Monday, May 2, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss

At first glance, you might confuse these for a Chanel lipgloss. They are about the same size as Chanel Glossimers, with an identical tube other than the missing gold band and Revlon's cap design. In addition, the logo positioning is very similar to Chanel Aqualumiere Glosses. This is nice, as it adds a higher-end feel than most drugstore glosses. These are definitely not cheapy feeling tubes.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipglosses are naturally scented with Vanilla Absolute, so they smell just like pure vanilla extract. It's a nice, light, natural scent that you can only smell when you are applying these. It doesn't linger, and there is no flavor. That's a nice touch, as many drugstore glosses are scented.

The applicator is a flat, yet curvy doefoot. It's very similar to that of NYC's new Liquid Lipshine, but it's shorter and more curvy. The purpose of this applicator is to hug the lips so that it is able to provide color and shine in just one swipe. It definitely does for the bottom lip, but application to the top lip is a bit awkward the first couple times until you get used to the wand. My only real gripe about the applicator is that it does not pick up enough product. I have to re-dip the wand multiple times to get enough gloss...which isn't a big deal, but is worth mentioning.

Now for the gloss itself. Here's a little inside info from Revlon:
"Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss uses Elasticolor technology to distribute rich color pigments evenly over lips while conditioning and improving the texture with moisturizers and antioxidants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E. Microsphere treated pigments provide luxurious vibrant color and seductive shine with micro-pearl crystals for a mirror-like shine."

Revlon ColorBurst glosses were tested against a pair of red patent leather pumps and proven to be 5x shinier. I believe it, these definitely do add shine to your lips. I don't find these to be sticky at all, which is a definite plus. The lasting power is about average...maybe a little better than the average drugstore gloss, thanks to their gel-like texture.

There is a lot of glitter in these, you can really see it in the tube. It appears to be more of a fine glitter than a micro-shimmer, so I expected them to be way too shimmery for my taste. Surprisingly, they're not! The glitter shows up just like micro-shimmer...there's no chunky glitter, and they don't feel gritty on your lips.

Though these are called ColorBurst, I don't find them to be very pigmented and/or add a lot of color. However, I love the level of pigmentation, since I prefer sheer glosses. I do own the lighter shades though, so I can't speak for the darker, brighter shades which do appear to be a lot more pigmented.


Pink Ice is a nice, nude pink. It tones down my natural lip color just a bit and adds shimmer and shine. Peony is my favorite of the bunch. It's the closest to my lip color, so it adds just a hint of color with a lot of shine. Sunset Peach is a nice, sheer, peachy shade that doesn't appear orange on my lips like so many peach shades do.

Would I recommend these? Definitely. In my opinion, these are one of the better drugstore glosses available. The packaging is also the best of any drugstore gloss I have come across, which is something that, for me, really matters. Revlon ColorBurst glosses retail for about $7.99, but you can find them on sale half the time...either BOGO or BOGO 50% off. Very worth it.