The Revlon Colorburst Lacquer & Matte Balms have been rolling out slowly into drugstores nationwide. Although they popped up in my local Rite Aid and Target around Thanksgiving, whenever I explore the display, every single pencil has been opened and swatched. Gross! When I went up to Northern California to visit my mom for the holidays, the local Rite Aid had the same problem- with the exception of ONE pencil: The Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Enticing. I snatched it up as soon as I saw the safety tape intact! Why aren’t these completely enclosed in a safety seal like other lip pencils? Ugh.
Luckily, I am a sucker for red lippies, so I was happy that the only clean one was, in fact, Enticing. In the tube, Enticing looks like a deep, vampy shade with small sparkle flecks. The balm actually applies lighter, though still a beautiful blue-based red. I was a bit disappointed with the color payoff when applied on its own. I was hoping for more opacity, but at least the color is buildable.
After hearing about the long wear time of the matte balms, I was hoping for the same results from the lacquer. When wearing this without eating or drinking anything, the glossiness only lasted about two and a half hours, which was also about the time the color started to fade. After three hours, I ate some pizza, and no color was left on the lips after that.
I noticed that when Enticing eventually lost its gloss, it almost looked matte, with the exception of the few sparkles. However, this balm definitely feels more moisturizing than the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains when first applied. I should note this one does not leave a stain on the lips.
Although they range in price, the average cost I’ve encountered has been close to $8. I still want to try the Matte Balms from this line, but I honestly wouldn’t run out and buy another Lacquer Balm anytime soon.
Have you tried the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms or Matte Balms?