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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Revlon Matte Balm - Swatch and Review




What a day! Sometimes, it feels like being in a circus full of clowns that aren't funny. I hope tomorrow is a better day.

As far as drugstore lip product goes, Revlon has always been my favorite and I probably own more Revlon lip products than any other brands. When I heard that they came out with these new matte balm and some people said good things about them, I knew I had to check them out. They've recently popped at my local CVS and I was stoked when I stumbled upon them and was able to get them on BOGO along with using some of my Extra Care bucks.


Packaging
  • Retractable jumbo lip pencil with a matte finish on the packaging as well
  • .095 oz or 2.7 g







  • Audacious, I'd have to agree that you need to be audacious to wear this color. It is a very bright coral matte. I find the formula and coverage for this color a bit problematic. It settles into lip line and has an odd texture to it. 





  • Standout - OMG totally in love with this color. If you are looking for the perfect matte neutral red, this is the one you need to pick up.




  • Shameless is probably one of boldest purple shade I've seen in a drugstore product. This shade applied a bit blotchy but you can't really tell from afar. I really had to tweak the editing on this one in order for the color to look as accurate in real life as possible. I couldn't get the color to look accurate on the facial picture so decided not to post it. Well basically, it turns out just like the color of the packaging, if that can be of any help. I've googled swatches from other people and well I guess I don't feel too bad because none of them look accurate either, lol. It's just one of those colors that looks wack on the camera. 




Striking is a warm matte red leaning coral in a way. The pigmentation is nice but it seems to lack a bit compared to the other shades.






  • Sultry is a medium mauve rose.
  • The lip color feels lightweight, applied creamy, and has a velvety feel to them. They don't look quite matte when you first apply. It has just a little bit of shine, kinda like a satin finish. 
  • Overall, the pigmentation is good but probably due to the formula, you may have to do a couple swipe in order to get a full and even coverage. 
  • There is a slight variation in texture and pigmentation between the shades. I found that Standout, Striking, and Sultry, have a smoother finish, though Striking seem to give less opaque coverage. Shameless is a little blotchy when you look up close but not so obvious from afar. Audacious, I don't know what when wrong with this one and how I managed to make it look smooth on the swatch but it doesn't look that smooth and even when applied. 
  • They feel quite moisturizing I must say and are very comfortable for up to 6 hours. At least for me. 
  • I am able to get up to 5 hours of wear with very minimal fading when having a few drinks. It does fade quite significantly when you're going through a meal but most lipsticks will do that anyways. However, even so, the color stains a bit which prolongs the wear belong the 5 hours even if it is a little faded. 
  • Yes, they have the same minty scent as the balm stains. 

Final Thought

They're semi-matte with a light weight, moisturizing, and comfortable wear that is long-wearing. There is a slight variation with the formula and opacity between shades. They will highlight any imperfection and dryness on your lips so exfoliating and prepping your lips is a must before use. They're not quite perfect and I was expecting a little more based on what I heard but in the end I think they are still fairly good overall. 

Rating: 8.5/10

Pricing: $7-$8
Availability: CVS

Have you tried? If yes, tell me what you think. 

24 comments:

  1. You are so beautiful! I love all the pencils, especially Audacious, Striking, and Sultry. Totally in my alley. :)

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    1. Thank you. How you've been? You haven't blog in like a long while.

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  2. You're so pretty! I love the shades and it totally matches you. love it! can't wait to get these on my local revlon store :)

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    1. Thanks. Which one you plan on getting?

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  3. Audacious and Sultry I LOVE! I really want Sultry, its such a boost to your natural lip color! I love it, all look great on you and they seem to be so even!

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    1. Sultry has probably the best formula and pigmentation from them all.

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  4. Love ur blog..never miss a single post :)
    Audacious is my fav. <3 <3

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    1. Aww thank you. So nice to know that. I don't know how to describe it but the application on Audacious just isn't has even and smooth as the others.

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  5. Wow, these are some bold colors with a capital B!! You look amazing in just about any lip color, I swear. I don't know if I would go for the bright bright purple and coral but they do look pretty. Revlon does seem to do a really good job with their lip products, probably more so than any of the other products they have (mascara, foundation, etc.)

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    1. Thank you. I agree, their lip colors are usually the best from their whole makeup line.

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  6. Gorgeous swatches! I love all these shades! I cannot wait to buy some of these! :)

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    1. hopefully they're on the way to your local store soon

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  7. You look gorgeous in these! Can't wait til I get my hands on these colors. Very glad to hear that they're moisturizing too!

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    1. Thank you. These balms are so comfortable. I am very pleased with how moisturizing they are for being matte.

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  8. I love all of these and I'm glad to see that they are not really true mattes being that they are moisturizing.

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    1. I like it when they are creamy and matte. The only issues is that depending on the shade some apply a little blotchy.

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  9. revlon pink truffle lip butter and sultry balm are so tempting..i wish if i could get them
    via a give away

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    1. Hmm...I hear ya, especially if it isn't available in your country. I'll have to think about this one.

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    2. dats some thing like a happy news...im on wait!!

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  10. Οh my goodness! They are so beautiful, especially Sultry! I need to get my hands on this!
    Amazing review and photos!
    xx

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  11. OOH THANKS for your swatches! I may have to try Sultry. Took me forever to track down Elusive (fitting name) which I really wanted because it looked great on Christine of Temptalia and we have similar coloring, but somehow did not work for me at all! It was lighter than my natural lip color which never looks good to me. I will try to exchange it for Sultry, that is the kind of color I was expecting :) I'm not in love with the mint smell of Revlon's balms, I prefer fruity scented ones like Jordana's.

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    1. You're welcome! I think Sultry is a shade that will be flattering on all skin tone. It's not to light or too dark and has a neutral rosy color to it that makes it great for daytime looks. I prefer the scent of the jordana lip stains too.

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  12. Hello!

    I'm teetering on the idea of snatching Sultry up at the drugstore - would you say it brightened up your complexion or made it look more dull? This I ask because I'm Asian myself, and complimentary tones work best for skintones like ours! :)

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    1. Sultry is a pretty shade and I like how it looks on me. It makes me look more alive, refreshed.

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