A Welcome Matte — Revlon Releases New ColorBurst Matte Balm Collection
Matte lips in intense, richly pigmented, bright and buoyant shades, are a huge trend this season — and I, for one, am delighted to get a reprieve from all the glosses and lipsticks that are so saturated with shimmer that they oftentimes feel juvenile and even tacky, as if we’d confused our glitter glue pens and our cosmetics.With more brands experiment with matte formulations, Revlon has followed suit, releasing its new Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm lip collection.
Like Revlon’s ColorBurst Lacquer Balms, which prioritize high-impact shine, the ColorBurst Matte Balms come in the jumbo-sized lip crayon form pioneered by such brands as Clinique, which won mass acclaim with its Chubby Stick balms. Available in 10 shades, the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm lip pencils are infused with shea, coconut, and mango butters to nourish, soften, and smooth lips while also coating them in velvety rich color.
When you glide each ColorBurst Matte Balm’s tip along your lips, you might notice a crisp minty smell, the result of a touch of peppermint oil meant to both invigorate the senses and plump the pout ever so slightly. The balm’s formula is deliciously creamy, and it melts right atop the lips but does so in an even fashion, so that you can literally color in your mouth. There’s also no tugging or scraping, so that you can guide the pencil atop the lips in one seamless motion, covering a large surface area without any discomfort. And, since the formula contains fatty acid-rich shea and coconut butter, the ColorBurst Matte Balms hydrate and soften lips so that each color looks all the more radiant and feels comfortable, without drying out, cracking, or flaking as easily as other lip colors.
The colors available range from soft nudes and baby pinks to bold fuchsias and neon oranges, and all have a lovely matte finish that’s far from dull.
The one drawback: these matte balms are far from long-wearing so that, if you drink or eat absolutely anything, you’ll need to reapply — stat! Still, for $8.99 a pop, they’re well worth the investment.
Check out the three shades I’ve been rocking: Audacious, a practically neon melon-meets-salmon orange; Showy, a hot pink with cool, orchid-like undertones; and Striking, a sunny, warm, coral reef-worthy red.
Next, here are a couple of shots of me wearing the Audacious shade. I love how bold it looks on lips and, considering that orange pouts are going to be a big trend this spring, I totally recommend picking this shade up at your local drugstore!