The hype surrounding these part-balm, part-lipstick hybrids was off the charts when they launched in 2012, but not even Esteé and her infectious love for them could persuade me to give Lip Butters a try. The quilted, opaque packaging came in strong shades that I found really off-putting – the sugary pink colours in particular looked a bit cheap and too intense for the sheer ‘buttery’ shine that was promised.
But then one day after work I found myself without a pot of Rosy Vaseline or Rimmel Colour Rush Balm, and dangerously close to Superdrug, so I figured I’d see what all the fuss was about. Parting with £7.99, I chose the shade Candy Apple, a bright, slightly orange toned red.
Despite the claim that this is a sheer product, I found Candy Apple to be vibrant, creamy and intense shade – the photo below perhaps doesn’t quite do it justice. Obviously I can’t speak for the other Butters as I haven’t tried them, but I was pleasantly surprised at the punch Candy Apple packs, so much so that I repurchased it when it was on offer a few weeks ago (£5 in Superdrug – go, go, go!). My only issue is that the bullet is so soft that the casing can get quite mucky quite quickly, but that’s perhaps to be expected with this kind of formula.