i ain’t no beauty blogger, but let’s talk about revlon’s matte lip balm sticks

There was a period last year when every other launch and press pack had to do with BB Creams and right now it seems like it’s the Lip Balm Sticks or what I like to call Lip Crayons that are the new BB Cream of the beauty game. Everyone is doing them. Like BB Creams, these Lip Crayons  are a hybrid, conceptualised to bridge a problem we can solve with two products, i.e. moisturising balm and a lipstick. They are a nice idea, but I have yet to find one that truly matches the colour and coverage of lipstick whilst providing the moisture of a lip balm.

Showy, one of the Revlon Matte Balm colours (as worn in the picture below) almost provides the even coverage that one gets from a lipstick, however it does still lack the even coverage that a matte lipstick like M.A.C’s Riri Woo or So Chaud provides you with. Imagine back to your days in nursery school when colouring books were your canvas, and not your face, and you used to use wax crayons. Using the Revlon matte balms gives you a similar effect as a wax crayon on paper in terms of application on the skin of the lips and for me they are only really effective when used in conjunction with the application of a matching coloured pencil or lip colour… something I picked up from a make up artist on set.

Then why on earth would one even bother with a matte balm? Personally the vibrancy of colour of both Showy and Mischievous (also from the Revlon Matte Balm range) is amazing and in this dry Johannesburg weather, a little bit of moisture, never hurt nobody.



  • Thando
    Posted at 11:59h, 05 March Reply

    I tested these out yesterday… I love them. Definitely getting myself a couple.

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