Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter Review and Swatches


Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butters come in 10 shades ranging from neutral beige to bright berries. They are priced at $8.00 a piece. Colors shown: NY, London and LA (left to right)

Ulta brand products have always been hit and miss for me. I find their prices to be quite expensive for what you are getting. Plus, in my opinion the product packaging leaves a lot to be desired. With a price point comparable to Sephora’s namesake brand, I feel there is much improvement needed for the Ulta line to be on par with Sephora’s. However, a few weeks back they were having an awesome sale on Ulta products (on sale plus buy 2 get 2 free!), I decided to try my luck and order a few different Ulta lip products. FYI, when I was researching this post, I noticed that they are again having a sale on Ulta products buy 2 get 2 free :)


Super Shiny Lip Butters Swatched from left to right: LA, NY and London

But, I digress back to the review. Minus my everyday staple transition eye shadow in Sable, these Super Shiny Lip Butters are by far my favorite Ulta product that I have tried. I purchased 3 of them and wish I would have bought more. All 10 shades are named after different cities throughout the World. Although, the textures of each shade I purchased are different, I did not notice any difference in the creaminess or ease of application. These babies just glide onto the lips, leaving a beautiful, pigmented, high shine result, each and every time. I also find these to have an excellent staying power for a lip butter product. While on the lips, my lips felt soft and moisturized, but after the product wore off, I felt they left my lips quite dry (I normally don’t ever suffer from dry lips). Since I love these so much, I have just added a lip balm pre application to prevent the dryness factor from occurring.


On lips: LA Ulta describes this shade as a sheer bright blue pink. I think it is a perfect everyday shade for spring and summer.


On lips: NY Ulta describes this shade as a sheer berry. I find on me it is more of a sheer cool toned red. This color is easily buildable for a more intense look.


On lips: London Ulta describes this as a berry with flecks of gold pearl. My absolute favorite (this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me). I love this color! This shade is very buildable which makes it a perfect shade for day or night.


  • Rich color pigmentation
  • Lasts much longer than other lip butters that I have tried
  • Unscented
  • Price when you buy them on sale


  • Very cheap packaging
  • Not as moisturizing as I would have liked
  • Limited color selection compared to other makeup brands’ lip butter lines

Bottom Line:

I love these lip butters. If only they had added more moisture to my lips they would have been perfect. I would definitely purchase more colors from this line…but only if they were on sale. I find the $8.00 price to be a little steep since the packaging is so cheaply made.


Products Used:

Tarte Clean Slate face primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, DermaDoctor DD Cream, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 and 25, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, Urban Decay Highlighter in Craze, Marvin Westmore blush in Mocha and Cocoa, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in 60 Silver Strike, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow in Sable, Urban Decay eye shadows in Maui Wowie and Shellshock, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Bourbon, LA Girl Endless Semi-Pemanent Auto Eyeliner in Very Black, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Highlight Hyperliner in Crystal Gun, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Bad Gal mascara in Plum, Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA, NY and London

Valentine’s Day Look #2 – Pink Shimmery Eye with Red Matte Lip

Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look


For my second Valentine’s Day look, I wanted the focus to be on my lips. I decided to go with a strong red lip paired with a pink, shimmery eye. I chose a matte formula liquid lipstick (for the staying power), since most likely your Valentine’s Day plans will involve drinking and/or eating and hopefully lots of kissing. Sadly, this lippie did not even come close to my expectations (I will have a full review on this line of products in a future post). Here is a step by step tutorial of how I did my pink, shimmery eye.


Step One:


I started by priming my entire upper eye area and lower lash line, with a matte, tinted eye primer. I chose this primer to cover any discoloration on my eyelids since I would be using light colors on my eyes. Then from my upper lash line to crease I applied a matte white eye shadow pencil to act as a base and really make the eye shadows I was going to use pop.


I also added a translucent face powder from my crease to my eyebrow, which helps the powder eye shadows blend better (I do not do this step if I am working with creme shadows).

Step Two:


Next, I added a soft cool pink eye shadow to my crease. Then I blended it out and up, to create a transition shade for all of my eye shadows.


I added a sparkly off-white eye shadow over the white base on my eyelids. I went over this with a shimmery, pale pink loose pigment, and blended this into my transition shade.

Step Three:


I used a bright fuschia eye shadow with a satin finish formula in my crease to add more depth and definition.


I made sure to blend this color really well with with a fluffy blending brush, using wind shield wiper motions (back and forth).

Step Four:

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I then wet a flat shader brush and dipped it into my loose pigment, that I had used in step 2. I applied this to my eyelids, to make them really sparkle, as well as, cover some of the fuschia shadow that had gotten on my eyelid during the blending process. I blended only the edges of this shadow, as to not disrupt it’s intensity and sparkle. I tightlined my upper lash line with a black pencil eye liner, before adding a black liquid liner to my upper lash line. To lift and open up my eyes, I added a small wing at the end. To give the illusion of bigger eyes, I lined my lower waterline with a shimmery, white eye pencil. I then used the same sparkly, off-white shadow to highlight my inner eye area and a matte white shade with a hint of pink undertones to highlight my brow bone. I finished up by adding 2 coats of mascara (one coat thickening, one coat lengthening) to my upper lashes and one coat of mascara to my lower lashes.



Products Used:

On Face: Lancome La Base Pro  makeup primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + foundation in shade 30 (I wanted a full coverage foundation, since any red on my face would be magnified by wearing a red lip), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light (to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose) and 20 Sand (to cover blemishes and any redness not covered by my foundation), NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used under eyes to counteract any purple tones), Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used all over my face, to combat oiliness), Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour nose), e.l.f. blush in Pink Passion, Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used for cheek highlight)

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eye pencil in dark brown and Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in medium brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used over eye are to make primer less tacky and blend eye shadows), NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (used as an eye shadow base), Urban Decay X-Rated eye shadow (used as transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used on eyelid and inner eye), Urban Decay eye shadow in Junkshow (used in crease), Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used over Bobby Dazzle), Urban Decay eye shadow in Tainted (use along lower lash line), Lancome Color Design eye shadow in Daylight (used as brow highlight), Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tightline my upper lash line), L’oreal Liner Intense liquid eyeliner in Black Mica (upper lash line), Tarina Tarantino eye liner in Crystal Gun (in lower waterline),YSL Shocking mascara (for length), Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara  in Excessive Black(for volume)

On Lips: Dior Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red (lined and colored in entire lips), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (used all over lips)


Super Bowl XLIX Makeup Looks

Whether you are a Patriots or Seahawks fan (or just a fan of makeup, like myself), I thought it would be fun to show how you can get creative with your makeup, and create an eye look to support your team. I used the same application method on both eyes, substituting correct team colors for each eye.

Above left: Patriots eye       Above right: Seahawks eye

Patriots eye (left)   Seahawks eye (right)



Closed eye view (please pardon my stray bang hair)



Full face makeup look with neutral lip (NYX lip liner in nude and Ulta Lip Color Lipstick in #225 in the buff).

Full face makeup look with neutral lip (NYX lip liner in nude and Ulta Lip Color Lipstick in #225 in the buff).


For any Patriots fans who want to sport a red lip with their look. Lip products used: Dior lip liner in Holiday  Red (colored my whole lip in) and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette

For any Patriots fans contemplating sporting a red lip with their look…Do it! Lip products used: Dior lip liner in Holiday Red (colored my whole lip in) and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette


Products used for Patriots eye look:

Eden primer potion by Urban Decay (on entire upper eye area), Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil by NYX (used as eye shadow base on upper eyelid and in my lower waterline), Charcoal eye shadow by Sally Girl (on eyelid and lower lash line), Heroine eyeshadow by Urban Decay (on outer V), Sable eyeshadow buy Ulta (transition shade), Stardust Eye Definer eye liner by Bonne Bell (upper lash line), Holiday Red lip liner by Dior (used as eye liner, lower lashline), generic white shimmer on inner eye, matte off-white eyeshadow by Sephora (brow highlight), Pervision mascara by Urban Decay


Products used for Seahawks eye look:

Eden primer potion by Urban Decay (on entire upper eye area), Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil by NYX (used as eye shadow base on upper eyelid), Silver in Anarchy Face Case by Urban Decay (on eyelid and lower lash line and in inner corner), Madness eyeshadow by Urban Decay (on outer V), Sable eyeshadow by Ulta (transition shade), Deviant 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay (upper lash line), bright matte green eyeshadow by unknown brand (applied wet with a brush for lower lash line eyeliner), Crystal Gun Eye Dream Highlight Hyperliner by Tarina Tarantino (lower waterline), matte off-white eyeshadow by Sephora (brow highlight), Perversion mascara by Urban Decay