The Balm vs. The Butter-or more correctly, 2 products that can’t really be compared! L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Balm and Revlon Lip Butter

There has been a huge frenzy over these 2 products and rightfully so according to the claims they make.

Butters on the left, Balms on the right

Revlon Lip Butter

From the website

Buttery Balm + Shiny Color
– Buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips 94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated.
– Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
– Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth
– Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine
– Available in 20 luscious shades

The colors that I have:

From Top to Bottom: 010 Raspberry Pie, 045 Cotton Candy, 060 gumdrop, 075 Lollipop

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche LeBalm:

Indulge your lips with Colour Riche LeBalm.  This tinted SPF 15 lip balm provides a hint of luscious, kissable  color, smoothing lips instantly for a full 8 hours continuous hydration.  Lips are softer and more supple all day long-and keeps conditioning even after its been removed.  Available in 8 wearable shades.

From L to R-218 Rose Elixir, 318 Heavenly Berry

Thoughts:

In my opinion, there are pros and cons to both of these products.  The one thing that is VERY apparent to me (especially after swatching) is that these 2 products are quite different.  This is not an ‘apples to apples’ situation.  LeBalm is quite sheer, whereas the Lip Butters pack a serious color PUNCH!  And there’s nothing wrong with that!

The only ‘problem’ I have with the Lip Butters is that if my lips are the least bit dry, the product does NOT apply well. Additionally,  one of my “nit pick” items is that I can’t apply these on the fly. I need a mirror. Some of the shades accentuate lip lines and make my lips look dated.  However, there are a lot of shades to choose from, so I can just choose the shades that do look great on me!

The Balms have a significantly smaller shade selection and I don’t see a huge amount of (color) difference after applied. They are a ‘Balm’ and (to me) that equates to SHEER tint which is exactly what this product delivers.  I don’t need a mirror to apply these either.  Another plus? SPF 15!

I leave you with this….these are 2 terrific products!  They are made to work differently and really shouldn’t be compared!  In my case, my ‘everyday’ is a LeBalm and when I want some color, I use a Lip Butter.

 

 

What do you think of Lip Butters and Le Balm? Do you wear either?

Do you think they can be compared?

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4 Comments

  • Cherry

    I’ve heard great things about Lip Butter, especially about how they are so moisturizing that it’s not necessary to have a layer of lip balm underneath. So it’s interesting to know it doesn’t work quite that well with dry lips.

     
    • meredith

      @Cherry-the only thing I would caution you about is that these are pigmented (and I know you have sensitive skin!)

       
  • Leesh

    A lovely blogger friend of mine is sending me both (because I thought they won’t sold here yet, she’s from the States). I can’t wait to try them our both. I have a feeling I will like Revlon lip butter better but we will see…

     
    • meredith

      @Leesh you won’t be disappointed!