I love the new trend of ‘lip masks’! Why? They are super nourishing lip balms that should stay on the lips for an extended period of time (i.e. overnight) and work to dramatically soften and comfort your lips. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a favourite of mine and I think this was the first (or if not, it was definitely one of the first) lip masks on the market. It’s so wonderful because it somehow adhere’s to the lips for a long, long time; yet it doesn’t go funky over time. It also feels so smooth (almost gel like), exfoliates lips gently and moisturises lips like almost no other lip balm that I’ve tried before. OH – and it also has a delicious berry scent (the original ‘version’ 🍓🍒), comes in a gigantic tub which will last you forever AND is quite affordable. That’s a lot to live up to huh?!? So when Kiehl’s came out with their own lip mask containing wild mango butter and coconut oil, I thought it sounded delicious so it might be a winner 😋🥥🥭 Yum right?!? There’s nothing like food to win a girl over 😉
Buttermask for Lips
An intensively hydrating lip mask that helps restore dry lips overnight.
Blanket your lips in nourishing moisture with our hydrating lip mask. Infused with Fairly Traded Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter, this overnight treatment for dry lips smooths and softens while you sleep.
Fairly Traded Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is derived from the Coconut Tree, known as the “tree of life.” Used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years, Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids and known to nourish, hydrate and soften.
Wild Mango Butter Wild
Mango Butter is derived from Irvingia gabonensis, a tree grown in the tropical and subtropical forests of Central and West Africa. Within our formula, it is known to help smooth and soften lips.
How to Apply
• Apply a generous layer at bedtime
• May be reapplied throughout the day as desired
• Can be used to prep lips for makeup
• Apply to lips
• Leave on for 15 minutes
• Blot your lips and smooth on your favourite lip colour
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Castor Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera/Candelilla Wax, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Cocoa Seed Butter, Jojoba Esters, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera/Sunflower Seed Wax, Irvingia Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Aqua/Water, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Salix Nigra Bark Extract/Willow Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Cera/Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Sorbic Acid, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Citric Acid.
The first thing you will notice about this lip mask is it’s scent – it’s delicious! It smells like a white chocolate bar… with just the slightest hint of coconut. I really love this scent because it’s still kinda subdued and subtle. Coconut in particular can be an overwhelming scent but this one is very ‘balanced’ and not artificial smelling. The Buttermask has the consistency of a ‘traditional’ lip balm; it’s very creamy and buttery (thank you shea & cocoa butter, coconut oil, wild mango butter and beeswax)! All of those butters are not only hydrating and softening, but they also provide your lips with antioxidant protection and nourishing lipids. Much to my dismay however, is that the formula contains castor seed oil. It’s listed as ingredient 5 in the formula, so there is quite a bit of it in there. Does it matter? To me, yes. I find that lips products high in castor seed oil leave me with a ‘dry mouth’ feeling or taste. It even seems to get into my throat… so it’s very unpleasant for me.
One of the other qualities of a lip mask is that it is supposed to leave lips ‘rejuvenated’. You should wake up with lips that are soft but that also look remarkably better than the night before. Do I get this effect using the Buttermask? No. To me, it acts like a lip balm. A good lip balm but nonetheless a standard and traditional lip balm. The lip mask could have been improved had they used some gentle acids in the formula (to exfoliate the lips but to also help the ingredients absorb better). The lips are the thinest skin on your face (yep, it’s not your eye area!) so it needs that additional T.L.C. as they flake at a much higher rate than the skin on your face (cell turnover) yet the lips don’t produce sebum or it’s own lipids.
I can sometimes feel the Buttermask on my lips after waking up in the morning and the formula doesn’t go funky – as in, it doesn’t clump up in the corners of my mouth (that gross white residue/build up!) or on the inner rim of my lips. But some mornings it’s also completely gone from my lips. Because it’s a thicker formula, it’s probably easier in a way to rub off manually when you toss and turn in your sleep. OH – you know what the Buttermask reminds me of? The Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. It’s the same texture, however, I think the butters and oils in the Buttermask melts into your lips (thanks to your body’s warmth) much easier. But at the end of the day, the Buttermask does function like a lip balm and not a lip mask in my view.
How does it stack up price and quantity wise compared to the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask? Not that well. The Kiehl’s Buttermask retails for $34 AUD here in Australia and you get 10g of product. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $26 AUD from Nudie Glow (an Australian K-Beauty retailer) and you get 20g of product. At Sephora the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $28 AUD, so get it from Nudie Glow and support a smaller Australian retailer 😉 If the Buttermask retailed for less than $30 dollars, I think it would stand a better chance against the competition out there in the market, but I also understand that Kiehl’s has great ‘street cred’ when it comes to the brand’s long standing name and reputation. Kiehl’s as a brand was established in 1851 (!!!) as an ‘apothecary’ brand in New York City. Back then all skincare had to either be made at home DIY style, or bought from the pharmacy. The brand still has that no bull, ingredients that work ethos, which I love. But when it comes to the Buttermask, I won’t be repurchasing this product. In fact, I’ll be passing this one on to my mum! I know she will love it 😉
Tell me Beauties – does the Buttermask interest you or lip masks in general? Let me know in the comments below!
Catch ya next time,