Notice how every brand is trying to come with lip crayons or jumbo lip pencils? Thank you Clinique, for starting the trend with their chubby lip pencils and thanks to Revlon for bringing it to drugstores with their Just Bitten Balm Stains. NYC and Rimmel are the latest to jump on this with their versions to hit drugstores soon [Expect reviews on them soon].
I am not complaining; I love ‘em! They are quite handy for travel or for office use when you don’t want to goof up with applying lip colors. Also it reminds me of the crayons I used to play with as a kid; fun eh?
Anyways, Revlon has added 2 new balm stain ranges to its repertoire - Colorburst Lacquer & Matte balms. They are very similar to Just Bitten Balm Stains; in fact, I really don’t know if there is any huge difference other than shinier packaging for the lacquer balms. They launched this last year around Halloween here, but I picked this beauty quite recently. It costs around $9.99 CAD but it differs from store to store and on sales.
What Revlon says: “High Shine Lacquer. Moisture Rich Balm; A lacquer finish that’s beyond brilliant. Balm that’s beyond comforting. Our Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Coconut and Mango butters nourishes lips. In 10 collectible, craveable colours” Link: http://www.revlon.ca/Revlon-Home/Products/Lips/Lipcolor/Revlon-ColorBurst-Lacquer-Balm.aspx
I’d tried some of the shades when this launched, but at the time I was not impressed enough to buy this. I can't remember which shade I tried but it had some glitter in it and I didn't like it much. Then a month back, I found myself without a lip balm and in the harsh winter here in Toronto, my lips soon started cracking. So I darted into the nearest Rexall [a drugstore chain in Toronto], found that this range was on a half price sale & grabbed this shade as it was the only one remaining that was not broken into [Seriously, people should stop trying to break and use products!]
I was not very sure of the color, but my purpose mainly was to get a nice tinted lip balm. I applied around 3-4 layer of this to soothe my lips and it worked perfectly well. The balm effect remained for another 2-3hours and even though I didn’t reply till night, I felt like it did the job.
Regarding the color, I was very favorably impressed by the glossy finish and staying power. Provocateur is a blue-toned cherry red; it comes off as a very pink-coral-reddish shade on my lips. Actually on lips, it goes a shade deeper than on swatches. If I apply just one layer, it looks more coral pink than red [which actually doesn't suit me very well]. The color can be built upon but gives really good pigmentation on a single swatch.
This shade has no noticeable shimmer; there are other shades with shimmer, so I am glad I picked this as I am not a huge fan of the glittery lips. On applying, this has a minty scent and effect which I like; there is no taste and it does not feel heavy on lips at all.
Staying power depends on if you eat something heavy but on an average it wears around 3-4hours on my lips. Even after the glossiness goes away, it leaves a tint on lips. I don’t expect long wear from these kind of glossy-finish lippies, so I am okay.
The packaging of these lip crayons are nice and pretty and since the casing is the same as lip color, selecting your fave color is easy.
On my lips with 2-3 swipes of the color- note the glossy finish [no lip balm applied]
Overall: This is a great lip product especially if you like jumbo lip pencils and don’t mind the average staying power.
Will I buy again – I may not buy the same shade but I will definitely try a different one like Coy or Enticing.
I wish Revlon would add some purple and berry shades... come on Revlon, you know not all gals are fair and can carry off all the pretty nude, pastel and coral shades!