April 02, 2012

Revlon ColorBurts Lip Butter in Cupcake

New Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter is a softening, smoothing and instantly hydrating** balm for baby soft lips in 20 mouth-watering shiny shades. Each delicious shade contains hydrating properties that decrease the need for constant reapplication -- giving more time to flaunt vibrant lip color. In a study conducted by Revlon, 94%** of women saw a difference in their moisturization! 

  • Pampering gel formula glides on lips butter smooth and instantly hydrates* lips
  • 94%** of women saw a difference in their lip moisturization
  • Medium coverage with a high shine finish
  • Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Coconut Butter naturally boost lip moisture
  • Gives balm-like feel to lips, making lips feel soothed, pampered and conditioned
  • Naturally fragrant with Vanilla Absolute
I don't even understand why I'm so excited for this review - I mean, who has not heard and read a tons of reviews about Revlon Lip Butters? I must be one of the last one to jump on the bandwagon but the reason I waited so long to try these is because these are usually around $9 and from what I have read on blogs, yes they seemed pretty and pigmented, but they did not appear to be the most moisturizing thing around here and also, there seemed to be such little quantity of product for this price.

As I showed you in my latest "haul" post, I finally caved in when these lip butters went on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for only two days for only $3.99. I could not resist to go have a merry swatchfest at my local Shoppers right after the job, but I have been a good girl though and I left with only one! Yes it was hard because I had a hard time making my mind between Cupcake, Cotton Candy and Strawberry Shortcake, but I really wanted to start by trying one of these to decide if they were really worth the hype. 

Let's start with the packaging, which I think is really a hit or miss as from what I have read on blogs, the opinions range from kitschy to classy and fancy. Honestly, a packaging is never a complete deal breaker for me, but I do think this one is cute with the quilted design on the colored cap which resembles the shade of the lip butter, the clear top which allows you to have a peek at the product inside and finally, the sleek metal barrel which contrasts nicely with he plastic cap. 

The plastic cap does click firmly onto the base, however, I don't know if it's just mine that was defective, but the edge of the plastic cap are already a little cracked. Another thing is that the barrel tends to dig a bit in the butter, so you are left with a little mess after a few uses, but it's nothing major as you can pick the excess with your finger and apply it.

L - R: swatched lightly (one swipe) and swatched heavily, in direct sunlight

Cupcake is a pale pink with blue undertones and it does contain few shimmers that are surprisingly not that noticeable once applied on the lips, but I guess they contribute to that beautiful shiny finish. I was surprised at how pigmented Cupcake was as I'm used to apply a few swipes of everything I apply on my lips  - whether it's lipbalm, lipstick or lipgloss - but when applied heavily, Cupcake tends to look a bit neon against my pale skintone. With one light swipe, it's absolutely gorgeous and very wearable though!

L -R: swatched lightly (one swipe) in direct and indirect sunlight

This lip butter is extremely buttery and glides super smoothly on my lips, which is absolutely delightful. The best part of Cucpake to me is that, surprisingly, it doesn't dry out my lips, but it does not moisturize them either, which is a little disappointing because of Revlon's "Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%" claim. For this reason, and also because it tends to cling to dry bits and settle on the lines of my lips, I would not recommend these lip butters if you have very dry and chapped lips to begin with.

I don't think I have used a lip butter before so I was not sure what to expect regarding the lasting power, but I would say it's average, maybe about 2 to 3 hours? Cupcake does leave a slight stain of color behind after it wears off, so I'm guessing that with the darker shades, you will be left with an even nicer stain.

Direct sunlight

As for the scent of Revlon Lip Butters, I can hardly smell something from Cupcake but yes, there is a very, very slight hint of vanilla, but it's nothing like MAC lipsticks, and you have to really sniff the tube to be able to smell something. I personally could not taste anything though.

I have to mention that Revlon Lip Butters are far from being natural - in fact, Revlon chose to use a widespread marketing tactik that Nivea and Covergirl also used for their respective Pure & Natural and NatureLuxe range, which consists of highlighting natural ingredients but, of course, not mentionning the "bad" ingredients. Yes Revlon Lip Butters do contain shea butter and other  beneficial ingredients, but the problem is that they are scattered between chemicals such as Polybutene (first ingredient in the list), Petrolatum, Fragrance, and it also may contain Carmine - yuck!

Swatched heavily in direct sunlight, with nothing else on my face (please don't mind the sexy work uniform!)

Overall, I can't say that Revlon Lip Butters are worth $9 at all as they are not the most moisturizing products around but they are not lipsticks either, and I personally think that $9 is completely insane for such a little quantity of product (.09 oz) that barely lasts more than 2 hours on the lips... but yes, I quite liked my experience with Cupcake, and now I'm eagerly waiting for another sale to pick up some more.


  1. Je l'adore cette couleur là :):)♥

  2. It looks really nice and natural on you. :)

  3. I end up with mess too but I just wipe it off :)

  4. I love these! Creme brûlée has been my favorite so far

  5. I love the lip butters but in order to keep the color you have to keep reapplying them. This color is such a pretty pink!

  6. This is such a girly, pretty pink! <3


  7. Great review! I have read many reviews about them but I still don´t own any Revlon Lip Butters :P

  8. moi aussi jai profiter de ce spécil, car je trouve ridicule payer le plein prix, surtout avec la petite quantité de produit qu'il contient

  9. This color is gorgeous on you!

  10. I am dying to try these! They sound fantastic. XOXO

  11. Hi Gaby! The Revlon Cupcake Lip Butter is a very pretty colour on you :) I like how it can be a sheer wash of colour yet you can also build up on the colour as you showed in your swatch picture. I agree that $9 + tax is a bit pricey for such a small amount of lip product that doesn't last that long. But as you said, I think you got it at a great price at Shoppers Drug Mart and maybe you'll be able to get a couple more of them at that price later on x

  12. I have this color and LOVE IT!!! It is such a pretty pink. It looks great on you too! Lovin the sexy uniform too! lol

  13. love this color on you it looks different me !! looking good girlie loving the hair


  14. I agree they're not the best value for the money but I really like them as sheer-to-buildable lipsticks. I find them much more moisturizing than any other lipsticks I own.

  15. You are rocking that lip color!

  16. The color is so pure and childish, I love it so much!

  17. I love it!! I love the new products that have color and moisturizing properties!

  18. I love that you mentioned the "moisturizing" properties, and the ingredients. A lot of people tend to miss out on that (I totally skipped it too).

    I bought one and it's just bleh to me, I bought one of the brighter ones (Sweet Tart or something) and it didn't even last an hour. Not sure if I would purchase another one either.

  19. @ мιѕѕ.ℓαяα : That's what I do to but it's disappointing to have to do this for the price, it's a waste of product especially since there's not much product in it to start with!

    @Dani: I know, disappointing for the price ):

    @Anik : Absolument! Ridicule!

    @ Sarah S. : I agree, although I wouldn't call them a butter because they don't seem to infuse moisture in my lips, even though they don't dry them out.

    @ Eugenia : Sadly, I don't find it extremely moisturizing ):

  20. Hi thanks for the review, I liked the post. I was curious about the lip butters as they are new, so read your blog very informative and readable. Cheers.

    My blog is http://www.makeupmattify.blogspot.com
    Thanks. Katey.

  21. I heard that Revlon has not been comfirmed that it doesn't test on animals. They maintain being "cruelty free" but still buy igredients from companies that do test. Apparently a company can call themselves "cruelty free" when they themselves don't test on animals. Doesn't say anything about them buying ingredients that aren't cruelty free. Not cool:(

  22. I want to try this one next!!!
    checkout my post on the ones I have

  23. This colours gorgeous! great post :)