After I posted my IMATS purchases, I got a few comments asking for swatches of the NYX Butter Lipstick & Butter Gloss. NYX released the Butter Gloss ($4.99, Ulta) a couple years ago, and due to it’s popularity released Butter Lip Balm ($3.99, Ulta), and now there’s a Butter Lipstick ($5.99, Ulta) and more shades of the gloss.
I have a very mixed relationship with NYX products – find all my NYX reviews here – but I really like the Butter Glosses and can see why they’re so popular – smooth, non-sticky, and reasonably moisturizing. I also have one Butter Lip Balm, Biscotti, and while it’s a nice my-lips-but-better color, I find the texture a little stiff and don’t find it particularly moisturizing.
As you can see, I semi-inadvertently bought matching lipstick and lipgloss shades. I didn’t particularly try to do this, but I did realize at the time of purchase that they would be similar. As it turns out, this is great – they work better layered than they do alone.
Licorice Butter Lipstick is a really gorgeous color, semi-vampy and semi-bright. Unfortunately, it caught on any visible – and some invisible – flakes on my lips, so I’ll only be wearing it alone at full strength when my lips are in perfect shape. I do like how the texture feels – very smooth and creamy but not slippery or greasy.
Devil’s Food Cake applies fairly well for such a deep shade. It does settle into lip lines a little bit, but using just a little and smoothing it out with a finger, as I’ve done in the photo, helps. I love this type of color, and I see myself using this gloss frequently in the future.
My favorite way to wear these products, however, is layered. I apply the lipstick, then blot it down to a stain using a tissue. This avoids any unevenness. Then, I apply a thin layer of gloss. The lipstick prevents the gloss from settling into lip lines, and the gloss keeps the lipstick-as-stain comfortable to wear and deepens the color. I don’t have a photo of this combination, but I’ll try to get one posted.
I also thought I’d swatch all the Butter Glosses I have for you. Devil’s Food Cake is the only new shade, and all four shades are permanent.
You can see that Devil’s Food Cake settles into the lines on my hand the most. Cherry Pie does a little, but in practice I don’t notice it on my lips. I actually haven’t worn Cherry Cheesecake or Maple Blondie yet – I bought them during the big NYX holiday sale, and I’m just now catching up on those purchases now.
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