Have I been living under a rock? How in Satan's bloody underpants was I unaware that Revlon had released two new types of lip crayons near the end of September? Forget the lacquer balms though (there are enough glitter packed gloss products on the market as it is)… I needed the mattes. I absolutely adore matte lips but, and I'm sure many of you agree, feel that finding a matte formula that doesn't dry out the lips and apply patchily is a bit of a unicorn hunt; you want to believe they exist but always come half a rainbow short of finding them.
Not. Any. More.
The original Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are an absolute favorite of mine (which I'm sure you've noticed if you watch my OOTW videos on YouTube) so I had high hopes my unicorn hunt was about to be over with the creation of the Revlon Matte Balms… and happy happy joy joy I think I was right.
I went a little crazy when I found a full display of the Revlon Matte Balms at Walgreens and picked up seven out of the ten shades available… but with coupons, a BOGO deal, and points to spend can you really blame me!??!? That's like putting a cake and a fork in front of me; if you think I'm not going to dig in then you are sorely mistaken (and soon to be cake-less).
Revlon, in my eyes, really knocked it out of the park with these Matte Balms in terms of shade selection. There's a wide range of colors (oranges, reds, pinks, and purples) that span from light to dark so there's sure to be something everyone will enjoy. Not to mention the formula is pretty damn spectacular so, you know, there's that too.
L-R: Mischievous, Audacious, Striking, Unapologetic, Elusive, Sultry, Shameless
The Revlon Matte Balms are creamy, pigmented, hydrating (though they don't necessarily feel hydrating), and long lasting. I can easily get 4-5 hours out of these with minimal fading or feeling the need to reapply. These feel weightless on the lips and, like said, while they don't feel hydrating in a minty/cooling sort of a way they absolutely keep your lips soft and silky throughout the day. The Matte Balms also have a similar minty scent to the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains but are more of a creamy vanilla mint (even borderlining the smell of a mint hershey kiss) rather than a spearmint.
Dissimilar to the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains though is the fact that the Matte Balms are not a stain… which I feel like shouldn't have to be mentioned because the word "stain" isn't a part of their name but, I think because these are so similar in looks to the Balm Stains, people tend to assume they'll have the same staining effect. I snapped a photo of the swatches on my arm after wiping them off with a napkin so you can see that they actually do leave a slight stain but on the lips it's barely detectable; my lips are (obviously) a darker color than my skin so the stain isn't really anything to make note of (besides knowing that you shouldn't expect it).
I absolutely adore these things. Truly, they are everything I've been looking for in a matte lipstick and more. Range of color, texture, wear, application, smell, lack of taste… I really can't picture anything more perfect. Plus the fact that they come in the same crayon-esque packaging as my already adored Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (though with the addition of a matte casing slightly similar in feeling to NARS packaging) makes these irresistible.
Sure they're not perfect in the sense that a couple of them are slightly more sheer (Mischievous & Striking) than others (Elusive & Sultry) and you definitely can't eat a burger without them rubbing off on the bun but hey:
do you know a lipstick range that doesn't do that?
I've got a (slightly long but in-depth) review/first impression video that I'm in the process of editing so look out for that if you want to see these bad boys in action! Seeing them being applied 'live' really shows off the ease of application and pigmentation that the Revlon Matte Balms provide. I can't wait to show you all and will be sure to link it here (here it is!!) when I'm finished (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Have you heard of and/or tried the Revlon Matte Balms?
Love 'em? Hate 'em (say it ain't so!)?
What's your favorite matte lip product?
xoxo - Cassie