Saturday, March 22, 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Mischievous and Audacious: Review, Photos, Swatches

The concept of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm is a good one: a pigment-rich lip balm that goes on creamy but finishes matte and nourishes the lips at the same time. These balms contain shea, coconut, and mango butters and are meant to be moisturizing as well as highly colorful. Like some of Revlon's other lip color products, such as the Colorburst Lip Butters, these are an innovative way to deliver the look of a lipstick but with something different from the traditional lipstick formula.

These balms look and feel like they are made of an almost gel-like formula. Going on, they have quite a bit of slip, like a lip balm, but they certainly have the pigmentation of a matte lipstick. They are highly opaque. They have a semi-strong minty smell, but no minty taste. They have a very slight cooling effect on the lips. A few moments after applying, the balm dries to a matte finish.

I picked up two of these balms, Mischievous and Audacious. Wouldn't you know it, they are both a shade of orange.
Revlon Matte Balm Mischievous
Revlon Matte Balm Audacious


Mischievous is both light in color and bright in pigmentation. It is closer to a true orange than is Audacious.
Audacious is a blood-orange color with a slight hint of darkened pink.

Revlon Matte Balm Mischievous
Mischievous
Revlon Matte Balm Audacious
Audacious
Revlon Matte Balm Audacious Mischievous
Audacious, Mischievous swatched
Revlon Matte Balm Audacious Mischievous
Audacious, Mischievous in sunlight

Revlon Matte Balm Mischievous
Mischievous


Revlon Matte Balm Audacious
Audacious
Though these balms look lovely going on and when they are fresh, they get worn-in fairly quickly. Although they don't make the lips feel dry, after about 30 minutes, my lips looked dry. The majority of the balm had gathered into the fine lines in my lips and collected there. I reapplied the lip balm and shortly afterward my lips looked pasty, and there were little clumps of it gathered in the corners of my mouth and scattered in different places.

Unfortunately, I think that the best way to reapply this product is to remove the existing product because putting a fresh layer over what has already dried on the lips doesn't work. Another option would be to apply the product, and then once it has worn down, put some lip balm over it and under the second layer so that the new layer doesn't mix with the dry layer and make it look pasty. Either way, it's a finicky product that goes on beautifully but wears in poorly.

The Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Have you tried any of these Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms? Did you have the same experience with the wearing-in as I did? Do you like the two orange colors I chose, or did you go with a pink or a purple? How would you rate the quality of these balms?

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