The Revlon lip butters were one of those products that literally exploded onto the internet. Beauty bloggers went wild swatching and raving about the tubes of buttery goodness, all while Australia sat back and watched, patiently waiting for them to make their way across the ocean to make contact with our soils (knowing full well that when they did they would be exorbitantly priced). Well they were - at $21.95, in fact - and despite the unbelievable price tag we all bought at least one anyway.
I bought the lip butter in Sweet Tart for half price back when they first came out, though even then I was super late on the bandwagon. Though I really do like it (I actually love the shade) it's not the most practical, every day kind of colour. I have wanted a more everyday colour for so long but just could not handle the crazy price. I was debating whether to get Peach Parfait or Berry Smoothie, and when Priceline was having a buy one get one free sale (it's still going but ends 25th March!) I just went to get both.
That didn't actually happen. When I got to Priceline I got very distracted by the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I have one in the shade Smitten, which is very pretty, but once again it isn't exactly an every day kind of colour. I went to get the shade Honey but when I swatched it I saw it was almost identical to Berry Smoothie. Long story short, I got both the lip butter in Berry Smoothie and the Balm Stain in Romantic for $21.95.
Anyway, back to the story - what do I think of the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie?!
I love it. I love it so much. It is the most beautiful berry colour that's not too bright and not too subtle. It's not too pink and it's not too red. It's just right.
As is the case with all of the lip butters, they are packaged in a classy looking silver tube, covered by a quilted patterned case in the corresponding colour. The top of cover is also clear so that you are able to see the lip product from the top when you are sifting through all those lipsticks you have in your collection!
The shade itself, as mentioned, is a lovely everyday but still somewhat exciting kind of berry shade. It does have a slight amount of shimmer in it but when it is on the lips I haven't noticed it.
The formula, despite being called a lip butter, isn't exactly as moisturising as I had initially thought, although I do wear this all the time and any excessive use of a lip product is bound to dry your lips out. If I apply a lip balm prior to wearing this it lessens the problem, as well as alternating between this and a balm throughout the day.
It is really quite pigmented which is a feature that I like, because it is more pigmented than a tinted lip balm but not as opaque as a lipstick - it's just a good inbetween.
I have had difficulties with the product actually softening to the point where it is a little smushed up in the tube. I'm not sure whether that is because it has been stored in some particularly hot places or whether it is just a soft kind of product.
In terms of lasting power I find that this does quite well as it leaves a bit of a stain once the product appears to have worn off.
Even though these are so crazily priced (especially comparing the prices between America and Australia!) I still feel compelled to purchase more. I love this shade because it is beautiful yet wearable, and already I have had more use of this than Sweet Tart.
I give this 9/10.