Make-up: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking

As close as I think I’ve come to it, my quest for the perfect daytime red lipstick I can wear to work if I want to still hasn’t ended. While I am still happy with the colour of the last candidate – Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Red Laquer – it’s just too darn glossy for me. As much as I don’t like the look of shiny lipsticks, I also really don’t like the way they feel on my lips sometimes, like they’ve coated me in something a bit slimy and/or sticky. Red Laquer is by no means the worst of the worst for this, but I still felt like there could be something better and more matte out there.
But Revlon, it’s ok, I’m willing to give you another try! Especially if you release a range of new matte lip pencils which includes a red…
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but Revlon are my favourite choice for affordable lipsticks. On this blog, I’ve reviewed countless tubes – probably more than any other brand. Mac make imaginative colours, but they’re a bit pricey, usually drying and only available from a handful of stores. Nars make excellent products but each lipstick is ridiculously expensive and again you can’t find it anywhere. Revlon launch endless new ranges of lipsticks I can actually afford and I love trying them all in store.
So, I was very excited to try their new range, which they touted as a matte ‘balm’ but I actually think is a lip pencil because the pigment is so strong and, well… it’s pencil-shaped, Revlon. I’ve never worn such bold balms as these. They’re also not uber moisturising, which is why you wear a balm, so again, that’s a balmy fail, Revlon.
But it’s fine, because I really like this range and especially the red, Striking. I read a review and the girl said she found this colour the most boring because it was the least unique. I disagree, if you buy as many red lipsticks as I do you can spot one that’s a bit different. This is a red with a hint of pink that goes on matte and is obviously red but not overly strong – so I think it could be my new daytime favourite. I don’t really understand how something as bright as that in the tube is kind of muted on, but it is.
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Striking review


  • Some might dislike the packaging, but I like it! And the best thing is the lid doesn’t pop off too easily, which I find happens with my Nars pencils (first world problems)
  • I like the slightly minty flavour – which I guess is Revlon trying to be ‘balmy’ again
  • It really does go on matte, hooray
  • The pencil twists up from the bottom so you’ll never need a sharpener
  • It’s a good price (£8) and Boots like to run 3 for 2 offers on this brand
  • Because you don’t use a sharpener, I can already tell the pointy tip will wear down, so precision is going to get tricky
  • I’m not sure on what planet this is a balm – it isn’t as drying as my Mac lipsticks but it still over the course of day will cause the dreaded lip flakes
  • There’s a chance this just doesn’t have enough of a bright red kick to me, with its muted and pink tones, to become my all-time daytime favourite
I think the search continues, but good try, Revlon!


  1. April 13, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    beautiful pictures of yourself! thanks for the review, i was going to try them as well but couldn't decide what color to choose and striking seemed to much but it looks perfect on you. love your blog 🙂

    • ciciadmin
      April 13, 2014 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Striking really isn't as bright/strong as some of the others I've seen in the range… I also have a pink, Unapologetic and that's really full on, almost neon! Good luck with trying them – my tip is try to get swatches of them all in store if you can, they don't come out quite the colour they look in their tubes… CC x

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