Sunday, September 13, 2015

Why So Many Raves? NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

Yet again, I'm late to the party, but do you guys remember all the raves about the NYX Butter Glosses when they first came out? And then again, when NYX launched their Intense gloss formula earlier this year. Everyone was freaking out over these, buying most of the range and touting it as the best lip gloss in the drugstore. I'd resisted the hype for a long time, but after using up some of the older glosses in my stash, I finally decided to get the NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Maple Blondie ($4.99 for 0.27 oz/ 8 ml). 
The Butter Glosses come in simple slender tubes with the cap reflecting the color of the shade, which comes in handy especially if you have quite a few glosses in your drawer. The tube is shorter than that of NYX Mega Shine glosses. They come with a standard doe foot applicator, as you can see below, but I have to mention that the first time I pulled out the wand, it was all gunked up and covered in gloss, almost like the stopper has malfunctioned or something. I tried to wipe that off, but it's still a bit messy - I'll keep my eye on that for the next couple weeks to see if it happens again, but admittedly I wasn't very happy about it.
 Online, Maple Blondie looked more like a neutral peach to me, but in person, it's quite a bright pinky peach (no shimmer) with quite a bit of a white base, giving the shade a more pastel appearance. I don't really have any similar shades in my stash, but it looks a bit like a cross between Essence Stay With Me Lip Gloss in Candy Bar and the Clarins Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer.
L-R: NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie, Essence Stay With Me in Candy Bar, Clarins Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer (one swipe each)
On my mauvey lips, Maple Blondie pulls a bit pinker than in the tube, and right away, you can see the issue with that white/ pastel base - the gloss sinks into and exaggerates vertical lip lines immediately. It also has a tendency to form that disgusting line of gunk where your upper and lower lip meet in the middle of your mouth. Applying very sparingly seems to help that issue a bit, but to me, it's just a sign of a less than ideal formula. As the time goes on, the Butter Gloss starts to feel a bit tacky, and transfers very easily onto any kind of drinking vessel you may be using.
Not sure what I'm missing here, but to me, the Butter Glosses perform very, very similarly to the old Mega Shines, the only real difference being the improved scent (cupcake vanilla versus cherry cough syrup). In fact, I probably prefer the few Mega Shines I still have left in my stash - but then again, maybe I just had bad luck with this shade, and other Butter Glosses don't sink into lip lines as easily. Once more, I'm left feeling underwhelmed and somewhat puzzled by all the hype, which seems to have become a trend for me lately. I guess, all the more reason to stop jumping the bandwagon and start purchasing even less stuff...
By the way, originally, this review was supposed to be all about the bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss in Must-Have Pink (pictured below), which I've had unopened in my stash since January, when I purchased it as part of a (Holiday?) set I got on sale at Ulta. However, as soon as I cracked the tube open for swatches, I noticed that the smell was pretty strange - I still continued with my photos nonetheless, thinking that maybe it was supposed to be like that. NOPE. It's definitely gone off. A new, properly stored, never before opened or touched gloss has gone completely rancid on me. I realize it's just a mini and it wasn't all that expensive, but that makes me pretty pissed. I highly doubt that I will purchase any glosses or lip products in general from bareMinerals range ever again - I should have just stuck to my favorite Buxom Full-On Lip Polishes & Creams, which they also make.
Anyway, back to the NYX Butter Glosses, have you guys tried any of these? Do you agree with the raves? Also, please share any of your 'make-up going bad' stories, I'm hoping this will make me feel a little better; the Buttercream incident wasn't helped by the fact that a couple days later, I also discovered a Fyrinnae Lip Lustre that's gone off in my lip drawer. Have I mentioned that I'm not buying any lip glosses or liquid lipsticks until I finish what I have? Yeah. 'Coz it needs to happen.


  1. As we only offer a limited range of colours I haven't tried the nyx butter glosses yet. The available shades aren't my taste (light pastel colours... -.-)
    It's a pity that your bare minerals gloss gone off. Imho a closed lipgloss should last at least 2 years. I had this problem with two lipsticks, but it was okay since I didn't like the colour.

  2. Aw! Sorry your UNOPENED Bare Minerals gloss went sour on you! What the hell?! That would annoy me greatly. I recently had to trash 2 Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stains that weren't that old because they smelled funky. The longest lasting glosses in my stash are the reformulated NARS glosses. I have 1 NYX Butter Gloss that I absolutely love in Creme Brûlée. It doesn't have a white base and it never gets sticky. Maybe the higher concentrate of white base adds stick-factor?! Who knows! May no other unopened makeup revolt on you! :)

  3. I have four of the Butter Glosses: Strawberry Parfait, Vanilla Cream Pie, Raspberry Tart, and Devil's Food Cake. I really like them, especially Raspberry Tart, although it looks nothing as purple as the tube makes it appear. I have noticed that if my lips are feeling pretty dry they will gunk up and generally look/feel kind of gross and I definitely think there are better glosses out there. The Color Elixirs by Maybelline are my personal favorite.

  4. I too got sucked into the hype. I think that the NYX butter glosses are nice but there not particularly special to me - I mean sometimes hype can be hit or miss. I really like Maybelline lip elixirs though many bloggers/vloggers complained about its texture but I love it. Different strokes I guess :)

    Oh and about gone off makeup that's sealed - I bought a Revlon Baby Stick that had fungus growing on it ... most disgusting thing ever! Sure, I've had gone off smelling lip products that I purchased unopened before, but after that 'baby stick' nothing compares ...

  5. Oh that's no good, I really love my NYX Butter Glosses but don't have this shade, I have more of the neutral ones and a pink that Mister chose for me.

    I haven't had too many lip products go off on me, but I have a ridiculously stupid stash so I'm sure if I cracked them all open there would be some that need to go, for sure. I really need to get around to purging things, allllll of the things. I find I rotate a bunch of lip products that I love and have some staple 'night out' shades that I rely on, so why do I feel the need to hang onto every shade and formula for no reason? Drives me mad!

  6. I've swatched these a few times and always found them a bit thick for my liking, though they do feel buttery. I know just what you mean though about sometimes trying something that you haven't been all that interested in, just to see what the hype is...only to be disappointed. I'm getting better at just admitting not all the popular things are going to suited to me, but sometimes I still slip up anyway!

  7. I have literally over a hundred glosses and liquid mattes!!! I keep them in these tupperwares and covered. Shoot! I am worried they'll all go bad before I can even get to them! I'm such a sucker for NYX and new Colourpop shades. I have been holding out on new releases because I have seriously every shade anyone could ever have. Or that I could want. Ahhhh. Glad for the post. I read this all the time. Love it.

  8. Great post, and beautiful photos! Yeah I love the Butter Glosses (save for the lighter more pastel shades, like Merengue and Vanilla Cream Pie; the colors of those look 'off' on me anyway, but it also doesn't help that they sink into my lip lines) but the rest that I have do not pose that problem. The other ones I have are Devil's Food Cake, Raspberry Tart, Peach Crisp (a lighter shade that luckily didn't do any sink-age either), Angel Food Cake (another light one), Red Velvet, and Strawberry Cheesecake, and I've been lucky with them so far!