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Right now I’m having a gloss moment when it comes to lip color. I’m of course not ignoring other lip color finishes—I mean, after all what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I only reviewed glosses…lol. But in my personal makeup life (lol @ in my personal makeup life) lately I’ve been all about the gloss. But not just any gloss—it has to be opaque and full-on color on top of being glossy. Butter London recently sent over the new Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon for review consideration that fit my current gloss criteria.
Precise and easy to use, this all-in-one formula will make you fall in love with crayons all over again. Complete with built-in sharpener, these seductive shades provide antioxidant protection and maximum moisturization. The best bit – the slimline applicator lines your lips with ease and delivers high impact colour and shine. It’s bloody brilliant!
Intense shine of a gloss
Highly pigmented colour with the full coverage of a lipstick
Slimline pencil with built-in sharpener
Helps to improve lip moisturization with mango seed oil and marula oil
Formulated to provide antioxidant protection
Niacinamide helps maintain the skin barrier for smoother, more even lip tone
OK—these ARE bloody brilliant. Not only are you getting amazing shine but you’re also getting full pigment and color like you would with a lipstick. The effect is as if you put on a creamy lipstick and then put a clear shiny gloss on top. But because it’s in a pencil form, you can also line your lips all with one product. Wear is amazing—I got through eating ALL the brunch and multiple glasses of water with color still on my lips (I still had to touch-up but I still had color left). Naturally like with all lip colors, the brighter and darker colors will seem to last longer since they leave a bit of a stain on the lips. They’re also moisturizing and feel amazing on the lips.
But since these are pretty creamy AND because I had them out a bit in direct sunlight when I was taking pics of them, I do find that the pencils tend to bend and break. I’m hoping this is only because I had them outside for a few minutes to photograph them.
I love that these come with a built-in sharpener, but for the life of me I could not figure out how to work the sharpener for like a whole day…lol. It was only when I picked one up again after the umpteenth time and tried to twist the very top of the sharpener and it came out did I figure it out. It wasn’t apparent to me that the very tip of it can twist off (it’s not raised up or anything so it doesn’t look like it’s supposed to twist off). Hey, I even enlisted another beauty loving pal to try to open the sharpener and she couldn’t figure it out either…lol. But once I got it, it was on…lol. I also found that—and this could be because the pencils were out in direct heat when I photographed them—that the sharpening process was a little messy as some of the product got wedged into the sharpener.
Disco Biscuit: described as an opaque, bubblegum pink crème
Trout Pout: described as an opaque, light coral crème
Teddy Boy: described as an opaque, rosy crème
Ruby Murray: described as an opaque, deep berry crème
Tea with the Queen: described as an opaque, light nude crème
Primrose Hill Picnic: described as an opaque, tropical pink crème
Toff: described as an opaque, red grape crème
I loved that the shades though mostly softer in nature will work on a wide variety of skin tones. My faves (in no particular order) are Teddy Boy, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray, Primrose Hill Picnic, and Toff.
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Bottom line: Despite the messiness (which could of course be my own fault) I really liked Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon but I could definitely go with more shades. The shades they come in are gorgeous and I LOVED a majority of them but I’d love to see more—I’m always loving brownish pinks and pinky mauves since they make for great nudes on dark skin and I’d love to see a bright violet plummy shade. Ohhh and maybe something really vampy and gothy.