Thoughts + swatches: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm

Revlon lacquer balm in enticing and matte balm in standout review and swatches

I am soooo late on the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm train. I received these back in February and promptly fell in love, but I didn’t get around to writing about them until now.

I’m a huge fan of the original Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and was very happy to learn that Revlon had released a glossy Lacquer version and a Matter version. The large crayon-like applicators are extremely easy to use for precision application. Especially with the Matte Balm, you can use it to line your lips first then fill in with the same product.

The Lacquer Balm is a glossy, thick stain that applies semi-sheer but can be built up for more intense colour. The colour “Enticing” is a beautiful red gloss, but it applies a little patchy, and you have to do a bit of massaging for it to come out more even. It is a very natural-looking stain, and is great for daytime wear.

The Matte Balm delivers pigmented colour in a matte finish with just one swipe, and the colour stays on all night through food and drinks. The colour “Standout” is a gorgeous blue-based red that’s rich in colour and texture. I’m generally not a fan of matte lipsticks because I have dry lips to begin with, but the Matte Balm is not drying at all, nor does it settle into lip lines or any dryness I have on my lips.

If I had to choose between the original Balm Stain, the Matte Balm, or the Lacquer Balm, I’d go Balm Stain > Matte Balm > Lacquer Balm. The Balm Stain is still my favourite overall because it delivers beautiful colour, and is also the most natural looking without any effort.

You can purchase Revlon Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, or anywhere that sells Revlon.

Swatches:

Revlon lacquer balm in enticing and matte balm in standout review and swatches

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