Tested on animals:No
NYX's Intense Butter Gloss is marketed as a more color-saturated version of its original Butter Gloss, and with that regard, the brand is absolutely right. In fact, were it not for a couple of minor drawbacks, this would have earned our highest rating! As it stands, though, there are enough great things about its performance that it earns a three-star, good rating.
Intense Butter Gloss comes in standard packaging—a clear plastic tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. The good thing about this applicator is that it has a slight bend to it when you put it to your lips, meaning it can more closely hug your lip line for a more precise application.
When NYX says this has "even more color payoff" than the original Butter Gloss, take that claim seriously, as each shade is so pigmented that just one swipe across the lips delivers full-coverage color. In fact, this gloss is more like a liquid lipstick in its opacity, and dries down to a soft shine finish rather than a glassy sheen.
Thanks to the number of emollients in Intense Butter Gloss, it glides across lips with ease and feels comfortable during its entire wear time (which is about four hours without eating—standard wear for a lip gloss). It leaves lips slightly moisturized once it has worn away, leaving an attractive stain behind.
In fact, there are only two minor issues with this formula. The first is that it does have an artificial candy fragrance when you initially apply it. It dissipates after about 15 minutes, but it's something to keep in mind if you prefer your glosses fragrance-free. The second is that this can bleed outside lip lines after an hour or two of wear, so we recommend wearing it with a liner.
Other than that, NYX's Intense Butter Gloss is a good, high-color lipgloss that's a true beauty bargain. At this price, you can stock up on more than just one of the dozen shades available!
- Very pigmented formula.
- Easy to apply.
- Feels moisturizing and comfortable during its wear time.
- Fades to an attractive stain.
- Has an artificial candy fragrance that some might not prefer.
- Can bleed outside lip lines.