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.
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.
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.
Whimsical, a berrylike light purple.
Tease, a brownish-orange. As an orange lipstick, this is much more muted and wearable than the Matte Balm line’s Mischievous and 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.
Provocateur, a red very similar to the Matte Balm line’s Standout.
Flirtatious, a brown-tinged pink that doesn’t seem to have a Matte Balm analogue.
Enticing, a brown-red pretty close to the Matte Balms’ Sultry.
And finally, Coy, a 90s-style brown/nude that doesn’t match anything from the Matte Balm line.
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:
And here it is 40 minutes later, during which I did nothing but sit at my desk:
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.
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???