Red is a scary lip color for most people — self included. It can be both beautifully retro and perfectly modern — it’s timeless, classic.
But scary. I’ve read so many posts about how to find “your” perfect red lipstick and honestly… none of them help me much. Everything is too blue or too orange or too dark or too bright. I just want something simple. But red isn’t a simple color! It requires dedication! And lip pencils! And a lip brush! And NASA-like precision to apply!
All I want is a nice red lip color that’s a breeze to apply and doesn’t dry out my lips. Too much to ask?
I mean, even the name — Lip Butters. Doesn’t that sound nice? Like your winter-dry lips would just love it? And the shade’s name — sounds delicious and pleasant and not scary at all. A less threatening sort of red, you could say. The packaging is nice, especially for a drugstore item with a quilted pattern in the plastic case. And then you open it….
Maybe a little scary?
Hm. Hmmmm. Well, now. Not so scary after all, right? The color has a slight sheerness that makes it terribly easy to apply and even more wearable. I can see this kind of red working for daytime with a minimalist eye and then going straight to night with a smokey eye. The formula is smooth, almost like a balm and doesn’t feel heavy or waxy on the lips at all. And it’s just sheer enough that you don’t need a lip pencil or a lip brush to get a nice look. The color itself is a cool-toned red but has just enough berry in it that I think it would work for warmer tones. Blotted, it gives a fresh just-bitten look. I find it lasts about 3 hours or so but it’s such a breeze to apply, the short wear time isn’t a big deal.
And it even leaves a bit of a stain behind:
So if you’re the kind of person who is looking for the perfect, wearable, easy red lipstick I don’t think you can go wrong here. And if you’re new to reds and want something relatively inexpensive, readily available and no-fuss-required, this may be the red for you. Great color, great formula from a great, animal-friendly brand? YES PLEASE, I’LL TAKE THREE!