Budget Beauty Buy: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.


One good thing to come out of the deep freeze and bad winter storms that have been keeping me from getting back north after my Christmas vacay with the fam: Super Target and drugstores that keep a good stock of new budget beauty items. I can’t even begin to explain the struggle that occurs when you live in a grand city like New York and either the new drugstore beauty launches take FOREVER to come in and when they do, all the beauty junkies snag them up and you’re left with a snotty nose and tears in your eyes because you didn’t get one. OK–maybe not that dramatic, but it is pretty tough to just waltz into a drugstore in my neighborhood and expect the new stuff to be there. It’s practically one of the reasons why I went straight to department stores when I first started wearing makeup (you know–wearing it for real because 99 cent brown lipstick and white eyeliner—ugh the 90s—doesn’t count).


But anyway, of course a payment I was waiting for would come on the day of the deep freeze so I figured after I went to the bank, I’d hop inside Target—actually the one here in Acworth is SUPER Target (I think the wider selection of groceries makes it Super) and see what was new. Enter Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm. Although there was some confusion at first (on my part), these are actually permanent.

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But people are going nuts for them.


They remind me SO much of Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint—in the way they look, the slight tingly minty feel when you first put it on, and the way they go on buttery smooth with a matte finish that doesn’t feel matte at all (soooo comfy on the lips thanks to Revlon’s triple butter complex of shea, coconut, and mango butters . They come in 10 shades—I took the liberty of buying three. They make applying lip color foolproof because you can both line your lips and fill them in with color with one neat little product.


They have pretty great staying power—of course the deeper shades will have a longer staying time than the lighter ones (because the deeper ones tend to stain), but these things mean business—on average I got about six hours wear before needing to touch-up.

Shade descriptions:


Standout: a matte blue-red, similar to Tarte Fiery (works on virtually all skin tones)



Shameless: a matte eggplant-purple shade (works on virtually all skin tones but can read a bit “too cool” on warmer undertones)

Complex: a matte peachy beige, similar to NYX Iced Coffee (on lighter skin the peachier tones come out making it a pretty light coral color, on darker skin like mine, it’s a decent matte nude without looking “off” but you may have to play it up with gloss or a lip pencil you know how too-light matte nudes can look really off)

Bottom line: These are definitely worth grabbing if you’re a lip color fiend—but don’t go crazy looking for them if your local store is sold out of your favorite shade. Eventually the supply will catch up with demand and you’ll be able to waltz into a drugstore and grab ’em next time you’re getting toothpaste.

Price and where to buy: price varies—I saw $6.49 at Target and $8.99 at Walgreens. You can expect to see these at most major drugstores.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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9 Responses to Budget Beauty Buy: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

  1. I’m so grabbing a few of these! Love matte lips!

  2. Joanna says:

    Standout and shameless is on my list now.

  3. Meka says:

    Hey Danielle! I may or may not have been on the hunt for these and cannot confirm whether or not several of these were purchased. Lol. Thank goodness it was before my low makeup buy in 2014 crap that I’m doing…allegedly.

    I hope you had wonderful holidays!

  4. Lisa says:

    shamless is a great drugstore alternative to mac’s heroine. Not an exact dupe, but close enough. Great post, danielle!

    • Danielle says:

      See, I thought it looked like something I’ve seen before but I did this review when I was out of town and didn’t have my Heroine lipstick with me…lol.

      Thanks, Lisa!

  5. Lena says:

    Tried it in Smitten Eprise, really pretty color but felt I needed a separate lip liner, there was some smudging.

  6. nineninetyone says:

    That Shameless is it! I saw these at my job and didn’t pay them any mind, but now I must have it lol

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