I am having a beauty obsession with these Revlon ColorBurst Balms lately. What are ColorBurst Balms you ask? They are a collection of lippies that are fun, easy to use and come in some of the most perfect shades for summer. Quick note- The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balms have been renamed to the ColorBurst Balm Stain. Just wanted to clear that up before I got started so you guys wouldn’t get confused. Okay so about my obsession- I loved these balms so much that I put them on my birthday wish list a couple of months back, and my friends took note and got me a whole bunch of pretty colours for the summer. The ColorBurst Balms come in 3 textures: Balm Stain, Lacquer and Matte.
Let me first start by saying that they smell amazing- every balm smells minty and you want to eat it up! They are shaped like crayons so you just want to grab a whole bunch of them and start colouring in. Well you can start colouring in, your lips that is! It’s such a fun packaging and while a few brands have this sort of format now, I remember Revlon being one of the first ones to launch it. The Just Bitten balms (now the Balm Stains) even won “Best Lip Product” at the Elle Beauty Awards earlier this year.
My favourite of the three, have to be the matte balms. I always prefer the matte texture because it stays on longer, and I like the velvet look of it on the lips. The downside is, the matte texture can get a little tricky to apply because it gets messy. My tip is to exfoliate your lips beforehand(I use the Lush lip scrub, but mixing a bit of sugar with water will work just as well), so your lips are ready for the balms and are not flaky. The two shades that I got for my birthday from Chicara and Nicole are Unapologetic and Audacious. Audacious is the perfect coral shade, exactly what I was looking for this summer and Unapologetic is more of a pinky shade, gorgeous with a tan and for a night out. The balms last a good 3-4 hours on your lips and they don’t feel “dry” on ypur lips at all. In fact they moisturize your lips due to the fact that they contain a triple moisture complex. They go on very smoothly onto your lips and because of the handy crayon shape you don’t need to use a lip pencil to apply them. Such a wonderful product, and I really want to get my hands on all of the other shades in the collection!
The Lacquer Balms
The Lacquer Balms are more sparkly and shiny, and have a what you would call a “Lacquer” look to them. I received both of these shades from Revlon, Ingénue which is more of a nude colour, and Tease which is a dark peach colour. These little babies have a lot of shine in them, but some more than other. The Ingénue shade is perfect for day-to-day wear because while it does have a sparkly shine to it, it still looks very natural. Tease is more of an after-hours shade because it contains more glitter in it, which makes it look shinier on the lips. The wear of the balms is about 2-3 hours depending on how much you eat(which with me is a lot :)). The pigment is good, but you do need to build it up if you want it to really shine.
The Balm Stains
Before getting these for my birthday from Anne and Nazmira, I haven’t tried out the old Just Bitten lip balms. These two shades are called Lovesick and Sweetheart, and they are both cool-toned pink shades, Lovesick being a little darker than Sweetheart. So what’s the difference between the Balm Stains and the Lacquer balms? These guys do just what they say- they stain the lips. While they have a bit of shine to them like the lacquer balms, it’s a lot more subtle. The longevity of the balm stains is also better- I would give it 4-5 hours, and even then the stain from the balm remains. They are incredibly moisturizing and feel smooth and comfortable on the lips. A perfect hybrid between a lip balm and a lipstick.
To summarize the different textures
Matte– Velvet look, smooth matte finish. Last 3-4 hours, medium pigment that gets stronger after building it up.
Lacquer– Shiny finish with a varying amount of sparkle in different shades. Lasts 2-3 hours, feels moisturizing on the lips and medium pigment.
Balm Stain– Smooth finishes with a bit of gloss. Stains your lips for 4-5 hours, great colour pay-off and feels comfortable and smooth on your lips.
The ColorBurst balms retail for R120 each, and are available from most leading pharmacies. Of course not every shop will have the same stock so you need to look around if you are looking for a specific shade. I would definitely recommend investing in a few of these to brighten up your look and your make-up bag!
All swatches were taken with the flash on.