For some reason I had never been a fan of crayons, I preferred lipsticks or glosses. I don’t know why, as I never had any crayons in my collection. Two weeks ago I went to Boots, and while I was on my mission to find something new for me, I got to Revlon’s stand. My eyes automatically stopped at the beautiful colours of Revlon’s Colorburst collection. I swear their crayons were smiling at me like the Grinch. I thought that this was a great idea as I never had any of their lip products, plus crayons were totally new for me! I grabbed three different shades, one from each collection: Matte Balm, Lacquer Balm and Balm Stain, and happy with my purchase I started testing them.
I was very interested in the Matte Balm collection. I love matte lipsticks, especially Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet, but these are so drying that I can’t wear them everyday. I wanted to find something a bit more moisturising, so I picked up the shade 240 – Striking from Revlon. It’s a gorgeous red with a hint of orange which makes it a little bit more wearable. I don’t know about the rest of the shades from this collection, but Striking is very pigmented. It’s not as matte as Bourjois, which tells us that it’s not as drying but also not as long-lasting. Out of the three crayons I got, this one lasts the longest, as all matte lipsticks usually do. I do have to touch it up a couple of times during the day, but it is normal with a product like this. It slides smoothly, has a creamy texture and the smell has a hint of mint. I don’t like the smell of mint at all, but this one is not too strong and disappears after application so it doesn’t bother me too much. What I like is the gentle cooling effect I feel on my lips after a couple of minutes. It’s not annoying or irritating but definitely noticeable. The packaging is matte as well, which makes it easier to find the crayon I am looking for when I am getting ready. Now that I have found Striking, I will keep my Bourjois for the extreme days and nights out, and will use Revlon’s Matte Balm as my everyday matte lipstick. The whole collection has fourteen beautiful shades, matching different skin colours. Each crayon costs €10.99, I was lucky and got my 3 for 2 in Boots! This colour gets a big YES from me.
Moving to the next of Revlon’s collection Balm Stain, which brings us ten gorgeous shades suitable for many different skin tones. The colour I chose is 001 – Honey. This crayon is amazing! Honey is my perfect nude shade, it should be called ‘my lips but better’. When it fades away it still looks perfect as you can’t tell a big difference between my lips and the colour. It looks so natural and beautiful! This shade is the Readers’ Choice Award Winner 2015 on Allure.com! The application is smooth, the texture is nice and creamy, and again we get this gentle smell of fresh mint. The packaging has the same colour as the crayon, which makes it easier to find the shade you are looking for. There is no sharpener needed as all the Revlon’s crayons have the handy twist-up packaging. I will definitely buy Honey again as I have the feeling that this crayon is going to stay with me forever 🙂 This is just another crayon with a big YES from me!
As I don’t like negativity, I will be gentle about the next colour I got. This is the shade Whimsical from the Lacquer Balm collection. If only I got a different shade, it would be all good! Whimsical is a beautiful dark berry pink, but… yes there is a big BUT… it has glitter in it! To be exact it has big chunks of glitter, which transfers from my lips to my whole face, and makes me feel like a Christmas tree full of decorations (you can see this ‘effect’ on the pictures at the bottom of my post). Aside from this minus, the formula and packaging is good. I would love the colour without the glitter! Although I wouldn’t use it without a lip liner underneath, as I have the feeling that it slides off my lips. The crayon feels like a lip gloss but is not as sticky, which is good. I like that this doesn’t dry out my lips, so maybe I will just try a different shade and forget about this one.
Below you can see a picture I took just after swatching all three colours, and also one taken three hours later. This can give you some idea of the pigmentation and longevity of the three collections. I hope you enjoyed my post, please subscribe if you did! I will talk to you soon :*
Now to the part we’ve all been waiting for 🙂
First palette – Makeup Revolution Salted Caramel goes to Amber
Second palette – Makeup Revolution Pink Fizz goes to Susie