10/04/2014

Matteburst

Aah yes, I'm to contribute to the onslaught of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm reviews, but what can I say, I really would like to share my thoughts on these! As soon as they were announced, there has been much hype surrounding them and they were just recently released here in Australia where I bought a couple during a buy one get one free sale. Revlon also brought out a range of Lacquer Balms which contain chunky shimmer - an element I am not a fan of - besides, the Matte Balms are where it's at!



































































Complex, Audacious
























Like basically all other crayon type lip products out there now, these are housed in a twist-up packaging with a matte exterior matching the colour of the product within.

The last lip product I reviewed (a L'oreal Colour Riche Moisture Matte lipstick) was based on the similar premise of a non-drying matte lipstick, so naturally I'll be drawing a few comparisons. The texture of these Matte Balms is creamy and almost balmy feeling (as the name would suggest) but without the slip (obvs) and providing a velvet, soft matte finish that isn't chalky or dry looking. Their texture is very similar to the L'oreal, also being quite airy and light feeling on the lips. One difference between the two is that I'd say the Revlon catches on dry areas the slightest bit more. Don't get me wrong though, for a matte lip product, it's excellent at not accentuating dry patches or looking dry on the lips. I've heard people say they find the Matte Balms hydrating, which I wouldn't particularly agree with. After four hours of wear, I find my lips to feel and look a bit dryer than when I first applied, and a few dry flakies/patches start to appear, and a little more accentuation of lines. It's not badly drying and it's definitely still comfortable, but just a little harder to reapply straight on top. I find the L'oreal doesn't dry out my lips at all. The pigmentation of these balms is very good - you can get full blown opacity within a few strokes.I find lasting power can be upward of four hours depending if you are eating. The product does wear away in the centre of the lips and depending how bright the colour, it can look obvious. The brighter colour I have (Audacious) does stain slightly but nothing impactful.














































Eek! My face looks quite pale in these photos... These lip swatches were done on pre-exfoliated lips.

Audacious is a bright orange toned coral that was the definite must have for me out of the range. It is super bold but still very wearable and can look more orange or more coral depending on the lighting. I'd say it's somewhere between MAC Morange and Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin. It's a stunner of a shade and I think it will be lovely for Summer!

Complex is a light peachy-brown nude shade which I first heard raves about from Suzie and Anna. I initially dismissed it because nudes are notoriously horrible on me, but the more I stared at the swatch on my hand, the more I fell in love and decided to risk it and take it home with me (it was basically free anyway...)! I'm so glad I did though because this is probably the most flattering nude-nude (for me) on me. Because it is very much warm and peach-toned, and not pink, it doesn't clash with my skintone or make me look dead, but is a shade I can wear with heavy or light makeup. As you can see though, this lighter shade does accentuate dry patches a bit more than Audacious, and has a slightly shorter lasting power but isn't too obvious when it wears off.

I absolutely love the shades I picked up, and their formulas are in general lovely for a matte lipstick - a finish typically associated with dry and chalky looking lips. While I do like these, I would say I prefer the L'oreal option more, but they are very similar. The Revlon Matte Balms retail for AUD$17.95.

What are your thoughts on these matte lippies?

33 comments:

  1. I didn't see any shades I felt I needed but your picks are GORGEOUS! Lovely lip swatch photos too. I thought Unapologetic was a real stunner but I would never wear it... :(

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    1. Yeah, initially I thought the shade range was amazing, but when I swatched them there weren't any I felt I needed 'cept for these which I'm glad I picked up! I have a few similar shades to Unapologetic so I skipped it.

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  2. I love your lip swatches. I have a few of these and I love them too x

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    1. Aww thanks! Yeah a lot of people are big fans of these!

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  3. I recently just snapped a few of these too after waiting so long - life is hard for us Aussies sometimes! I also have Audacious and I love it! I'm not really into matte lipsticks but I fine this is a lot nicer than some others I've tried and isn't too drying! I may have to go out and buy another after seeing that nude one on you, it's a gorgeous shade!

    Chantalle x
    ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Mhmm, especially also with the jacked up prices! Lately I've been getting really into mattes after the huge 'sheer + glossy' trend.

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  4. They both look so great on you! I had dismissed Complex as well, but it looks so wearable and lovely here, I might just have to pick it up.
    www.luluisloving.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! Ooh, do let me know if you like it!

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  5. Those shades are really lovely on you! When I saw them in the chemist I work at, I had to try them out!! Indeed, I liked the matte ones more than the glossies. I'm trying to stay away from buying cosmetics atm so I won't be getting any soon lol.
    xxx Kat @ Katness

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    1. Thanks! Good on ya for refraining from purchasing!

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  6. I so want to try these but I've been spending way too much lately. *sigh*
    The shades you got are lovely! That IS a flattering nude! :O And I love matte lip products that aren't drying. Hopefully, I'll get to see what the fuss is all about in the future >.<

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    1. I feel your pain - hopefully you can pick them up during a good sale too! Mhmm, a flattering nude if I ever saw one!

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  7. these look awesome! some of the shades are amazing! please follow my blog, its new! http://maybemayhemmakeup.blogspot.com.au/

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  8. Holy Moly, these shades are so darn gorgeous (and you have the best lips ever by the way haha!). I must resist because I've just had a big haul but my lord they look pretty! x

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    1. Aww haha thanks Candice! I thought my lips were pretty average :P One for the wishlist?

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  9. I was surprised at how moisturising these are and I love the matte finish :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. Mm, a very wonderful product indeed!

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  10. This really really convinced me I NEED these two shades. Your photography is fab too :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. Thanks hun! Do let me know if you like these!

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  11. You picked some gorgeous shades! I picked up a few but have yet to have a play with them! xx

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    1. Thanks, can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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  12. Glad you're liking these! The Matte Balms are favourites of mine too. I don't own either of these shades, though- you're tempting me with Audacious! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Haha they are great - ooh haha it's definitely worth getting!

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  13. YOUR PHOTOS + BACKGROUNDS ARE ~KILLIN'~ IT + I love the shades you chose!!
    I really didn't think you were wearing anything in the 'Complex' lip swatch. Successful nude lip, I think! (+ glad you took it home!)

    (On a side note, I get really confused when I hear people call lipsticks hydrating, because....it's not something I associate with lipsticks? At the same time, why would these matte balms be hydrating? Ergh, lip products baffle me)

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    1. Aww yeeeeee thanks! Frankie and other magazines have excellent blog post background potentials :D Haha, my lips are actually much darker - more mauvey brown so Complex is quite a bit lighter than my natural!

      Well the sheer, glossy lipsticks can definitely be hydrating (it's all in the ingredients!) but yeah I didn't find these matte ones to be hydrating - just not extremely drying!

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  14. I so need to get some of these, they sound and look amazing. And agree, your photos are amazing!

    http://beautyandlifestylehunter.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. They really are! Aw thank you!

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  15. I'm very happy to hear that you love them and considering how pricey they are over there it'd good that these weren't a miss! I personally steer clear of anything matte because my lips always get dry no matter how hydrated or lipbalmed my lips are! I really love the shade complex, its such a nice neutral nude!

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    1. Yeah I'm definitely happy with them! I get that, I couldn't though - recently I've been getting super into matte lip products, so I've had to make sure my lips are in tip top condition!

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  16. I've been wanting to try one of Revlon's balms for the longest time! The nude one looks great on you! I love nude lip colors; however, I find that pinky nudes suit me best :)

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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    1. You need to ASAP! Pinky nudes tend to clash with my skintone and just in general be unflattering, I'm so glad I found this colour though!

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  17. those shades suit you so much!

    helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  18. I've heard so many good things about these and those shades really suit you!
    P.S I'm running a giveaway at the moment if you want to enter:) x
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe Giveaway

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