Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms (Review, Swatches & Photos)

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Complex, Elusive and Standout

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms, £7.99

Where to buy: Boots

Don’t ask me how I managed to totally miss the launch of these beauties back in the end of January, but on a recent trip to Boots I spotted them and let me tell you, it was hard to leave with only 3 in my hands (yeah, I did just say ‘only’ – so bad, I know!). Thankfully, they are currently on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots, so I picked my 2 favourites and a wildcard, which is a shade I wouldn’t normally go for. Let me show you what they look like up close and personal.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Complex, Elusive and Standout

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm comes in a lip crayon form, and it’s much like its predecessor, the ever so popular Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, except it’s matte and with a velvet finish. I like how they coordinate the packaging with the shade and finish of the lip balm – it definitely makes it easier to stop the ones you want at a glance. The crayon has a twist up and down kind of base, so there’s no need to sharpen it or worry about twisting it up too much.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Complex, Elusive and Standout

The Matte Balms come in 10 shades, all matte as the name suggests, with an amazing variety of colours! The shades are: Complex, Shameless, Standout, Elusive, Audacious, Sultry, Unapologetic, Mischievous, Striking and Showy. I ended up only getting Complex, Elusive and Standout, despite wanting Sultry and Unapologetic really badly – I might have to go back for them!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Complex, Elusive and Standout

I found that the formula varied from balm to balm, but overall they are very pigmented, creamy and they dry matte on the lips with a velvet finish and become pretty much non-transferable to touch. Some are more drying than others on the lips, especially the lighter shades. They are also slightly fragranced and cooling on the lips, which I found quite pleasant.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Complex

Complex is a peachy brown nude; it can be a bit patchy and drying on the lips. I don’t like this shade on me, as I think it makes me look a bit dead and lifeless, but it’s a nice nude shade for paler complexions.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Elusive

Elusive is a light cool-toned rose pink; it’s my favourite shade of the bunch and the formula applies a lot more evenly than Complex. Also, contrary to Complex, this shade instantly perks up my complexion and brightens up my face.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Standout

Standout is a berry red; it’s the most moisturising and least patchy on the lips. I’m totally in love with this shade; it’s the closest thing I own to a neutral red and it dries super quickly, so I don’t end up with lipstick on my teeth.


I can definitely recommend these if you’re a fan of matte lips. These felt quite similar on the lips to the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Matte Lipsticks, but they are a bit less long-lasting and easier to work with, which makes them easier for touch-ups. Now I have my eyes on Sultry and UnapologeticI’m coming for ya!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Complex, Elusive and Standout

What do you think of the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms? Have you tried them?

  • Product: Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm
  • Price: £7.99
  • Shades: Complex, Shameless, Standout, Elusive, Audacious, Sultry, Unapologetic, Mischievous, Striking and Showy
  • Where: Boots (currently on 3 for 2)

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  1. 9 February 2014 / 9:40 pm

    To be honest with you, they all look gorgeous on you Ysis!!! but the Elusive suits you the most and looks versatile because you can wear it all day :) the nude one doesn’t look too pale on you in picture though and the red one is so gorgeous and bold :)

    • 9 February 2014 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you, Cassandra! It’s nice to know you think Complex looked ok; I wasn’t too sure, just because it’s so nude, but I’ll give it another chance before putting it in the ‘unwanted’ pile :) Thanks for your kind words! xx

    • 9 February 2014 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you, Catherine. It’s such a pretty rose pink! I think it’s one of the most universal shades of the bunch :)

  2. Katy
    9 February 2014 / 11:02 pm

    Love all of these! Great review, you suit all of them and I don’t think complex washes you out too much! Really want elusive though.

    Katy xx

  3. Cosmochics
    10 February 2014 / 5:52 am

    My Gosh red looks amazing on you! Elusme looks beautiful too!

  4. Kate Flint
    10 February 2014 / 9:10 am

    I love the red on you, amazeballs! I can’t wait until these are released in Australia! We are always behind -_- :(

  5. Diane J
    11 February 2014 / 12:03 am

    I took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer in Boots too (a girl’s got to do, what a girl’s got to do :D) I picked up Audacious and Striking along with a Lacquer Balm in Vivacious. I have yet to try matte shades so I’m really looking forward to trying them out. Although I wish I purchased Elusive and Standout too. They look absolutely amazing on you Ysis. They look so beautiful on your complexion even Complex (you make for one gorgeous corpse. lol but kidding aside, I don’t think it makes you look dead, it has enough warmth to stop it being too pale crazy) :) I need to get my hands on Standout as soon as my purse can take another beating, that is ;)

  6. Mayuri
    12 February 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Uma pena que ainda não tem no Brasil :~(

    • 12 April 2014 / 12:27 pm

      I still haven’t got my hands on Unapologetic, but I really want it!

  7. Leah
    7 April 2014 / 8:03 pm

    I’ve not tried the Revlon ones but i LOVE the Rimmel colour balms – they’re so creamy but I think where they differ is the Rimmel ones don’t dry matte. x

    • 12 April 2014 / 12:27 pm

      Yeah, I’ve tried the Rimmel ones and I found them to be sheer compared to the Revlon ones. These are my absolute favourite colour balms! :)

  8. 13 May 2014 / 1:54 pm

    You look gorgeous in all the colors! I think I need that color Elusive, its so pretty! Since it is blue toned, will it look okay on warm skin tones?

  9. Ash
    14 October 2014 / 1:10 pm

    I absolutely love all of these shades, but can you please tell me what color blush you’re wearing? It is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you!

  10. 21 December 2014 / 6:31 pm

    I have this in elusive and sultry and I think you should try sultry! It doesn’t accentuate the lip lines. Great review! :)

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