|L-R Lip Butter in 'Lollipop' and Rouge Caresse in 'Tempting Lilac.'|
Today we are talking about butters, of the lip variety. This year the 'am I a lippy or a balm?' hybrids exploded onto the beauty scene. I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on one of the Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butters as soon as they were released in the UK. However, L'Oreal also realsed their version of the moisturising lipsticks in the form of L'Oreal Rouge Caresse, which quickly gained its very own cult following. I was at a loss as to which to go for, both being highly reccommended and both retailing for £7.99 each from Boots. Luckily for me (not so luckily for my purse) Boots were having their 3 for 2 offer across all beauty brands which meant I could get one of each (and a sneaky extra purchase for three). Bargain. Sort of.
After much 'uming 'arring' and swatching (lots of swatching) I chose two Lip Butters (Macaroon and Lollipop) and one Rouge Caresse (Tempting Lilac). But which do I prefer?
Packaging wise L'Oreal wins hands down. I love the classy packaging which feels so chic when you pull it out of you hand bag. I have few complains about the Lip Butter's packaging, they just aren't to my taste- a bit too gaudy I suppose. The L'Oreal Caresse's also feel much more secure than the Lip Butter's. I'm always worrying one of the Lip Butters may pop out of its case in my handbag and coat the inside with its contents.
I find both the Lip Butters are very soft, this is lovely when applying the colour to your lips however, they are easily squashed if pressed too hard and I have had a few incidents with them melting in the heat of my bedroom. In comparison the Caresse's are more solid and don't melt like ice cubes. I prefer the hydration that the Lip Butters give, but I think this is down to how dry your lips are, as I have heard people say they prefer the Caresse's for their hydration too.
The L'Oreal Rouge Caresse's are much more pigmented than the Lip Butters are and I find they have a lasting power of about 3 hours. More like a lipbalm, the Lip Butter's last 1-2 hours or until you eat or drink anything! I find the Lip Butters transfer a lot more easily onto glass rims and mug edges that the Rouge Caresse.
Value for Money:
Both are valued at £7.99 and contain a similar amount of product. However, I find myself using up more Lip Butter than Caresse in one application to achieve the pigment I want. As the Lip Butters are more 'melty' (for want of a better word) more product tends to be used in one application than the more solid Caresses. However, in the UK, there are 14 Lip Butter colours to choose from ranging from nudes to oranges, reds and pinks where as Caresse's range of ten shades are more select.
Personally, I will re purchase L'Oreal's Rouge Caresse lipstick hybrids and would love to get more shades from the range. Saying this however, I did enjoy trying out the Lip Butters.
What is your preference?