Revlon has a new line of lip colors out this month, but they're not your usual lipsticks. They're called Colorburst Lip Butter and what sets them apart from regular lipstick is that they're balm-like and moisturizing while still having bold color. Plus, there's a color for everyone, with shades from pales and neutrals to bold reds and corals.
Each Colorburst Lip Butter comes in a lipstick-style tube with a translucent quilted-pattern cap that resembles frosted glass. My favorite aspect of this packaging is that each cap (and label) is tinted to match the lipstick.
01 Pink Truffle, 05 Sugar Frosting, 010 Raspberry Pie, 015 Tutti Frutti, 020 Brown Sugar, 025 Peach Parfait, 030 Fig Jam.
Swatched with flash and without. Left to right: Pink Truffle, Sugar Frosting, Raspberry Pie, Tutti Frutti, Brown Sugar, Peach Parfait, Fig Jam.
035 Candy Apple, 040 Red Velvet, 045 Cotton Candy, 050 Berry Smoothie, 055 Cupcake, 060 Gumdrop, 065 Creamsicle.
Left to right: Candy Apple, Red Velvet, Cotton Candy, Berry Smoothie, Cupcake, Gumdrop, Creamsicle.
070 Cherry Tart, 075 Lollipop, 080 Strawberry Shortcake, 085 Sugar Plum, 090 Sweet Tart, 095 Creme Brulee, 096 Macaroon.
Left to right: Cherry Tart, Lollipop, Strawberry Shortcake, Sugar Plum, Sweet Tart, Creme Brulee, Macaroon.
Some of the shades have a little bit of shimmer to them, but it's very subtle. For example, here's Gumdrop, the pastel creamy lavender shimmer. The shimmer is there, you can see tiny flecks of it when you're wearing it, but the color doesn't appear shimmery, sparkly or frosty at all.
With such a creamy, buttery, balm-like lip product, you expect it to be sheer, but all of these have a lot of color to them. It's a see-through type of finish rather than a dense opaque cream finish, and it makes the shades a lot easier to wear. This is a single thin layer of Lollipop and the color still pops.
What I liked:
- The formula is super smooth and buttery. They feel awesome on my lips. Very comfortable, not thick or heavy, and never drying. Like a light balm.
- They're not too sheer. Each shade can be built up for brighter color or applied lightly for a more sheer tint.
- I love the color-matched packaging. I really am a fan of packaging that's colored to match the product. Especially because it makes it way easier to find the color you're looking for if you have a few of them in your purse.
- Packaging design is cute. I like the quilted cap. It looks retro.
- They have stickers along the side that act as safety seals. Biggest pet peeve about drugstore makeup is going to the store to buy something and finding that everything has already been used because there's no seal (and because people are barbarians and open the packages, stand in the aisle and apply it, and put it back on the shelf without buying it.)
- They're unscented. I am disappointed that there aren't scents to match the names, but if it's going to be unscented, it better be unscented. They did a really good job of making these taste and smell like absolutely nothing. No heavily perfumed lipstick scent, no heavy, waxy lanolin smell, no sunscreen smell or taste, nothing. Just a very faint lip balm taste right when you apply it, but after that, no detectable taste or smell.
- Good color selection. Some brights, some pastels, a nude/neutral for nearly every skintone.
- I love the translucent finish. It's colorful but it's not dense and opaque, you can see your lip through it. Sort of like a jelly nail polish, but not as dense looking.
- They don't stain your lips when they wear off.
- They wear for a surprisingly long time for such a light, balmy product (I made it four hours before I wanted to reapply) and they never feel dry or make my lips flake or feel uncomfortable like most lipsticks do.
What I didn't like:
- I wish they were scented like their names- Cupcake! Strawberry Shortcake! Brown Sugar! It's nice that they have no scent at all, but I really love scented things, especially cupcake scented things.
- The pastel shades are a little too milky and whitish for me to wear. They're my favorite ones to look at, but they just look too white against my lips.
Overall, I think these are awesome. I have no complaints about the formula other than the lack of scents/flavors. I just can't think of anything I truly dislike about them. The colors are nice, they feel fantastic, they're both a balm and a lip color, and they're nice to look at. Since the colors have a sheer/translucent finish, it makes them really easy to wear and apply. Because of that, I've found the first red I feel comfortable wearing on a daily basis: Candy Apple. It is perfect. I have no fear of smudging it all over my face, it won't bleed or feather, and it's sheer enough to apply right out of the tube with no lipliner or extra effort. It's not a crazy bright high-impact red, but it is pretty bold and the sheer finish makes it very forgiving.
My favorites are Candy Apple, Strawberry Shortcake, Lollipop, Cherry Tart, Tutti Frutti and Sweet Tart.
The full line of Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter is available in stores now and it is permanent. They retail in the $6.50-$7.50 range, depending on where you buy them.
(This was sent for review.)