“Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to, apply Strawberry Field forever.”
This, my friend, is what happens when you grow up in a house (of learned doctors) where both of your parents worshiped The Beatles. You hum that song to yourself every time you apply Butter London’s creamy new $20 Lippy Tinted Balm in Strawberry Field (and keep calling it “Strawberry Fields Forever”) — a side effect of growing up on a steady diet of music by John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The Lippy Tinted Balms: New to the Butter London Line
The nail polish purveyors recently branched out into other forms of makeup, releasing pieces for eyes, lips and cheeks. Strawberry Field is one of six Lippy Tinted Balms added to Butter London’s permanent line.
The pigment sucks you in, but the coverage seals the deal…
Before I brought the bright red balm to my lips for the first time, I thought it would be a chore to apply based on how pigmented it looked in my initial swatches, but it’s just as easy to wear as a Burt’s Bee’s Lip Balm.
When fall, which is still just a whisper on the wind, and the holidays roll around, red lips abound! — and there are plenty of options to choose from, but Strawberry Field doesn’t bring with it the high-maintenance drama that often accompanies full-coverage crimsons.
Being a balm, it’s sheerer than your average lipstick and doesn’t flip out if I fudge my application a little… Mistakes aren’t as easy to spot.
Heck, I can even apply it without a mirror and can skip a lip liner and lip brush. Really, it’s one of the easiest reds I’ve ever worn.
- Does it smell or taste like strawberries? Nope, neither. And thank goodness for that! Nothing turns my tum more than faux strawberry. It’s a little like Nilla Wafers, and it’s faint and fades after five minutes.
- How’s the moisture content? Not too shabby, tabby. They may not be as moisturizing as a Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (those make my lips go “AHHHHH!” whenever I wear them), but they’re still quite hydrating.
- What’s the wear time like? One layer and I’m good to go for at least 3-4 hours, which is great for a lightweight, non-sticky balm.
- Will I need multiple layers? Nah, just one, and get this — the formula’s smooooove and doesn’t settle into lip lines.
Got full lips?
I can see this looking lovely on millions of lips, but I bet it would look particularly fab on someone with full lips (ooh, like Scarlett Johansson!).
My friend Jen has luscious, full lips, and she usually steers clear of intense reds, afraid that they’ll just be too much. I think Strawberry Fields would totally work for her, because while red, it’s not overwhelmingly red, and the finish is more of a mellow sheen than a mirror-like shine.
Packaging and design
The $20 price tag seems a bit high based on the basic packaging (lightweight, flimsy plastic…kind of cheeseball), but the amount of pigment and wear time mostly make up for it.
The last word…
All in all, I think it’s a lovely, quick, easy, casual course to Red Lip Land. A good one to put on your radar for fall.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,