Friday, 17 January 2014

Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms, Revisited

Hi, everyone! Happy weekend! A couple months ago, I eagerly announced the release of Revlon's ColourBurst Lacquer Balm Lip Pencils and Matte Balm Lip Pencils in this post, where I gave a general review of the products and featured the two shades I'd brought home. Since then, I've accrued a proper collection of them (thanks in part to my lovely sister), so I thought I'd revisit the topic!


Revlon ColourBurst Lacquer Balm Lip Pencils offer shiny, saturated colour. They glide on effortlessly onto the lips, leaving them looking full and glossy. Some shades are quite shimmery, while others offer a more traditional shiny finish. They don't dry out the lips and the lasting power is pretty impressive, at least as far as lip glosses go. Like the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, they have a subtle minty tingle upon application, which I personally love!

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm Lip Pencils provide rich, highly pigmented colour and a matte-but-not-flat finish. They are definitely less moisturizing than their Lacquer counterparts, but due to the lightweight texture, they do not feel heavy or sticky on the lips and do not leave lips parched. The wear time on these is excellent and they also feature that signature minty tingle!


As you can see, the Matte Balms (on the left-hand side of the photo) feature (appropriately) sleek matte packaging and the Lacquer Balms (on the right) have more shiny, reflective tubes:


Here is a peek at the lip pencils uncapped: 

(L-R) Matte Balms in Elusive, Unapologetic, and Standout, Lacquer Balms in Demure, Whimsical, Vivacious, and Enticing

Here's a closeup of the swatches of all the shades, with the Lacquer Balms up top and the Matte Balms on the bottom. As you can maybe tell, the Lacquer Balms are more sheer than their matte counterparts, but can still build up to great pigmentation:



Demure Lacquer Balm is a pale pinky peach with prominent silver shimmer. One of the few nude lip colours that doesn't wash me out, and the shimmer makes lips look extra full!

Whimsical Lacquer Balm is slightly shimmery berry grape shade that has just the right amount of purple. Unique, but wearable!

Vivacious Lacquer Balm is the ultimate fuchsia shade! I didn't only buy it because it fit with my blog's title, but also because I'm a true sucker for vibrant pink tones. It's bright, cheery, but not quite neon.

Enticing Lacquer Balm is a lovely warm-toned brick red. A perfect shade for those who want a full-out red without having to opt for something too bright!

Elusive Matte Balm is a retro-looking cool-toned pink that evokes Betty Draper in Season 1 of Mad Men. A must for any 60's makeup look!

Unapologetic Matte Balm is an electric, warm-toned pink with slightly coral undertones. As the name suggests, it's bold without remorse! Reminds me of MAC Impassioned, which is one of my all-time faves!

Standout Matte Balm is (dare I say) my favourite of the bunch. It's a rich, deep red with slightly rusty undertones. I find it so flattering on my fair skin! Even thought it's a bold shade, there is no hint of pink or fuchsia, so it's really quite wearable!

Lacquer Balm in Demure

Lacquer Balm in Whimsical

Lacquer Balm in Vivacious

Lacquer Balm in Enticing

Matte Balm in Elusive

Matte Balm in Unapologetic

Matte Balm in Standout

One more jumbo-sized shot of the pencils and swatches:


And some artistic styling ;)


Overall, I'm so glad to have built up my collection of Matte and Lacquer Balms, as the shades are unique and lovely and the formulas are top-notch. If my lipstick collection weren't so intense already, I'd be tempted to buy them all! The main strength of the Matte Balms are the rich, long-wearing colours that don't zap the lips of moisture. Not always the case with matte formulas! The best thing about the Lacquer Balms is that they're sheer but easily buildable and leave the lips looking full and smooth. All good things!

Have you tried any of the the Matte or Lacquer Balms yet? Which of the colours in my collection is tempting you most?

Thanks for reading! :)

70 comments:

  1. They're all gorgeous! Unapolegetic is my fav, I'll keep an eye on that :)!

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    1. Thanks- you should check out Unapologetic for sure! xo

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  2. Ah, I really want to get my hands on Whimsical, Elusive, Unapologetic and Vavacious.

    Kah-Feh Yen | YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick Giveaway

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    1. They're all lovely colours! Thanks for stopping by, Wanischa :)

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  3. So I really want to get my hands on Vivacious and Elusive now! They look so amazing on. Well all of them do, but I can't believe I overlooked those shades! Standout is gorgeous on you though, I think it's my fave too x

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    1. I've still been wearing Standout all the time! Definitely worth checking out :)

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  4. I really want to get Vivacious and Demure! They look amazing xx

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    1. You should check them out for sure! Such fun shades :)

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    1. Unapologetic is great! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. great review!! :)
    What about follow each other?
    Let me know :)
    have a great week-end <3
    xx
    Veronica

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    1. Thanks! Will stop by your blog soon :)

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  7. 10 points to Vivacious - so pretty! The matte pencils also look divine!

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    1. Vivacious really is a perfect fuchsia shade and the matte balms are fab! xo

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  8. They all look so good on you! I really want demure and showy. So far I only have shameless. I've only wore it a couple times because it is quite purple, but I do really like it.

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    1. Thanks so much! Both of those shades are totally worth checking out :)

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  9. They are all so pretty but Vivacious and Unapologetic both really stand out for me :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. Thanks- those are two of my fave shades too :)

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  10. They look great! Good swatches, by the way. Do you find that they keep your lips moisturised? I've been a fan of the Chubby Sticks by Clinique, but this could be a more affordable alternative.

    http://temporaryprincess.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks! I find the Lacquer Balms to be pretty moisturized, the Matte Balms not as much. Love the Clinique Chubby sticks too! xo

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  11. i like the standout color!!
    it's so vibrant! omygawd! i just love it so much!!
    i actually like to call it chubby stick because it's quite fat and cute

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    1. For sure! Standout is my fave too :)

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  12. nice! do you want to check my blog? http://xxzuuzaxx.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! Will stop by your blog soon :)

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  13. you did an AMAZING review!!!!
    I'm a new follower!! +1
    my blog: Bobby Raffin

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and for following! xox

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  14. Standout was my favorite… now that I see Enticing on you, I may have to check that one out, too.

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    1. You should check both of them out! Enticing is nice if you want a glossier finish :)

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  15. I just met your blog and is so pretty. I invite you to visit my blog and if you want follow me on blogger! Kisses :)

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  16. Great post!)))
    would you like to follow each other?
    Let me know!
    <3
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  17. ah such a great review! love all of these colors! i definitely want to try the lacquer in vivacious and enticing! these are such great colors! although the matte shades look gorgeous too! x
    Andrea
    www.phdfashionista.com

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! They're all worth checking out for sure! xo

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  18. What a great review!! I love the way you explained everything! I love these shades and I would like to give some of them a try! ;)

    Feel free to visit my blog as well! You will find topics such as NYC fashion, beauty, style, personal growth and motivation between others! <3

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    1. Thanks! So glad you found it helpful. Will stop by your blog soon :)

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  19. perfecto combo!
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  20. Such gorgeous colors! I've been wanting to pick one up.
    Love the swatches!

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    1. Thanks, Lupe! You should check them out for sure :)

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  21. Awesome review!!! I usually am a bit disappointed with their color pay-off but those seems really nice!

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    1. Thanks, Jezz! The colour payoff on these is great! xo

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  22. Lacquer balm in Vivacious' my favorite! I wanna try these out too. I'm not the biggest fan of lipsticks but I love lip pencils, I think they last longer...

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    1. Vivacious is a perfect colour! Lip pencils are definitely fun to use and the colour really is long-lasting! xo

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  23. I haven't tried these yet, but they all look gorgeous!

    Ray | Obey Ray

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    1. Definitely worth checking out! Thanks for stopping by, Ray :)

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  24. Vivacious and Standout look amazing! I want these x

    holaflo.blogspot.com

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    1. Those shades are my faves too. Check them out for sure! xo

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  25. Lovely post.
    I have recently tried these and have been loving them.
    I got the colour Vivacious and I can't wait to wear it throughout the summer months.
    Thanks for sharing
    TarteTanya

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    1. Thanks! Glad you're loving them too! Vivacious will be a perfect summer shade :)

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  26. Thank you,dear))Would you like to follow each other? Just let me know in my blog. xoxo
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  27. I love standout, very very nice :-)
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  28. they look wonderful, love the colors! standout is my winner!
    hapy day!

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    1. Thanks so much! Standout is such a perfect red :)

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  29. they look really nice :) i want to try em so badly :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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    1. Thanks! They're so worth checking out :)

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  30. I especially love the matte ones! Great that there are matte sticks in their collection as well, it's quite hard to find them!

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    1. The matte ones are super lovely! Hope you're able to track them down :)

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  31. so much inspiration

    www.supongoestilo.blogspot.nl

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  32. lovely review and swatches, colors look so vivid and juicy, need to get my hands on them x
    http://velvetdivination.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. Do you have MAC Vivacious lipstick? It came out in 2007 I believe. Super pretty. It's also a gorgeous fuchsia. :)

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    1. No, I don't! Sounds like a great shade :)

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