NYX Butter Gloss in Raspberry Tart - review and swatches


Well, I've been meaning to get this post up for ages but I've had so many issues with my photo-editing program (I won't bore you with those again) that I wasn't able to get everything edited and ready until today.

Hoh well, at least it's going to be a positive post!

As you may know, these Butter Glosses are my favourite glosses of all time - whether budget or high-end. This is the fourth shade I've tried and while I still love the formula, this particular shade has annoyed me a little because it looks very purple in the tube but when worn there's a lot more pink in it so it's more magenta on me.

Thankfully I can get away with magenta (anything too pink generally doesn't suit me), but I certainly wasn't expecting this colour to be anything less than purple so I was a bit disappointed with that side of things.

Hoh well, I still love it.

NYX claims/product details:

  • Buttery soft and silky smooth 
  • This scrumptious gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie - and makes your lips look downright luscious
  • Swipe it on alone or over your favourite lipstick for a creamy, sheer-to-medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky 
  • Leaves your lips soft, supple and kissable
  • RRP $9.95 AUD for 8ml, but do shop around

There's a swatch in direct sunlight:

 My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product, indirect sunlight:

And in natural light:


I absolutely love this gloss and I've given the formula an HG tag, as I have all the others I've tried so far.

It's a standard gloss that comes in a plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator. It has a sweet, sugary scent that's not overpowering so it's a good, balanced kind of smell for a product like this.

The gloss feels very comfortable to wear and it's hydrating enough for my dry lips that I can rely on it for hydration during the day. For this reason I always carry one in my handbag, because I can layer it underneath or over the top of less hydrating products to keep my lips feeling comfortable.

The formula isn't sticky but it does have a slight tackiness to it that helps it stay put. Sure, it's not a super long-lasting product (I wouldn't expect it to be), but it does stay longer than other glosses so that's a plus.

What I like about this formula is that you can apply a very fine layer (eg, over a lipstick or liner) and just add a bit of shine, or you can add more and get a medium coverage and just wear the gloss by itself. Not all glosses are opaque enough to give good colour, but all the shades I've tried so far of these Butter Glosses are. Tick.

As mentioned above, Raspberry Tart isn't quite the colour I was expecting, but I still like it and even though it's not an everyday shade for me, I've certainly been able to use it: I just put a thin layer of this below whatever else I'm wearing for the day and it keeps my dry lips feeling nourished - no matter what other product I layer over it.

Also note that this shade doesn't settle into lip lines so it's flattering and it also plumps the lips up a little and reduces the look of lines. This makes it perfect for those of us who are over 30 and need something with a smoothing effect.

Overall I love this formula and I recommend it: as mentioned above, it's the nicest gloss formula I've found so far - whether budget or high-end. I can see myself buying a truckload of these whenever Priceline has a sale. You can't beat a great gloss that you can grab for a fiver on special, that's for sure.


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