Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Swatches

I picked up the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 215 Shameless, then I was gift two more at a Revlon event. I choose to try 225 Sultry and 220 Showy.

The Matte Balms did not have the purest matte finish, in my opinion. In the swatches below, you can see where the light bounces off them a bit. They have a slight sheen to them. They are, however, more matte and opaque than the Lacquer Balms.

If you are curious about the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms, I covered those in a previous post. I decided to separate these because they are entirely different for one another.

All Revlon balms have a minty scent – just thought I would throw that in there since I know it bothers some. I actually like the scent.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Swatches


215 Shameless, 225 Sultry, 220 Showy 

As you can see, theMatte Balms  have matte packaging. Other than having a matte finish, the packaging is identical to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.

Matte Balm 225 Sultry


Sultry is a muted reddish brown neutral shade. It reminds me of the 90’s because of its brown undertone. It was by far the easiest to apply out of the three. Its formula clung the least to dry patches, it was forgiving and very pigmented. Sultry has a matte cream finish.

Matte Balm 220 Showy


Showy is a very bright and obnoxious pink that makes me think of Barbie or Nicki Minaj. It tends to settle into the cracks and dry spots on the lips. It is also well pigmented. This was the mattest of the three, both Sultry and Shameless had a more noticeable shine to them. It was also the driest of the three Matte Balms I tried.

Matte Balm 215 Shameless


Shameless is a dark, true pruple. It was the most difficult to get an even application from, though it is still highly pigmented. You may need to exfoliate your lips prior to use to avoid any patchiness. I would recommend priming the lips with a lip liner or long wearing concealer before wearing this out for a long night.

The patchiness of my swatch is partly due to the fact that I had dry lips when I took these photos. Mind you, I find it’s helpful to see what the product looks like on imperfect lip.

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms do not claim to be long wearing (nor do the Lacquer Balms), which makes them quite different from the Balm Stains. You need to have these handy for re-application, particularly when you are wearing dramatic shades in the range.

Watch my review and live swatches of the Revlon Lacquer and Matte Balms on YouTube – here.

What are your thoughts on the new Revlon ColorBurst Balms? Which ones have you tried?


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