*Disclosure: Press samples
Following up on the heels of their successful line of Lippy lip products, Butter London introduces six new versions of their lip gloss in a range of neutral tones and infused with gorgeous shimmer. Absolutely perfect for the Summer season but which will also cross over well into the cooler months to come, these shades will suit every skin tone across the spectrum, all while adding a subtle touch of bling to your lips. Totally kissable, I might add …
Each gloss holds a good amount of product and comes in a conveniently sized acrylic rectangular container that makes it perfect for carrying with you. The wand is of an easy length and the dense brush applicator picks up more than enough of the contents to require no more than 1-2 passes for full coverage. The scent is a warm buttery/vanilla which dissipates quickly after application, while the feel of the gloss when worn is quite smooth (the shimmer melds perfectly with the formula) — not overly sticky. I found that the milkier shades tend to gather in lip lines if applied too thickly, although as the gloss wears off, that effect disappears. The more sheer & neutral shades had the least amount of staying power (approximately 2 – 2.5 hours), yet still imparted a slight sheen to the lips long after they were gone, while the 2 shades with the most pigment (Pip Pip and Wag) definitely lasted well past the 3-hour mark. One thing in common with each Lippy Shimmer, is the hydrating feel to the lips – even when all traces of gloss had disappeared. BONUS: with the exception of Pip Pip, all shades bear an super glassy finish.
Note that the appearance of each shade of gloss is also dependant on your lips’ natural colouration – the higher your own pigmentation, the less dominant each Lippy Shimmer may appear.
Butter London – Lippy Shimmers
Butter London – Lippy Shimmers
Butter London Beaker Lippy Shimmer (CAD $22.00 74 ml/US $20.00 0.25 fl. oz) “A child’s sippy cup” – a nearly clear & iridescent hue with baby pink undertones and ultra-smooth shimmer throughout. One of the two shades of the six that looks absolutely amazing with a light tan – in an edgy, yet understated way.
Butter London Pip Pip Lippy Shimmer (CAD $22.00 74 ml/US $20.00 0.25 fl. oz) “A way to bid farewell, often used by the upper class” – a bronze base hue with a combination of larger gold and silver shimmer throughout. The highest pigmentation of the six, which can come across as either warm or cool, depending on the light – a great alternative to wearing lipstick & gloss together.
Butter London Swish Lippy Shimmer (CAD $22.00 74 ml/US $20.00 0.25 fl. oz) “To be very expensive, fashionable” – a pale golden base hue with an apricot undertone, infused with ultra-smooth gold and silver shimmer throughout. The second shade that really compliments lightly tanned skin and provides a beautiful light golden glow to the lips – a more affordable and longer-lasting version of NARS’ ‘Gold Digger’ (reviewed here).
Butter London Tickety Boo Lippy Shimmer (CAD $22.00 74 ml/US $20.00 0.25 fl. oz) “A saying for when something is going well” – a milky baby pink base hue bearing loads of ultra-smooth pink shimmer throughout. There’s an unusually high amount of pigment for such a light shade, and while some settling in lip lines can occur if applied too thickly, it wears off evenly – leaving a silvery sheen behind.
Butter London Wag Lippy Shimmer (CAD $22.00 74 ml/US $20.00 0.25 fl. oz) “Term used by British tabloids to describes wives/girlfriends of high-profile footballers” – a sheer-ish peachy/pink base hue filled with ultra-fine and slightly larger golden shimmer throughout. A warm-toned shade that reminds me of NARS’ Orgasm Gloss, albeit in a less pigmented and definitely glossier version.
Butter London Punch Up Lippy Shimmer (CAD $22.00 74 ml/US $20.00 0.25 fl. oz) “A quarrel or violent argument” – a sheer-leaning beige-y/pink base hue with ultra smooth golden and neutral shimmer throughout. One of the most universally flattering nude lip gloss shades I’ve come across, that also bears an incredible gloss factor – gorgeous!
Last word: With the warmer weather finally here, I find myself turning towards lighter-hued lip products, although I still prefer them to have a touch of something — be it a hint of colour, or a touch of shimmer. The six new shades of Butter London’s Lippy Shimmer Lip Gloss, manage to have both, all while imparting a nicely nourished feel to the lips. My favourites are definitely Beaker, Swish, and Punch Up for their “neutral wearability”, with Wag following close behind for a nice spot of colour to the lips. While nothing outrageous colour-wise, I’m a fan of how versatile each Lippy Shimmer is and I find the quality superb – definitely worth the price, which happens to fall between drugstore and high end brands.
EDIT: As I am away on holiday right now, I wanted to add that the ONLY lip product/gloss I brought with me, is ‘Swish’ – I am totally in love with this shade!