Saturday, February 9, 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips VS Revlon Lip Butters - With Swatches

So I have a confession to make. I am WAAAAAY out of the loop when it comes to drugstore products. So much so that I had not even HEARD of Revlon Lip Butters or Maybelline Baby Lips until yesterday. I am completely and 100% serious. I saw my moms Baby Lips and said "what are those" to which she said "The Baby Lips! You've seen them on 1000 blogs!" Nope. I had not. Literally not a single blog. But I read very few non polish blogs and I tend to skip over the drugstore products. And I think today was the first time in 6 months I stepped in to a Walmart.

Let me first show you the two products I am talking about, though I am sure you have all seen them already.

Say goodbye to basic lip balm and rediscover the lips you were born to have!

  • Lips are instantly moisturized for up to 8 hours.
  • Contains active care ingredients including shea butter and centella.
  • Vitamin Complex delivering powerful anti-oxidants.
  • SPF 20 for protection against harmful UV rays.
  • After 4 weeks lips are deeply repaired and completely reborn.

For Best Results: Apply lip balm daily to deliver moisturized, soft and comfortable lips. A great base for your favourite Maybelline gloss or lipstick.

The product weight is 4g

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.

Formulated with hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter the formula boosts lip moisture by 156%. Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth.

Gives you sheer to medium color with buttery shine.

The product weight is 2.55g

So, I went looking to pick up a Baby Lips. I have had very very very dry lips recently and I was hoping these would be a nice thing to wear instead of a clear lip balm. I ended up getting these:

First up was the Maybelline Baby Lips. The Walmart I went to had three in stock. Grape Vine, Peachy Kiss and a clear one called Peppermint. I couldn't decide so I picked up both coloured ones! I will admit, I HATE the packaging. It seems sturdy enough and it clicks in well enough that I am not afraid the lid will pop off. But it looks like lipsmackers or something else equally young and cheap to me.

This one is really sickly sweet. It smells like grape cough syrup to me. The Peachy Kiss was really sweet smelling but not nearly as overpowering and strong as the is one. I am hoping that is something I will get over after a bit of use.

I am not sure how I feel about these. They are not the most moisturizing lip glosses I have ever used, but they arent bad either. As for colour pay off, there is not much. The below swatches are with ten swipes (back and forth five times) and as you can see, very little colour. That is not necessarily a deal breaker, but not quite what I was expecting. And these are 3.96 for 4grams of product making it about a dollar a gram. So its a quite reasonable price point.

I had no intention of getting a Revlon Lip Butter. I will be honest. Ten dollars for a drugstore lipstick/lip gloss seems insane to me. I think I had a lot of sticker shock in general when walking through the aisles of Walmart. I think the last time I ever looked at drugstore makeup was YEARS ago. In my head a Revlon or Cover Girl item should have been $4-$6 dollars. So the $7-$15 dollars an item was hard to swallow. I mean, for twice that price I can get something from Sephora. But I got over the sticker shock and decided to grab one of these that were on sale for $7.97.

I just really liked the colour. I also like that the cases are coloured to match the product. If I end up picking up a bunch it will make grabbing a specific one I want much easier. The other nice feature of the packaging is a clear window on the top letting you clearly see the EXACT shade. The only negative packaging wise I can think of is the base of the lipstick is too small. The little black part that you twist that says REVLON on it is very small making it difficult to get a grip of and open. Now these work out to be quite a bit more money than the Maybelline ones. Instead of $.99 a gram these work out to be $3.62 a gram. And these were on sale. At regular price these would be about five times the price of the Baby Lips on a per gram basis.

Now as you can see in the swatch above, Sugar Plum is considerably darker swatched than Grape Vine. Now if you look below, its a much lighter product in the tube. The swatches above were done twice as heavy with the Grape Vine than with the Sugar Plum where I only swatched it four times.

You can also see the product size difference in the picture below. Both are twisted out 100%.

Overall I like them both but find them very very different. I think the Baby Lips are glorified lip balms in my opinion where as the Revlon product reminds me of my Chantecaillle Super Sheer Lip Chic. I think I can see myself using both products but getting much more use out of the Revlon one. Will I pick up anymore? Of the Revlon ones I certainly will. The Mayelline ones I will have to see how I feel about them after some continued use.


  1. I use the Baby Lips orange/pink tube. I think it's cherry? Anyway, my lips are normally very pale, but turn bright red when I use it. Lasts a while too. I do want to pick up the peach one now though!

    Have a great day!

  2. I have a few of the Revlon lip butters, and I do like them. I like the sheerness of the color and how soft it is. Though it is expensive, Target is marking some of the colors down to $3-4. Though I'm not sure if it's all Targets, but it's worth a try!

  3. Try all natural Buddha Balm lip balms instead. Baby lips is just a chemical lip bath (look at the ingredients). Dump that stuff. Buddha Balm rocks!

  4. I haven't tried those tinted versions of the babylips, but they look fantastic! We have some of the Babylips in Australia, but they are the flavoured lip balms with no colour.



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