I’ve seen many people extolling the wonders of Revlon Lip Butter but I’d never been tempted myself. I thought it was just a glossy lipstick, a high-shine colour of the kind I usually avoid in favour of the mattes.
Also, whenever I went to Boots for a lunchtime trip to cover my hand in swipes of lipstick, I never even tried the Lip Butter, because the testers are usually just a mass of unappealing melted gloop.
Does anyone else do that lunchtime lipstick testing trip every few weeks? Coming back to work with a hand stained red, pink and purple despite being hastily wiped off with a tissue?
Anyway, there was a 3 for 2 offer on recently, as there usually is, and I was casting around for a final item to buy. Seeing as it was effectively free, and I’d never noticed this particularly nice looking shade before, I chucked in a Red Velvet Lip Butter. I can never resist a dark red, and this looked like a true red, with no pink undertones. Which it is.
Trying it on first, in the pics below, it was indeed very glossy, although in a nice, smooth kind of way. I really liked the colour but it was a little bit too gloopy for me to wear as a rule.
However, what I didn’t realise was that it’s not so much a lipstick, it’s more of a coloured balm. I would have been interested much sooner if I’d known that. I can never have nothing at all on my lips, they feel too dry. And that combined with a ghostly pale natural colour means that I wear tinted lip balm all day long, and use it as a quick and easy colour top up while I’m at work. The kind of thing that you can keep on your desk and swipe on without even needing a mirror.
My favourite ever tinted lip balm is Burt’s Bees Red Dahlia, which is a subtle my-lips-but-better in a very gentle dark red. But I’ve never found a brighter red lip balm I’d liked the colour of. They’ve all been too strangely bright, no real depth of colour and remind me too much of the colours of pretend kiddie lipstick.
Red Velvet turns out to be what I’ve been looking for. I don’t wear it as thick as in the picture, what I do now is just apply it to one lip and then press together to make a sheer blood-red tint, which I really, and unexpectedly, like.