Review: NYX Butter Lipsticks & Balms

After falling totally in love with the NYX Butter Lip Glosses at the end of last year, I was really excited to get my mitts on both the lipstick and lip balm versions of the same range.

I picked up four of each whilst I was in New York a few weeks ago (As of yet, neither of them are available on the NYX UK website, though the glosses are) I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the much-hyped follow up to the widely-adored Butter Glosses…

First up for the lipsticks. On first impression, the packaging is pretty cheap looking, but I do like that the tube is colour coded, not only is the plastic tube the same colour as the lipstick inside, but you can actually see the lipstick, so it’s easy to locate the shade you’re looking for.

L-R: BLS Shades 18, 22, 14, 19 (Same order below)

The formulation of the lipsticks seem nice, they are creamy to apply and feel nice on the lips. The red shade was really nicely pigmented and I have to say it is my favourite of the colours I chose. The paler shades are a little more sheer and they do settle into the lines in my lips a bit. From the swatches I’ve seen online this seems to be the case for all of the paler shades vs. brights.

They don’t really have a scent, unlike the Butter Glosses, which I was quite disappointed about. The wear and staying power are about average for a moisturising formula. All in all I have to say that I was a little disappointed in these. They were nice, but distinctly average in comparison to the glosses.

Second up for the balms. They are encased in a regular old-fashioned chapstick tube. Basic, but fine. Again, I like the colour-coded packaging. They have a subtle candy-sweet scent that is nice.

L-R: Shades Marshmallow, Biscotti, Macaron & Red Velvet (Same order below)

The shades come up very sheer. I have to say that there really wasn’t too much difference between the three lighter shades, these really are very sheer tinted balms and would probably be more popular with those who don’t like wearing lipstick or gloss but still want a little colour.

Again, I have to say I was disappointed. I think perhaps NYX wanted to coast on the popularity of the glosses and haven’t put so much love into these two new products. They’re both OK but they didn’t rock my world.

These are available now in the US, for $5.99 and £3.99 respectively. They should be coming the the NYX UK website soon.