Product Review: Revlon Lip Butters (+swatches).
I’ll try not to make this an in-depth review of these just because- let’s be honest, there are hundreds of reviews out there on these right now. I am going to give my personal insight and mention some things that I do like about these Lip Butters and give full-on descriptions on the shades that I got so far. Thus being said- without regret, I am proud to say that I jumped on the Revlon Lip Butter Craze/Buzz that has been going around our beauty community for the past 2 months or so. It took me a while to give into these Lip Butters for various of reasons: 1.) I could barely find any in my local drugstores or there were few shades left on display that I didn’t care for. 2.) The price. I found it hard to come around paying $8 for a drugstore lipstick/ tinted lip balm. 3.) I have way tooo many lipsticks & lip products in general- I knew it wasn’t necessary for me to purchase more.
Things took an unexpected turn on a given Sunday- when I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond with my mom (and there’s a Harmon section/dept. that carries drugstore items for a very reasonable/ discounted price) & saw that they actually had a full display of these bad girls waiting for me to fawn over them. I was excited to see that they actually had a wider selection of colors than they had at the drugstores that I usually go to… but what excited me the most was that they were on sale for $5.79. So, of course I jumped on the opportunity to try a couple of their shades out. I had previously seen reviews and swatches from several beauty gurus and already had in mind which shades to invest in (that would obviously interest me and match/go with my daily looks). So I picked up three different shades:
Brown Sugar: a nude beige with a sheer caramel finish.
Berry Smoothie: a neutral subtle pink, with a slight golden mauve undertone.
Candy Apple: a bright, deep coral-opalescent red.
I wanted to get one color of each category (nude, pink, red) to try these lip butters out and to see how I would like them with my daily looks and to be honest with you, I was in love with these. They really did go on smooth and felt buttery on my lips (in a very good way) and the color pay-off was that of a regular lipstick. Candy Apple wore longer than most of the red lipsticks that I own and looked great paired with lipliner! Berry Smoothie was one of the initial colors that I wanted to get because it was in most of the reviews that I read prior to purchasing these and it was described as being a very wearable pink- which it is! It looks so natural with my lip color and I am absolutely in love with the glossy finish it has as well. The color that surprised me the most was Brown Sugar only because I was afraid that it was going to look a little too brown on me, but I’m glad that it had a nice lustre texture (finish) to it and it complemented my neutral eyes very well.
The other night I went out with my sister because we were initially going to go get some ice cream at Rite Aid, but ended up buying beauty products instead. I came across some of the other colors that I wanted to try that weren’t offered at Harmon (BB&B) and I was excited to see that they actually had “Lollipop,” the first color that I actually wanted to get as a lip butter. The only difference with this purchase was that each lip butter was retailed at it’s original price (~$7.49) & I had to bring myself to fork over $22 for 3 lipsticks… but it was totally worth it at the end because I was very pleased with the shades that I chose and like to think of these lip butters as a useful investment in my makeup collection. I went with 2 more pinks and one more red:
Sweet Tart: a neon pink with slight golden/coral undertone.
Lollipop: a sheer hot pink with a blue undertone (or duochrome).
Red Velvet: A deep crimson- velvet red.
Overall, I must say that I am truly satisfied with my lip butter purchases and can see why they’re a big deal now. They glide on smooth, make your lips feel soft, the color payoff is impressive, they don’t smell or taste funny- the formula in general is just great and very moisturizing for your lips. On another note- I also like the packaging because it is very sleek and cute; I love how the caps correspond with each color that you get. I love the amount of product that you get in each lip butter (which almost justifies the price you’re paying). I would definitely repurchase more in different shades and hope that they keep coming out with different colors! Sorry that this actually turned out longer than I expected it to be! I hope this was helpful! :)
Product Review: ELF Mineral Infused Mascara.
ELF Mineral Infused Mascara
Available at Target, eyeslipsface.com- $3
Product Claims and Description:
Provide your eyelashes with the beneficial effects of minerals with this mineral-infused mascara from ELF. The colored mascara works to define your eyelashes and make them stand out while the minerals work to make your eyelashes stronger. Mineral Infused Mascara creates fuller, healthier looking lashes. It enhances lashes for a naturally thicker and more volumized look. The long-wear formula and unique silicone brush creates clump free and defined lashes that last all day.
This mineral infused mascara is part of ELF’s Studio line that retails for $3 to $5 & for the most part, most of their products from their Studio Line have been great. However, I’m just going to be straight-forward and get to the point with this product: I did not like it, at all. I honestly tried to make it work for me, but this mascara was not cutting it for me. The formula was too wet and goopy, the brush did not separate my lashes nor added any volume or length to my lashes. If anything, it actually clumped my lashes together and when I tried separating them or comb them out with the wand (without adding anymore product) it just smeared on to my eye or just got worse. I was really disappointed in the performance of this mascara. I really had high hopes for it, because everything that I had tried in the Studio line has worked for me magnificently, but this mascara just fell short and did not meet up it’s standards or claims.
Things that could have made this mascara better would be the formula itself. If it had the right balance of moisture, I think it could live up to it’s expectations and give a better performance. As well as the brush/wand… the bristles were too short for my taste. If the bristles were a bit longer and fuller, I think this mascara would be awesome and deliver and live up to it’s expectations. Overall, I would not look into repurchasing this mascara again, unless there were changes in the formula or the wand.
I would give this mascara 1 out of 5. Sorry :/
If any of you lovelies have tried this mascara and think otherwise, please let me know if it worked for you!