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Thursday, January 30, 2014

revlon colourburst matte & lacquer balm

I took a stroll through Wal-Mart the other day and just happened to end up in front of the Revlon section. Odd? It's been a while since I've had some time to just browse in the makeup aisle and I was looking forward to checking a few things out in person. I picked up a few new Revlon items, including the Colourburst Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms.

'Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (and Lacquer 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 are quite similar to the ever popular Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, but in two new formulas. Housed in the same chubby pencil and scented with the same minty fragrance the only outward difference is that the matte comes in a matte tube and the lacquer in  super shiny chrome like tube.

Formula differs between the two (more on that in a moment) but although the stain portion of the name is gone, but I found that these do leave a bit of a stain on lips as the wear away. I'm sure it differs from shade to shade though, with darker shades leaving more pigment.

Sultry is a matte nude-mauve. The shade swatched deeper than I expected, but on lips is a lovely neutral-nude shade with a hint of mauve. I love shades like this and expect to wear this one quite frequently. I found that this matte formula also wears extremely well. My lips were not in the best condition when I first tried this yet the formula slicked over imperfection with ease and didn't accentuate dryness. Even after and hour or two wear, my lips weren't a dry mess. I wouldn't go so far as to say that the matte formulation add any moisture, but it definitely doesn't suck any out of your lips which is victory in and of itself. The formula is also incredibly pigmented- one pass for full coverage!

Whimsical is a vivid violet tinged fuschia with a high shine finish.I was surprised at how shimmery this was opened it the first time, but the shimmer doesn't read as being too shimmery once on. There is just enough to catch the light and add a bit of dimension. The formula is fairly similar to the original Balm Stains, just with more shine. I found this shade needed a pass or two to reach it's full intensity, but is pretty pigmented and builds well.

Overall, I quite like these! I am particularly fond on the matte formula- I can see myself picking up a few other shades. There aren't a ton of shades in each formula, but of what is available there are some really great wearable shades with something to suit all tastes and skin tones. Have you tried these? Which do you prefer the original, matte or lacquer?

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