Review: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 230 Complex

I see matte lipsticks everywhere. Actually, I bought the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 230 Complex a while ago. Erm, make that many moons ago. I didn’t feel like talking about it because I didn’t know what to think about it. I didn’t have a matte nude, so I thought why not just try this one?


Revlon Matte Balm

Revlon Matte Balm open


The lipstick comes in a twist up pencil form, and to streamline the ‘matte’ness, the packaging itself is also matte. The colour reflects what lipstick shade it is, so if you have a few of these, you’d know which colour you’re picking without having to check the lipstick inside. Nothing new, but handy nonetheless. The Matte Balm goes on quite smoothly, and immediately, it feels minty on my lips. I don’t mind it, but I know a few people who don’t like that feeling. The texture itself isn’t too bad, because it is not drying on my lips. I don’t know if it stains, because even if it does, you can’t tell with this shade. I guess my gripe is with the shade itself. My lips are naturally mauvey pink, and Complex is a nude that looks like concealer on my lips. I swatched it on my arm, and didn’t think for a second it would be so pale. I guess I’m not a very good judge of colour >_<


Revlon Matte Balm Complex Revlon Matte Balm Complex swatch


It conceals all the natural pink on my lips and makes my lips nude. I know some of you love that kind of colour, but I find that it makes me look kinda dead. My face just looks drained of all blood and colour….I can’t get used to it. Reminds me of MAC Myth which I gave¬†away. I tried this shade with a few different eye makeup looks, and find that it’s most flattering with dramatic smokey eyes – and more pink on my cheeks, of course. I’ll be posting the look on Sunday for my stash shopping post, so you tell me if I look kinda dead, half dead or totally dead and rotting. However, I found a way to make this work. It actually tones down bold lips! I can also wear a brighter lip pencil and use this on top to mute it down. Takes more effort though… and who here doesn’t know I’m lazy? LOL!

These Matte Balms have been around for ages! Do you like it? What’s your preferred shade?


xoxo Lily