Elusive Rogues and Unapologetic Dwarves – Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in, er, Unapologetic and Elusive!

Greetings from my secure lipstick vault, fellow rogues!

First up, I wanted to say how pleased I am with the response to my last post! πŸ˜€ I mean, not pleased that so many others have the same struggles, of course, but it’s really nice to be able to discuss these things, finally :-). If you all liked that post, stay tuned for more grad student makeup madness from me and Auxiliary Beauty soon!

Right! As you may or may not have noticed recently, I have a bit of a love affair with the new Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms (well, they’re new in these parts, anyway! ;-)) It was a truly epic quest to get a hold of them – until one day they just popped up like so many cylindrical enchanted mushrooms in the local apothecaries – and I have embarked on a secondary, equally epic quest to own all the shades that might suit this rogue. Given the prices here, this quest will be incredibly long-term, but I’m pleased to report that the ongoing sale has advanced things somewhat.

Allow me to present two particularly rogueworthy shades, the matte balms in Elusive and Unapologetic:


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Unapologetic and Elusive Review and Swatches

Revlon’s Matte Balms in Unapologetic and Elusive some onto the scene, accompanied by a handsome and mysterious dwarven stranger…


Certain fellow adventurers will be shouting ‘HA!’ at this point, as they correctly guessed that these shades were next on my list. Of all the matte balms, these two and Shameless were the ones that immediately leapt out at me. How could they not – a purple, a cool tone pink, and a vibrant coral? The rogue’s lipstick bandolier says YES.Β  Elusive is a nice everyday shade – a medium, cool (almost mauvey?) pink that isn’t too chalky or too punchy. That being said, the matte texture still gives it a little something extra in the glamour department. Unapologetic is a fabulous, almost neon coral with the absolute perfect shade name. Depending on the lighting, this can look more or less neon, and more or less pink/orange. It’s definitely a shade to boost confidence and get you noticed!


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Unapologetic and  Elusive Review and Swatches

Who is this mysterious, Unapologetically Elusive dwarf? Even his base is going incognito, although he seems to be a warrior of some sort…


OK, this may be just me (rations have been running low in the catacombs recently – I blame the paladin), but don’t the unmarred tips of these matte and lacquer balms look good enough to eat? Like glossy, bright candy… *drools*


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Unapologetic and Elusive Review and Swatches

Juicy, delicious, sweet… uh… the product in diffused outdoor sunlight? *deep breaths*Β  Unapologetic is on the left, Elusive on the right…*eats muesli bar instead*


There’s not much I can say to these review wise that I didn’t already say about Shameless here. In short, however (I can hear some goblins, I think. This is the trouble with being at the head of the party – even when you find a quiet spot to wait for the rest of the adventurers to haul their robe- and chainmail-clad butts up to where you are, you still can’t blog without something hostile popping up from behind a stalagmite cluster):

These matte balms are smooth and creamy to apply (if your lips aren’t flaky, mind!), dry to a velvety, properly matte finish that feels soft and nice, have a light minty but not plumping scent/taste and last well through your average dungeon raid. Unapologetic, like Shameless, can be slightly trickier to apply if your lips aren’t in good condition, but these mattes are magically good at keeping the moisture in your lips. Lovely!


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Unapologetic Shameless Lip Swatch

Right! Here you can see a couple of effects – how the colours look different in different lights, and what happens when you have dry, flaky lips πŸ˜›


The lower pictures in the above image were taken on a sunnier but lip-flakier day – you can see that the colours are a little darker/brighter/glowier, but that the product has gathered a little around some of the flakes. The upper pictures were taken on a dimmer, cooler but better-moisturised day! In the centre, we have a rogue’s almost creepily pigmentless lips. I mean, you all know I’m a true rogue, but I’m still not sure why my lips feel the need to stage a permanent disappearing act… thank goodness for lipstick! The neon nature of Unapologetic is quite hard to capture on film, actually, but this picture from the last post comes closest!


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Unapologetic Shameless Lip Swatch

The neon is hard to capture, but this recent picture probably does it best. The orcs will flee!


So, what do you think is the name of ourΒ  new elusive, unapologetic dwarf friend? πŸ˜€ Any guesses or suggestions?

The Verdict: These and Shameless have been a really lovely introduction to the world of matte lipsticks for me. They’re pigmented, smooth, non-drying and last well, with absolutely none of the ‘chalk’ factor that I feared. Elusive is a great everyday option, and Unapologetic is something a little bit firey and special. I’m looking forward to trying some more soon (I think some lacquer balms might be next on the list)!

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 andΒ pharmacies the world over, as well as Farmers in NZ and http://www.revlon.com.


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.


30 thoughts on “Elusive Rogues and Unapologetic Dwarves – Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in, er, Unapologetic and Elusive!

  1. Unapologetic is REALLY unapologetic! Such a bright, bright shade! It reminds me of Hourglass Muse (the liquid lipstick form), which is HOLY PIGMENTED and bright as well!


  2. I can’t believe that I don’t have these yet! I have Shameless (an AMAZING purple) an Sultry (a lovely wine-mauve shade) but I’m fairly sure I need these to keep the others company. Sultry looks like such a perfect MLBB! Unapologetic looks SO fab on you πŸ™‚


  3. Insert obligatory “HA”! here πŸ˜‰ They look great, I have yet to purchase unapologetic although I have admired the color several times now. I picked up Enticing not too long ago after your previous blog post reminded me to get a-movin on collecting the laquers and am loving it so far. It is the perfect -red red- if you get my meaning and I will definitely be wearing it a lot this fall.


    • I think a red from the lacquer balms will be next in the crosshairs for me, too. If pressed, I’d have to say I prefer the lacquer balms overall, just because your lips don’t have to be in great shape to get away with wearing them. Demure and Whimsical have become everyday shades for me, and I’m sure you’ll be rocking Enticing come autumn ^_^


  4. I’m still vacillating over Unapologetic, mostly because I suspect my pigmented lips will make it look more, um, apologetic than it does on you. And because my favorite coral lipstick, Milani Flamingo Pose is pretty close in color. And because I’m going to the UK tomorrow and should really save my money. But…matte fuchsia-coral fabulousness! I can’t decide.


    • Hehe, that’s the nice thing about Revlon – you can pretty much find it everywhere, so if you have a sudden attack in the UK, you can just get it there πŸ˜€ I’m also really glad at these are permanent! I wonder if they’ll release new seasonal shades, like with the lip butters?


  5. Unapologetic is unapologetically awesome! Sorry, had to do it. πŸ˜›

    My favorite bright pink is NARS Funny Face lipstick. It’s not too blue for me. I also just bought Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg and it looks quite promising.


    • Oooh, I want to try some NARS stuff so badly! I just love the names they give their stuff, too. Makes the travel fiend in me freak out!

      And it’s OK, you’re allowed. I think something similar every time I pick it up! πŸ˜‰


  6. Someone is really loving these Revlon matte balms!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I totally get it, though. There’s nothing not to love about them. Super pigmented and extremely long-wearing!

    Unapologetic is super neon kapow! But Elusive completely stole my heat. ^_^


    • Elusive is so elegant πŸ™‚ It’s a really great medium pink sort of colour!

      I just saw a girl wearing Unapologetic today – the weather is kind of grey and glarey here, but the light really set the colour of the lipstick on fire πŸ˜€


      • I did! I made sure to give her the compliments she deserved πŸ˜€ I also thought she was brave for carrying the lip pencil itself in her jeans pocket (she pulled it out to show me), because I’ve melt-destroyed many a lip balm that way, LOL!


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