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Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks VS Revlon Lip Butters

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

A friend of mine was wearing the prettiest pinky-berry lip and when I asked her what it was, she pulled out one of the new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipsticks. We had previously bonded over our love of the Revlon Lip Butters, so I asked her if she liked the Almay as much as the Revlon, and she said yes! Then I knew I had to try them.

The Butter Kiss lipsticks are “ultra-hydrating buttery lip color” available in “12 shades expertly coordinated to your unique skintone.” You are meant to pick your skintone (light, light/medium, or medium) and then pick one of the four shades in that group – berry, pink, nude, or red. I, like most people, just swatched them all and picked out the ones I liked best. I really liked Berry-Medium (which was the one my friend was wearing) and Red-Medium, the darkest shade of the 12.

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

Berry-Medium is a cool-toned, berry pink with some purple undertones going on. Red-Medium is a brown-based red.

Swatches Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

The packaging looks extremely similar to the Revlon Lip Butters (they even both have “butter” in the name) so a comparison between the two is inevitable.

Almay Butter Kiss VS Revlon Lip Butter

Battle of the Lip Butters!

I immediately noticed that the Butter Kiss lipsticks smell very similar to the Lip Butters; a light, slightly sweet, slightly vanilla scent. I don’t find the Revlon ones have any taste, but the Almay do.

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium are not dupes for any of the 8 Revlon Lip Butters I own. While I was swatching them, I noticed the Lip Butters are more pigmented than the Almay and the Almay are a little more sheer. Both are very hydrating.

I would say one difference for me is that the Almay are much longer-wearing and are also a lip stain. I don’t find the Revlon Lip Butters stain my lips at all. If you didn’t like the Lip Butters because of the staying power, you might like the Almay ones better. Both shades I tried left a very flattering stain that was pretty much exactly the same colour as the lipstick (not like the awful staining I experienced with the CoverGirl LipPerfection).

I really like these! I definitely like them as much as the Lip Butters and I think the shade range is quite different from Revlon. At my drugstore, they were the exact same price too – $9.99 CAD.

Have you tried the Almay Butter Kiss lipsticks?

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2014 Favourites!

2014 makeup favourites
I have never actually done any monthly favourites posts before, so its a bit ambitious of me to start with yearly favourites, but here it goes! Here are the makeup items that I had been loving and using the most all year in 2014:

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation
You might be sick of hearing me rave about this foundation in 110 Porcelain Pink, but I just love it and have repurchased it 3 or 4 times since discovering it in January. Best foundation for fair skin I have ever found. ($49 CAD)

Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara
Another 2014 discovery that has quickly become my absolute favourite! I have repurchased it probably 3 times now? ($34 CAD)

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Cannot live without this mascara. This long-time fav is still going strong in 2014. ($12 CAD)

Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Eyeliner (waterproof)
I really only started using liquid liner this year. I don’t like a lot of heavy liner on my top lids because they are a bit hooded. But I like the effect of getting a thin line of black liner right at the lash line to make your lashes look fuller and more dramatic. The Almay brush is tiny enough to draw a thin line right at the lash line. It dries super fast, literally doesn’t budge or smudge, and also doesn’t irritate my eyes. ($9.99 CAD)

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl
One of my most repurchased products of all time, I am still in love with this subtle, slightly shimmery, golden beige liner which I use on my lower water and lash line nearly every day. ($19 CAD)

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
I picked this up in January, and I must say I have used it a lot throughout the year. I really like this eyeshadow palette and have been into the “rose-hued neutrals” in 2014. See my review comparing it to the other two Naked palettes. ($64 CAD)

MAC Capricious Lipstick (lustre)
I found this fabulous shade this spring after becoming obsessed with the series Once Upon a Time on Netflix. This is Evil Queen Regina’s lipstick. I’ve only had it since April and its almost completely used up! Must reorder… ($19.00)

MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture and Plum
I’ve been totally obsessed with lip liners this year and two of my MAC favs (narrowed down from many, many others, lol) have been Subculture, a rosey-browney nude pink that works with everything and that I’ve sharpened down to a stump, and Plum, a deep brown-toned plum. ($19.00)

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil
Speaking of lip liners…I only became obsessed with this one in September but I’m totally obsessed. Its another one I’ve sharpened down to nearly a stump already and need to repurchase. See my full review. ($28 CAD)

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
I found this by first receiving a Sephora sample and picked up a full-size in January. I have been using it all year and have re-purchased it 2 or 3 times. This setting spray is amazing! ($36 CAD)

Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
I picked this up in June and I’ve nearly used it up completely! See my full review ($22 CAD)

MAC Patina Eye Shadow
Another of my most repurchased products, I was loving this eye shadow all year. ($12 CAD)

MAC Prism blush
This was without a doubt my favourite blush of 2014. Prism is a matte, muted, slightly peachy, mostly pinky-brown with a completely matte finish. Ever since I got it earlier this year I just never want to wear any other blush. For swatches and more pics see my earlier post. ($26 CAD)

Well that’s it for my 2014 favs!

Happy New Year & thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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