I wasn't actually going to review this one. Something about the hype and the ridiculous up-pricing for the Australian market, that these are basically drug store brand tinted lip balms going for over A$20 really pisses me off. So much, that when I was sent a Lip Butter in Creamsicle in a Aus-US swap, despite originally requesting to be sent it, I gave it a dose of Bitchface and dropped it into my bottomless box of products.
After seeing everyone everywhere swatch and love their Lip Butters, I caved and gave it a go. I'll admit that I was a wee bit harsh to completely disregard them, but like any wildly hyped product, it has a lot to live up to.
Creamsicle is a decent enough shade, a very soft peach that translates as a nude pink on my lips. Like you'd guess, it's quite moisturising, without being sticky or thick. My main issue is how often you'd have to reapply to keep a consistent colour. My lips just eat this sucker up within ten minutes, and I intend to only use Creamsicle as a same-tone balm under my favourite nude-pink shade, Face of Australia's Lip Quench in Lychee Crush, a lippy that lasts considerably longer. I think I would like to try a darker colour, perhaps one that stains my pout better, before I come to a final conclusion on the Lip Butters.
Also, after extensive research (Google, then select the second image), I've come to the conclusion that Creamsicles are actual American ice-blocks similar to a Splice, but orange flavoured and are more orange than nude-pink. This bothers me very much, and I'm not too sure why.
|Explain yourself, Revlon!|
Seriously WHAT THE TITTY-FRICKING CHRIST IS THIS SHIZZNESS?! There is no possible way that disparity can be taken as anything other than Revlon frantically gorging the Australian consumer for their sweet non-paper cash and crossing their fingers that no one notices. Hey, Revlon guys, it's not the 90s anymore. We all have the internet and aside from using it to watch looping videos of baby sloths eating flowers, we use it to compare prices, and we know when we are getting ripped off. I've heard excuses from import taxes to packaging costs, but y'know what? That doesn't explain pricing them over twice the US RRP. It's so not cool.
Sure, we'll buy them now, but not as many and there will be bitching and complaining and retreating to the warm, slightly sticky embrace of my old friend eBay and other Australia-friendly online stores. I've already had it with paying a similar ungodly mark-up on Revlon polishes, and have bought most of mine online or from Gloss, who manages to sell theirs for $5 each without the Australian retail market imploding.
/rant. What a disgrace. I will be looking around for a few more of these Lip Butters, but online, or via friends travelling overseas. I have had it with how Australian shoppers are treated, and I hope that these greedy retailers eventually get it one day, once all their local customers look further afield, for a price that accurately reflects the product. Because, you guys, it's a balm. From Revlon. Not worth A$21.95.
Now if you'd excuse me, I'll be watching baby sloths eating flowers for the rest of the night.
|Urge to kill...falling.|