I am the first to admit I love the look of matte lips…on other people. I have dry skin & as much as I try to make matte fit into my beauty lip area it often falls…well…flat. Too drying, too harsh, too…wrong. I have been super excited for Revlon to bounce some new formulas off of their Revlon Colorburst Balm Stains which I totally love. Today I’m showing the first two shades I picked up from the matte range in Shameless & Audacious. Keep reading to see how they stack up!
First, the packaging. I have an issue with the safety seal simply being a sticker. I feel like you HAVE to open the shade you want before you buy it in case someone else already have. That always makes me feel kind of like a jerk. The exterior is identical to the standby Balm Stains except the packaging is more of a matte satin instead of shiny like the Lacquer Balms or plastic-y like the original Balm Stains. Please do note that these shades don’t say that they are supposed to be a “stain” but rather a “matte balm“. My takeaway from that is that they won’t stain the lips & don’t have a guaranteed long-wear time but that they will be comfortable, like a balm.Both of these shades are true mattes.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Shameless- This is a true purple with some slight violet to it. I found it a bit patchy upon one swipe but in person it really built up nicely which made the color much more even. I didn’t find it heavy or uncomfortable after building up a bit either which was nice! A bold & rich shade.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Audacious- This is absolutely another “look at me!” type shade being that it is definitely a peach based tangerine. & it applies like a dream. I barely even had to build this up!
Left to right: quick swipe of Audacious, Audacious built up, quick swipe of Shameless, Shameless build up.
I found both of these shades comfortable to apply. way more comfortable than perhaps any matte product I’ve tried. The crayon applicator makes my life easier, the minty scent is pleasant for me personally, & I honestly wouldn’t think this was a drugstore product. No tugging at my lips which is a miracle. I will point out these aren’t moisturizing (like a balm) but I also don’t find them drying which is super important. Because these aren’t stains, a thin layer of lip balm after exfoliation does wonders. These last a solid 4 hours on me but they will rub off on a coffee mug. Comfot beats longevity when it comes to matte in my world.
Overall…very happy. I bought mine at CVS on a special but I expect them to pop up in permanent displays soon. In fact, I like these so much I already bought 2 more! & I have more on my list! I will have my Lacquer Balm review up soon!
What do you think of these shades? Have you tried the Revlon Colorburst Matte balms? Would you be interested in seeing more once I build up a bit of a collection?