It's been quite a while since I was excited by a high street makeup release, but when I saw Revlon's new Colorburst Lacquer and Matte balms pop up on a few blogs I knew I had to try at least one of each. I went to Boots the other day armed with my £30 worth of advantage card points and blew £16 worth on 3 Revlon balm crayons, a shade from each type; Kissable Balm Stain, Colorburst Lacquer and Colorburst Matte Balms.
Left to right: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Crush' £7.99, Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Sultry' £7.99, Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 'Flirtatious' £7.99
Top to bottom: Balm Stain in 'Crush', Lacquer Balm in 'Flirtatious' and Matte Balm in 'Sultry'
Lipswatch of Kissable Balm Stain in 'Crush'
The Kissable Balm Stains were released quite some time ago now but they just never caught my eye, now I know why because this is my least favourite of the three types of lip crayon by Revlon. It's not as pigmented as I would like, given the fact it's called a 'stain' I expected to see a much better colour payoff when in fact I had to go over my lips several times to get a good colour. It also seems to sink in to the dry parts of my lips, as you can see towards the middle the darker bits are where it has clung to the dry skin. As for longevity it did stain my lips for a good few hours but it didn't take long for it to lose its sheen, it's not easy to reapply either because like I say I had to go over it quite a few times to get the look I wanted.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 'Flirtatious'
This is newly released in the UK and I assumed that the lacquer formula would be my favourite out of the two new Colorburst products but now I've tried them I'm a little unsure. Application is so smooth, it goes on like a dream and is really pigmented, the crayon makes it so easy to get a great shape around your lips (something I sometimes struggle with when using regular lipsticks). 'Flirtatious' is a pinky red shade which I think is what kind of puts me off this one, in my local store they didn't have any plum kind of shades in so I went for this one which isn't what I'd normally go for. 'Enticing' looks like a better colour for me so next time I'm in store I'm going to get that shade because the formula of the lacquer balm really is gorgeous and if you like lips with a sheen then you should definitely try one of these.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Sultry'
This one has really surprised me, I didn't expect to like it as much as I do but everything about it I absolutely love; the colour, the formula, how it feels and ease of application. I always assume that 'matte' means dry and hard to apply but this crayon is such a velvety formula, it just glides onto your lips effortlessly and has a really strong pigmentation. Longevity is amazing without drying out your lips and the shade is such a gorgeous muted plum/brown shade which is totally what I'm loving wearing at the moment. I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat! I've got my eye on 'Standout' as my next shade to buy.
I think Revlon have made a massive improvement on their Kissable Balm Stain with the new Colorburst crayons, they're both really nice to use and very reasonably priced. For me, these have really lived up to the hype, more so than the Lip Butters (which I also do quite like). Revlon products are on 3 for 2 in Boots at the moment so it's the perfect time to go and get some to try if you like the look of them.
Will you be trying the new Revlon Colorburst Balms?