Review and Swatches: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm

I promised a review of the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless that was one of my perfect purples so here it is:

Revlon Matte Balm Shameless
Revlon Matte Balm Shameless 215

I’m not a fan of chubby sticks and their ilk. They remind me too much of crayola and much as I liked that in nursery, I do prefer my makeup to be a bit more glam looking. For bold colours, I prefer a matte pigmented finish on lips and most chubby type products I’ve tried tend to be sheer and glossy. So I was not expecting to fall so hard for the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms when my eyes met them across a crowded Walgreens aisle. I think my desire was also fuelled by the fact that the colour I wanted (Shameless – a purple) was sold out everywhere so finding one became a mission.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm, Shameless swatch on dark skin
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm, Shameless swatch on dark skin
REVLON SAYS                                                                                                                                                                                                        WONDERLUSTING SAYS 
“Velvety Matte Look. Moisture Rich Balm” On the lips the finish is definitely more velvet rather than a flat matte so that part is spot on. It is comfortable on the lips though not what I would call moisture rich or balm-like.
“Our Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Coconut and Mango butters nourishes lips.” Assuming that you’ve prepped your lips beforehand, when wearing the Matte Balms, they won’t feel stripped of moisture but neither is there any sense of additional nourishment.

It is very user-friendly with no need for lip pencil and offers really good colour payoff with one swipe. Below are swatches of the colours available in-store in Boots.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Swatches on dark skin
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Swatches on dark skin – Striking, Showy, Elusive, Complex, Audacious 

As with all matte lip products, to look its best your lips need to be in good condition (Nivea Lip Butter is my tip for tip top lips) as it is not very forgiving with any flakey bits. I’ve read reviews that some people find it very patchy. I haven’t had that problem but if your lips are in the slightest bit dry they are not a good look. An added bonus is that it definitely makes teeth look whiter.

Shameless is a blue toned purple. I have golden undertones to my skin so red toned purples tend to suit me better. Depending what other makeup I have on it can drain the colour from my face a little but I love the colour so much, I make it work. I find a coral blush helps and sometimes I top Shameless with a lilac lip gloss which always seems to get compliments from strangers.

I wear these two together for a winning combination
I wear these two together for a winning combination

The only thing I’m not crazy about is the mint taste when first applied. This is probably a selling point to most people but i just don’t like mint flavoured lip products and it’s a potential irritant. There’s also the annoying issue of sharpening which I haven’t found a solution to.

Overall I think the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are a great budget beauty buy for matte lip fans.

Boots is only stocking five of the colours in-store but the full range of 10 is available online at, £7.99 

Superdrug is stocking the five colours swatched above and they’re currently on offer for just £5.99 in-store and online at 

Now that I’m coming around, are there any other chubby stick style products you think I should check out?

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