Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in 'Audacious' | £7.99 | Boots
If there's one brand that knows how to cause a stir in the lip product department, it's Revlon. Their Lip Butters were the most talked about release of 2012 and then came the Kissable Balm Stains...having bought about eight shades of those babies it was no wonder my heart skipped a beat when I heard matte versions were heading our way. That was back in the Autumn of last year and I've pretty much been counting down the days until the UK release on January 22nd since... so you can imagine how excited I was to pop into Boots last week and see a shiny new stand of Colourburst Matte Balms (alongside their new sister lacquer balms) just waiting for me to get my mitts on a week early! They come in a gorgeous range of 10 neutral-bright shades but being greatly unprepared for the purchase as well as in a bit of a rush I decided to pick up the shade I was instantly drawn to, a beautiful orange toned red that goes by the name of 'Audacious'.
First off let's get my love of the 'chubby stick-esque' colourful packaging out of the way- it's fun but still sleek and I adore how both the colour and matte finish of the product are mirrored by the tube. I also really enjoy the crayon form which makes a usually tricky matte and pigmented product super easy to apply. Now onto the actual formula- in winter matte is my favourite kind of finish, there's just something about the cold that makes me ditch the gloss and go for bold and these 'velvety matte' balms suitably impress in terms of buildable colour pay off and shine free statement factor. The only downside that comes with such a finish is dryness and oddly enough, even though this doesn't feel drying and glides on creamily as promised, it really does highlight every imperfection/dry patch on the lips and battling this with copious amounts of lip balm only defeats the object of a matte lip product in the first place. It breaks my heart to say this but despite it's positives the imperfection pick up will put me off wearing this product over others of similar finishes and shades such as No.7 'Gay Geranium' and MAC 'Lady Danger', plus the colour of 'Audacious' sadly translates to be less orange on my lips than in the bullet. Putting those drawbacks aside for a moment the lasting power is as, if not more amazing than the kissable balm stains which makes it a great all dayer/meal time lip choice with even fade and minimal transfer. So whilst I won't be queuing to collect the lot tomorrow, particularly as they're pitched at a slightly pricey £7.99, I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't give other colours in the collection a go as well as letting the Lacquers have some lovin'- fingers crossed a thrifty three for two comes our way soon...
Will you be buying into the matte balm madness?