Revlon Colorburst Matte BalmsTuesday, October 29, 2013
Revlon's lip crayon collection is expanding. It started with the Kissable Balm Stains, but now they're adding two new finishes: lacquer (super glossy) & matte.
During a spur of the moment jaunt across the border, I chanced upon them at a Rite Aid on the way home. I was really more interested in the matte shades, but there wasn't a lot to choose from (stock was low, only 4 out of 10 shades available). I ended up with two matte shades: Unapologetic (a bright blue-based pink) and Sultry (a deep rose).
I've only had a few days to play with them, but I'm liking them so far. I do prefer the shade Sultry. It's a great fall shade. Unapologetic is a pretty colour, but I doubt I'll use it that often. The colour feels a bit garish against my skin tone (it looks much brighter in person than in the photo below).
They have the same minty scent / flavour as the original. I personally don't mind it, but it won't be for everyone. I don't find that the beeswax negatively effects application, though. They also twist up. No sharpening required is always a plus.
I like the formulation. They leave a matte, almost velvet, finish to the lips. Surprisingly, I don't find them drying, either. In general, I prefer a shiny / dewy finish to my lipstick because matte finishes are usually a bit too dry for my liking. Not the case with these lip "balms." Now, while they're not drying, they're also not overly moisturizing. Don't let the name confuse you.
During application, I didn't feel any tugging / dragging on the lips or any patchiness. I did exfoliate my lips a bit beforehand, though.
The wear time isn't great. After about three hours, a tall latte, and a mid-morning snack, I noticed significant fading & a need to reapply. Pretty average for a balm, although I guess based on the pigmentation and the matte claim, I was expecting a bit more wear.
Overall, they're definitely worth a swatch. You're bound to find at least one of the 10 new shades to fall in love with ;).
Pricing & Availability
$9.99 | 2.7g each | Mass retailers
I have it on good authority (thanks to Esther, aka Rasilla) that these have finally made it to Canada.
Ps, I usually try not to use a lip product that I want to blog about until I have photographed it, but I couldn't resist trying at least one of these out right away.
It irks me to look at this photo of one pristine untouched lippy and it's messy smeared cousin haha. #Bbloggers, amiright?