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Sep. 02.

Tried Tuesday: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

tt-revlon-thI think I am getting into the swing of autumn colours now (yes, I know it’s only been September two days) as yesterday I put a lovely berry shade on my nails, and today for Tried Tuesday, I have a lovely berry shade for my lips to look at, in the form of one of the Colorburst Matte Balms from Revlon.


I have a number of these now, which started with one of the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, but this shade hasn’t seen much love. I liked the shade (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it) but as it has been summer, I have been avoiding darker shades for a while. But it is time for me to embrace richer darker shades for the next 6-9 months (the typical duration of an Irish winter) and so I am happy to introduce you to shade 225 – Sultry.


In keeping with the rest of the range, it comes in the form of a crayon (thank you Clinque for introducing the world to this idea) which makes it very portable and easy to apply. It is really almost foolproof. I would say totally, but unfortunately someone would manage to prove me wrong. The case for it comes in a colour co-ordinated matte finish, which lets you know at a glance what colour and finish it is, brilliant for when you are rooting around a drawer of these and their sister lacquer balms. Then you just pop off the lid to reveal the product inside, which again tapers off to a rounded point like a crayon. I find the shape to be ideal for working around the curve of the lips without needing extensive time or correction after, a definite plus!


And of course, I need to show you how it looks in use. Isn’t it such a delightful colour? It is the ideal level of richness without being too dark, which would make it great for office to party looks. I can see this getting a lot of wear in the next few months!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are €10.99 and are available from Revlon Stands nationwide.


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May. 29.

Tested Thursday: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm

colorburst-thI’m a firm believer in having a lipstick for every occasion, and then some for no occasion at all, except for you felt like wearing it. That’s why I have such a wide ranging collection. One I tend to have a few of on the go, though, is the Colorburst range from Revlon. This particular one is from their lacquer balm range, and is shade 150 – Enticing.


There are 10 shades in this particular range, running from browns to pinks, nudes, corals, berry and red. There really is a shade to suit everyone. The packaging is similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, or Revlon’s own Just Bitten Kissable balm stains. It’s very simple packaging. It’s a twisty crayon type product in a shiny tube, as are all the lacquer balms. The matte ones have a matte finish tube – great when rooting in a drawer for the right product.


The product itself is quite slippery, and feels very moisturising. This is due to what Revlon call their “Triple Butter Complex” of shea, coconut and mango butters. It feels light and nourishing when swatched on my hand. It doesn’t feel heavy or clogging and has really great pigmentation.


As for it on the lips? It really feels dreamy. It’s all cushony and velvety and is delightful to wear, with a sheen more so than a shine. I could really wear this kind of thing forever and be happy.


But, as it’s Tested Thursday, I can’t just leave it at that. I have to actually put the product through its paces and find out what it can do. Today I’m doing a wear test. Prior to writing this I had been out looking at products from Mary Kay and Lush. It meant getting dressed up and looking pretty for a few hours. Between going out and coming home, it was on for about 6 hours. And there was a lot of talking and hugs and trying to look good. And the good news is it held up remarkably well. It looked as good as when I first put it on. However, I had not been eating or drinking in that time, which I did when I got home.

This is where things took a disappointing turn. In between having a beer (it was cold, I was not) and eating the leftover Chinese food from everyone elses dinner, the lacquer balm kind of disappeared. By the time I was done, and I’m not (much) of a messy eater, there was nothing left. No stain, no patchy lipstick, nothing.

So, the results. The pigmentation, feel and colour are all amazing. Really difficult to beat. However, to get wear out of it, you need to be one of these strange people who can get through the day without eating or drinking. I’m certainly not one of these people, and for that reason I’ll be making sure that any time I wear this I have it close at hand for touch-ups in between meals.


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Feb. 05.

Recent Purchases: Boots and Dealz

colorburst-thumbWhile things have been pretty slim on the buying front I have been able to treat myself now and then. For example, today I went into Boots to buy razor blades. These are more of a necessity than a treat, so they’re not included here. The rest of what I walked out with is…

Nail Polish: Maybelline Color Show in 107 – Watery Waste:


Before I begin, let me point out 2 things. Firstly, it’s ColoUr, not color. Get it right. Secondly, what were you thinking with the name “Watery Waste”? You’re not selling it to me with that name. What did sell it to me, aside from the silvery colour itself, was the big clearance sticker on it that said €2! SOLD!

Lip Crayons: Revlon Colorburst (seriously, I’m getting annoyed with the lack of U here) Lacquer and Matte Balms in 150 – Enticing (Lacquer), 220 – Showy (Matte) & 250 – Standout (Matte):


I’ve been hearing so much love for these new crayons, and with Boots having another 3 for 2 offer on, it was wrong to leave them sitting on the shelf. Normally €11.20 each the offer meant that I got them for €7.47 each instead. Bargain! In the swatches below, I’ve included the original Just Bitten Balm Stain in 020 – Lovesick for comparison.


What I’m thinking is I have nearly matching pairs here, at least on paper. Lovesick seems to be a more glossy version of Showy, and Enticing is a close match for Standout. They’re very pigmented colours though. I’m loving them already, and I haven’t even tried them on my lips yet.

Dealz Purchase:

Nail Polish: Revlon Nail Art Neon in 100 – Atomic Pink, 110 – High Voltage, 120 – Neon Light, 130 – Laser Beam & 170 – Ultra Violet:

revlon-nail-artThese were €1.49 each. I love nail polish. Enough said 😉

What have you treated yourself to recently? What else should I be buying? Are you going to fund it for me (wishful thinking)? Let me know in the comments!


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