May 30, 2014

Review, Swatch - Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Vivacious

It seems the "chubby stick/crayon" trend in makeup is still going strong as I see almost every brand has one out by now. I myself have been paying attention to other types of hybrids like liquid lip colors or gloss stains.
This was one of those impulse buys that I forced myself into, because I couldn't possibly pass up the BOGO 50% sale (which happens every other week, btw).
I guess I was curious to see what the hype was about the (relatively) new Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm myself.

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

My drugstore downstairs is usually well-stocked and clean, but I could barely find one stick that wasn't opened or tested already. I mean, a tester would be desirable, but I would be fine with shrink-wrapped lippies, too.

Vivacious was the color of my (non)choice.

Luckily, it is a very pretty strawberry red

Revlon Lacquer Balm boasts to be a "high shine lacquer, moisture rich balm".
The color indeed is on the vibrant side and goes on evenly, which is maybe true to its "lacquer" identity, but it kind of falls short in "shine and moisture" department.
The finish is shinier than the Balm Stain, which is the first chubby sister that Revlon came out with, but it is more of a sheen than "high shine".
Revlon Lacquer Balm is supposed to keep my lips comfortable and moisturized with its "triple butter complex", and it does so initially. Unfortunately, this isn't very long lasting. Soon, within a few hours, my lips start to feel parched once the initial shine wears off. I think it is interesting that the Balm Stain feels more comfortable on lips although it has less slip than the Lacquer Balm.

I really like how light it feels on my lips, though.
Vivacious is quite intense but easy to wear thanks to the semi-sheer color payoffs.

But wait, didn't we see a very similar color recently?
I thought so, too.

If I am not colorblind, Revlon Lacquer Balm Vivacious and Revlon Moisture Stain Barcelona Nights (reviewed here) are identical in color.
I am not very surprised since Revlon has been doing this for years now.

Overall look

High shine? 
I don't think so.

It would be only fair to say Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm is a nice lippie for its price, but the formula is less than perfect for me. I see myself reaching for the Moisture Stain more often if I feel like a bright pink red lip color.

Have you tried Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm?
What is your favorite lip color in a "crayon" form?

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