Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple & Tutti Frutti – Review and Swatches
Okay so…I have my bullet and angry-word proof armor on for this review. I’ve never been so afraid to post a review in my LIFE. …Except for that one time I bashed WoW but that’s a completely different medium. That may or may not be a spoiler for my feelings on the oh-so-popular and highly-reviewed Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves….
Lip Butters tend to run about $7.49 USD in most drugstores and online venues where they are sold. I’ve seen them on the occasional sale for $6 USD but never below that. They are available in a WHOPPING 20 shades! 20!!! However, for quite a while now it’s been pretty hard to find all the shades available in store. I’ve only seen 3-4 shades at any given time in store and about 8 of the shades in total. That’s what happens when products reach cult status!
This is some really nice packaging for a drug store product. The quilted, color-matching exterior is a nice nod to higher end brands. The top of the tubes are clear so you can actually see the bullet without having to open the product. The body of the tubes themselves are sturdy and sleek, turning easily and smoothly. It’s definitely one of my favorite packaging formats for drugstore lip products in a long time.
Above are the official color swatches for the Lip Butters. And below are mine
Tutti Frutti’s promo images are completely spot on. I love it! Candy Apple’s are a bit off IMO. The shade has quite a bit of orange tint to it that doesn’t really translate in the promo shots.
Here is where this product fell flat on its face for me. Yes, they’re a lip butter (balm) and they aren’t going to be pigment packed. At least…that’s what I started off thinking. But what happened to the big bold red of the Candy Apple promo with Emma Stone? Or the dreamy opaque Peach Parfait promo image with the same actress? The images for this product make it seem like it’ll be a fully pigmented lippie and…it’s just not.
For a balm these are well pigmented. But if you’re expecting the results shown in the promo images? Pfffft don’t bother.
I will admit. Other ladies have gotten this to work much better on their lips. But I’d say it’s a pass for anyone with lips anywhere near as pigmented as mine.
The bullets of the Lip Butters remind me rather distinctly of MAC Sheen Supremes. They’re not as solid as similar products on the market (ie: Maybelline Baby Lips’ bullets felt much sturdier than the Lip Butter bullets.) Thus I felt that I had to be a bit careful in my application. I have heard of these melting when being shipped from place to place and I concur that they don’t stand up remarkably well to heat. I’ve made sure to keep mine nice and cool.
Because of that, application isn’t quite as swipe and go as I like. I have to use a softer amount of pressure than is natural to my heavy-handed self. The color can build up to about two-three layers depending on the state of my lips and doesn’t get any deeper after. It can clump on my lips and on dry patches so I stick to two layers.
Oh yes. I have been using a clear lip liner when I wear these because the color bleeds. Sigh.
The lip butters go about 1-2 hours on me if I don’t eat or drink. That’s what i’d expect from a gloss or balm, which this product is kind of a hybrid of as they have a sheen to their finish.
They disappear from my lips in the blink of an eye if I do either one. It’s pretty disappointing. Given the care I have to take to apply these with they just aren’t as long-lasting as i’d like them to be.
Revlon claims that their product is a “Buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips.” And that, “94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated.” Honestly? These aren’t the most hydrating lip product ever. I’d hesitate to call them a balm at all. And while the bullet is soft, the result is less buttery and more oily on my lips. I’ve been using these for about 2 weeks now and i’ve seen no improvement on my lips. These are a cosmetic IMO, not a balm or lip treatment and it should not be promoted as such.
That’s right. I don’t like them. I’ll be using these up because they’re solid everyday shades for lazy runs to the outside world, but I don’t plan on picking up any more. They’re a mediocre product that’s been falsely advertised and doesn’t provide nearly enough wear or healing to replace anything in my current collection.
Color Accuracy: 8/10
Overall: 71.6 % (C-)
Let the stoning begin!