Raiding the Dream Hoard: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Greetings from my secure lipstick vault, fellow rogues!

Right, first up:  as you’ve seen from the title, it’s time to announce the winners of my little contest from the last Loot Alert post! Thank you to every one who chipped in and had a guess 🙂 The two shades I chose were the matte violet Shameless (which I think everyone guessed, heh) and the sparkly berry/purple lacquer Whimsical (don’t say it, Ooly! I’ll explain later). If you followed the comments, you know that this means the supreme winner iiiis…

Gwen! Congratulations, Gwen, you get the Golden Dagger +2 Award for Deadly Accuracy!

However, the prizes don’t stop there! For guessing Unapologetic and Elusive (complete with excellent justifications), which are shades that are next on my list…

Sonya and Ash receive the Assassin’s Eye Award for Sizing Up a Rogue’s Weaknesses!

Last but certainly not least, we have a mind-reading guess of Flirtatious, which was the lacquer shade competing hotly with Whimsical while I was standing in the store. For this…

Karen receives the Happy Mindflayer Award for Being Inside a Rogue’s Head!

You’ll be receiving your badges shortly!


Second Up – The Review!


As I mentioned in my Loot Alert post, I’ve been waiting quite a long time to get my hands on these products. I’d read lots of reviews and seen lots of swatches, but I was still concerned that I’d get them, and not like the result after all the hype and hyperventilation. However, I’m very pleased to report that both shades I chose get the ‘Rogueworthy’ Stamp of Approval!


Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless swatch and review

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Matte Balm in Shameless. Susie the Bard was thrilled to disover that the packaging matched her outfit perfectly.



Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical is a pigmented glossy berry coloured lip product (Balm? Lipstick?) with a hefty dose of silver microglitter. The glitter isn’t actually overwhelming on the lips or anything, but little bits of it do hang around after the colour has worn away. Since I love glitter, I’m not complaining – it and the colour of the swatch were what led me to get this one after all – but it’s noticeable enough to be worth mentioning. This shade was very lightweight and comfortable to wear, and lasted about three and a half hours on me, enough for a modest dungeon raid.  On the lips, it’s much more vibrant and pink than I expected, but I like it all the same! The perfect colour for brightening up your day/catacomb explorations, with enough glitter to look particularly lovely in the flickering light of a torch or eldritch flame. Lip swatches are below, and arm swatches are in the previous post!


Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless swatch and review

A rather blurry photo taken in direct sunlight to try and capture the glitter density in this thing…


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless is a glorious opaque matte violet lip crayon – the kind of purple thing that you normally don’t really expect a brand like Revlon to come out with! I have to say, actually, these two new lines, and the matte balms in particular, are really impressively bold. There are nice softer shades for those who prefer (can’t go past a good MLBB shade, myself), but then there are firecrackers like this one, and Unapologetic, and many others that get up in your face and go I’M AWESOME, WHAT AM I? 😀 Love it.

Where was I? Ah, yes. Extolling the virtues of Shameless. Now this was a colour that I was in love with from the start, due to both its saturation and the fact that I have a deep-seated love for purple things in general, but particularly lipsticks. I’d also never tried a matte lip product before, so I was curious to see how one would work for me. Shameless applies smoothly, with excellent colour payoff in a single pass, and is so much more soft and weightless than I expected it to be! It was totally comfortable to wear, non-drying (which I was worried about), and had a lovely soft velvety finish, but one that didn’t feel dry between my lips. It lasted for nearly 5 hours, which I consider to be astoundingly good wear – enough for a full dragon lair if you’re being efficient about your looting and didn’t get incinerated.


Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless swatch and review

Shameless (left) and Whimsical (right). As you can see, Susie is still captivated, probably by the glitter in Whimsical.


The packaging is fine so far – it’s a chubby pencil, what can you say, really? If you’ve seen any of my reviews on Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, or own some of these yourself, then you pretty much know the score. Revlon’s packaging is perhaps not *quite* as sturdy-feeling as Clinique’s, but I have to say that I’m totally in love with the matte surface on Shameless – its not a sticky rubber matte, just a lovely smooth matte that’s nice to hold. The shiny lacquer balm packaging is of course alright by me, because it’s shiny and colour-coded. The colour match between the packaging and the actual product in all of these 20 balms is actually pretty decent!

These balms are mint scented, but it’s very subtle compared to what you normally get as mint scented. Those who are averse to mint probably won’t be thrilled still, because you can smell it, but I was more worried that they would have some kind of misguided ‘plumping’ (i.e. ‘irritating’) effect. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case at all – I got a tiny bit of coolness, no tingling at all, no irritation, and the scent was basically unnoticeable on the lips. Win!


Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless lip swatch and review

Lip swatches as labelled! I’d like to make a special note here that the slight patchiness of Shameless is NOT Shameless’s fault. My lips were in really bad shape – you can even see one of the lip flakes in the ”Natural’ photo…


The Verdict: I’m very pleased to report that both of these were a win for me – a very nice introduction to matte lip products too! They’re pigmented, smooth, non-drying and last well. There are two finishes and 20 colours to choose from, so hopefully everyone would be able to find a shade that they liked, and a couple of new vibrant, more unusual shades to try! I’m so pleased these are finally here, and I’m looking forward to trying some more soon. The chubby stick type packaging is always welcome, as it’s very convenient to carry around and apply (also, crayons are awesome).

The Practicalities: Revlon Colourburst Lacquer and Matte Balms cost NZD 20.50 / USD ~9.00 each for 2.7g /0.095 oz, and are available from drugstores and pharmacies the world over, as well as Farmers in NZ and


Until next time, fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!



I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send goblin hordes after you. Plague-ridden ones.


27 thoughts on “Raiding the Dream Hoard: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

    • Hehe, thanks 🙂 Shameless is certainly a well-named shade. That and Unapologetic. The matte balms are so bright ( although I guess matte lipsticks are generally more overt than glossy ones).


  1. Haha, love it! Congrats to Gwen for deadly accuracy! The whimsical swatch does look fantastic, I’m glad you picked that one up. I’m wearing Elusive today after remember how awesome it is when I made that prediction- I know you’ll like it 🙂 This post also reminded me that I never picked up the va va voom laquer shades I was intending to, after I binged out on the matte shades. Trip to the drugstore, here I come!


    • Hehe, enjoy your lacquer balm raid (watch out for the Tester Goblins, they bite)!Reminds me – where should I send your badge?! Perhaps email me your preferred contact. I haven’t mastered the Book of Faces for this blog yet… :- P


  2. I really like them both! I think I might pick up Whimsical. Shameless while certainly loot worthy may make me look dead. Not in a good way either. Once I have acquired more gold I’ll be happy to spend the coin on potential frivolity!


    • You’re very welcome – I hope you like it, it’s coming your way soon. Thanks for tossing your guess into the ring!

      Hehe, thanks. You should have seen the catfight Susie tried to start over these…phew! 😉


  3. These look lovely on you! Goes very well with your coloring. Shameless turns more pinky and gray on me somehow… this often happens with me and purple lipsticks 😦

    But on you — gorgeous 🙂


    • Aww, thanks *blush*

      One of the advantages (?) of having nearly no pigment in one’s lips is that things do tend to stay true to tube colour (although, having said that, Whimiscal turned out much pinker on my lips than it did on my arm, so maybe I’m talking out of my hat…).


    • Shameless is just so epic. It’s pigmented, it’s actually purple (not burgundy or berry or something else masquerading as purple), and it was a wonderful intro to matte lipsticks for me! Unapologetic looks to be the same in coral!


  4. Whimsical (ha) is not as offensive as I expected. It gets the Ooly Seal of Approval for Wearing Outside the House. (And who saw that coming?)
    The other one… needs to be banished back to the dungeon whence it came. Or at the very least, to the secure vault. Epic in tube; terrible in reality. D: (You definitely saw that coming.)


    • Shameless is one of those shades that requires a little prep work to wear – exfoliating lips (which I clearly didn’t bother with, heh), paying attention to the rest of your makeup etc – if you’re going to wear it out to best effect. Whimsical is a lot easier to just pop on and go. 😉

      My purple lipstick collection doesn’t mind either way!


    • You should give it a try! It’s definitely very in-your-face, but it’s also a lot of fun! The mattes in this collection generally are pretty bold, so there’s a bit of colour choice in that area 😀


  5. Shameless looks great on you! Welcome to the wonderful world of mattes. I was thrilled when I heard that Revlon had made a true purple lipstick that wasn’t one of those cop-out pinky purples, but I just couldn’t get Shameless to apply evenly on my chronically dry lips. The only other matte balm I’ve tried is Sultry, which I love: it’s a dark berry rose that applies perfectly and disguises the dryness of my lips instead of highlighting them. Alas, I lost my tube like an idiot, and now I have to buy another one. D:


    • I’m quite excited about mattes now, actually! You have no idea how pleased I was with the ‘real’ purple in Shameless either. As a purple lipstick lover and collector, one is often disappointed 😛 *adjusts monocle, swirls brandy*.

      Sultry intrigued me! I got a bit scared of what my eye perceived to be ‘brown’ undertones on my skin, but after Charleston, I’m opening up to that world too, which is nice! Honestly, I kind of just want to collect all of these…


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  7. Thanks for the mention, Syl! I, too, love Shameless! You are so right about it being soft and lightweight with a velvet feel! I absolutely adore the formula! I haven’t tried the lacquer balm formula yet but from your review, it sounds really good! 😀


    • It’s lovely 🙂 you’re welcome for the mention – your blog was one of the first reviews I saw of these, and your pictures were so great they stuck in my mind particularly 🙂


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