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April 15, 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms Review and Swatches

Matte lip products are a bit taboo for me. I'm never really happy with the texture of matte lips, hating the way they feel on the lips and, more than that, the way they can be so, so drying. For me, there's nothing better than a creme finish. Anyway, when the new Revlon Colorburst balms made their way to Australian soil I had to go and check them out. 

I was expecting to fall head over heels for the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms but, in a twist, they didn't really impress me. I was, however, blown away by the incredibly pigmented and soft Colorburst Matte Balms so over two separate trips to Priceline I managed to pick up four of the ten shades. Check out one of my hauls here.

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are another of the jumbo lip pencils we've been seeing everywhere at the moment but, as the name suggests, they have a matte finish. I feel like the finish is a bit of a satin/matte hybrid which means that, whilst they have a matte appearance, they're not quite as drying and uncomfortable on the lips. It's the best of both worlds, as far as I'm concerned.

As I said, the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are available in ten shades and I feel that there's a fairly good balance of neutral/everyday colours and bright and bold colours. I wanted to do lip swatches but, once again, my camera skills failed me so you're going to have to settle for an arm swatch. Sorry!!

#205 Elusive | #215 Shameless | #220 Showy | #235 Mischievous 

Elusive is a medium toned pink that has quite warm undertones. It's a beautiful everyday colour that I expect to get a lot of wear out of. Shameless is pink/purple colour that really reminds me of MAC's Rebel lipstick. It has quite warm undertones and I think it's going to be so much fun in winter. Showy is the most beautiful cool toned bright pink that was such a compliment grabber the last time I wore it to work. It really brightened up my whole face. Mischievous is a muted neon orange colour. It's quite bright but also quite subdued, making it more wearable. 

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are so comfortable on the lips. They apply like a dream and there's absolutely no need to pull or drag, something that really surprised me given they have a matte finish. They don't dry my lips out, settle into lines or make dry patches more noticeable. Whilst I wouldn't wear these if I was having a super dry lip day, I would have no reservation in making this product my everyday lip product.

In terms of longevity, they do pretty damn well. I found myself reapplying Showy at the three to four hours into my working day, however I didn't need to - I just wanted it as vibrant as possible. As it wore off, it wore off quite evenly, making the colour more subtle. At the end of the day I found that it had worn off on the inside of my lips but really, after 10 hours of wear I am not complaining.

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms retail for $17.95 at Priceline and are currently by two get one free. If that's not reason enough to check them out, I don't know what is. 

Have you tried any of the Revlon Colorburst Matte or Lacquer Balms? What did you think? 

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  1. The more I read about these, the more I want to get them. I think I'll have to pick one up in the future now :)

  2. I really enjoy the feel of these but I only liked the Elusive shade.
    xxx Kat @ Katness

  3. I have two of the matte ones and thoroughly enjoy them, though I do find they sliiiiightly dry my lips out towards the end of its wear. The lacquer balms didn't appeal to me at all honestly, especially with the glittery-shimmer they have.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  4. You picked pretty colours! I have seven of these already and am planning on picking up the remainder 3.. so pretty!


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