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


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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  • 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!