Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balms – complete collection swatches

Update 7/12/14: While visiting my parents this weekend, I hit up the local grocery store and found Demure just sitting there begging to be bought! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see it.

Gather ’round, makeup lovers, it’s once again time for one of Amy’s obsessive collection sprees to come to fruition! This time we’ve got 9 out of the 10 colors from Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm collection – Coquette, Ingenue, Whimsical, Tease, Vivacious, Provocateur, Flirtatious, Enticing, and Coy. I do not have Demure, which is a pale pink that looks quite similar to Coquette, at least on Revlon’s website.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms (l to r: Coquette, Ingenue, Whimsical, Tease, Vivacious, Provacateur, Flirtatious, Enticing, Coy. Not pictured: Demure)
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms (l to r: Coquette, Ingenue, Whimsical, Tease, Vivacious, Provocateur, Flirtatious, Enticing, Coy. Not pictured: Demure)

As usual with Revlon’s lip crayons, these are packaged in roughly color-accurate tubes. The tubes for this line are reflective, to match the shine of the balms.

Let’s start from the pale end of the spectrum, with Coquette. This is a light pink, similar to but nowhere near identical to the Matte Balm line’s Elusive. I’m including a shot of that below, for comparison, though since these were taken in different places on different days, the lighting (and my camera skill) changed rather a lot.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Elusive
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Elusive

Next, Ingenue, a peachy-caramel nude. This also seems to be a shimmery analogue of a color from the Matte Balm line; in this case, Complex.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Ingenue
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Ingenue
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Ingenue
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Ingenue
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Complex
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Complex

Whimsical, a berrylike light purple.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Whimsical

Tease, a brownish-orange. As an orange lipstick, this is much more muted and wearable than the Matte Balm line’s Mischievous and Audacious.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Tease
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Tease
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Tease
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Tease
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Mischievous
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Mischievous
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Audacious
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Audacious

Vivacious,a not-totally-crazy-for-once blue-tinged fuchsia. I’m adding a shot of the Matte Balm line’s Unapologetic here, but mostly to show how dissimilar the colors are.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Vivacious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Vivacious
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Vivacious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Vivacious
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Unapologetic
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Unapologetic

Provocateur, a red very similar to the Matte Balm line’s Standout.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Provacateur
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Provocateur
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Provocateur
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Provocateur
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Standout
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Standout

Flirtatious, a brown-tinged pink that doesn’t seem to have a Matte Balm analogue.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Flirtatious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Flirtatious
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Flirtatious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Flirtatious

Enticing, a brown-red pretty close to the Matte Balms’ Sultry.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Enticing
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Sultry
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Sultry

And finally, Coy, a 90s-style brown/nude that doesn’t match anything from the Matte Balm line.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coy
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coy
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coy
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coy

Generally speaking, I found the Lacquer Balm line colors to be more understated and everyday-wearable than their Matte Balm cousins; if I decided to try an orange lip, for instance, I’d feel much more comfortable in Tease than I would in Audacious or Mischievous. Ditto for a fuchsia lip and Vivacious/Unapologetic. The Lacquer Balms are also much, much more forgiving of lips that aren’t in perfect shape.

The trade-off for that, though, is that the Lacquer line’s longevity is…lacking. You will have to reapply these, and pretty often. As an illustration of that, here’s Coquette again, right after I applied it:

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette

And here it is 40 minutes later, during which I did nothing but sit at my desk:

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette - after 40 minutes of wear
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette – after 40 minutes of wear

There’s lots of glitter left behind, but rather less actual color. Though how much of this effect you get will vary depending on what shade you’re wearing (darker ones will stain better), when it happens, you’re generally going to be left with chunks of glitter, maybe a slight tint, and not much else. For me that’s not too much of a hardship in exchange for wearable color, especially because this crayon format makes them pretty easy to reapply, but still, in a perfect world I’d want the color to last as well as the glitter.

Also on my face today: MAC Prep + Prime BB Cream in Light Plus, Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in Improper Copper, and L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue.

 

Update 7/12/14: Demure! I apologize for the completely different lighting. I suck at photography.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Demure
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Demure
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Demure
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Demure

Far from being the much-like-Coquette pink that I predicted based on eyeballing Demure on Revlon’s website, this is actually a peachy nude with lots of visible glitter. I like the color when I swatch it, but I think it washes me out a bit once it’s on my lips. Or maybe I just need to ramp up my eye makeup if I want to wear a lip color this pale? Guys, how do I makeup???

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