REVIEW: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

by - July 04, 2014

When the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms were first released, this was the shade that I was absolutely salivating over. And, truth being told, judging by the fact that this is sold out everywhere I go about 80% of the time, I think this is probably the shade that everyone was salivating over. And who could blame them? The thing about this shade is that it doesn't necessarily feel like drugstore. Drugstore makeup tends to be safer, more wearable, and take far less risks than a lot of the higher end brands, so I have to cheer on Revlon for including this really ballsy shade. The people like it!

Let's take a closer look!

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms were released last fall along with the Lacquer Balms to a lot of excitement. The Kissable Balm Stains had been a favorite for a lot of people and two new lines of jumbo lip pencils from Revlon were exciting. This shade was, by far, both the most exciting and the most terrifying and it actually took me a long time to pull the trigger and buy it. (Although I might have bought it earlier if it was ever in stock!) I've been obsessed with purple lip products for the past several months, so this was right up my alley... but definitely more in your face than any of the other purple shades I have or have had.

I'd heard this described as "vampy", "garish", "Barney purple", "stunning", and everything in between, so I definitely had to try it for myself. And truth being told, it really can be all of those things it was described as... but I LOVE IT.

I'm a huge fan of jumbo pencils. They recently took the lead for highest quantity in my lip product drawer. I have a pretty wide range of shades and finishes, because it seems like you can get everything in jumbo pencil form now. My favorites, of course, are the vibrant, super pigmented matte and cream shades, so this fits right in. 

The packaging of this is a sleek matte case whose colour matches pretty much exactly to what you're going to find in the tube. Everything about this is incredibly true to colour, which is a bit of a rarity when it comes to all kinds of lip products. I like that Revlon really goes for it and makes a lot of their packaging individual for each shade, I think it gives something special and it makes me more likely to pull it out and wear it because I don't have to guess what's in the tube.

Formula wise, this product really is exactly what it should be. It's a very richly pigmented, creamy product that applies with absolute full colour. It sets to a beautiful matte finish, which I think makes this shade somewhat more wearable, and the staying power is impressive. Even though this isn't marketed as a stain, like most really pigmented products, I find that this does leave a bit of a stain on my lips. It doesn't turn my lips weird colours though, which is one of my pet peeves with other products that are intended to be lipsticks that leave a stain behind. There really isn't a bad thing I can say about this formula.

Isn't this stunning? 

This is definitely a shade for someone who wants to make a statement with their lip colour and it certainly won't be for everyone. I feel like that's what makes it special, it's really unique and... ballsy. It's ballsy.

I don't think I'll get a ton of wear out of this over the summer, since I'm definitely drawn towards lighter shades or vibrant reds when I'm feeling like a stunner, but I'm sure this is going to be a staple this fall when the weather starts to get a little colder. And that's my favorite time for makeup overall anyway.

WIN. Did you guess?


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