What’s the Difference Between Lip Gloss & Lip Butter?

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What’s the Difference Between Lip Gloss & Lip Butter?

Have you always wondered about the benefits of lip gloss vs. lip butter? Learn what goes into each—and which is best for your style and skincare!

Those who love lip products have an overwhelming selection to choose from. There’s lip gloss, lip butter, lipstick, lip balm…and the list goes on! Then, there’s the matter of finding quality beauty products that won’t dry out your lips.

Fortunately, there are better options now than ever, including vegan lip products that aren’t only focused on beauty but on naturally healthy skincare. Two of the most popular are gloss and butter—but what’s the difference? Which one is better for your style and skincare needs?

Below is a simple breakdown of lip gloss vs. lip butter to help you decide what’s right for you!

Behind the Shine: What is Lip Gloss?

Izzy Zero Waste Lip Gloss

Did you know lip gloss has been around since 1930? That’s right, those Lip Smackers weren’t the first on the scene (though they were the first flavored lip glosses)! 

Lip gloss was invented by Max Factor for black-and-white film actresses to give their lips a shiny pop onscreen. But it really gained traction in the 1970s, when the glossier, poutier, and often sparkly lips captured the era’s essence. Today, lip gloss is still commonly worn on its own or over lipstick.

When it comes to color, lip gloss can come in opaque, subtle shades or richer hues and can include a shimmer or glitter. Many makeup lovers enjoy glosses for their flavor and scent. 

So, what is lip gloss made of? It typically has a thinner consistency and is traditionally made with a base of wax, petroleum jelly, and oil. While lip gloss’s original purpose was to offer that eye-catching shine, these ingredients often dried out the lips. 

With a growing number of sustainable brands, many are shifting away from animal-derived ingredients and incorporating high-quality vegan options to moisturize and nourish your pucker!

Buttery Soft Smile: What is Lip Butter?

Izzy Zero Waste Lip Butter

Lip butter is a more contemporary and natural spin on lip balms. While lip balms tend to have a waxy texture, lip butters tend to have a creamier texture. 

What makes this delightful consistency? It’s usually thanks to a plant butter base, such as shea, avocado, or mango—like Izzy’s! Lip balms, on the other hand, are traditionally made with ingredients like beeswax and petroleum jelly. And for a growing crowd of environmentally responsible beauty buffs, this is not desirable.

Lip butter is primarily intended to hydrate and nourish the lips. Some even offer plumping properties for an irresistible pout! And they’re typically colorless or subtly tinted, making them perfect for when you just need a hint of color or a natural shine.

Because we love having options and understand that beauty and skincare needs change by the day, Izzy created both a Zero Waste Glossy Lip Butter and Lip Gloss! Find out the benefits and look of each.

Izzy Zero Waste Lip Gloss

Our Zero Waste Lip Gloss puts your kisser in the spotlight with a high shine. Raspberry seed oil moisturizes, nourishes, and helps protect lips from sun damage thanks to powerful antioxidants and a natural SPF.

Your lips will also love soaking up:

  • -Squalene: Full of lipids, it hydrates and softens the lips by locking in moisture.
  • -Vitamin E: It fights free radical damage and promotes younger-looking lips with its anti-aging properties.
  • -Vanillin & peppermint oil: They offer antioxidant benefits and a delectable, breath-freshening flavor.

Izzy’s lip gloss is perfect for those who want a pop of color and lasting shine that will soften and protect their lips. Plus, it’s buildable, so you can add extra shine and color by applying additional coats as desired. It’s also available in two signature shades Izzy founder Shannon Goldberg created with our Zero Waste Eco Emissary (and Ms. Marvel star) Alysia Reiner.

Izzy Zero Waste Glossy Lip Butter

Want to keep your lips hydrated and pillowy soft? Our Zero Waste Glossy Lip Butter delivers a glossy coat of moisture with a non-sticky, natural-shine finish. Enjoy a soothing creamier texture.

We created this luscious formula with:

  • -Sunflower oil & wax: They naturally nourish and moisturize the lips.
  • -Mango butter: This non-greasy plant butter helps visibly diminish fine lines and the effects of sun damage.
  • -Hyacolor: This ingredient offers lip-plumping effects thanks to high amounts of hyaluronic acid, infusing the skin with water molecules from the atmosphere and locking them beneath the butter.
  • -Vanillin, monk fruit extract & peppermint oil: These deliver antioxidant benefits and a sweet, breath-freshening flavor.

 

These ingredients make our lip butter perfect for those who want an easy, buildable, subtle shine for their everyday look. Although the formula has a pink tint on the wand, it goes on clear. Achieve a glossier look by applying additional coats as desired.

As you consider the difference between lip gloss and lip butter, consider your desired benefits and look. It may change by your mood or the day!

 

To learn more and see our zero waste lip products in action, shop Izzy today.

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