Nude Lips for Cool, Pale Rogues – Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure

Greetings from my secure lipstick vault once again, fellow rogues!

So, nude lipstick has always been something that has mystified me. As a vampirically pale rogue with almost-no-pigment lips, nude lipstick seems at best a little redundant, and at worst makes you look like someone warmed over Barbie’s corpse (if it’s a pink nude) or just warmed over a corpse (if it’s a beige nude). I suppose I always associated nude lips with the ‘concealer lip’ – you know, the super editorial kind of effect that looks amazing with a smokey eye if you are not me. (I will be chatting a bit more about my views on nude lips for cool-toned, pale rogues at the end of this post, for those that are intrigue, but for now, on with the story!)

Anyway, a nude lip is what you might call the perfect, classic stealth makeup tool, and as part of my seemingly neverending quest to find one that doesn’t look terrible, I spoke to Eleimos the Druid (a conoisseur of the ‘natural’ look), to see what advice was forthcoming. To my surprise, I was wordlessly handed a shimmering pink tube, that turned out to be Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure.


Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch and Review

Apologies for the lighting – I try to take all my photos in natural light, and the weather is a little dank and dingy at the moment…
Eleimos, a druid of few words but excellent taste in nude lipsticks.


I will confess, I was sceptical. Much as I adore these lipsticks, a little part of me was worried that I’d get the death lip again To my joy, this fear turned out to be unfounded! What I got instead was a beautiful shell pink/peach nude with very fine silvery microsparkle that enfolds my lips in a luminous, gossamer cloak. Since I am at risk of waxing too lyrical right now (and I’m not professionally a bard, you know), let’s have another photo of the actual product…


Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch and Review

A closeup of the product tip, in which you can see some of the shimmer and sparkle. Have you ever had a staring contest with a lipstick? Eleimos has (and won).


Demure is a very good name for this particular chubby lip pencil – it goes on smoothly, with a sheer-to-buildable coverage, and the sparkle (like a druid) is present but not ‘in your face’ – to quote Jaa’s recent (and excellent) review of a Tom Ford blush, this lipstick has ‘adult shimmer’. 😉

I would quickly note here that if you have a darker skintone/more pigmented lips than I do (not difficult!), there’s a possibility that you might find this lipstick to be a harder nude (appearing to have a more white base to it). When I first saw the swatches over at Temptalia, that was what made me cautious about this particular shade, as (wonderful as everything looks on Christine, damn her!) it appeared to be more ‘pale’ than I ideally wanted. However, you can see from the lipswatches below that this isn’t the case on me. Christine was quite right, as usual, when she said she thought it was a shade that would look different on different people!

The packaging, wear time and delicate, minty scent are all the same as for the previous lacquer balm (Whimsical) I reviewed, so If you’d like more detail, please pop over here. In short, however, the mint scent is non-plumping/irritating, the packaging is totally functional (also pretty) and the wear time is decent for a sheerer, glossy lip product on me. This particular shade was non-drying on me – I wouldn’t say it was overtly hydrating, but I didn’t have any problems either.

Behold! Ye Olde Lip Swatches!


Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch

Left: no pigment natural lips with poorly defined edges. Right: effortlessly pretty, shimmering ‘nude’ lips, courtesy of Revlon Demure Lacquer Balm.


A little Rogue-to-Rogue Chat about Nude Lips for Cool-Toned, Vampires: Generally speaking (and this is my own personal preference, based on experience), true nudes are a bad idea for us. Almost everything ends up looking way too ‘editorial’ (or corpselike), and few nudes have just the right undertone (most are too orange/yellow or too purple). Obviously, if you are actively aiming for an ‘editorial’ look, then don’t let me stand in the way of your shuriken! I’m talking about things you can wear when you’ve got a smokey eye on, don’t want to go the whole hog with a red lip, and ALSO don’t want the cleric and paladin asking you if you’re feeling OK every 5 seconds. Or things you can wear to the tavern without your fellow adventurers starting to string garlic and crosses up around the place, and writing postings with rewards for your head on a stake. So here are my personal tips:

For us, the easiest ‘nude’ is actually ‘MLBB’ – it’s still nude (or maybe ‘natural’) in the sense that you’re not wearing an obvious colour, but you have a bit more flexibility in the finish and the undertone, to help inject some life back into your complexion. I want to be able to toss a nude lipstick or gloss on, and not have to go the full bard with blush etc to try and perk me up again afterwards. Some good examples of my usual favourite way to wear a nude are: sheer corals, soft but not too pale pinks, and our good friend Demure here, which is nearly the same as my non-lip-colour, but still gives me life, sparkle and prettiness.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?


The Verdict: These chubby pencils from Revlon have been really impressing me – they’re smooth to apply, non-drying, come in many fabulous shades and colours, and (with Demure here) have introduced me to a new wearable nudes that I never thought I’d find. A truly rogueworthy product!

The Practicalities: Revlon Colourburst Lacquer 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 ❤ I’d like to take a minute to note that this wonderful lipstick came to me courtesy of my lovely mum and sister, who knew how keen I was on this range, and got me one ❤


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.


26 thoughts on “Nude Lips for Cool, Pale Rogues – Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure

  1. *neck-beard voice* You know I respect nude lipstick, but it is not my vision of nude lipstick…On a more serious note I never understood the concept behind nude lipstick, given there are so many much more interesting colours to choose from. I am open for enlightenment!


  2. I find myself contemplating ‘warmed over Barbie’s corpse’ and wondering how it would compare to your photographs and lip swatches. Let it never be said your blog is dull. For me, I think Demure would be too light. Although I totally get the ‘it looks different on everyone’ thing. I just want everyone to know when I’m wearing fabulous lipstick by wearing something that looks like fabulous lipstick. I know you mentioned topping with a gloss, but I have to ask, is this something you would/could layer on top of another shade for extra-ooomph?


    • Do you mean would I layer Demure over something? Hm…I haven’t tried yet, and honestly, I don’ t think I would. If I wanted some nudie (snigger) gloss to layer over something for extra oomph, I’d probably go for Revlon Snow Pink (took a lip swatch of this the other day that I need to update my review with, actually).

      It’s an interesting shade, this one. A real chameleon! You wouldn’t think it, either – as I said, it’s aptly named!


  3. Thanks for the mention, Syl! LOL at the adult shimmer thing but it’s like the best way to describe this type of shimmer right?!

    Man, I just love your sense of humor! I pretty much giggled through your post that I almost forgot I was reading about Demure. Haha. Nude lips is a tricky thing. It took me a while to find one that would not make me look sick so I can imagine how happy you must be right now to have found Demure! And it looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Without the “before” photo, I couldn’t tell at all that you are wearing a lipstick! What a lovely shade. Totally worth the high markup!!!


    • True: when a product works so well, you can feel better about the price 😀 you’re welcome for the mention, and I’m pleased I’m entertaining people ^_^

      What’s your favourite nude for your skintone/lip pigmentation level?


    • Sometimes, you just have to admire the pretty ease of a good MLBB/Nude lipstick. I mean, I’m all for the purple and the fuchsia, as you know, but sometimes it’s just nice to be in (attractive) stealth mode 😉


  4. Hey Syl, oh this is pretty on you! I didn’t know paler girls have problems finding good nudes. I thought I was the only one with that problem! I don’t know what it is about my skin tone, but a lot of the times it eats up the pink in a nude so it ends up looking beige on me. Yucky!

    Anyways, I’m glad you found a good one! My perfect nude is Dior Grege 1947 Rouge Dior. I also have a shade or two that’s between MLBB and nude (Clinique Curviest Caramel for example), but in general I don’t do nude all that often 😉


    • You’re not alone, Sunny! 😛

      I think a true ‘nude’ is a tricky colour for anyone to pull off, really, because in its own way it’s such a statement! Especially since (for the last, what, 5000 years?) we’ve been trying to make our lips redder in some way – that’s why, to me, a bright red lip is less ‘WHOA!’ than a concealer lip. It’s quite an interesting topic, actually!

      Thanks for sharing your favourite! I’m off to snoop arouns and see what it’s like!


  5. This looks smashing on you! My nude shade would be NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London. That one is a true nude on me, and it borders on “Editorial”. I prefer neutral lipsticks to balance out the darker pigmentation around my mouth.


    • I have shadows around my mouth too, especially at some angles! It’s something I really like using my Touche Eclat to correct, actually. Thanks for sharing your favourite nude shade – the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams are something I’ve been wanting to try for a while!


  6. This looks good on you! Definitely good for those stealth makeup days when you need to avoid the crazy dragon lady.

    Having swatched basically all of the collection, this definitely doesn’t fit my definition of “nude” lipstick, which tends to make me think of middle-aged women who want their lips to be invisible. I ask you, what is the point of that? They are naturally made a different colour to our faces! So why would we twink them out? Anyway, for some bizarre reason, there are actual shades like that in the collection. And this is not one of them. Thank the gods.


    • Indeed! It’s nice that the collection does include opaque nude options, but I just can’t pull those off, sadly. There are many more shades I’d like to collect from the lacquer/matte balm line, but they’re all much brighter and bolder…


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