Revlon Colorburst Matte & Lacquer Balms Review

A few weeks back I saw the NEW Revlon Colorburst Kissable Matte and Lacquer Balms on the shelves of a few stores and was really keen to try them.

I have seen similar looking “crayon” style lip products before but never tried them, so when I received a few in the mail last week I was really excited especially as I have been quite keen to try a Matte looking lipstick recently so the timing was perfect!

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These moisture rich lip balms didn’t disappoint and have quickly become my go-to lip product of the moment! They were all set to feature as one of my favourite finds for the month until I realised that I love them so much that they needed to have their very own post (and I was having too much fun photographing them!) Read on for my thoughts on this new product from Revlon…

Matte Balms

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As I mentioned I have been wanting to try a matte look when it comes to lip colour and this has been amazing. This is definitely my favourite of the two options. I loved how it gave a super pigment in just one application – and the colour stayed put too for much longer than I expected – these are a great introduction to the world of matte lip products! Not only does it give an awesome velvety matte finish but it still keeps my lips moisturised and smooth – unlike many other mattifying products that tend to dry out your lips. The Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Coconut and Mango butters ensure that your lips stay nourished all day. That being said these aren’t a lip balm in the true sense of the word in that they won’t hydrate you lips like a traditional lip balm would. One thing I would recommend you do before using this product is to exfoliate your lips lightly with a facecloth before applying the product. Chapped, dry lips wearing matte lipstick is NOT a good look! This range comes in 10 collectible colours, 5 of which are one-time only shades… so get these soon before they sell out!

The basic shades are: Audacious, Sultry, Unapologetic, Elusive and Striking
The one-time only shades are: Mischievious, Showy, Shameless, Complex, Standout

Lacquer Balms

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This is a High Shine Lacquer, Moisture Rich Balm that is comfortable and comforting to wear. It glides on easily and leaves a shimmering shine on the lips with a little bit of glitter – although this is minor and not obvious at all. Unfortunately these don’t contain as much pigment as the Matte Balms and need to be reapplied which probably explains my preference for the other option. These are probably similar to the lip balms you are more familiar with. As with the Matte Balms these also contain the Triple Butter Complex and come in 10 new shades (again 5 one-time only shades)

The basic shades are: Ingenue, Tease, Vivacious, Whimsical, Provacateur
The one-time only shades are: Coy, Coquette, Flirtatious, Demure, Enticing

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Both versions of these lip balms are scented with peppermint so feel super refreshing and uplifting to use but it might not be to everyone’s taste.

I do love how wide the range of colours is and have used every single one I received on a few different occasions but the shades I have loved the most are all the Matte versions I tried – the light pink (Elusive), tomato red (Striking) and deeper red (Standout) and then the bright pink (Vivacious) in the Lacquer. I’m very keen to try ALL the other Matte options! At only R120 each I think it is totally justifiable to have one in every colour! A girl can never have too many options when it comes to lips…

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And just for fun here is Emma Stone in the TV ad for the range!


Have you tried these Matte and Lacquer Lip Balms from Revlon? Which option is your fave? And colour?? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below…

Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. I’m currently using both and surprisingly I prefer the Lacquer Lip Balms. I love the bold splash of colour it gives. It doesn’t last as long as the Just Bitten Kissable Balmstains but it lasts way longer than my ordinary lipsticks.

    Great Review!

    1. Thanks for your feedback – always interested to hear what others have to add to my reviews!!

  2. I just bought myself the Lacquer Lip Balm in Ingenue. Such a nice subtle shade and the lip balm has a very nice texture. I’m not 100% sold on the peppermint scent though.

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