November 20, 2013

Ulta Lip Butter Review & Swatches

ulta lip butters

Anyone try the new Ulta Lip Butter ($8)? Available in 10 shades (and two more limited edition Holiday ones), Ulta Lip Butter is a soft, buttery textured balm that delivers color to lips as well as a hydrating formula.

Take a look!

I’ve been meaning to pick up Ulta Lip Butters for the longest and just recently indulged. I think perhaps I’d be more inclined to rave them if the market wasn’t currently so saturated with great lip butter products. When I was taking Ulta’s $8 version into consideration I couldn’t help but compare it to products like Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter and It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick and it came up sadly lacking.

ulta lip butter

A little cut in the price to say $4.99 or so and I might just say, “Go haul these!” but unfortunately I felt the price was a bit much.

These have a smoother buttery texture but they are all balm so you get that heavier, balmy consistency on lips which feels nice at first but gets a little irritating as the wear time goes on. It’s the type of texture that makes me want to lick my lips to add moisture because for some reason these aren’t providing it. It isn’t waxy really but just more of a heavy balmy finish.

ulta lip butter face of the day

ulta rome lip butter


ulta lip butter fotd

ulta london lip butter


ulta lip butter swatches

Rome and London

I only tried two shades both of which had chunkier shimmer which translated as a tiny bit of grittiness when applied. This shimmer also gave my lips a frosty finish which kinda made me feel like I took a trip in the Tardis to 1965! Pigmentation was fairly good with a sheer yet buildable tint that was fully opaque with two applications.

Overall, I think the market is too saturated with these lip balm slash lipstick hybrids so when you’re presented with a budget friendly version like this it’s hard to take it seriously when it has so many quirks. Revlon’s version is around $4.99-$6.49 and has a far superior formula so Ulta really has to second guess their formula at $8 in my opinion.

But I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.

Anyone try them?

Do share!

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  • Ruth

    back in ’65 you would rock the glittery lippy and some go-go boots and rule that look!

  • Maggie

    I just got this in Chicago–that one has no shimmer. I haven’t worn it for a while so I can’t give a review. But…I can’t wear the Revlon Lip Butters–those chap up my lips like nobody’s business. These at the very least are comfortable when I first put them on. No scent and no flavor–which is a thumbs-up in my book.

    To be fair to prices at Ulta, their collection usually has good deals: Mine was discounted to $4 along with a BOGOfree deal.

  • AmandaM

    Thanks for the review, and saving me $8! There are plenty of lip balm/butter products on the market to choose from at a better price. I’m loving my $2.99 Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Honey Love lately…I picked it up based on you review, and I really have been using it a ton lately!

  • Jessica

    I’ve been wondering about these! Hmm… I’m not really feeling that glittery look. Glittery lips always make me feel like I’m 12… haha. Perhaps I would consider these if there were some with that glitter/shimmer. I’m a total lip junkie. 🙂

  • Jen

    I think it must be the glitter that makes these particular colors not good! I have Chicago (no shimmer) and I love it!