Sunday, 19 January 2014

Review: Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Striking and Sultry

After the popularity of the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains last year, I was pretty excited when Revlon unveiled their new Colourburst Matte Balms, in 10 different colours, due for release in the UK on the 22nd January. Yesterday, I found myself being drawn towards the makeup aisles in Boots during a 'quick toiletries replenishment shop' and found that they had actually decided to release slightly earlier! As per usual, my budget didn't allow me to buy every colour, so I had to exercise some serious self-restraint and drag myself away after picking up twoSultry and Striking. Click below to read more! >>>


Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Sultry
Sultry is, in my opinion, the best shade of the lot. It's a muted, velvety, pinkish-mauve shade, which is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade for me. As somebody with more naturally pigmented lips, it's difficult to find a natural pink that doesn't either a) get lost against my skin tone or b) end up looking too bright or too dark for casual wear; also, because of the opacity and texture of these matte balms, it holds its own against my natural pigment really well.

Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Striking
A bright, poppy-red, Striking is definitely... striking. Despite my red-lip reservations, I picked this as my second colour because I felt that it would give the lips a nice flush if applied lightly and blended in with a finger.

So, are they actually matte and are they actually any good? They definitely don't have as much of a sheen as the original Kissable Balm stains, but I wouldn't say that they're Ruby Woo, tugging-at-your-lips matte either. If I had to choose another word which I think better describes the texture, it would be velvet, because that's exactly what they feel like on the lips. They apply like a dream, which I suppose is testament to the shea, coconut and mango butters that are used in these, and while I don't feel that they're particularly moisturising in the same way that the Kissable Balm Stains are, they definitely aren't drying. 

One thing that the Balm Stains do have over this collection, however, is staying power. I found that after an hour I had fading, and within 3 most traces of the colour were gone. Can I deal with this? For the beautiful colours and  velvety texture? Sure. I'll just have to make sure that they never leave my pocket.


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8 comments:

  1. They look lovely on you Sultry looks so natural and pretty

    Carrieanne xx
    http://beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Sultry looks gorgeous! Might have to purchase it myself xx

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    1. Thanks :D Definitely recommend it! ^_^ x

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  3. thanks for including the staying power of these lippies, i like to collect matte lipsticks cause they usually last longer than other shiny and creamy lipsticks. these isnt available here in my country yet... i think. so i have to time to read reviews online to help me decide if ill get it or not :D i think sultry is a great color too, it reminds me of Mac Brave on my lips and it looks super pretty on you :)

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  4. Hey! I have to say u have such beautiful expressive eyes...I could hardly look at the lipcolor! But Striking looks lovely :)

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  5. heygirli u r o beautiful , luv ur blog xo

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  6. Have you tried standout yet? Deep reds usually look good on deeper skin tones

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