I am so happy I finally got my hands on the new Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms & Lacquer Balms. These were released in the US about 3 months ago and I was hoping they would arrive in South Africa too. When I saw on Instagram and Twitter that Revlon had sent a couple of these to some of the top bloggers in South Africa, I was ecstatic! Granted, these have received mixed reviews on the toob (Youtube) and various international blogs…but the pigmentation looked spot-on, so I wanted to try them for myself. I am a big believer in trying products out, even if they receive some bad reviews – like I’ve said so many times before: We’re all different, so naturally some things will work better for me than for you.
I didn’t purchase all of the shades, at R 120,00 a pop, I just couldn’t justify spending that much especially since a lot of the shades are either very bright or very nude. I received the Matte Balm as a birthday gift and went out to purchase one Lacquer Balm this past weekend, so that I could do a review on both types of balms.
I might go out to buy additional shades if I like the finish & wear of these 2 very different balms from Revlon. At the moment I have Coquette (Lacquer Balm photographed on the left) and Elusive (Matte Balm photographed on the right). I really want to get my hands on Demure as well, but I couldn’t find it in stock anywhere.
This is what Revlon says about the Lacquer Balms: A lacquer finish that’s beyond brilliant. Balm that’s beyond comforting. Our Triple Butter Complex of shea, coconut and mango butters nourishes lips.
And here’s what they say about the Matte Balms: A matte finish that’s beyond plush. Balm that’s beyond comforting. Our Triple Butter Complex of shea, coconut and mango butters nourishes lips.
♥ Neither of these balms tint the lips like the original Revlon Kissable Balm Stains.
♥ As with the original Kissable Balm Stains, these are a swivel up pencil so a sharpener isn’t required.
♥ The chubby pencils have a minty flavour and fragrance, I personally really enjoy this about the Revlon balms but I know it’s not for everyone.
♥ The Lacquer Balms are a bit more hydrating and balmy than the matte balms.
♥ Both the Matte & Lacquer balms are pigmented and have great colour pay-off (some are better than others).
♥ One can rock a matte or glossy lip with the Matte Balms, if you want to go glossy, just add a clear gloss on top. This is why a lot of people prefer matte lip products, because you always have the option to go from matte to high-gloss just by adding a little bit of gloss.
♥ The Lacquer Balms have faint shimmer / glitter particles embedded in the balm. I had a look at all the Lacquer Balms on display, and it seems some are more saturated with the sparkles that others. Coquette does contain silver shimmers but some of the other shades contain more.
♥ Contrary to what one would think, the Matte Balms have a creamy texture that glides onto the lips very easily. The product is very soft & doesn’t tug during application.
♥ I have read in some reviews on the Lacquer Balms that once the balm has worn off, one is left with glitter particles on the lips. I wore my Lacquer Balm for a couple of hours on Sunday (as a test-run) and I didn’t find left-over glitter to be an issue for me (there were hardly any left on my lips) but this could be because Coquette isn’t as saturated with shimmers.
♥ I personally didn’t find the Matte Balms to be too drying on the lips.
♥ I also found the finish of the Matte Balm to be quite satin like – definitely not a dead, flat matte like the MAC matte lipsticks.
♥ The Matte Balms are longer wearing than the Lacquer Balms.
♥ I got about 4 hours of wear with the Lacquer Balm (less if I eat or drink in between) and 5 hours with the Matte Balm.
♥ Always exfoliate your lips before applying a matte lip product as they tend to accentuate texture in the lips.
♥ A makeup industry secret is to use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (this is not actually a cream, but a glossy balm) to add gloss to your matte lippies. The Eight Hour cream is SUCH a multi-purpose product (one of my Holy Grail products for sure, has been for years) – you can use it on chapped lips, dry places on your face / body, sunburns, bruises & scrapes, you name it! Even Price Harry uses the Eight Hour cream to keep his skin soft in the Antarctic.
First up we have Coquette (Lacquer Balm) and then Elusive (Matte Balm).
Overall I’m very happy with the pigmentation and creaminess of these new balm products from Revlon. Shameless (a stunning matte purple shade) is also absolutely beautiful, but I personally can’t rock a purple lip. Now if only I can get my hands on Demure…