Revlon ColorBurst™: Review and Giveaway


Recently I shared with you one of my beauty secret weapons – having a face uniform and switching it up with one single beauty product. It was the end of the summer and beginning of fall, and I was feeling soft glossy lips and a more subtle look. But now that the weather has gotten downright chilly, Daylight Saving Time has happened and it seems to be dark all the time, it’s fun to add a punch with a bright or bold lip.

My face routine has changed a bit for the colder months to include more hydration and a CC cream to add color and evenness to my winter pallor, but it is still a uniform. When it comes to a favorite lip product, for a year it has been the Revlon® Just Bitten Kissable™ Balm Stain. Romantic is a soft red that makes me feel like Snow White when I wear it (I reviewed it here), and Crush Begun is a perfect dark berry shade that is perfect for this season’s fashion trends (worn here). I love these chubby crayons because they are easy to apply even without a mirror, they stay put without being drying, no need for a fancy sharpener, and they fade nicely without looking as though I ate off my lips.

I guess I am not the only one who adores these lip products, because Revlon® has come out with two amazing products – the Revlon ColorBurst™ Lacquer Balm and the Revlon ColorBurst™ Matte Balm. And yes, I am just as obsessed with these products as I am with the Revlon® Just Bitten Kissable™ Balm Stain.

Both of these new products are in the same convenient container – a cap that actually stays put, a retractable point that never rolls up when in your purse, causing the product to smash into the cap. Both products wear as nicely as the Revlon® Just Bitten Kissable™ Balm Stain, and have just as wonderful of pigment. However, these products give a completely different and very on-trend effect to the lips:

The Revlon ColorBurst™ Lacquer Balm provides a lacquer-like high shine finish with balm-like moisture. Infused with a triple butter complex of shea, mango and coconut butter, these chubby crayons are kind to winter-chapped lips. I received Demure and Vivacious; Demure is a very pale pink with a hint of shimmer which looked a bit chalky on me when worn alone, but makes for a lovely sheer topcoat over matte lipsticks and stains (you can see it on me in this outfit post, worn over the Revlon® Just Bitten Kissable ™ Balm Stain in Crush Begun). However Vivacious is my new love, and holds a place of respect in my purse with Romantic and Crush Begun. A gorgeous hot pink that would make Barbie jealous, it’s a fun color that will jazz up your holiday LBD or make an otherwise fresh face look cheerful on a cold winter day. You can see I wore it in this outfit post and it gave a fun pop of color to a neutral look without looking too extreme for work.

The Revlon ColorBurst™ Matte Balm, like the Lacquer Balm is infused with that triple butter complex. The difference between the two is the Matte Balm is just as it is named, a matte look, but has a soft and non-drying balm finish. I received Audacious and Striking and I have to say I am a mega fan. In winter, it’s hard to carry off a matte lip without looking like death warmed over or having your lips crack and flake. With the hydrating ingredients in the Revlon® ColorBurst™ Matte Balm, you can achieve the matte look and still have soft, supple lips. I love these two colors, they really brighten a tan-free winter face without looking extreme, I think they look great with a bit of flush to the cheeks (still rocking the Revlon® PhotoReady™ Cream Blush in Coral Reef), and lush lashes. Audacious looks like a terrifying orange in the package, but on it's a surprisingly wearable mango shade that I think would look fantastic on many skin tones. Striking is a bright red with almost a neon tinge that reminds me of a very popular orangey-red lipstick work by a certain bespectacled style icon, but at a nicer price and an easier application. Both can be made more intense of a color with stronger application; a quick swipe will give a sheer layer of color.

My beauty secret weapon remains the same – keeping it simple but making it look more complex with a quick change of one product. And this fall and winter expect to see that product be Revlon’s ColorBurst™ Balms!

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  1. tara pittman
    December 26, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    I love using BB cream and nothing else on my face.

  2. Tabathia
    December 15, 2013 / 5:08 pm

    I use facial moisturizer every morning

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  3. ewhatley
    December 15, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    Always remove makeup before going to bed.

  4. Thomas Murphy
    December 15, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    I moisturize daily.


  5. AmandaSakovitz
    December 15, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    I always use lash primer before applying mascara

    pokergrl8 at

  6. gkran
    December 15, 2013 / 4:17 am

    Wash face morning and night.

  7. Kerry
    December 14, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    My secret is to always wash your face before bed. I love using my clarisonic to do this!

  8. Francine Anchondo
    December 14, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    I always use hand lotion for my dry hands in winter

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

  9. WWillows6
    December 14, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    My beauty secret is using essential oil as part of my facial care.

    Lisa Garner
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  10. Mari
    December 14, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    I use an eyebrow brush and line the inside of the eyelid, it
    makes my lash line look thicker and creates a “no makeup” look.

    runningmatey at Hotmail dot com

  11. erica best
    December 13, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    i love the new 8 hour clapstick it is the best

  12. AngelaLilly
    December 13, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    Drink lots and lots of water. Other beverages do not count. Just pure water. The skin will thank you by aging slower and being less dry!

    14earth at gmail dot com

  13. December 11, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    I like to combine concealer and moisturizer for a smoother and more even
    toned look to my skin.

  14. Betty C
    December 11, 2013 / 12:45 am

    I don’t have any special beauty tips, just common sense. Plenty of rest, drink lots of water, moisturize and use sunscreen.

  15. nanlara
    December 10, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    my only tip is to use eyecream around your eyes yrs before you get wrinkles to keep them away

  16. Mary
    December 10, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    My beauty secret is never skip moisturizer even if you are wearing BB cream, feel oily, it’s humid, or whatever. I have extremely oily and acne prone skin. I have used moisturizer since I was 15 and my skin looks great.

  17. Megan
    December 10, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    I love the Revlon just bitten lipstain and I am excited to try this new product out! My beauty secret is I use eucerin aquaphor ointment on my hands, feet, and lips daily. Also, I swear by my electric toothbrush.

  18. Meeble Feeble
    December 9, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    drinking lots of water before I sleep!

  19. maria cantu
    December 9, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Use moisturizer daily.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  20. Kelly Massman
    December 7, 2013 / 5:28 pm

    I think the best beauty tip I could give is to wear a smile on your face and remember to be kind to others! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  21. December 6, 2013 / 3:39 am

    I love these colors on you. so beautiful. My favorite beauty tip secret is use a dark color eyeshadow and a brush for eye brows instead of pencil. the color will be more well blend and natural

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  22. rachel
    December 4, 2013 / 11:16 am

    Drink lots and lots of water! Your skin is your first concern!

  23. Sarah
    December 2, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    When I realized I was wearing bobby pins upside-down it changed my hair-dos forever… wavy hair is so much easier to manage and make look hot now that I do it right!

  24. bellows22
    December 1, 2013 / 1:29 am

    my favorite beauty tip is to use my clarisonic to get my face super clean

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Nicole
    November 28, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Cold water on my hair just before getting out of the shower. Amazing what a difference it makes!

  26. tina m
    November 27, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    my secret is drink lots of water

  27. Lauren
    November 26, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    To make my lips look bigger, I lightly apply a slightly darker lipstick to the corners of my mouth.

    November 26, 2013 / 11:05 pm

    I use clear mascara to define my eyebrows. keeps them in place all day.

  29. Madeline
    November 26, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    I have under-eye circles and my tip is to put concealer only on the sides of the eye, then blend inward (and down). It looks more natural than covering up the whole area.

    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  30. TinaBowling
    November 25, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    I adore Qtica lip treatment, can’t live without it as it makes my lips fuller, fills in lines and heals chapped lips quick!

  31. Devon McCune
    November 25, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    Long-lasting makeup products have changed my life. I love revlon color stay overtime lipcolor in always sienna, and tube mascara and gel eyeliner. I put on makeup once and it lasts all day, including through my workout!

  32. onefrugalgirl
    November 24, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    Skip the fancy exfoliators. A simple washcloth works just as well.

  33. Wanda McHenry
    November 24, 2013 / 4:25 am

    My favorite beauty tip is to line your lips after applying lipstick to help contain the color.

  34. susan1215
    November 23, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    My beauty tips are wear a moisturizer daily, drink plenty of water and exfoliate weekly

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  35. Lisa Brown
    November 23, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    My beauty secret to reveal: Don’t stress. Stress will age you fast, so stay relaxed 🙂
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  36. LucyDG
    November 23, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    My beauty secret is to focus more on great skin and less on makeup. I love my Clarionic used with their acne cleanser or Cetaphil.

  37. stephanie
    November 23, 2013 / 8:52 am

    i always wash my face at night

  38. A Dee
    November 23, 2013 / 2:23 am

    I take Biotin for healthy skin, nails and hair.

  39. JessieC
    November 22, 2013 / 11:35 pm


  40. JessieC
    November 22, 2013 / 11:35 pm

    Apply Vaseline and wear socks overnight to keep my feet soft.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  41. thischickwins
    November 22, 2013 / 11:32 pm

    when i put on lip balm at night, i take a tiny little bit and use my finger to spread it on my lashes. not really hygienic but it helps my lashes

  42. November 22, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    I never used toner before but I just discovered Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz, and it’s a must have for me now. I use it after cleansing at night before putting on serum and toner, and I use it to freshen my face before my sunscreen in the morning. It’s great.

  43. Katie D.
    November 22, 2013 / 10:48 pm

    My favorite beauty trick also involves Revlon lip products….I love combining the Just Bitten lip stain with the Just Bitten Kissable balm-stain. So much fun to play with different color combos and ombre effects, and it results in an awesome bright lip without the drying/gross feeling of straight up lipstick!

  44. Rachel
    November 22, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    Vaseline everything!

  45. mami2jcn
    November 22, 2013 / 5:05 pm


  46. mami2jcn
    November 22, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I use apricot scrub on my face.

  47. MamaB
    November 22, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    I like using coconut oil as a nighttime moisturizer for my face. A tiny bit goes a long way. It is also great as a body oil.

  48. Alice
    November 22, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    I like to use Korres lip butter on my lips and cheeks to save time and get a healthy natural flush.

  49. Rachel G
    November 22, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Trader Joes face wash! It is made with Tea Tree Oil, and it cleared up my face more than any product ten times its price ever did!

  50. Lucy Christel
    November 21, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    My secret weapon is pure organic coconut oil used as body moisturizer. It keeps my skin in great shape all year long!

  51. Sophia
    November 21, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    So many good tips here! I always have some sort of lip color or tinted balm handy. It’s easy, quick, and makes me feel put together!

  52. November 21, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    Oh, the Audacious color looks just gorgeous on you! I’ve not dabbled much in lipsticks or lipstains (I’m a Chapstick or tinted Burt’s Bees kind of gal), but I’d love to be bolder with my makeup selection, ha!

  53. eds_77845
    November 21, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    Definitely going to try these!

  54. November 21, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    I’m also using jojoba oil to get my eye makeup off. It’s amazing and so much more gentle on my eyes than any other eye makeup remover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. Amy
    November 21, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    This may seem obvious, but it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer (especially in the dry winter months). Having well-hydrated, healthy looking skin covers a multitude of flaws!

  56. Lia
    November 21, 2013 / 10:17 am

    My secret weapon is using Fix & Perfect Pro Primer from Rimmel and then BB Cream from Garnier. I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, but I have a touch of rosacea, so my complexion can be very splotchy looking. The BB cream was great on it’s own, but using the primer with it is AWESOME! Makes my skin look very smooth!

  57. Allison
    November 21, 2013 / 9:38 am

    I used a BB cream under my foundation. It is good for my skin and works as a primer. Bonus!

  58. November 21, 2013 / 12:35 am

    My friend scooped the Revlon Colorburst in Shameless for me cause I was looking for a dupe of MAC Heroine. First time using the Revlon and I really like it. It has a smooth application that feels like a balm but the finish is definitely matte-like.

    Meanwhile, all of the colors you tried looks great on you.

  59. cw
    November 20, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    My biggest beauty secret is to moisturize and toss old makeup

  60. Melissa
    November 20, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    Q-tips. I use them for everything!

  61. Nancy N
    November 20, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the chance! I keep lip balm right by the side of my bed and slap on a little right when I turn out the light.

  62. SD
    November 20, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    baby lotion and baby oil are all that I use

  63. Emily Maldonado
    November 20, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    Regular professional brow waxes. Having perfect brows always makes my face look prettier!

  64. Sarah
    November 20, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    I’m going to share two, because the first one is borrowed :)…I always keep a packet of face cleansing wipes in by bedside table, for those nights when I am super tired and too lazy to properly wash my face. I learned this tip from Ramshackle Glam, she recommends the Simple brand face cleansing wipes. I bought a trial kit at Wal-Mart with sample sizes of the wipes (7 total), face wash and moisturizer. It was only $5 and has lasted me 3 months so far (luckily I usually wash my face, but on those rare nights that I am feeling too lazy, they are a godsend!)

    My second tip is to use loofah gloves from The Dollar Tree ($1 per glove, natch) for exfoliating your body. They are way cheaper then scrubs, and work just as well. You just want to machine wash and dry them regularly to prevent gross buildup. I do a gentle scrub every 3-4 showers and then use a heavy body lotion afterward, My skin is super soft and I save a ton of money, which makes me very happy!

  65. Jennifer Bright Tinker
    November 20, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    I have to be extremely careful about skin care because I am sensitive, but my niece who is a dermatologist had me switch to cereve skin cleanser and lotion. My skin looks and feels so soft. i am 41 but people tell me all the time i look in my late 20s.

  66. Melissa
    November 20, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    Coconut oil for my hair (love the smell), and tea tree oil for breakouts. Also, adding a little bit of honey to my conditioner.

  67. November 20, 2013 / 8:23 pm

    I love any type of facial wipe. They’re so convenient for makeup removal!

  68. tracy_a
    November 20, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    I do want to try the Matte Balm after seeing them on you – thanks for the color tips, because I am easily scared away from colors that I think might be too bright. Beauty secret? I think I have finally found moisturizers that work for me – and that I can apply generously.

  69. Patty
    November 20, 2013 / 7:39 pm

    I use Vaseline petroleum jelly for my eye makeup remover!

  70. LeahCBarr
    November 20, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    My beauty secret weapon is the blend of foundation I’ve come up with. I mix a pump of Magic Lumi highlighter, and a pump of Kat Von D’s foundation, and I put it on just after putting on Roc Deep Wrinkle Filler. I finish with Physician’s Formula Happybooster powder using a huge fluffy brush. (clearly, I have no brand loyalty.) Everything comes out with a nice, evened out, dewy glow.

    I’d also rather be late for work than skip my eyebrow powder and mascara.

  71. sarabear01
    November 20, 2013 / 6:56 pm

    when coloring your hair at home, put conditioner around the hairline. You’ll never get bleeding edges of color on your forehead, ears, etc.

  72. Megan
    November 20, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    I don’t have any secrets – that’s why I follow you! Haha

  73. Nicole
    November 20, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    I use a dab of my eyeshadow primer on my lips. (Urban Decay.) It keeps my lipstick stuck!

  74. Dee
    November 20, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    This week I learned that you can use the paper toilet seat covers that are in public bathrooms as blotting paper for your face. I am both disgusted and intrigued.

  75. D Schmidt
    November 20, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    I do not really have any magical tips apart from drinking plenty of water, wearing sunscreen and exfoliating/moisturizing daily! I particularly like cocoa butter as a skin smoother 🙂

  76. Jessica S.
    November 20, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    I take Evening Primerose Oil every day. It’s reasonably priced (I take the gelcaps), take with my multi, Not only does it help immensely with PMS & Menstrual cramps, but it’s good to take as an anti-aging rememdy. I have beyond sensitive skin and at 25, my skin is changing, so it moisturizes me from the inside out (eat alot of olive oil too!) without my skin being oily.

  77. GB
    November 20, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Olive oil as a lip moisturizer–it’s natural and effective!

  78. Rebekah
    November 20, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    medicated chapstick – it saves my lips all winter long!

  79. Tracey CK
    November 20, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Too faced perfect eyes waterproof eye liner is my beauty secret weapon – apply it at 5 am and it lasts until you take it off – I love it!

  80. Christina Swanson
    November 20, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    I use the Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel as primer under my make-up…much cheaper than most primers and works great. It’s also great for chub rub…two birds…only one stone in your make-up bag 🙂

  81. Savy Cha Cha
    November 20, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    Use a good primer to help makeup stay longer! It doesn’t have to be super expensive either. I use L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base and it is magical!

  82. Beth @ Turn2theSimple
    November 20, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    washing my face with coconut oil…I know, seems crazy, but works great!

  83. Kaitlin
    November 20, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    My beauty secret: drink lots of water!!!

  84. Sarah Carey
    November 20, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    One beauty secret is to have enough confidence to try new looks!

  85. Connie C
    November 20, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    I religiously use Curel lotion on my hands at night. When I forget, my knuckles get dry and sore.

  86. L P
    November 20, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    Sleep is the ultimate beauty secret weapon 🙂

  87. November 20, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    ive shared this before, but for special occasions, i use a few drops Milk of Magnesia as a primer/base for my makeup. it leaves your skin perfectly matte, and it doesnt get oily all day!

  88. Joanna Solomon
    November 20, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    norwex makeup removing wipes take off everything with no chemicals or scrubbing or anything harsh

  89. Alaina
    November 20, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    I use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil (I got it from Amazon) after I wash my face at night and super sparingly under my makeup during the day. It also works wonders on my hands because I massage the excess into my poor chewed cuticles and it definitely makes a difference. I am naturally oily so using an oil seemed counterproductive, but it works. I have very clear, clean skin that feels great. And the oil smells so good.

  90. Victoria
    November 20, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    My beauty secret is Vaseline. I use it for EVERYTHING, but my favorite is as an eye makeup remover. Just swipe it on, gently wipe it off, and you’re done.

  91. Judy Unnone
    November 20, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Mine is quite simple – learned to layer foundation because of skin discoloration for health reasons without it looking caked on – bb cream in 2 shades (darker in contour spots) then powder foundation dusted all around – then luminous or velvet on cheek & spots – all covered without pancake look!!!!

  92. Sonia
    November 20, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    My favorite beauty tip is not mine originally, but is well worth sharing: Anastasia Brow Gel. This item is a must have in my make-up kit. Even if I only wear two things (lip color is #1), enhancing my brows makes me feel as if I look younger and more polished vs. just lipstick alone.

  93. Gina Figs
    November 20, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    My “Secret Beauty Weapon” would definitely be the use of Origins Gin-Zing eye cream and/or Garnier Nutritioniste’s Brightening Eye Roller. Even if you have no other “coverage” / makeup on, these products camouflage dark circles and brighten the entire face, making me appear more awake and refreshed!

  94. Erika Emerald Prizzi
    November 20, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    I LOVE Dr. Lipp nipple balm (for lips) to help with chapped and cracked lips in the winter. I usually apply it before bed so it can work it’s magic at night, but just a little during the day can help keep me from picking at the dry skin and it adds shine.

  95. Natalie Mikolajczak
    November 20, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    I use Vitamin E oil as my night moisturizer.

  96. Jenna
    November 20, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    I’ve been using NARS primer lately and man, it makes my makeup last forever!

  97. Christy Brown
    November 20, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    I blast my hair with cold water before getting out of the shower. It leaves a lovely shine for the rest of the day!

  98. Karen
    November 20, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Was going to say Sonia Kashuk eye makeup remover, then read the comment from Kelly about jojoba oil — I want to try that!

  99. Kelly
    November 20, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    Jojoba oil as eye makeup remover — gentle, natural, and cheap!

  100. Karen
    November 20, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Instead of mascara on bottom lashes, use liquid eyeliner to define each lash however much you’d like. This is more subtle and less messy way to define bottom lashes 🙂 (Remember to give them enough time to dry!)

  101. Sarah Reitsma
    November 20, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    My favorite beauty tip is the eye primer from Mary Kay. I have used it for YEARS and love it… my eye makeup stays on all day. It’s the only one I’ve found that has worked!

  102. April Mitchell
    November 20, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    Can’t remember where I heard this, but I use Dr. Pepper chap stick, it’s great because it feels good and has a little red shine to it.

  103. lexalemmy
    November 20, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    I am all about baby oil as eye makeup remover. Just as good as anything else out there and a $3.50 bottle lasts for months.

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