatch I saw made me want to have it regardless. This is a very bright orange, bordering on neon if built up in intensity. I like it best lightly applied, any more and I find the orange clashes with my skin tone.

Sweet Tart One of my favourites, it was sold out at the first store I went to, so I had to search for it elsewhere. If you combined Berry Smoothie and Lollipop, then added a touch of bright pink, you'd get something similar to Sweet Tart. Definitely a more flattering pink than the lighter shades in the range, I appreciate that it doesn't make my lips look purple.

 l-r (first row, then second row): Lollipop, Raspberry Pie, Berry Smoothie, Cherry Tart

Lollipop Similar to Sweet Tart and Raspberry Pie, I feel that these three are slight variations on each other and it's not necessary to have them all. This is a pinky fuchsia that is darker and more purple than Sweet Tart, and lighter and less pigmented than Raspberry Pie.

Raspberry Pie Quite dark, vampy, raspberry-toned fuchsia, brighter berry hues than Lollipop, which is lighter but slightly more purple. Excellent pigmentation, very buttery in texture, though not sure when I'd actually wear this. Needs only two coats to create a dramatic lip. Leaves a nice berry red stain.

Berry Smoothie On the sheer side, this is Peach Parfait's darker, more berry twin. Another glittery shade, but a very wearable, everyday colour, albeit a little bit more plummy than I'd like.

Cherry Tart Despite the glitter, this is one of the most flattering shades of red that I own. The right level of brightness, not too blue-based, good level of pigmentation but sheer enough for daytime wear.

Just echoing what's been said before, but one major complaint about these is that you don't get much product for the price. There's only 2.55g of product, compared with 4.2g for a Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick and 3.7g for a ColorBurst lipstick, which these are packaged very similarly to. Seems like a bit of a stingy move by Revlon. At least now, I may very well finally finish up a whole lipstick.

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  1. I have all those colours but Creamsicle and Raspberry Pie. I'm the same with you about Peach Parfait - it's nice but too glittery! Berry Smoothie is my favourite for everyday, just slightly darkens and enhances my natural lip colour. Sweet Tart is my other favourite! And Lollipop! Okay fine maybe I like all of them haha. I did my post back in Feb here :) http://en-ce-moment.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/revlon-lip-butters-and-urban-decay.html
    It does such that there isn't much product, I'm still considering getting backups of my favourites while the sale is on.. lol so bad but so tempting!

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    1. Lol thanks for linking me to your entry, I was curious to read about which ones you got! :) The BOGOF deal is pretty amazing, I do recall last year Priceline had the same deal on lip and nail products for Revlon when they were having their beauty bag promotion, but not ever again for the whole year. Till now. So maybe buying a backup wouldn't be such a bad idea, especially if you've used up quite a bit of the product.

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  2. They look so nice! I can't wait for They to be available in Italy xxx

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    1. I wonder when they'll be released! Hopefully sometime soon :)

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  3. I agree with you on tutti frutti - every swatch that I see, it screams a must-have for me cause I'm also a big fan of coral/orange-y lip colours. :P I haven't caught these on sale yet, but i'm hoping to pick up a few colours soon! The lip colours that you picked up looks good on you :)

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    1. It is a really nice summery shade and actually quite unique in that it's more of a true orange without any red or pink tones. Hopefully you catch them on sale soon :)

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  4. I love these! Great swatches - I really want Berry Smoothie now, but I already have 6 and I promise myself that was it! S xx

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    1. Hehe I'd be the last to know anything about self-restraint when it comes to these :p I'm sure the colours you already have are all lovely though :)

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  5. Tutti Frutti looks so pretty! I wonder if we'll ever get these lip butters in my country...

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Not sure about Revlon outside of the US/Australia/UK, but hopefully they will be released! They're a really nice product, though possibly overhyped. Depends on your expectations and whether you're a fan of lip products in general :)

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  6. all of them look sooooooo pretty! I envy you! revlon lip butters dont come to germany ://

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    1. Thanks Pam :) I've heard from you that there's no Revlon in Germany, which I always thought was so odd as I was under the impression Revlon was available globally. I guess there's always Ebay, but I'm sure you have a lot of really nice lip products already which are close enough to these Lip Butters :)

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  7. Sweet Tart is definitely my fave, as well. Sososo pretty. Lollipop is nice too.

    You're making me want to buy one of these when I was adamant that I wouldn't! lol

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    1. Haha, don't let me pollute your thinking :p Sweet Tart is a definite favourite, I was so mad when it was sold out in the first batch of these I bought. If it hadn't been, I probably would've stuck to my initial plan of 6, hehe.

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  8. beautiful colors! I want all of them :-) too bad they aren't available in here ;/

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    1. It's hard not to want to collect them all :)

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  9. I actually really like the lip butters. Although I think the lighter shades really are too sheer and give very very little pigmentation. My favourite is Lollipop. You should definitely try Strawberry Shortcake, that one's great!

    http://belle-blossom.blogspot.com

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    1. Don't say that, I really want Strawberry Shortcake now :p I'm so easily swayed!

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  10. your photos are so pretty!
    i really wanted sweet tart but i'm pretty sure its sold out everywhere... :(

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    1. Thank you :) It was sold out in the first store I went to, and there was only one more left in the second store I went to, which I pounced on. Maybe they'll restock? Hopefully you'll find it! But I honestly think that Berry Smoothie and Lollipop make Sweet Tart :p

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  11. Berry Smooth is the niced!!! Want to have that;)

    Wanna follow each other? I start right now;)

    Kisses from Berlin

    www.amihipnow.com

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    1. It is definitely a really wearable, everyday shade :) Followed you!

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  12. Berry smoothie is my favorite. I have the Creme brûlée thinking it would be a nice nude but not on me, I look like I am sick. May try creamsicle as you suggested. Yes I know, when there is a good sale on, kind of throw your logical plan away.

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    1. Creme Brulee is a little tricky to wear, I generally need my nude colours to have some pink or peach to them otherwise I look very washed out and sallow. Creamsicle is definitely still a nude on my lips, but it has a bit of peach in it, which is nice. Haha, I'm glad we can relate when it comes to sales :)

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  13. I picked up two today in my Priceline haul! Very pleased with them, they are just gorgeous!

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    1. I saw in your recent post :) Glad that you like them!

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  14. It IS difficult to say no to buying a whole stack of lip butters. The sale at Priceline is very enticing. For the sake of my bank balance I had to remind myself that they are most likely going to be part of Revlon's permanent range and will therefore be part of a bigger and better sale somewhere down the track (hopefully!). So there's no rush.

    Tutti Fruiti and Cherry Tart look divine on you. But you probably already know that given that you have a huge collection of coral lipsticks and you also listed Cherry Tart as one of your favourites!

    It's interesting to see just how different the shade look on different people. You're making me reconsider a few shades that I didn't think much of when I swatched them!

    A very nice post hun.

    Courtney
    Such A Beautiful Sight

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    1. I admire your thinking - very rational :p It's good that they are part of their permanent line, at least there's no fears of shades being limited edition. I think both Tutti Frutti and Cherry Tart would look amazing on you :) My lips are fairly pigmented, so colours possibly show up more brown/purple, unless it's a really bright and pigmented colour in the first place (like Tutti Frutti and Cherry Tart :p). If you can get yourself to a Priceline, you can always try out the whole collection with the testers they have. Thanks for reading as always Courtney :)

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  15. These look lovely on you :) All the colours really suit you :)
    Gorgeous!

    Laura xoxo

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    1. Thank you Laura :) Not sure when I'd wear some of the more pigmented and darker shades, but they're still nice to have. I'm sure all the shades would look lovely on you.

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  16. Wow wow wow! haha. Okay, I understand actually. I do hoard other stuff, especially blushes.

    You should try the Maybelline Colour Sensational too! Awesome translucent packaging, and the quality is mad good. Oh, but that's a true lipstick, not the same type as Revlon Lip Butter and Rouge Coco Shine.

    ahhem, I almost wanted to buy every single Maybelline Colour Sensational. I ended getting one from each tone, red, plum, pink and nude. =PPPP

    I only have one Revlon butter... I think I am at a stage in life that I prefer thick pigmented true lipstick. But I couldn't resist the hype and decided to try one.

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    1. Lol, I know, I really went all out :p As for the Maybelline Colour Sensational lipsticks, I think they released a new line of those? I really like the mango shade, and there was a pink one that caught my eye as well. I have a couple of the lipsticks, in Plaza Pink and some purple shade which unfortunately wasn't that flattering on me. Which Lip Butter do you have? :)

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  17. amazing collection. i am so jealous! cherry tart looks like the perfect tint for me xx

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    1. Do try it if you get the chance, it's a lovely red that's wearable for everyday :)

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  18. THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST!!! OMGGGG. I am definitely going to Priceline tomorrow to grab this deal before it ends. :D Which alternatively means that I wouldn't have to wait for shipping and I could re-analyse which colours to cultivate in buying (as well as excluding the restricted circumstances that prevents me from swapping colours on that ebay link I blogged about, and worry less that I'm buying too much/less of the butters).

    I can't believe I wasn't even aware of this sale, since I went there just on Thursday to buy a face cleanser product. T__T Btw, all the colours are overwhelmingly perfect on you! Great selections. :) xx

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    1. You're welcome! :D Glad that you found it helpful in any way. Let me know which shades you pick, better still, make a blog entry :) I always prefer to buy stuff in physical stores if I can, though sometimes I have no choice but to resort to online shopping. It's always good to be able to swatch the shades in person and test them out. Hopefully you manage to get all the shades that you want when you do pop into Priceline.

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  19. wow after seeing this post.. I definitely want to try these out. It seems like everyone has been buying them haha

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    1. I'm a big sucker for hype :p These aren't super duper special or anything, but I love Revlon lip products (and lip products) in general, so I had to build up a collection :)

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  20. Love the colors!

    Thx for your kind comment =)

    I'm a new follower.

    Kiss,
    Laura

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    1. Glad you like them. Followed you back :)

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  21. oh my goodness! you got all of them? lucky girl!!

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    1. Not all in the whole range, but most :p I need to go on a shopping ban...badly.

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  22. You got all of them, so lucky, I love mine xx


    www.misslv.com

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    1. I was thinking of the shades you blogged about. Really wanted to get a light pink but I had to remind myself they generally look terrible on me :p

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  23. I am obsessed with these! Raspberry pie is my favorite:) i want to get berry smoothie next. your pictures are such good quality, great post.

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    1. Thank you :) I'm obsessed as well (evidently, lol). Raspberry Pie is such a luscious shade and Berry Smoothie is a great everyday colour :)

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  24. These are awesome! They're all so pretty but Raspberry Pie is my favorite. :)

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    1. Glad you like them Laura :) Raspberry Pie is pretty striking, I'm sure it'd look fab on you.

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  25. love these colors! especially lollipop and raspberry pie

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    1. They have such a varied range of shades, I really couldn't limit myself :p Lollipop and Raspberry Pie are very similar :)

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  26. This is one of the best reviews I've seen for these Lip butters! I've been waiting for a sale as well, and I really like how the coral one looks on you! My skin is a similar color to yours so it was VERY helpful! Thank you :)

    -Lisa
    The Lovely Memoir

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    1. Awww, thanks for that sweet and encouraging comment :) Hopefully there's a sale where you live soon for these. Tutti Frutti is a great summery shade, I'm sure it'd look gorgeous on you!

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  27. i love sweet tart on you. this is my favorite, too!
    i think i need to get berry smoothie as well.
    i really liked some of the colors of these but then i find myself not reaching for half of them. oh well.. ;p

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    1. I know what you mean, I really doubt when I'd reach for some of the plummier/darker shades. But I couldn't resist buying them anyway. Sometimes it's just nice to own something and have it in your possession, even if you might not use it all that much. It's a problem :p

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  28. Gorgeous picks! I would have picked all the same colours for myself as well :) And I must say that you shouldn't feel badly about getting 8 - they were on SALE! Who can turn that down! Sweet Tart looks absolutely DIVINE on you.

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    1. Haha, I'm such a sucker for both hype and a sale. The two combined are deadly for my self-restraint :p But thanks for making me feel a bit better about it :) Glad to hear we have really similar tastes.

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  29. Hi, I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the versatile blogger award :) xx

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    1. Aww, thanks for the nomination, and for stopping by and letting me know :)

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  30. Hey your blog is so great that I nominated you in my Versatile Blogger Award, go check it out on my page! :D

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    1. Thank you so much :) I'll go have a look right now.

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  31. amazing swatches! These are some of the best photos I've seen of this product! What camera do you use??

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    1. Thank you, that's very sweet of you to say :) I use a Nikon D40 :D

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  32. I've wanted a couple Lip Butters ever since they came out, but I haven't picked up any yet. I wish the everyday shades like Peach Parfait and Berry Smoothie didn't contain glitter. Do you find the glitter annoying, or is it tolerable?

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    1. I wish that too, not sure why they loaded them with so much glitter. They would be so much better without it. I don't like the glitter but I can live with it. However, if you have an aversion to glitter in your lip products, stay far away :p

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  33. These are great for a quick throw in the bag kind of day. Cute blog <3

    cocovanabeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. They are, which is part of the reason why I wanted to collect so many :p Thank you, followed you :)

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  34. I'm so sad that Revlon isn't sold in Denmark because I want some of the lipbutters sooo bad!

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  35. Ohmigosh I want them all!!

    I was at my local priceline yesterday and they were out of Sweet Tart and Tutti Frutti which I was aiming for! I hope they'll restock soon cause I'm lusting after them after checking out your review!! =P

    ♡ M.May

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  36. Oooh the lip butters are so pretty! Sweet Tart and Cheery Tart are especially lovely and look great on you! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  37. I know what you mean about preferring to go all out and deal with spending a lot of money over not getting what you really want to 'collect'. That's me all over.

    Kicking myself I got Peach Parfait instead of Berry Smoothie. x

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  38. I am in LOVE with these lipsticks, soo buttery! They feel amazing on the lips!
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    -Imani Love

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  39. it is just unfortunate how pricey there are in this hemisphere of the world! That and the amount you're getting! Not to mention how you need to reapply these far more frequently than lipsticks!

    Then again they are so easy to wear, smooth and moisturizing! I've got one so far and hope for a few more in the future! Have fun wearing them! :))

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  40. Target's have a BOGOF with these this week- your swatches are so very persuasive! I've just spent a fortune (relative) online, I don't need these! But Tutti Frutti looks so nice applied sheerly: I'm sold on that one! I'm having a hard time choosing between Berry Smoothie and Cherry Tart for the second one! x

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  41. These are my favourite lipstick! I have a little collection of my own too. I've never finished any lipstick case as quickly as I have with these! LOVE THEM!!

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