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Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet

UPDATE: for official information and swatches of additional shades, please click here.

There's no doubt that the new Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters have received lots of buzz, so I couldn't resist picking one up recently when the display surfaced at my local Rite Aid. I LOVE lip balms and lip tints and I'm pretty picky about them, so now that I've had a chance to wear this product for going on two weeks, I'd love to share my thoughts with you.

 Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet
(retail: $7.49, 0.09 oz)

I love that they essentially took the design of the original Revlon Colorburst lipsticks and altered it a bit by making the case frosted and translucent. I also love that the lid resembles the actually shade of the lip color.

Another thing I love is the clear window on the top of the lid; while you're in the store, you can actually see the color before buying it:

One thing I did find a tiny bit odd was that the label on this tube has sparkles on it (sorry, my camera didn't quite pick that up):

 Usually when the label has sparkles on it, it indicates that the lipcolor itself is going to be sparkly. But I assure you, there is NO sparkle (or shimmer or glitter) in Red Velvet. It's a true creme. So yeah, that was a little bit strange, so I just wanted to warn you about it in case you tend to use the label as an indicator of the finish.

The ingredients list indicates that this product contains jojoba seed oil, shea butter, mango butter and coconut oil (in that order). I would prefer to see those ingredients a little bit higher up on the list, but that's not a deal-breaker for me. Also, there are no parabens in this formula.

I love that the stick itself is flush with the tube, as opposed to some lip products where the stick protrudes out a bit.

Red Velvet is true to its name; it's a deep, rich red that resembles red velvet cake. I think it would work for a variety of skintones since it's a pretty neutral red (not too orange and not too blue).

The above swatches (taken with flash and then in natural light) were done on the back of my hand, and after just ONE swipe. As you can see, the color payoff is impressive for something that calls itself a "lip butter". Two swipes produces a near-opaque color, but I thought it was important to show you one swipe to get a real sense of the pigmentation.

On the lips, this lip color is pretty darned amazing. Here's what it looks like after one light application:

The pigmentation is pretty incredible for a light application, huh? And here's what it looked like when I went back over my lips for a second application:

I was surprised to see that it actually looks like a lipstick after the second coat!

 The best way I can describe Red Velvet to is you this: if you took a slick (as opposed to a dry) lip balm, and infused it with a TON of pigmentation, you'd get Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet. For me, the only thing that separates it from a traditional lipstick is the feel of it on your lips. It feels the way a nice lip balm feels. It's moisturizing yet not too heavy, but it does "hug" the lips. When I wear this, it feels like I have a protective coating on my lips, but not in a claustrophobic way.

A word about the fragrance and flavor: I've heard from some of you that detected a strong fragrance from Revlon Lip Butters, but I do NOT detect that at all. To me, it's a very faint vanilla fragrance that I barely detect at all upon application. Also, the vanilla flavor is very faint as well--I can barely taste anything at all when I'm wearing this product.

FINAL VERDICT: If you love the feel of a lip balm but you crave intense pigmentation, Red Velvet might be the best of both worlds for you. I can't speak to the other shades in this range because I haven't tried them (yet!), but Red Velvet is insanely pigmented and far exceeded my expectations. I love that it feels like a moisturizing lip balm yet looks like a lipstick on the lips. I can get about three hours of wear from this product, and I like that it fades to a subtle red stain. If I have the same luck with other shades, I might declare this a better product than the Colorburst lipsticks, because the color payoff seems to be the same yet it  feels better on the lips.

Have you tried the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters yet? If so, what shades do you own and how to you like them? Do you find them as insanely-pigmented as I do?


  1. Wow, I was expecting more of a lip tint...but that is incredibly pigmented. Definitely have to check these out!

  2. That pigmentation is something else! Moisturizing and light feeling is a win in my book. I think I need to look for these asap!

    Thanks for another awesome review!

  3. Thanks for the ingredients information! That looks really pigmented for a tint, will have to look for these!

  4. I so hope these come to Walgreens or CVS! Or Target. Anywhere that I have near me, because I need them in my life! Great review G, thank you!

  5. I can't wait to try these, especially this lovely color! Come on CVS....get 'em in!

  6. I'll have to pick some of these up! Do you know how long the wear time is?

  7. Wow I definitely have to pick this up, the packaging looks lovely too!

  8. I was so excited to finally see these at my Rite Aid! Of course, I had to pick on up, though it was kind of hard choosing. I ended up with Creme Brulee, but haven't tried it yet. It looks like a creme nude color from what I could see. (Those clear tops are so helpful!) :)

    I was also excited to see your review! Red Velvet looks great! I didn't see it in my display, but that could be because the display was already half gone, lol. So I'm glad these are going to be permanent, because I want Red Velvet now!

  9. I still haven't found them. Maybe they will show up this week before the Rite Aid 40% off Revlon deal goes away. :/ I went to four stores last week.

  10. I bought one of these at Rite Aid the other day and I love it! I had Red Velvet in my hand and put it down. Im glad it didnt get it as I need a bluer red. Anyway I picked up the Plum color. I cant remember the exact name! I really like the intensity and the really moisturizing feeling. I have been trying to back away from glosses and more into lip sticks and this the perfect vehicle. I did find a little color left on my lips after the balm was gone! I like that!

  11. I have not tried a Revlon product in years but this butter is calling my name. I love the payoff and it lovely on you. Thank you for modeling.

  12. I saw these today and almost picked on up, but I am pretty much maxed out on lip products. I just purchased one of their high shine lipsticks and it was fabulous!

  13. Aagh! You're killing me! I just picked up a bunch of the Baby Lips lip balms...and now I have to have these! =D

  14. I picked up Red Velvet and Gumdrop today from Rite Aid. I got them both for around $4.53 a piece due to the sale on Revlon this week. I was lucky to find a full display. I'm usually a clear lip gloss kind of girl, but for Fall/Winter I like a little color every now and then, and these lip butters are *nice*.

  15. I picked up Berry Smoothie and Peach Parfait yesterday and I love them! I also bought Pink Truffle but I think I'm going to return that one. It's a little boring compared to the other two. Found them at Rite Aid so they were only $4.49! Plus I had a dollar off coupon from I *think* this last Sunday paper.

  16. I just picked up Red Velvet and Pink Truffle but I couldn't remember if you showed Red Velvet or not because I remember thinking that it's a bit on the bright side for me so I don't know if I'm going to like it or not... It looked so much darker at the store! And Pink Truffle has a little bit of shimmer in case anyone wants to know, I haven't put it on yet but I hope it's not too shimmery on the lips. My CVS had a lot of coupons by this display by the way, I also got the nailpolish in Mistletoe

  17. I don't have Rite Aid...where else are we seeing these?!? Must have...

  18. I just bought Pink Truffle today because it looks similar to Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Blush (my favorite ALL TIME lipstick that they discontinued). Anyway, I LOVE this color! It is a little more rosey that Blush, but it's more pigmented and feels better on the lips. I have 5 back ups (obsessive, I know) of Blush, so I'll probably keep Pink Truffle in my purse for now. I hope these aren't limited edition shades. I can't handle the heartbreak, Revlon! But if you loved Blush, you'll love Pink Truffle.

  19. I'm so bummed, I would love to try that Degree the scent sounds awesome but I'm a sweater and at this point nothing works except Secret Clinical, wahhhhh! p.s. I'm loving the visual of you in your PJs putting on some Red Velvet, too cute :)

  20. I am so glad to see your post on these. I knew as soon as I seen these lip butters, they had to be mine! Like always, I expected to not see these for awhile because of living in a small town. I was out yesterday running errands and while doing some shopping, I decided to check the beauty aisles. I think the saleslady thought I was strange because I gasped and shrieked "OMG Revlon lip butters!!!" So I scooped up four; my justification was that I finished all of my assignments and that I needed a treat. I got Velvet Red, Fig Jam, Brown Sugar, and Creme Brulee.

  21. Shortly after this review, I bought my first tube and its been my go to red lipstick. Unfortunately it was discontinued. Any dupe you can recommend?


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