When I graduated from college and started my first job in advertising, I made a friend who was something of a makeup connoisseur. From just the right brow pencil, to a huge array of blushes, Nita spent a lot of time at the makeup counters in Macys!
There was nothing she loved more than lipsticks, however. And, she taught me how to “layer” to create an even wider array of shades, when the perfect hue was unavailable.
Her collection was so vast, in fact, that her husband had a custom unit built into her dressing room that looked like a traditional wine rack, but was made up of miniature slots. It was filled with over one hundred carefully selected lipsticks, glosses, pencils, and lip brushes – better than any store!
Although I have never amassed a collection quite so large, I admit that I do love my lipsticks. And now, I have a new favorite collection from Butter LONDON.
Yes, Butter LONDON.
Since 2005, the Butter LONDON name has been synonymous with exceptional nail lacquer. From W magazine, to Vogue, to Glamour UK, to Harper’s BAZAAR UK Butter LONDON nail lacquers are the favorites of stylists, celebs, and nail artists all over the world. Devotees of Butter LONDON love their concept of “color without compromise.” Somehow, the company has been able to offer some of the most beautiful, long-lasting colors without including harmful formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP in any of its nail formulas!
And now, savvy girls can get that same dedication to long-lasting color in a new line: Butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons.
Butter LONDON lip crayons are so easy to use. If you can write with a pencil, marker or pen, you can easily apply the Butter LONDON crayon. The “sharpened” tip (like a lip pencil, only larger) gives superior control for lining. But, the softness of the crayon itself means you won’t get that hard Joan Jett look that so often can come from using a lip liner.
And, there’s a convenient, built-in sharpener, which means you will never again have to apply lip color with a dull, rounded lipstick (a personal pet peeve of mine). Of course, a lip brush can save the end bits of a well-worn, favorite lipstick. But, who wants to carry a lip brush and try to reapply in the loo of a restaurant or at an event?
Plus, these lip crayons offer maximum moisture. Formulated with Mango Seed and Marula Oils, not only will they provide antioxidant protection to the delicate skin of lips, you’ll see a smoother, more even lip tone.
But, the best part is that each of the lip crayons from Butter LONDON delivers dense, rich, highly pigmented color, the full coverage of a lipstick and the intense shine of a gloss!
There are eight shades from which to choose. But as Nita taught me, layering can create an infinite number of “custom” shades. Colors include:
Tea With The Queen. This is an opaque, light nude crème which is a beautiful neutral when playing up another feature. This also works well as a first “layer” to guard against any “bleeding.”
Teddy Boy. This opaque, rosy crème is one of my personal favorites. A great natural shade for casual weekends when a brighter hue would look too forced.
Trout Pout. Simply gorgeous! This opaque crème is a stunning light coral. Perfect with a tan this summer.
Ladybird. This shade is for the vamp. The opaque, tomato red crème is perfect for a night on the town.
Disco Biscuit. Another fave of mine, this opaque, bubblegum pink crème is fun, fun, fun! (Plus it looks great with a Lilly Pulitzer print.)
Primrose Hill Picnic. A deeper, pinker, more tropical shade, I like to use this as a first layer and top with Disco Biscuit for a more intense look.
Toff. This is an opaque, red grape crème which just shouts “fall!”
Ruby Murray. A deep berry crème, this is a very dramatic color which, when applied, reminds me of velvet. Striking!
Each Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon retails for $20. And, the entire line is available at all of my favorite makeup spots including Ulta, Sephora, Macy’s and Nordstrom. For a complete list of Where to Buy (organized by state) CLICK HERE. Or, you can simply shop online at Butter LONDON.
While you’re there, do take a look at some of the other amazing, new makeup products. Butter LONDON now offers a huge selection of must-have cosmetics like glosses, balms, liners, pencils, shadows, blushes, bronzers, highlighters and more. And, in addition to the eight new Butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons, there are also a dozen lovely lipsticks.
Nita, I think it’s time to install a new lipstick rack!
Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.
DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive samples of the Butter LONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the products. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.
PHOTOS: Used with permission by Butter LONDON.