Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Swatches and Review

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.)

47 comments:

  1. Wow you went all out!! I stiiiill am resisting buying one but don't know how much longer I can hold out. Love your swatches!

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  2. Naaaaa =D thank you for making me wanting this lip butters just more than I acutally do .-. :D

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  3. I too had been resisting up until this point but yeah...now I really do HAVE TO HAVE some of these.

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  4. I had been hunting these down and finally picked up Tutti Frutti and Candy Apple this weekend. I love them, and I totally agree about Candy Apple - first red lipstick I've ever felt like I could wear during the daytime.

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  5. I've only purchased three but I love them so far! I would have gotten more but they only had a few!

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  6. I am not a lipstick person, but these are definitely making me want to be. I just might have to go pick up a couple...

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  7. These Lip Butters are awesome - I have 5 of them now, and I'm totally addicted. They are very moisturizing and some of the colors last a long time even after the balmy feeling fades!
    I have Sugar Frosting, Cupcake, Lollipop, Raspberry Pie and Tutti Frutti.
    There is a slight vanilla scent to these - Vanilla Absolute is what they had stated on some of the promo's. But you're totally right - it would be awesome if they were scented like their names. YUM

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  8. Gosh, I know you already have a lot of work preparing those nail polish swatches but please, do consider swatching the lip products! You have beautiful lips!

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  9. Victoria, thank you :)

    lfcmaus, haha sorry XD

    rachlovespenguins, at least go check them out in the store, the top of the cap is clear so you can see the actual color :)

    Grace, isn't it awesome? I normally feel like I look ridiculous in red, but Candy Apple just looks *right*

    Sarah E, I know what you're saying! Every display of these I've seen so far has been mostly empty so they must be popular!

    Laura, I'm not a lipstick person at all. Thankfully these don't feel like normal lipstick to me, I can actually see myself wearing these all the time unlike normal lipstick

    Florence, odd, I love vanilla so much! But I can't smell any scent at all on these... Not even a little! Hmm... wonder what the deal is?

    kasiaj85, really? Wow, thank you! You would laugh if you knew how many pictures I had to take before I got two useable lip swatches. I am a lip swatch noob, lol

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  10. Yay, we get to see lip swatches from Scrangie! :D Thank you so much!

    I've been very curious about these - going to hunt down Red Velvet, Lollipop, and Peach Parfait next week or so. Hope I can find them here in Canada.

    So happy that you did such a comprehensive review on them. Your photos are impeccable! :) You did a great job, Scrangie! Thank you!

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  11. Ö.Ö
    Your Lips! Damn, they are beautiful *.*

    @lfcmaus immer dieses Anfixen, schlimm ne?^^

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  12. Thanks for the marvelously thorough review and wonderful swatches, as always! I'm obsessed with these and already have Sweet Tart and Candy Apple but I've been debating which one to get next. Your swatches helped me settle on Lollipop as my third pick; it's totally my style.

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  13. Scrangie lip swatches!!! Love all your swatch pics. Delightful!

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  14. I LOVE these! I was also disappointed by the fact that they aren't scented, but I love the texture. Great review :)

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  15. It's a very, very faint scent. I've only picked up the scent a handful of times. I will do some sniffing later on to be sure!

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  16. I'm already on my second tube of Pink Truffle. I wish they would last a bit longer. :-(

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  17. Curse you! I was going to resist buying these but resistance, as they say, is futile. Great swatches, thanks.

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  18. Ooh, I don't think I've seen Macaroon in the displays by me, and that's the one I have my eye on now (I'm about your skintone, and I love Peach Parfait, Pink Truffle, and Sugar Plum).

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  19. I'm so addicted to these; I own 10 already, and might pick up a couple more. I'm sad Macaroon was not a UK exclusive.

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  20. I picked up Tutti Frutti and it is THE perfect orange/coral for me. I've been having fun with purple lipstick and wanted to try orange, and the lip butter was an easy and comfortable way to branch out. Thanks for swatches! Now i'll definitely have to go pick up Gumdrop, Creamsicle, Lollipop, and Candy Apple!

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  21. P.S. These are on sale at CVS for $5.99 this week through the 14th. Just FYI.

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  22. Ooooh, I really want to try Cherry Tart, Lollipop and Red Velvet after reading this. I tend not to wear lipstick on a daily basis because I have dry lips and most lipstick just settles in the cracks. Sorry, gross I know. BUT.... maybe these will help that. I'm always on the quest...... ;)

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  23. I haven't bought any yet but I'm dying to. They look fantastic. I've seen them many times on YouTube. Everyone is going crazy for them. I would need the darker shades.

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  24. I think I need to at least try one or two of these. Pink Truffle, Peach Parfait, Red Velvet, Berry Smoothie, Raspberry Pie, Lollipop, and Macaroon are the most appealing from the swatches. Which of the shades have shimmer? I will be avoiding them... :)

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  25. Wow! Thanks so much for the intense review! I haven't seen this in-depth of a review on the Lip Butters yet, and this was incredibly informative. I feel like I can make a better informed decision about purchasing them now :)

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  26. THANK YOU for clearing up that these don't have a flavor/scent. I would have never guessed that, and I would have pitched a fit after I spent money on it and found that out! Life saver, lemming squashed :)

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  27. I wish they were scented too! I didn't like mine, it was a little bit too sticky for me.

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  28. I'm so happy every color was swatched! Makes my decision so much easier on which colors to get ; ) Thanks so much!

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  29. Oh wow - lip swatches!! These are beautiful, you really know how to make a girl spend all the mortgage money :o)
    Seriously - we should be paying you for all your hard work, thank you so much.

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  30. Beautiful! I almost picked up a few the other day - but hadn't seen many swatches yet. Thank you! I think I need Brown Sugar and Sugar Plum! So pretty!

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  31. The colour selection is really nice! I can't help looking at them all the time!

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  32. Me too!!! Candy Apple is now my official 'daytime red'. I adore it! I am thrilled that Revlon said these were permanent because I'm going to be wearing Candy Apple a lot. (And buying up lots more colors!) These are really fantastic! I love the packaging too - the quilting reminds me of a Chanel purse! Yay, Revlon! :D

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  33. I just got a couple, Cotton Candy and Raspberry Pie. I'm especially loving the latter. CC has shimmer and RP doesn't; I'd like to know which are shimmery and which aren't as well, because I'm not usually a big fan of shimmery glosses. None of the displays I've seen here (western U.S.) have Macaroon, darn it. Thanks again.

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  34. finally found these at Walgreen's last night. Well, part of the set (it wasn't completely set up). I wanted macaroon but the display only holds 20 colors and guess which one is missing... yeah, macaroon.

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  35. Love these, but I've NEVER seen Macaroon is any of the displays I've seen!!! Actually, come to think of it, only a few people seem to have it or have seen it! Now I'll be on a perpetual hunt for it until I find it!!!

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  36. I've NEVER seen Macaroon in any of the displays, and it seems very, very few people have even seen/heard of it! This is probably the second time I've heard of it, but the first swatch I've seen! I'll be on a perpetual hunt for it now until I find it!!!

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  37. I haven't seen these yet at all, but I'm looking forward to finding them. Seriously no feathering? I have the worst time with that now that I'm in my 30s and finding something (affordable) with enough color coverage that doesn't feather or settle into my dry lips is a pain. Thanks for the reviews!

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  38. I'm actually really happy that they're *not* scented because I'm really sensitive to scents and I wouldn't be able to wear them if they were. So far I only have one, Pink Truffle, but am looking to pick up Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie, Sugar Plum, and I'm not sure what else :) I'll have to see what my local store has!

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  39. I'm actually really glad these *aren't* scented because I'm really sensitive to scents and I wouldn't be able to wear them if they were. So far all I have is Pink Truffle, but I love it; the next time I'm at the store I'm looking for Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie, Sugar Plum, and...any others that might work with my (very pale, dark hair/eyes) coloring.

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  40. I'm glad they're not scented. I agree with all the positives in this review, I love these lip butters! I have red velvet, brown sugar, and fig jam, looking to get pink truffle next. Thanks for posting all these great swatches!

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  41. Thanks for posting these lip swatches! They were very helpful. I love these lip butters, I have red velvet, fig jam, and brown sugar, and am looking to get pink truffle next. This review of these lip butters was spot on. I'm also glad they're not scented.

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  42. You did an awesome job on this! All your swatches helped me decide which ones to buy!! Thanks! Good work =D

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  43. this review is amazing! thank you so much x

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  44. thank you so much for the swatches..this review is a big help..:) it took me some time to decide what shade im going to try..i just had my boyfriend buy some shades for me like candy apple, lollipop, raspberry pie and tutti fruity since its cheaper in manhattan...haha..so excited to get my package in 2 weeks time..thankyou so much..love love love!!! God Bless..:)

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  45. thank you so much for the swatches..this review is a big help..:) it took me some time to decide what shade im going to try..i just had my boyfriend buy some shades for me like candy apple, lollipop, raspberry pie and tutti fruity since its cheaper in manhattan...haha..so excited to get my package in 2 weeks time..thankyou so much..love love love!!! God Bless..:)

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