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March 28, 2014

Review: Revlon's Matte Balm Stain in Elusive

lip swatch fotd everyday drugstore matte pink

If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know that I was obsessed with Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. So much so that I own nearly every shade and I've swatched them all on my blog before (you can see that post by clicking here). So, when Revlon released their new Colorburst range I was overjoyed and it wasn't long before I bopped down to Boots and chose one of their Matte Balms to bring home with me. I picked up the shade 'Elusive', which I'm wearing in the the above photo, and my goodness, this is a gorgeous lip product!

Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balms come in a large array of shades but most of them fall outside the colour range I'm comfortable wearing on a day-to-day basis. 'Elusive' looks like a mid, dusky, pink shade and it swatches completely opaque (as you can see below). For a matte lip product it isn't that drying and it is still very creamy. In terms of a comparison, I would say that Elusive has a similar creamy consistency to a cross between Sleek's Sheen Lipsticks and Rimmel's Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks but it is less drying than both the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks and Sleek's range of Matte Lipsticks. I can't feel Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm on my lips as I wear it - it doesn't dry my lips out or tug them like some matte lipsticks can do. In fact, although it does have a matte appearance it feels very much like a Satin finish lipstick on the lips (opaque, creamy but not as drying as a typical matte).

pink everyday satin finish staining drugstore lipstick
colour of Elusive matte balm compared to Revlon Honey MaxFactor Pink Brandy Mac Fanfare and Lanolips Rose
Left to Right: Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, MaxFactor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Pink Brandy, Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Fanfare, Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in Rose*.

I love the colour of 'Elusive', I think it is incredibly easy to wear and the colour lasts really well on me. When the product begins to fade it leaves a stain on my lips which stops the product from looking patchy or uneven as it wears away. This is the sort of no-hassle lip product that I love and I'd definitely recommend it. I'll definitely be picking up one of the brighter shades once the sun makes a full-time appearance here in Leeds, I think the brighter shades will look gorgeous in the summer! You can find Revlon's Matte Balms online here for £7.99.

fotd lip swatch

Also - I'm wearing Bourjois' CC Cream in 'Ivory' in my photos today so you can get a sense of the colour and coverage (if you're interested, you can read my full review of Bourjois' CC Cream here).

Have you tried any of Revlon's Matte Balms yet? What do you think of the shade 'Elusive'?



  1. Elusive looks gorgeous on you but I think I'm in love with Mac Fanfare!

    Ellie xx |

  2. That's a nice colour....different to what I thought it would look...

  3. It's such gorgeous shade. It's the one lip product I'm wearing almost daily at the moment!

    Jenn | PhotoJennic



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