Product review: Revlon Matte Balms

Revlon Matte Balms have been all over the internet since they were released in the US last year, and then more recently here in New Zealand. They are along the lines of Clinique Chubby Sticks, which have been out for a couple of years, and other stick/pencil format lip products which have been so popular recently.

Revlon describes them as “Velvety Matte Look. Moisture Rich Balm
A Matte finish that’s beyond plush. Balm that’s beyond comforting. Our Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Coconut and Mango butters nourishes lips. In 10 collectible, craveable colors.”

I had been wanting to get at least one for a while, but was on a no-buy last month that I’m continuing this month. Luckily I had a Farmers voucher, and so i bought two over the weekend. The shades are 220 Showy, which is a cool toned pink/coral, and 210 Unapologetic which is a cool toned brighter pink.

210 Unapologetic, left, 220 Showy, right.
210 Unapologetic, left, 220 Showy, right.

I’ve swatched them on my arm here:

Swatches - Unapologetic, left, and showy, right
Arm swatches.

I like the pencil/stick format, very easy to apply, although I wonder if it will be harder to ensure a crisp cupid’s bow once they’ve worn down a bit. The tubes are matte too, which is a nice touch. They smell strongly of peppermint which I disliked because it’s something that can be quite drying, and the fragrance is unnecessary to add. Both colours lasted well on my lips, through a morning of coffee drinking and snacks, only needing a reapplication after lunch.

Revlon Matte Balm Showy
Wearing Showy
Quick before work photo of me wearing Unapologetic
Quick before work photo of me wearing Unapologetic. Not my best photography work, cutting off the top of my head

They are quite bold colours, however both are very wearable – I wore them to work and received compliments, especially on Unapologetic. I’ve mentioned before how I like to wear a bright lip to work because it can distract from the fact I haven’t done much with the rest of my make up. The two cost me $44 at Farmers which I think is a reasonable price for a good quality product, and if you want them cheaper they often have sales.These two shades were the only ones from the collection that I really liked, if they come out with more then I will consider buying some more because the formula is so lovely.

Readers – what do you think of these matte balms? Have you got any of the balms from Revlon, such as the lacquer balms, or the balm stains – would you recommend them? Let me know in the comments.


Lena x




  • I love these! I have the one in elusive and audacious and wear them all the time! I have a balm stain as well, can’t remember the shade but it’s really wearable for low key days and lasts well! Xx

    • I’ve had a look at the balm stains, I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

  • I swatched a bunch of them at Farmers and definitely prefer the Matte formulation over the other two! Still haven’t bit the bullet and got some, but it’s only a matter of time…

    Did you also find that the Lacquer and Stain caps slip off really easily? I kept dropping them, hehehe. The matte surface seems to grip them better. Would be more practical if you’re chucking in your purse etc!

    • Dooo itttttt. Or wait for their next sale, they always seem to have good deals at Revlon.

  • They look lovely on you, showy is my favourite. I have the matte balm in sultry, been wearing it all the time. Love it!

    • I really like them both but I think Unapologetic might be my favourite because it’s so different to what I would usually wear.

  • I have the lacquer balm in Coquette and adore it! I bought the balm sticks (the creamy finish) accidentally and didn’t like wearing it all. I found it clumpy and drying. The lacquer lasts really well and is easy to apply. And sorry, Lena, but I LOVE the peppermint. It’s plumping too – I can feel my lips tingling when I wear it.

    • I’m just not a fan of the peppermint, it’s such a drying oil. I’ll have to try the lacquer ones sometime.

  • poonamjain

    I havent tested mine on lips but peppermint smell is unacceptable.. 😛

    Unapologetic looks fab on u, showy is nice too.. 🙂
    Being matte they can be a little drying but still i love the shades Revlon came up with in this collection.. 🙂

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