NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee - review and swatches


We have a lot on today but I need to get a few posts done in the spaces, so I'll be going for the proverbial low-hanging fruit and picking the ones that are easiest for me to get done quickly.

That includes this post because I've reviewed this formula before (just not this shade) and I'm also close to finishing this gloss now so I need to write this post soon anyway.

As you may know, I love this formula. It's my HG formula for lip gloss and I always have a few of these in circulation because I can't live without them. More on that below.

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

Below I've done light and heavy swatches in different lights.

Indirect sunlight:

Direct sunlight:  

My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product, natural light (indoors):

Wearing the product, indirect sunlight:


I absolutely love this formula and I've given it an HG tag, as I have all the other shades 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 scent 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 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 ones are. Tick.

Crème Brulee is a nude pink shade that's very close to my natural lip colour (more so in the second lip swatch above) so it's the kind of shade that I can wear with just about anything. Yes it's a little more pink than I would like (pink generally doesn't suit me), and if it were more brown or mauve then it would look better on me, but I can certainly get away with it and I've been wearing it so much that it won't take me long to pan.

Note also that while this shade doesn't settle into lip lines too badly, it does so a little bit - just not enough to be noticeable to anyone but myself. Nevertheless, it's still 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. You can't beat a great gloss that you can grab for a fiver on special, that's for sure.


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