That is, until I tried these. They really are something different.. a hybrid that combines the best traits of a few different lip colour products. They're smooth and hydrating like a gloss, bright like a lipstick, but not opaque.. they're thicker than a lip stain, definitely more colourful than a lip balm...
They're lip butters.
Ever since these got released overseas many months ago, the blogosphere has been raving about these.
The marketing features Emma Stone, who has got to be one of the most popular actresses around at the moment.. she seems to be having an "It Girl" moment.. I thought it was interesting that they chose to feature one of the lighter coral colours instead of the usual red. The fact it matches her dress and her complexion so gorgeously (with a little help from the photoshop wizards, no doubt) makes the whole thing really stand out.
All makeup has beautiful advertising though, you really can't expect that to be an indication of its quality or suitability to your own tastes.
Of course I bought the two reddest shades I could find, called "Candy Apple" and "Red Velvet".
I can tell you - I'm really happy with these. Even with all the wild hype I wasn't disappointed, not one little bit. They really are something different, and I can see them carving a niche in what you would have thought was a crowded field of options.
Candy Apple is a light, tomato-red (apple red, it's fair to say), whereas Red Velvet is a darker, more lush tone, more of a brick red. In the photos, the swatch more accurately reflects what the colour looks like in natural light. One thing I like about these is the transparent lid, which matches the colour of the lipstick. It's got a cute "quilting" texture on it.. a nice touch.
|Revlon Lip butter: Candy Apple|