Review: In Her Element Butterlips Conditioning Color

21 May 2020

In the last two months and more that I have been home, I only ever stepped out of the gate once - to chase after a vendor selling ripe mangoes. Except for my birthday when I made sure I looked pretty, I haven't applied a full face makeup since we started working from home. Although I use Ellana Loose Powder Foundation and a swipe of lipstick for meetings, filling in my eyebrows and applying blush became things from a not so distant past. I always have lip balm within reach for my chapped lips, though.

I try, but most days I can't muster enough enthusiasm nor energy to swipe on lipstick or even lip gloss. It's not a necessity, but you would think that someone whose blog has had peace, love, and lip gloss as subhead since 2008 could be a little bit more excited about lip color. 

When Liz announced back in March that In Her Element is donating 100% of Butterlips Conditioning Color sales to Philippine General Hospital, it gave me the push I needed to finally try these out. I actually wanted to get all shades but I could barely justify the purchase when I had 200+ lipsticks in my kit. Beauty by Tellie's vlog with swatches helped a lot, and I decided on Mayari and Tala

After about a month of waiting since they had to stop operation during the ECQ, they finally arrived.

The Butterlips Conditioning Color (3g) hydrates lips with a juicy wash of luscious color. It’s perfect for those with normal to dry lips. Swipe it on and go!
FULL INGREDIENTS LIST Ozokerite Wax, Lanolin Anhydrous, Cera Alba (Bees Wax), Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Diisostearyl Malate, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octylmethoxycinnamate, Glycerine, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Sunflower Oil), Ethylhexylglycerin & Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone / May contain: C.I. 77891, C.I. 15850:1, C.I 77491, C.I. 77499, C.I. 15850, C.I. 19140, C.I. 77492
Swatches of In Her Element Butterlips Conditioning Color in Mayari and Tala

Sold at Php 345 each, the In Her Element Butterlips Conditioning Color comes in three shades: Mayari (clay brown) named after the Filipino folklore goddess of the moon; Tala (berry plum) named after the Filipino folklore goddess of the stars; and Hanan (bright coral) named after the Filipino folklore goddess of morning. I only got Mayari and Tala because those were the colors that jumped at me, and because I didn't think Hanan would suit my skin tone. 

In Her Element Butterlips Conditioning Color in Tala on my lips

The quote "Beautiful things don't ask for attention" from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came to mind when I saw this shade on me. Tala is a very nice pink that easily brightened up my mood and added a pop of color on my otherwise bare face. 

In Her Element Butterlips Conditioning Color in Mayari

Now Tala is very pretty but Mayari is easily my favorite of the two. Easily. It is such a nice shade of clay brown that is very flattering and I love how it looks natural, but with an added oomph. If I were a cartoon character, this would be my lip color.

How nice it felt to be wearing lip color and walk on sunshine (even just outside the door and inside the gate) once again! How are they on the lips, you ask? Like lip balm, only better! This is Maybelline Baby Lips (that was my makeup kit and every-bag staple) x 100, and baby that is a big deal. It kept my lips soft and hydrated. Chika na sa staying power because I don't mind re-applying. 

So, yes, you could say that I would be needing backups soon. Since these are the only things I have been putting on exclusively lately, I am sure I would use these up in no time. Maybe on my next purchase I would even get Hanan just so I could try it.

I guess my only gripe is the packaging. It's not flimsy, but it's easy to mistake the tube to look dirty because it seems like the color goes all over the place when you put the cap back on. I don't know, maybe try an opaque lipstick cap next time? I like that it looks simple, but it could be a little bordering on clinical already. That's just me and my personal preferences, though. Otherwise, congratulations and great job, Liz and In Her Element team! I am looking forward to more new things from this local powerhouse brand!

Have you used In Her Element Butterlips Conditioning Color before? Which shade is your favorite?

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I bought the lip colors using my own money. 

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