Review: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms

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I'm a huge fan of Revlon lip products and an even bigger fan of matte finishes. So this is a match made in heaven, right? Thankfully, it is. These recently released Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms ($8.99) are great lip products. I like them much better than the much hyped Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. The colors I will be reviewing today are Complex, Showy, Unapologetic, and Shameless. Click on for lip, face, and arm swatches (all the types of swatches; swatch party, yeah!)

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Revlon deserves a pat in the back for constantly releasing nice lip products at affordable prices that have a beautiful color selection. Showy and Unapologetic are my two favorites from this bunch. So, how's the formula on these? Creamy and pigmented. Since they're balms, they're not all that matte. Still, they're matte enough for me (I don't like super shiny lipsticks). They don't dry out my lips. The wear time is so-so. They leave a slight stain behind. The pencils are twist-ups which means no sharpening required.

The only color of the bunch I'm disappointed with is Shameless because it goes on patchy (as you can see from the lip and arm swatch). So skip that one, but do get Unapologetic because it's gorgeous!

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88 comments

  1. adore the coral and the nude on you, so pretty!

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  2. I think Complex looks gorgeous on you x

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  3. They are soooo good! I can't wait to get my hands on them! Thank you for great review, I will definitely pick up Unapologetic :) X

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  4. Unapologetic sure takes my fancy! :) x

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  5. unapolegetic looks so pretty on you. I am excited about the new Revlon launches, i have seen the reviews and swatches on the blogosphere and i am sure that i will be puchasing some of these to add to my evergrowing collection of lip products that i can never use up!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this and the photos are lovely.
    Have a great day! <3

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
    X x X x X

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  6. Unapolegetic and Shameless are my favorites!

    xx
    http://analeote.blogspot.pt/

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  7. I really hope these come to the UK soon, unapologetic is stunning!

    http://ambertypes.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  8. I have 'Showy' and I love it! I love these

    annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  9. Unapologetic is a stunning shade & it looks gorgeous on you.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  10. I have Shameless and love it (even though it is really annoyingly patchy). The colour is just so nice. Unapologetic looks stunning on you though.

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

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    1. I wish it was better because it's gorgeous. But the patchiness is so obvious on my lips xx

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  11. I'm definitely going to pick up one of these when they are released in the UK, they do look lovely.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  12. I love how creamy these sound! Matte lip products usually scare me away but these look so nice! Complex looks sooo gorgeous on you!

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  13. Wow the shades are so pigmented !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  14. I love both Unapologetic and Complex on you! The Unapologetic shade actually reminds me a bit of your Hourglass one you recently reviewed...am I crazy?

    Regardless, these look beautiful! Revlon is definitely one of my most loved drugstore brands.

    Lookin' good!

    xx -b.

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    1. They're somewhat similar although the Hourglass shade is a bit more orange xx

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  15. thank you for the review and swatches! now i know what to buy in this line. ^^

    www.wiidaribbon.com

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  16. I don't like the purple! My favorite is Unapologetic.

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  17. Oh myyy! Coco you stunner! You rock all of them but I love Showy and Unapologetic on you :) I just got mine this morning and my first reaction was OMG is this real? Is it love at first sight!? I got Sultry and have ordered Unapologetic! It looks gorgeous on you can't wait to receive mine!

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    1. Haha, glad you're loving them too :)

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  18. That's so funny because I literally bought the same colors!
    I was going to type up a post about the same products today!
    Lol.
    xx

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    1. Hahaha, I'll be on the lookout for your post then x

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  19. Love the colour of shameless but annoying that it came out patchy :/ Unapologetic looks lovely though, might have to check it out :) love pigmentation balms :)

    Katie xx | Katies World

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  20. Unapologetic is AMAZING! I actually need it and it looks beautiful on you! xx

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

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  21. Shameless was just awful when I tried it and unfortunately the only colour I was interested in after looking up swatches for hours. :(

    RIKKI //
    RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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    1. I knowww :( It's SO pretty but patchy. Yuck.

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  22. These look all so pretty but on you I prefer the pink ones :)
    xx

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  23. Love the look of these, can't wait until they come to the UK :) Unapologetic is gorgeous<3
    http://sparklyghosts.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Unapologetic is my favorite here but they all look great on you!

    Christal
    LipstickAndPonytails

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  25. Yay, glad you're loving these! You selected some great shades- I got Unapologetic for Christmas and it's fab! Such a pretty bright pink :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  26. I can't wait for these to reach the UK! They look amazing!

    Midnight Violets Beauty Blog

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  27. Shameless looks amazing on you! I can't wait for these to reach the UK, I'll definitely be picking up a few

    Malvika - http://dreaminginluxe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. I've seen the shade Standout everywhere and is beautiful! But Showy is lovely too the formula looks perfect.
    CatrinTeleri

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  29. I love Complex and Unapologetic, they'll be the shades I'll buy. I can't see myself buying the other two shades.

    I love the smell of the skin tonic, it is amazing. I love the cleanse & polish but I'm more of a balm girl.

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

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  30. I've been wanting to get my hands on these.... especially Shameless... it is STUNNING! Love it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts... another confirmation to me that I need these in my life. ;)

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    1. Haha, you do need at least one. xx

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  31. Shameless looks a winner for me, I can't wait to get my hands on some of these :p

    EmmiHearts

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  32. Thanks for the review and swatches. Unapologetic looks stunningly gorgeous on you!!

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  33. Unapologetic looks so gorgeous, I think I need it!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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  34. To bad shameless doesnt go on well I really like the colour

    Kayla
    sheerbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  35. Unapologetic is gorgeous! I saw some of these at my Ulta, but they were all tampered with so I ended up only getting two of the Lacquer Balms instead!

    http://skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ugh, I hate when that happens. Revlon, start shrink wrapping stuff!

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  36. I personally find that dark purple one a bit scary for me but I love the other colors!
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

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  37. Unapologetic is the only shade calling out my name. I can't wait until these new offerings from Revlon hit our shores soon. I haven't tried a matte lip product before because I'm having a love affair with lipstick/lip balm/lip gloss hybrids that leaves plenty of shine on my lips ( my taste is so different from yours Coco) but nonetheless, I want to broaden my horizon when it comes to beauty products. It's 2014, it's about time I go out and explore. I can't think of a better way to ease myself into the world of matte lip products than starting off with the Revlon offerings. Thanks for the swatches. :)

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    1. I've been getting more into glossy shades too, for the same reasons you mentioned. I don't want to use the same all the time. Mattes are still my fave though. I think these are a good place to start as they're not matte matte. Thanks for reading :) xx

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  38. Hmm I think unapologetic might be my fav! beautiful!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  39. *squirms around* Ah, Coco! I completely forgot that these were even out on the market and now I'm remembering how much I loved Unapologetic which looks abso-freakin-stunning on you! Seriously, so gorgeous! I like the look of these a lot better than the Balm Stains so it kind of kills me and I want to get these so bad!!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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  40. lovely shades!!!
    unapologetic looks the prettiest on you! I am not a fan of matte lippies because I have easily dry lips but they look great on you!

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  41. I really like the Shameless color on you and can't tell that it's as patchy as you say it is! I really want to get Standout, but it's sold out whenever I go to Target :( I guess it's a good thing because I already have way too many lip products!

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  42. I love the look of Unapologetic and Complex. Colours I'm sure I'd be reaching for on a daily basis! Love seeing these on, get a much better feel for the colour this way. I love a good matte lipstick, but it's so tough finding ones that won't dry out your lips. I might have to give these a go if they're over here. xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin' | YouTube

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    1. MAC makes great mattes that are creamy and don't dry out your lips. Except Ruby Woo which is, woah, so dry. xx

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  43. I really want Unapologetic now! would you say it's more of a red-pink than a full on red?

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    1. To me it's like a watermelon hot pink. Like MAC's Party Parrot? (that was limited edition) x

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  44. They look so pretty and gorgeous on you but I love showy and unapologetic out of all of them.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  45. Ohh these look lovely! I love Unapologetic and I will be definitely getting it soon, I think it will be perfect for the spring and summer <3

    Andrea | RosyChicc

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  46. I agree that the pinks look best on you! How horrible is that patchiness! OOO! Although the nude is nice but needs a bit more omph otherwise it looks as if there's nothing much on your lips! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Agreed 100%. The nude is nice but a bit (tiny bit) too pale for my skin tone xx

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  47. I love Revlon lip products too - Showy and Unapologetic are my favourites as well from these four. They're gorgeous on you! I'm waiting for these to arrive in Australia - though hopefully I can wait until a good sale to pick some up.

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  48. Unapologetic makes me look forward to spring! They all suit you , still waiting for these in the UK

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  49. Unapologetic looks amazing on you! I can't wait till these come out in the UK! I'm gonna be going swatch crazy when I finally see these! Thanks for the preview :)

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  50. Unapologetic is such a pretty color, and it looks beautiful on you! :) Can't wait to try them, I wish we had Revlon here in my country though because I really like their lip stuff.

    xo

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  51. Beautiful swatches :) I was curious about how these would look on. Unapologetic is probably my favorite out of the four.

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  52. I love the purple one best :)

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  53. Oh yes, I definitely need to get Unapologetic!

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  54. Oh unapologetic is gorgeous!! I agree with you about Shameless though,mine came out patchy and dried my lips out alot! :( a shame because I loved the colour so much :( I also love elusive insaisissable - such a lovely nudey pinky colour. Just slightly lighter than unapologetic I think :)
    brilliant post and photos
    Jamie xox | Bethnal Bohemia

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  55. Ah i need to buy Unapologetic soon!! It is so pretty! <3 gotta pick it up soon!
    Thank you for sharing dear^_^~ <3

    www.beautylish-life.com

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  56. I love shades in Showy and unapologetic so much!Must try those!!

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  57. Didn't buy these tonight when I went shopping...kinda wish I had now!

    www.amberinwonderland.co.nz

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  58. complex looks like a lovely nude! don't know if I'm brave enough though. I already have elusive and i'm kind of so-so on it, tbh

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  59. I have these in Shameless and Sultry but you are making me want to try Complex out!

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  60. Unapologetic looks lovely on you :)
    http://alittlebitofjenn.blogspot.co.uk

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  61. i got shameless last fall, now i want unapologetic so badd. the color is gorgeous!!

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  62. Shameless is just A-mazing!!!

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  63. I've been dying to get my hands on the Shameless one, but I can't find them anywhere!! Actually, I can't find none of these here in Brazil yet :(

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