New at the Drugstore!: Revlon Matte & Lacquer Balms

Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms

As a fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, I was excited to hear they were releasing more jumbo pencil format lip products: Revlon Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms. These ones don’t claim to be a stain, but their big draw is that there are new finishes: a velvety matte and a super lustrous lacquer.

Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms

Now, I’m not a huge fan of matte lips — I tend to find them drying. However, I figured I should at least pick up one matte, and give it a try.

The matte I got was Sultry. It’s a rosy brown that’s just a bit darker than my natural lip colour. I’m thinking I probably should have gone with a bolder shade, however, because I tend to like my neutrals glossy and my bolds more matte. Ah well. As expected, these mattes aren’t the most comfortable for me to wear. Ah well.

The two lacquer shades I got were Enticing and Ingenue. Enticing is a super shiny deep red that you can swipe on for a sheer flush or build up to a bolder opaque shade. Ingenue is the perfect nude for me; not too brown, not too pink. It evens out my lips nicely.

Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms swatches

I like the formula of these quite a lot (certainly better than the mattes); it’s creamy and moisturizing and so comfy to wear. (I wore Ingenue at work all day yesterday!) The wear-time isn’t great; I carried it in my pocket and reapplied it as much as I’d reapply a lip balm, but I’m totally okay with that. The application process is both convenient and pleasant because of the jumbo pencil format and yummy minty smell. (Note: there’s no tingling on the lips, despite the minty fragrance. This is good. No me gusta tingling.)

My only complaint about the lacquers is that, to make them super super shiny, Revlon added truckload of large flecks of silver glitter. They aren’t so big that you can feel the grainy bits when you rub your lips together (I hate that), but they are big enough that if the colour just wears off, you’re left looking like you made out with a disco ball.

There are two ways to get around this: one is to stay on top of reapplication and ensure your colour doesn’t wear off, and the other is to wipe your lips clean before it wears off/once you’re tired of wearing lipstick (does that happen to anyone but me?). This might be a big inconvenience for some people, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the formula and colours — especially Ingenue — enough that I am willing to keep reapplying to avoid the glitter syndrome.

Both finishes have their ups and downs. Which one do you think you’d like?

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