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.

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FOTD: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear all, happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single or coupled up, I hope you’ve had a good day and everything will continue in the right direction. If you have any plans tonight, what are they? I’m posting a quick FOTD (doubling OOTD I guess) before heading out for dinner with Dr. D. We started planning WAY late, so I’m happy the Thai restaurant we wanted to go to still had a free table. But anyways, onto the FOTD!

I did the same look as this one. It one of my firsts and the pictures were really bad, but I really like the duo and think purple is a pretty romantic color, so I went with it. Also, I’m wearing one of the few items I own that are cooler in colors, so I thought the silver would coordinate better than for example gold. I used quite a bit more purple today, so it is smokier than the first go. However, it did take some patience to build the purple up. I had the feeling that every time I blended too much color disappeared, so I had to go back and add more! I used Tarte Peaceful on my cheeks, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.

Just one more so you can see the amount of contour color there actually is:

I used Bdellium Tools 953 duet fiber foundation brush to create the perfect base with foundation, 934 precision concealer brush to conceal the undereye area and spots, and 965 duet fiber blusher brush to achieve very natural-looking flushed cheeks. My review for the 3 brushes are coming up soon, so stay tuned!

I am wearing one of my favorite Lavand dresses, so I thought I’d take a picture of myself from farther away to show you:

Don’t worry. It’s not SO freezing cold out there and I’ll be wrapped up with cardigan, scarf, coat, and boots, so I’ll be fine!

I have some exciting posts coming up, so keep your eyes peeled. Until then, I hope you’re having fun!

Lots of love,

Sunny xx

PS: Have you seen my Vote for Sunny post? I’m participating in the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful campaign in Belgium, and I would really appreciate it if you could vote for me! Voting is a little tricky because the page is in Dutch, but my talented bestie made a graph so everybody could follow the steps easily. Want to challenge yourself, learn some Dutch, and earn my eternal gratitude? Please check this out! Thanks a lot in advance!

This Week’s FOTDs: MAC Shale, Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone, Urban Decay Naked Palette

Happy Sunday everyone! How is your weekend so far? I am actually down with a stomach flu, so besides working on my blog I haven’t done much this weekend. Ah well. At least I’ll probably lose some weight over this lol

I took some photos of the FOTDs I did this week. However, since I am really unhappy about how one of them turned out and the other is an old standby, I didn’t want to do separate posts about them. On top of that, I managed to bruise a patch of skin on my nose bridge trying to get rid of a spot. Concealer worked but didn’t make it disappear entirely. I toyed with the idea of not putting any FOTDs up this week, but since blogging is a way of keeping track, I’m putting both looks in one post.

The first look was done with MAC Shale on lids, the definer shade of the right column of Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone to contour, and the Browbone shade of the right column to highlight the inner corners. The definer shade was also used to smudge my lower lash line out. It turned out weird. Really really weird, in a way that it darkened my face instead of brightening it. I guess Shale is not meant to be mixed with these two shades, or maybe I didn’t use them strategically enough.

Here is the eye closeup so you can see how bleh it is:

All in all, NOT a combination I’d do again!

The other one was an old standby with the Naked Palette. I used Half Baked on lids, Smog to contour, and Darkhorse on my lower lash line.

It’s a no-brainer, but it’s something I have always appreciated ever since I got the palette almost a year and a half ago. I do think I’m getting a little too pale to wear Half Baked well though. Can’t wait for the warm and sunny season to come!

I wore Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait for both looks. Swatch and review will come soon!

How about you? How would you wear a color like Shale? What is a look you tried and actively disliked recently?

PS: Jazz, the cat of Christina from The Makeup Train got seriously ill. He was taken to the vet’s and managed to make a full and speedy recovery. However, the bill is huge, so Christina started a blog sale to try to generate some fund. Please take a look if you’re interested! It’s getting makeup and helping a cat at the same time!

Sunny xx