I finally got around to breaking the seal on the NYX Intense Butter Glosses I got more than a week ago. I picked up the shades that I thought would be perfect for when summer finally decides to roll around: Napoleon (medium pink), Banana Split (peachy orange), Sorbet (pale pink). From the brand’s website:
“Smother your lips with a silky gloss bursting with color! Our Intense Butter Gloss has the same mouth-watering texture and scent of the original formula with even more color payoff in 12 new delectable shades.”
This reinvention of the NYX Butter Glosses (probably my favorite drugstore lipgloss) comes in the same tube, but more opaque plastic with a shiny black cover. They also have a flat applicator versus the more doe foot shaped applicator of it’s predecessor. I did find this aided in spreading the gloss over my lips. There is also a sweet scent to these that doesn’t linger too long. When swatching them on my forearm, I did find them to be quite pigmented, however I did do a double swipe to get an opaque swatch.
When I started applying the gloss to my lips the first time, I thought the formula was a bit too thick and sticky for my taste. But once you smooth them out it’s fine and they aren’t overly stick once they’ve settled on the lips. I did find that Sorbet and Banana Split did not apply as evenly as Napoleon. With Napoleon I got even, rich coverage with the first application. I did have to layer the Banana Split and Sorbet twice to get the color and coverage shown in the photos, but I actually prefer them a little more sheer on me anyway. Banana Split is definitely an out of my comfort zone shade for me. If it was a matte finish I’d probably feel more comfortable with it at it’s full intense color, but it was a bit much for me with the shine. Sorbet was a little too cool my skin tone, but still wearable. Napoleon was the sure winner for me in terms of color and application. I didn’t try any of the darkest shades in the range, but I’m guessing they would have worked well on my already dark colored lips.
There are a few things I want to note regarding the application and wear of these:
- Exfoliate. The lighter shades tended to cling to any flakes on my lips.
- Wipe the excess gloss from the applicator. It made it easier to spread and less likely for any excess product to pool in the center of my lips. You can blot and apply another thin layer if problematic.
- Banana Split tends to bleed, you may want to use a lipliner with this one.
- These aren’t market to be long wearing and they aren’t. They transfer easily to a drinking glass and will fade with a meal. Expect to touch up.
I’ll probably end up pairing Banana Split and Sorbet with lipstick to make them more wearable on me. Napoleon I love on it’s own. Overall, I do like these, it’s not love, but I like them enough to pick up Tres Leches (nude pink), which wasn’t available when I bought these. That shade is right up my alley. There are a couple of darker ones I like, but I’ll probably wait until this fall before deciding if I want to try them.
I definitely think the NYX Intense Butter Glosses are worth a try, if you have any thoughts on them please share!