Bold, matte lips on the cheap with Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms

Continuing with my drugstore makeup affair, a couple weeks ago, Revlon’s ColorBurst Matte Balms were on sale for I think about $6 at Shoppers Drug Mart. I had glanced at them before but ultimately decided against them, mostly because I’m a snob like that and not for any good reason. The packaging is fine (plain, but non-offensive to my frivolous heart), and the colour selection is good – and, from reviews it sounds like they’re a pretty decent product. But I have a hard time resisting a good sale when it comes to beauty products, and I’ve been spending considerably less on cosmetics than usual, so I figured what the heck.

I went big and came home with THREE SHADES!

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm

I’m not usually one to buy in ‘bulk’ – I like to have a variety of brands and product types, and rarely buy more than one of anything (MAC products being probably one of the very few exceptions). But after swatching these, I decided to aim for a rounded view of them buy going with three varied shades – a nude (Complex), a bold coral orange (Audacious), and a bright fuchsia (Showy)!

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm swatchesIn sunlight, from left to right: Complex, Audacious, and Showy

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm swatchesIn shade, from left to right: Complex, Audacious, and Showy

The Matte Balms are a matte (duh) lip colour that has the slip of a balm, but the look of a semi-opaque lipstick. The brighter colours are more pigmented, while Complex (the nude) is a bit more transparent – which I think is a good thing, as an opaque nude can get just plain awful, FAST. While these feel very comfortable on the lips for a matte finish, they do tend to emphasize flakes and dryness if you don’t prep the lips carefully first. I apply a thick balm to the lips for at least 15 minutes before using these, as I almost always have some flakiness to deal with. Having said that, I quite like these (especially the two brighter shades) and I don’t mind the extra steps required in order to wear these well.

Here’s how they look worn:

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Complex Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in ComplexComplex

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Audacious Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in AudaciousAudacious

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Showy Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in ShowyShowy

Out of the three, Showy is the most unique to my lip ‘wardrobe,’ as I usually opt for deeper fuchsia shades. However, I am sort of in love with how this looks, as its slightly white base makes it really pop against my dark skin tone. These cool pinks just plain WORK (on me)!  Audacious is somewhat similar to Tom Ford’s True Coral lipstick that I have, but it’s sheerer nature makes it a bit more wearable, and I’m digging how it looks kind of tropical! Finally, Complex is a nice enough nude – an OK tone for my skin, but a bit flat and dry-looking if I don’t blend it out a fair bit. I think it’ll look a bit better once I’m not quite as tanned – or perhaps with a touch of lipgloss on top (thus defeating the ‘matte’ idea, but that’s OK – whatever works!).

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in AudaciousAudacious matches the colour of my hanging flower basket! Yay for colours found in nature! 😀

I was going to save this post and schedule it to come out later in the week, but I’m sort of excited to show you these swatches – 2 outta 3 ain’t bad, and they’re really perfect for summer! They’ve certainly helped me get my beauty ‘fix’ without breaking the bank (or even totalling altogether how much a department store lipstick would cost!), so I’m pleased about that. Liz @BeautyReductionista sounds like she’s also converted (she also has Audacious) so if that doesn’t compel you to at least check these out, well then…STOP RESISTING.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm

Have you tried any of the Revlon Matte Balms? Do you buy drugstore products, or stick to department store finds?

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  1. #1 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on June 30, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    I like them all on you, especially that pink one! Nice deal too! I love a good drugstore lipstick, I’m not married to just department store lipsticks. I can’t remember the last department store lipstick I bought actually! Probably was a Dior Adddict hahaha, those I do love a lot!

  2. #2 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on June 30, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    ADDDDDDICT hahaha, man.

  3. #3 by Larie on June 30, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Hmmm….I don’t usually get along with Revlon lip products, but I do like mattes…hahaha! And can I say how much I LOVE your hair?

    • #4 by Latoya on July 2, 2014 - 10:05 am

      Haha thanks Larie! It was extra-curly that day because of the heat, it’s actually getting pretty long now (though it’s hard to tell regardless because of the curl). You should definitely check these lippies out!

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  4. #5 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 30, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    I LOOOOOOVE Audacious on you! My favourite among the three by far! And I love that you got 3 of these, LOL. They are really handy. I might pick up a dark berry shade for fall, if they have a shade like that in the lineup.

    • #6 by Latoya on July 2, 2014 - 7:27 am

      I think Shameless is a pretty purply- berry you might like, Liz! I know, it’s totally unlike me to buy more than one type of a lippie, ha. The frugal side of me has been coming out a lot lately!

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      • #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on July 18, 2014 - 12:36 am

        Just picked up Shameless today! It’s pretty much the exact shade I wanted, although application isn’t as flawless as I’d like. Still good though!

      • #8 by Latoya on July 18, 2014 - 11:52 am

        Nice!! I’m gonna have to check it out too, I really like these a lot!

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  5. #9 by LoveLyndaLovely on July 1, 2014 - 5:13 am

    Yes I LURVE them – they’re the only chubby sticky type product i can deal with Showy looks fantabulous on you.

    • #10 by Latoya on July 2, 2014 - 7:20 am

      Thanks Lynda! I really love it, which is fun because I don’t think I would have grabbed it normally.

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  6. #11 by Sarah on July 2, 2014 - 4:17 am

    I tried one shade in this line (Elusive, I think) and I just didn’t like the texture or the way it felt. I quite like drugstore lip products and usually have good luck with Revlon, but something about the peppermint in their chubby pencils really irritates my lips. Too bad, because the colours are nice and everyone raves about them!

    • #12 by Latoya on July 2, 2014 - 7:19 am

      You know, the first time I wore these I noticed the mint – and now I don’t feel it at all. Weird! There are so many brands with chubby pencils now that there is no shortage of other options to choose from 🙂

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  7. #13 by talker blogger on August 24, 2014 - 10:40 pm

    These look great on you !

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