Revlon Lip Butter vs. other sheer lipsticks of the world

Revlon released their new "ColorBurst Lip Butter" lip products in North America a few weeks ago - started off in the USA but they have made their way into Canada now. I'm assuming they'll make their way across the ocean some time early next year.

Everyone seemed to lose their marbles over them.
I'm talking people were hauling like 10 of them in one sitting, displays across the continent were raided within days, etc. I'm a fan of Revlon's regular ColorBurst lipsticks and glosses so I figured I should give these "lip butters" a try. I found them at Superstore, the display looked normal and intact with every shade in stock; maybe because it's a grocery store and people don't really go in with lip products in mind, so check that out first if you're in Canada... they're $8.99 there. The colour I picked up is "Creme Brulee", a wearable beige/brown-based nude. It was the one I knew for sure I would wear the most out of all the other offerings.

Aaaaaand I'm here to tell you to take it easy and don't run over that old lady in the parking lot on your way to raid the display because...
*takes deep breath and prepares to run for cover*
they're really not that special.


Let me start by getting the main thing that bothers me about them off my chest - their name. I'm not sure about you, but when someone tells me "lip butter" I instantly imagine a creamy, hydrating, soft-textured item. Something that improves the condition of my lips and makes them soft and moisturized after it sinks in. The Revlon "lip butters" do none of that.
They're basically a semi-sheer lipstick with a glossy finish. They don't leave your lips any more hydrated than they were when you first apply it, so don't be misled by the name. They actually made my lips feel rather dry after the initial glossiness fades.

Now considering them a sheer lipstick with a glossy finish, which is what they actually are, I thought I'd compare the texture, finish and application with other similar lip products I already own.

So, from left to right we have: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion ($32), 17 Mirror Shine lipstick in Beehive (UK drugstore product), Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee ($8.99 at drugstores & more), YSL Rouge Pure Shine #26 Natural Beige ($30) and Dior Addict lipstick in Singulier ($28).


Packaging-wise, the Lip Butter without the lid reminds me of the Dior Addict design with the sleek silver, which is nice.


Scent-wise the Revlon smells like some sort of dessert with a hint of plastic, YSL smells like peaches/melon, Chanel smells like roses, Dior has absolutely no scent and the 17 lipstick smells like plastic.

Colour-wise, the Creme Brulee Revlon Lip Butter is most similar to my YSL Rouge Pure Shine in #26. The YSL glides on a bit more smoothly and is a touch more glossy as you can see in the photo.


Now let's see them all against each other:
From left to right - Dior, 17, Revlon, YSL, Chanel.


The pigmentation of them is all good, but keep in mind that different colours in the ranges may be more sheer/more opaque than others. The ones I happen to own all are quite comparable (since I'm not exactly the most adventurous when it comes to lip colours as you can tell!)

If I had to rank them from most pigmented to least I'd say:
1. YSL #26
2. Revlon "Creme Brulee"
3. Chanel "Evasion"
4. Dior "Singuliere"
5. 17 "Beehive"

In terms of smoothness of application, Dior Addict and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine win hands down. They are also the least drying. You can see that they applied smoothly and evenly on my hand while the Revlon, 17 and YSL went on a bit more uneven and grainy in some parts.

top to bottom: Dior Addict, 17 Mirror Shine, Revlon Lip Butter, YSL Rouge Pure Shine, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
YSL Rouge Pure Shine is the most glossy, followed by the 17, Dior, Chanel and Revlon who were all pretty even in second place.
In terms of drying-ness (totally not a word but you know what I mean), Chanel Coco Shines and Dior Addict are the least drying and left my lips rather comfortable throughout. The other 3 (Revlon, YSL and 17) all leave my lips slightly dry as they wear out - I'd recommend applying a lip balm and then the lipstick as you reapply throughout the day for the best results.

So, there we have it - my take on the uber popular Revlon Lip Butter.
I think it's a good product, especially in terms of price and colour selection. It performs well against its more high end counterparts - but if you are like me and prefer quality over quantity, treat yourself to a Dior Addict/Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick instead for a similar effect but superior performance... or maybe add one to your Christmas list :)