Swatch & Review: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait (025) & Cherry Tart (070)

After reading so much about the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters, I finally decided to take the plunge. Revlon is strangely hard to find in Belgium, and most displays I have seen are seriously limited. Therefore, I reckoned eBay was my best chance. I managed to find these at a price that’s a little higher than the recommended retail price, and shipping was reasonable. Now let’s take a closer look at them shall we? I got the color in (025) Peach Parfait and (070) Cherry Tart. From what I could see, Peach Parfait is a good everyday shade while Cherry Tart is what I would call a “training wheel” shade for bolder lip colors.

Packaging-wise the lip butters are just fine. The first handful of times they might be a little hard to open, which is why I pulled too hard and accidentally nicked Peach Parfait with the cap the same day I got it. I like the fact that the top of the cap is transparent. Even without testers, I can imagine you’ll have an easier time choosing among the 20 available shades because you see what you get through the caps. The way the caps are coordinated with the lip butter colors is also a nice touch. I find it icky (note: this is very personal) that you can leave fingerprints on the silver tubes though. I don’t know if it’s a phobia, but I freak out a little whenever I see fingerprints on shiny surfaces, if it makes sense.

Now onto Peach Parfait.

It might be my fault, but after hearing everybody rave about it, trying it on was a bit of an anti-climatic experience. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a decent product; I’m just not sure if it’s worth all the hype. The base color is a nice peachy pink. It has a strong sheen, which could be good or bad depending on your preference. My major gripe with this one is the fact that there is SO MUCH GLITTER. Don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s golden shimmer, because it really is glitter, and there is A LOT of it. I have no idea how, but the glitter travels around my face. I would even find some around my nose a while after application! The back of my hand was a glitterbomb after wiping this shade off after the swatch, which made me want to smack myself on the forehead and say “doh!” When it’s on my lips I don’t really see all the glitter (except for the stray ones that get onto my face), but even after removing it with a makeup remover some of the tenacious glitter stuck. Because of all the glitter, the otherwise smooth (albeit a bit too slippery to have much lasting power) texture feels slightly gritty. I will probably finish the tube, but I will definitely not repurchase this shade.

Cherry Tart is a sheer juicy red. It has some glitter, but thankfully it is a lot better compared to Peach Parfait. This is what I would call a training wheel red. If you’ve always wanted to try red but feels that nothing looks right on, you might want to give it a go. It’s not designed to be a very opaque lip product, but the color payoff is good.

Some people say it’s unscented, but I do detect a hint of vanilla. It is really a hint and it disappears very fast after application, so I can’t imagine it bothering anyone. The texture, like I said, feels slightly waxy on and is as soft as some lip balms. Even after a couple of uses I can already see a dent. It is comfortable on my lips, but I don’t think it can replace a good lip balm. Another gripe with the Lip Butters is that it is nearly impossible to get precise application with the tips. Do note this might be due to my poor application skills though (my blogger gal Lena for example, can get crisp lines with these). My lips don’t look as “sculpted” as I want them to look with a lipstick.

Bottom line: It is a decent product, but not even close to a 10/10 for me. If you can get it easily from a drugstore at its recommended retail price (around 8 dollars), it might be worth a try (especially considering the color range). If they are not easily available where you are however, you’re not missing out on as much as you think you might be.