ColorBurst Matte Balm
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.19.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Revlon's ColorBurst Matte Balm is essentially the same as its ColorBurst Lacquer Balm (just with a different finish), and so the same review applies.

ColorBurst Matte Balm is one of Revlon's entries into the stick balm/gloss category (similar to Clinique's famous Chubby Stick), and there's a lot about it that's appealing. It doesn't require sharpening, meaning no product is wasted, and applies smoothly without tugging.

The color quality is rich—it doesn't take much product to get full coverage results—and it has an attractive glossy finish. It wears well for a few hours, and leaves an attractive stain after the color's faded.

So why the "POOR" rating? Unfortunately, ColorBurst Lacquer Balm contains peppermint oil, a known irritant that can cause problems for your lips (you can smell the minty flavor even when the balm is capped). Not only that, but the minty flavor encourages lip licking, which wears away the color and leads to chapped lips—definitely not a pretty look! It's a shame, because otherwise this is an excellent product, but it's just not possible to overlook the amount of peppermint oil.

  • Applies smoothly without tugging.
  • Doesn't require sharpening.
  • Rich color quality.
  • Attractive matte finish.
  • Contains peppermint oil, which can irritate lips.
  • Minty flavor encourages lip licking, which leads to chapped lips.
Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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Can I Handle Peppermint?

I agree with the whole description box PC gives this product. I bought this before I saw the rating. But, the peppermint doesn't bother me. Initially when uncapped I smell it and then it fades. It feels great (like a balm should). My only disappointment is the shade Sultry wears a little bright because of my own lip color. If I found a shade I like I'd buy it again.

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