My sister has been complaining that her lips were a mess – they were cracked and chapped and all the lipsticks she tried just made it even drier. I told her to just exfoliate all the time, apply an ultra moisturising lip balm and use moisturising lip products. She said she’s been having a hard time looking for a moisturising lipstick and my mom suggested the Revlon Lip Butters – which she loves. So the next time we were at the mall, my sister dragged me to a Revlon counter to help her pick a shade… and I am glad she did.
We were looking at the Lip Butters when the friendly sales associate approached us and told us that the Lacquer Balms were on sale at 50% off. Obviously, that piqued our interest and we started swatching the samples and while she was originally interested in the Lip Butters, and I had no intention of buying anything, we ended up getting two each.
I got two shades, Demure which is a very sheer pink-nude colour and Coquette which is a very nice pink. The colours are not too new or different, but they are great for everyday use. I have been using these for a while – Demure even made it to my February Favorites!
The formula does feel like a balm – it glides smoothly and doesn’t tug on your lips. It is quite moisturising but not oily – which I like because who wants oily lips? It doesn’t leave that icky waxy feeling on the lips.
The colours are not anything new – you can definitely find similar shades from other brands – but they are quite flattering and perfect for everyday use no matter how old you are. The range has a bunch of barely there colours and a few bolder colours so whatever your preference is – whether you like it barely there or bold, they most likely have something for you. Keep in mind though that since it is a lipstick-lipbalm hybrid, it is not as opaque as a regular lipstick.
Another thing that I really like is the packaging. It is cute and easy to use. I like that it twists up so you don’t need to sharpen – I mean who has time for that? LOL! Oh and since it is in a pencil form, the pointed tip makes it easier to define your lips – although that pointy tip does not last long as you use the product more and more.
It’s got glitter. I mean really, why did the Revlon folks add glitter to this thing? I don’t like it because once the lipstick wears off, you are left with some bits of glitter on your lips. Not a good look, in my opinion so that’s something you have to remember to check on every once in a while.
The price. These Revlon Lacquer Balms are a bit expensive at Php575.00 for what it is – a tinted lip balm. To be honest, if it weren’t for the 50% off sale, I wouldn’t pick this up and I still wouldn’t pay full price for it even though I do like it.
Side note, this is only around $8.00 in the US. We pay almost twice that amount here in Manila. 🙁
Some other things to note that are neither good, bad or ugly is that the balm is scented – it has a minty taste and scent which is not too bad but if you are not a fan of mint, then you will probably not like this one. I like mint so it’s not an issue for me.
Overall, I like these Lacquer Balms – it does what it says it would and the colours are really nice too – but the price point is a bit high for me considering that it is essentially a tinted lip balm. I don’t think I would ever repurchase these at full price, I’d definitely wait for a sale ha ha ha!
Have you tried these Revlon Lacquer Balms or any of their lip butters/balms? What do you think of it?