I've been eyeing the Revlon Balm Stains for a while now, so I picked up the Lacquer balm in Demure today. When I swatched it on my hand, it was such a pretty, light pink color with sparkles. However, on my lips, it barely showed up, and it looked like I just had a colorless balm on. I can never seem to find light pink colors that actually show up on my lips, but aren't an overwhelming hot pink color.
I like the packaging and the feel of the product on my lips, but this is not the shade for me.
Product - Demure is a milky pink glittery gloss in solid form. From the product name "Colorburst Lacquer", I had assumed this would be well pigmented and glossy. With one swipe it's nothing special - just a slightly glossy tint of color - like a tinted lip balm. The second swipe provides more color payoff (though not full coverage) and more glossiness but also glitter. The glitter was a surprise. Shimmer would have been a pleasant surprise, but the glitter was not. It's the kind of cheap/tacky glittery sparkles found in makeup aimed at little girls. I rubbed my lips together and the gloss was gone - seriously. Where did it go?? And unfortunately the glitter remained. Additional swipes resulted in better coverage and less obvious glitter, but then it sat on my lips like an average thick goopy wanded liquid gloss - and the color was a nearly-skintone cool-pink which was not flattering for my yellow-undertoned (AAB/NC25) coloring. Also, the gloss tended to highlight every imperfection in my lip texture (pooling under dry flakes - lovely, right?), so now I'm glad I didnt get a darker shade! I gave up and wiped my lips off with a tissue but the glitter stayed put.
Packaging - Twist up chubby pencil, which requires no sharpening (yay!). Body casing represents the color inside. Gold plastic cap.
Comparisons to other products - I was under the impression that this is intended to be glossy lipcolor, with good color payoff, something akin to Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tints but with more pigmentation. I'm a fan of the Lipsurgence products and was hoping to find a comparable drugstore alternative. But I'm sufficiently disappointed by this Colorburst Lacquer purchase that I am highly unlikely to try other shades. Sorry, Revlon.
Overall - I can't get past the cheap glitter. But even without the glitter I'd still be disappointed. continued >>
I'm a big fan of the original Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, but I'm not hugely impressed with the lacquer versions. I picked up the shade Demure, which I thought would be a nice everyday shade. But the glitter is horrible. It makes the whole thing completely unwearable. First, you can feel the grit of the glitter when you first apply it. And then when the balm itself wears away you're just left with disco ball lips-- I'm not a fan. I gave two lippies for the shade itself, but because of the glitter I will not be repurchasing.
Revlon doesn't exactly make it clear how these Lacquer balms differ from the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, I mean I thought those were pretty darn glossy myself and they really weren't all that....stain-y. Well these are the same concept, only placed in the Colorburst family and they gave them shimmer. You know how Tarte has the regular Lipsurgences and then the shinier ones that are full of shimmer and then the matte ones... well Revlon has copied that, which is cool but overall making the Lacquer ones not that exciting.
Demure is a little warmer on my lips than it looks in the tube. It is a milky pinky peach nude... you know that shade that has been wildly popular for forever. I wasn't expecting the milky factor so I was a little meh on that, but it's an okay color. You can't really see the shimmer initially, but you sure can feel it when applying this color, it feels noticeably gritty. It moisturizes my lips okay, and the pigment is okay... but it doesn't last very long. I find myself needing to reapply this more often than I would like. And because it is warmer than I was hoping, I worry about that "is it going to look orangish around my lip line" factor. When it fades it leaves behind that silver shimmer. Some people are gonna like that, others are gonna hate it. And oh yeah, it has a peppermint smell.
For $8 I'm not all that impressed. In fact I am completely MEH on the product/color/everything about it general. I don't think I'll be trying other shades. I really hope the matte ones redeem themselves for me.
Demure is a shiny shimmery pale nude-peach lip laquer. It goes well on the application,it last fairly long with a lip liner. I apply it as well with a lip gloss! A pale translucide peach lip gloss looks verry good with it! Love it!
When buzz of the Colorburst Lacquer surfaced I felt compelled to hunt them down. Thanks to a tip during a YouTube video I watched I knew these displays would be popping up at RiteAid and were currently on sale BOGO50% off. I was looking for two shades but Coy was nowhere to be found so I picked up Demure and decided that one would suffice. Including tax I paid $9.17.
*Packaging - simple, efficient, slim design, shiny exterior. With the slim sticker being all that preserves these products from prying fingers, be sure to check your product for any signs of tampering before purchase. *Scent - the classic peppermint that came with the Balm Stains which is either a make or break based on personal preference. *Texture - smooth, glides easily across the lips, not tacky. *Finish - when applied it appears glossy but quickly lost it's initial shine... and what to my eyes should appear? Chunks of glitter. Not shimmer, not frost or sheen... glitter. In the multiple swatches I had seen of Demure I did not detect glitter although the close up photos of the product looked as if there may be. When I looked in the mirror it looked as if I had applied craft glitter. The glitter did not apply evenly, either - some areas of my lips were more coated than others. *Lasting power - of which I am unable to comment because I removed it immediately. Even after I removed it, glitter remained on my lips. *Price - on point for a drugstore product in my opinion, best if purchased while on sale and bonus if you have a coupon.
I won't be using this product or purchasing additional shades because of the glitter. I cannot comment on the matte shades as those shades did not appeal to me and I did not purchase any of that formula. I compiled photos above.