As someone who struggles with makeup bag clutter, I have found dual-purpose products to make a noticeable dent in the problem—and the best ones can also help stretch my budget. Right now, I think one of the best of the bunch is the Korres Lip Butter which for $9, is billed as both a lip gloss and cheek stain. That is a real deal for two high-quality products.

In testing, I found that it truly can be used for both purposes. As a lip gloss, I found it to be creamy and not sticky, which is exactly how I like them. The shea butter is smoothing and hydrating, and the colors were pretty and flattering. I foresee using the Quince shade all summer long.

Used as a cheek color, the Lip Butter gave me that sheer, healthy, long-lasting glow that a good gloss blush can do, and the Korres product was just as effective as any other I’ve used. Don’t be fooled by the Lip Butter name—it could just as easily have been called Cheek Butter.

You should be aware, however, that these are real colors, not just slight tints. As a result, choose your shade carefully. All five are fine for most complexions, but the Wild Rose in particular is a fairly pigmented red, and it may be too dramatic for some skin tones, particularly when used as a blush.

The Lip Butter is also free of parabens, sulfates, and petro-chemicals. Most of the colors are free of synthetic dyes and fragrances, however if you are sensitive to dyes, avoid Plum and Guava, and if fragrances bother you, avoid Plum.
I wish I could get two great products out of every $9 purchase I make, both for the sake of my pocketbook and my makeup bag.


Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Aroma, Tocopherol, Prunus Domestica Extract, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax (Oryza Sativa Cera), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake).