Sunday Mimosa, Sugar Plum, Cherry Custard, Summer Fruit
NYX is one of those companies that always has something new coming out. I swear to god every time I take my weekly trip to ULTA there's another damn lip product from them and I honestly can't keep track. Back in the day, when the Butter Glosses came out, they were revolutionary! A pigmented gloss that felt good on the lips at an accessible drugstore price? Sign me up! Somewhere along the way, NYX introduced the Intense Butter Glosses. Personally, I don't see the need to mess with a good thing, but in this day and age if you're not constantly updating than you're outdated. So... what's the difference between these two items? Why did NYX choose to keep the old formula even though there's a new and (possibly) improved one? And which of the two do I prefer?
Sunday Mimosa, Summer Fruit
Let's start out with the cosmetic differences (pun). The two tubes look pretty different despite being
similar products. I do have to say that the new Intense ones do look rather snappy with their gunmetal lids and solid colored tubes unlike the original Butter Glosses, which have a clear tube that shows the color and a matching lid. Personally I'd prefer the tubes on both to be clear so the level of product can be seen, but that's just me nit-picking. The applicators on both also differ. The original one has a traditional doe foot applicator while the Intense variety has a longer, flexible, and flat on both side paddle.
Summer Fruit (top), Sunday Mimosa (bottom)
Moving on to formulation, I've gotta say that while I appreciate some of the improvements in the Intense Butter Glosses, I still prefer the original. Both formulas have what I'd call a "milky" appearance. Both have creamy pigments suspended in gloss which give them a more opaque appearance than most glosses. Naturally, the Intense glosses have some more of these making them more opaque and giving them a vinyl-esque appearance. The Butter Glosses are quite pigmented, but they can tend to get a little streaky as they wear on unlike their Intense counterparts. I'd say that the finish, or feel, on the original is more "plush" than glossy - it has a little bit of stick to it, but for the most part it's smooth and pillowy. The Intense gloss, however, has more stick to it and feels a bit thick which I believe is what's to thank for a longer wear time. It's by no means uncomfortable, but the original formula is superior when it comes to feel. NYX claims that both have the same buttercream scent, but I think that the original formula smells better. Right now it would seem that both are neck-and-neck when it comes to benefits, but there's something about the Intense glosses that makes them take the back seat and that is how they make my lips feel. I have a sneaking suspicion that companies start to shirk on the quality of products once their quantity of new items produced goes up. Why? Because ouch, my lips burn, and my tongue feels like I'm holding tabasco underneath it. The original formula produces none of this pain.
If your lips are sensitive, I'd suggest skipping the new(ish) Intense formula, but if you're more hearty than I am I'd say give 'em a whirl if you're looking for a super pigmented and long wearing gloss.