Hot Off The Shelf – Revlon Colorburst Matte & Lacquer Balms

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.

The Facts

♥  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.

The Tips

♥  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.

The Swatches

First up we have Coquette (Lacquer Balm) and then Elusive (Matte Balm).


These retail for R 120,00 a pop and can be found at selected Clicks, Dischem, Edgars, Foschini, Woolworths & Red Square stores.

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…



  1. Chicara
    10 February 2014 / 09:33

    I didn’t see Demure at Woodlands. So glad Elusive looks so pretty on your lips. I definitely want to go back for one for myself as well. 🙂 Stunning pics.

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:42

      I only saw the tester at the Menlyn Clicks but they didn’t have any stock…so disappointing when stores advertise the testers before even having everything in stock.

      Elusive is beautiful, I love how creamy it is.

      Thank you for commenting, Chicara! 🙂

  2. KateF (FergliciousKate)
    10 February 2014 / 09:58

    Both of those look stunning on you! I never thought I’d be a lover of matte lips but I really am loving this articular matte look.

    great review, thanks!!

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:45

      Thank you, Kate! 😀 I totally agree with you, I was never drawn to matte lips, but these give the perfect amount of sheen (plus it’s not drying in the least)!

  3. Tjoppie
    10 February 2014 / 10:42

    Lovely lippies, the colours suit you!

  4. Zee Mohlapi
    10 February 2014 / 11:01

    Super duper gorgeous, I am running to the shops now to go look at the other shades. I luv how the matte one doesnt look too matte and dry.

    Great review, L!

    Zee xoox

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:46

      I also love that they’re not too drying and they give a satin finish to the lips.

      Thanks for popping by, Zee! 🙂

  5. Bianca
    10 February 2014 / 11:10

    Yay have also been waiting for these to arrive! Can’t wait to give the matte ones a try 🙂

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:46

      Let me know which ones you pick up, I’m interested to know! 😀

  6. Ronel Marais
    10 February 2014 / 12:26

    Shoowie, that one on the left looks pragtig! Both look beautiful on you, though. Going to run out to the shops to look for my perfect colours. Did they have any orange balms?

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:47

      It’s stunning – both are… 🙂 They did have a couple of coral and orange-y shades, will looks stunning with your red hair! 🙂

  7. 10 February 2014 / 15:47

    Those shades are both ones I want to get! Also wanted ingenue and another one. I have a suspicion that when I get to canal walk the ones I want will be sold out already though. They look so pretty and I would much rather get these than have to get Clinique chubby sticks at double the price (although I will if these are sold out. I have my heart set on some balmy lip colours). love your review!

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:50

      Not sure if I saw Ingenue in the shops, but it looks beautiful online…

      I agree, I’d much rather buy 2 of these for the price of 1 Clinique Chubby Stick… They’re quite new, so there should be stock of at least 2 of the ones you like.

      Thank you, Bronwyn…it’s always nice to see you around here. 😛

  8. Lauren Henderson
    10 February 2014 / 16:01

    Best review I’ve seen so far and I follow a lot of UK- and US-based blogs. Your photos are immaculate, it’s always a pleasure to pop onto your blog! x

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:51

      Wow, thank you for your kind words Lauren! I really appreciate it! *blush* x

  9. 10 February 2014 / 16:31

    Lovely review Luzanne! I think I should get my paws on some of these, they look great!

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:52

      Thanks so much, Leanne. 😀 You should definitely try a few of these, they’re lovely!

  10. Stephanie
    10 February 2014 / 17:36

    Always enjoy your post! I need to get my hands on Elusive! Looks stunning

    • 10 February 2014 / 20:56

      Thank you so very much, Steph! You should get your hands on a few of these, especially since they’re a bit more affordable in the states!! 😉

  11. Stephanie
    10 February 2014 / 21:37

    Your welcome!!! I have Shameless the purple one and complex the nude one :)love them. Im heading to Ulta now to pick up

    • 12 February 2014 / 14:38

      Shameless is super gorgeous but not sure it will suit me…wish I could rock a purple lip! 😉

  12. 11 February 2014 / 22:55

    I’m so glad you could get your hands on the matte balms! Aren’t they lovely? I don’t own any of the lacquer balms, because of the shimmer/glitter…but seeing Coquette on you makes me want to definitely at least try this shade…so pretty and perfect for the upcoming Spring.
    I will be posting my swatches on the matte balms I have soon…I’m really loving them. I want to add a few more shades come Summer.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Luzanne!

    • 12 February 2014 / 14:38

      They are sublime!! You will love Coquette, it’s definitely not chunky. And it will suit your skin tone so well. 🙂

      Looking forward to your blog post!! I watched Dani’s video a while ago, and loved it! xxx

  13. 28 February 2014 / 08:53

    Ohhh I love the colour of these two.

    I agree with you about trying something for yourself. And I will definitely try these out as well.

    • 9 March 2014 / 11:23

      They are gorgeous colours, Michelle! And I imagine they would love absolutely stunning with your hair colour as well! x

  14. Pippa
    26 March 2015 / 20:34

    I really like the Elusive matte balm

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