I think it’s safe to say that I was just as excited as everyone else was for Revlon’s latest lip release: the Matte and Lacquer balms. Based on their popular Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, the Matte and Lacquer balms are a similar crayon lip colour but are formulated to leave a matte or a glossy finish respectively. Naturally, everyone and their dog went wild when it was announced that the new lip colours would be hopping across the pond and hitting the Revlon concessions in Boots. So, I thought I’d share my opinion with you, just in case you hadn’t already read enough opinions on them already.
THE MATTE BALMS: Just like everyone else, I was the most excited to see the matte balms. I’d been on the hunt for some good quality matte lip colours for a long time, especially a dusky pink and an orange (my two favourite lip colours dontcha know?). As a result, I picked up Elusive (a dusky pink shade) and Mischevious (a more orange version of Topshop’s popular lipstick in Whimsical). Even though I thought that Elusive would end up being the nicer colour, I actually much prefer Mischevious; I feel like the colour is a lot more effective in a matte formula. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that Elusive is the perfect day to day colour, but I think Mischevious is so much nicer.
Formula wise, these are fantastic. The application process and the way they feel on the lips is very similar to the original balms, but even creamier. Apply them with a load of colour on the bottom lip and then rub your lips together and smooth the colour out and voila, you have the perfect matte lip. The only issue is that the colour does start to feel a bit dry after about and hour and a half, but if you can resist the normal temptation of licking your lips then you’ll be A-okay.
THE LACQUER BALMS: I’ve mentioned these before in a video and I’ve said that I actually prefer the lacquer balms to the matte ones. However, after a bit more investigation, I think it would be fairer of me to say that the only reason I think that is because I wear the lacquer balm more. Why I hear you ask? Because the colour is so much easier to wear on a day to day basis when I have school and other ‘no makeup-makeup’ appropriate days. Like the matte balms, the lacquer balms are rich with pigment meaning that they’re a great alternative to Revlon’s ever-popular lip butters (review on those – here). Despite this, they do have a wonderfully shimmery and gloss-like finish to them which makes them a lot nicer to don on the lips in comparison to the matte balms. Think a mix of their Super Lustrous glosses and the Lip Butters because that’s essentially what they are. The lacquer balm pictured above is Demure.
So, which balm do you prefer? Do you have any other shade recommendations? Leave me a comment in the box below and let me know!