Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in 205 Elusive and 210 Unapologetic - review and swatches | KITSCH/SNITCH

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in 205 Elusive and 210 Unapologetic - review and swatches

April 8, 2014

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I feel like lately my blog has been mainly full of reviews of higher end products; like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Lime Crime swatches, and the Ambient Lighting Blushes by Hourglass. I have decided to dedicate this week to reviewing some of the drug store makeup that I have been buying lately. I have been buying quite a lot of drugstore makeup, but I keep forgetting to review it!

I'm starting by reviewing some of the most hyped products of 2014, the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms. I was a huge fan of the Kissable Balm Stains that came out nearly 2 years ago now, and I think I pretty much bought every shade available! I was hanging out for these matte versions (who doesn't love a matte lip?), but I was quite sensible and I only picked up two shades (to begin with). There retail in Australia for $17.95, but I bought these while there were buy one get one free. These are currently 3 for 2 at Priceline.

I thought it is also worth mentioning that they also have brought out a Lacquer Balm range, which are high shine balms and (some shades) contain shimmer. I am not a fan of a shimmery balms so I decided to skip those (for now).

top: 210 Unapologetic, bottom: 205 Elusive

The two shades I picked up were 210 Unapologetic which is a vibrant mid toned pinky coral, and 205 Elusive which is a pink toned nude and reminds me of the matte version of the Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (which was my favourite and most used shade).

The formula of these are actually really nice. It applies like a very thin balm, but it is super pigmented. This does tend to glide over dry patches to create a gorgeous opaque finish, but I do find that because they apply quite thinly (compared to a thicker creamier lipstick), it can start to cling to dry patches as it wears off. These also smell like mint and create a slight tingle when you first apply them.

Just like the Kissable Balm Stains, these come in plastic crayon style twist up packaging. The colour of the plastic corresponds to the shade. The only difference between the packaging of the Kissable Balm Stains and the Matte Balms, is that the plastic on the Matte Balms have more of a matte finish. These don't have the amount of product on the packaging, but they contain 2.7g of product.


BAM! Check out that colour! You can see that Unapologetic is a very bright and vibrant pinky coral. This shade easily lasts 4 hours with drinking, but it can easily wear off with food. This shade doesn't stain, so I found that it can wear off a little unevenly.


Elusive is a perfect pink toned nude, and it reminds me a lot of the Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, so if you loved that shade, you will probably love this. This one doesn't last as long as the Unapologetic shade, but it still gives you a good few hours wear without eating. This does wear off more evenly since it's more of a nude shade.

I am loving these, and if I didn't own so many of the original Kissable Balm Stain formulas, I would invest in a bunch of these!

What do you think of these Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms?


  1. I love these! I'm kicking myself that I didn't pick these up during the buy 1 get 1 free sale, but I did swatch all of them and really couldn't choose. I love unapologetic, such a lovely bright coral. Elusive looks really nice too, but I wasn't a big fan of Honey, so I think I'll skip it.

  2. Perfect lip swatches, I'm jealous! I picked up a few of these colours but haven't had a play with them yet! xx

  3. I literally love both of these! Next time I'm treating myself (which is all too often...) I'll definitely be picking up these two! Elusive has been the one I've wanted the most since they were released, and after your comparison to Honey (my most used lip crayon!) I'll definitely be grabbing that one!

  4. oooh i love unapologetic, wasn't expecting them to be so opaque, but they look great.

  5. how long do they typically last on application?

    1. It depends on the shade and it depends on whether you eat. Like I said in the post, If you don't eat then unapologetic easily lasts over 4 hours, and Elusive is more 2-3 without eating

  6. I've loved Honey for ages, and now I love Elusive too. I think I prefer Honey because of the stain factor, as you say Elusive does tend to wear off a bit more but it's still very pretty. Such a nice wearable pink :) I also used the 2 for 1 deal and got Complex, it's almost too nude to see on my lips so I'm keen to try some of the other shades.

  7. Both shades are very pretty......But yes I do prefer much on the glossy side and they are matte.....Nice review dear.....xoxoxo....^_^

  8. These look and sound so lovely, and I love those colours too - I've been resisting trying them as like you I have way too many of the original ones, but I think I have to have at least a few of them... And I agree, your lip swatches and pics are great!!

  9. Yay, glad you're loving these! I have both of those shades and they're fab in my books too :)


  10. none of the colours have really grabbed me...i've looked at them a couple of times now, and I really want to add a couple to my collection of kissable lip balm stains, however I think I'm going to give them a miss. I have so many other lovely lipsticks that I don't give enough love too, including the revlon matt lipsticks, one in particular called strawberry suede, which is sadly discontinued, unapologetic from this featured range reminds me a little bit of that....nice though, there's a nude that I like and then unapologetic would have been my other choice. Maybe when chemist warehouse goes 1/2 price revlon again, I may pick one up.

  11. They are also currently $10 off at Myer. The Revlon signage only refers to foundations on the special but the girl I spoke to said it was on all the lip products as well. That works out as less than half price on these. That deal lasts until April 27.


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