December 29, 2013

Review: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms

I have always been weary of using matte lipsticks since I think this will just dry my lips out, but when I found out Revlon came out with Colorburst Matte Balms and most beauty blog sites gave these such raving reviews, I knew I just had to try it out myself. I don't mind trying them out comparing it to the price of a high end matte lipstick so once I fell in love with my first matte balm I knew I needed to get the other shades I wanted. 
When this line came out, they also have the Colorburst Lacquer Balms collection out that were more on the glossy side of the lip finish spectrum, but for this post I will just be focusing on the matte balms as I do not own any of the lacquer ones at all (and don't really plan to).

According to Ulta's website:
"Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm offers velvety color with balm-like moisture. Infused with a Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Mango and Coconut Butter. This retractable chubby crayon requires no sharpener."
These were around $9.99 in my area,a bit pricey for me, and so a coupon and those buy one get 50% sales are the only times I would get these balms.

About the Product:
  • The packaging is similar to Revlon's Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (which is my all time drugstore fave lip product!)
  • These are retractable chubby lip pencils that does not need any sharpening. You twist the silver part of the pencil (or crayon) to get more of the product.
  • This has a minty-tingling sensation to it as you apply and goes away afterwards.
  • To differentiate these to the other Revlon chubby pencils, look for the matted packaging. The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have a more plastic look to it's packaging while this have a dull, matte texture to it.
  • Plus in my CVS, they had their own display stand and was not in the regular Revlon section in the Beauty aisle, so look for the display stand if you don't see it in the shelves.
  • The color you see in the packaging is the color you get of the lip shade. 
  • These are very pigmented balms, as you will see in the swatches below, BUT they are not stains so the color easily comes off when you wipe them off.
  • There are 10 shades in the Colorburst Matte Balm collection and those are:
    • Shameless*
    • Showy *
    • Elusive * 
    • Standout *
    • Sultry * 
    • Unapologetic 
    • Audacious 
    • Mischievous  
    • Striking  
    • Complex 
      • the one's with the (*) are the ones I have purchased.
      • I will only describe the colors that I got as Revlon doesn't seem to have an official information page on these so what I write here are all my personal opinion.

My Verdict:
  • I love the matte packaging on this so I can easily tell them from my Kissable Balm Stains.
  • These are easy to apply and pretty hydrating on the lips.
    • Since my lips have been dry from the cold weather lately, I do top these balms with a little gloss. 
    • I can wear this for a few hours alone before they settle into my dry, patchy lips though.
    • I do recommend to exfoliate before putting this on to have smoother and lasting color.
  • They do easily come off when wiped off that's why they're not labeled as balm stains. But I have no problem with the lasting power even after drinking and eating, I only need to touch up a little bit.
  • These are very pigmented balms and the color you see is the color you get! 
    • Shameless (deep purple): I love this color on me.  On my warm skin tone, blue/ purple under toned shades compliments my skin very well I think. This can look patchy on dry lips so exfoliate and moisturize your lips before applying this on!
    • Sultry (dark nude): This is my favorite everyday color to wear! I am not sure how to describe this shade but since I have dark pigmented lips, this is what I call my "better than lips" color shade. 
    • Standout (true red): This is a great red matte lip shade! Not too orange or not too pink in my opinion. It is just the right red! 
    • Showy (bright pink): This is a pretty bold shade for me. I tend to gravitate to darker lip shades so this one for me is very bright and it will take time to adjust to. I may wear this more in the Spring/Summer but a little bit toned down than the lip swatch picture below.
    • Elusive (nude pink): This is a nice nude-peach shade that I thought would be my go-to everyday color from the arm swatch! Once I apply it on my lips, it applies patchy, even after exfoliating. A tricky one to wear for me but I really like the color so this might just be used with a gloss.

Overall, I love these Colorburst Matte Balms. They are non-drying on my lips and has a nice matte finish for a drugstore product! I haven't really found a good drugstore matte lip product before this. These are easy to apply and you can be done in no time! So don't pass these up when you see them at your drugstore! 

If you have purchased one of these, what's your favorite shade?
Do you guys have other drugstore lip matte products that you would like to recommend?

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