A few weeks back, WHT readers were treated to a preview of the butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon ($20), which reviewer @amity called “the jewel in the butter London crown.”
The way butter London describes these lippies is equally intriguing: “The perfect all-in-one formula that delivers intense colour & shine on the go.” They aren’t kidding about all-in-one. Liner, lipstick, and gloss, topped with a cleverly hidden sharpener!
And not a cheap, ineffective sharpener that sends you running for one that actually works… oh no! This baby is sharp and precise, shaving the crayon tip neatly. It’s a good thing, too, because I’ve worn a couple of mine down to a nub.
Not that I really need to reapply that often, but it’s so satisfying and fun to use these perfectly-designed crayons. The formula is super creamy and moisturizing, thanks to the soothing properties of Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil. Niacinamide (vitamin B3), known for its anti-aging properties, improves the tone and texture of the lips and has skin barrier maintenance properties, too.
And on top of all that goodness, a minty scent that adds a tiny tingle to the lips.
We received a range of Bloody Brilliant colors and I tested five. Jewel in the crown, indeed– I’m feeling downright royal with so many beautiful shades at my fingertips!
And as a bonus, since we have a Brit at our disposal (@Stef’s husband) we got a description on what each of these names means. Well, means to one British man, so take them with a grain of salt. Derwood’s descriptions are in italics, read them in a thick London accent and enjoy!
butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon swatches
Teddy Boy – Opaque, rosy creme. A medium-toned neutral that works well for daytime. Flattering and understated on most skintones.
“That’s Rock-n-Roll. 50’s style blokes with quiffs.”
Trout Pout – Opaque, light yet bright coral creme.
“A miserable slag.” (Not sure how correct this is, but we’ll roll with it ~Stef)
Tea with the Queen – Opaque, light nude creme. A beautiful neutral. Very light, almost lighter than my lips, with a brown undertone. Love it!
“Well, that’s every English person’s dream, innit? Whether they admit it or not.”
Disco Biscuit – Opaque, bubblegum pink creme. I wouldn’t think a bubblegum pink with a name like that would be so versatile, but it’s gorgeous—a perfect summery pink that is just bright enough.
“That’s drugs!” (lowers voice)
Primrose Hill Picnic – Opaque, tropical pink creme. Super-pigmented fuchsia, bright and pretty as can be.
“Picnic spot in North London.”
Ruby Murray – Opaque, deep berry creme. I looked up “Ruby Murray” and learned that it’s Cockney slang for curry! I love curry, and I love this rich red/wine, too.
Derwood concures “Rhyming slang for curry. Also, a singer and dancer from the 50’s.”
Toff – Opaque, red grape creme.
“Lord Snooty” Huh? says Stef. “You know, a rich person!”
I was surprised to discover the tiniest bit of microglitter in every color. Invisible on the lips, I could only see it on a tissue after wiping the color off. This might be the secret to the crayons’ super glossy appearance.
The brilliant shine of a gloss, the creamy coverage of a lipstick and a sharpener that works… I pronounce this the Best Lip Crayon Ever!
we heartsters – have you tried these? Let us know in the comments!
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pups Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare