Ethical Beauty Review: Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick

On a recent visit to Ulta, I looked through the various makeup products that Butter London sells. Like most companies, Butter London uses manufacturers all over the world so you really have to read the label to figure out if the product is made in the US or not. Their Moisture Matte lipsticks are all made in the US so I road tested a couple of colors. Unlike many matte lipsticks, the Moisture Matte formula is really soft and comfortable on the lips. I wouldn’t say that it replaces a lip balm but it is very creamy. However, the trade off is that the lipstick doesn’t really look matte to me. Instead, I would say that it’s a satin finish. Not glossy, but not matte either. The lipsticks retail for $22 which is on the pricy side.

  • Come to Bed Red – This color is a cool-toned classic red. It has a medium pigmentation which means that it’s a really wearable color, great for an everyday red. 
  • Ruby Murray – This is a cool-toned berry color. Again, it’s a great daytime shade, easy to wear and very pretty. 

If these lipsticks were sold at drugstore prices, I would unhesitatingly snap these up by the handful because the formula is really great – very soft and comfortable on the lips, easy to apply even without a mirror, decent staying power (the lipsticks are matte enough that they don’t smear all over the place, which is really nice) however for me the $22 price tag is just too steep. I’d rather spend a couple dollars more and get an Hourglass lippie. Or, you know, buy FOUR ColourPop lipsticks for $20! However, as always, your results may vary. What do you guys think? Are these lipsticks worth the money?

Note: In order for a personal care brand or product to be written up in my #EthicalBeauty posts it has to be independently verified as cruelty-free and made in North America (where I live). Butter London is certified as cruelty free by Logical Harmony.

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