Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Balm are a part of the new Summer Romantics Summer 2011 Collection. If you enjoyed MAC Tendertones or L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm you might find these new balms an interesting pick for Summer.
The display doesn’t say anything about the product being limited edition however the shades included with the collection may very well be. I can’t confirm.
The packaging and the actual product was a big draw for me, you’ll see why in a minute.
Let’s take a look!
A new lip balm from Revlon with SPF 15.
These come housed in a plastic jar with a flip top lid. The packaging is a bit gadget-y which I’m all about when it comes to makeup. The flip lid plus the balm inside are pretty standard but Revlon also introduced a tiny little lip brush which slides in and out of the lid of the jar, for me this was fun plus I appreciated that I didn’t have to dip my fingers into the balm to apply.
I picked up two of what I believe to be three shades total. I got Peach Crystal (deep, rich shade of warm peach) and Pink Crystal (fuchsia pink). Both shades are gorgeous in the packaging but apply quite sheer on my lips so you aren’t seeing too much color pay off here. They smell and taste like watermelon candy but the flavor seems to go away rather quickly once applied so if you’re sensitive to scented or flavor products you probably won’t be too bothered. The texture is pretty much a balm in all its glory so don’t expect a super shiny, glossy finish as these lean towards a heavier feel with a moisturizing almost Vaseline-like consistency when you layer enough in place. Just think of any other balm you’ve tried in your life and the formula is pretty much spot on for it.
The added bonus of SPF 15 will please some makeup users and others won’t really care. I happen to not really be bothered about SPF in my lip products but some folks take it seriously so the addition of such is welcome I’m sure!
I think the pigmentation is a bit disappointing as both shades apply very sheer and subtly. I also think the balm formula on a whole isn’t too much to get excited about. L’Oreal’s HIP Jelly Balm has a far more exciting formula than these.
I find it sadly lacking that such cooling packaging does not have a mirror. Flip open the top and you’ll see the back end of black plastic where a mirror would have been greatly appreciate by the makeup user. What’s the sense of having a balm with a brush sans a mirror? The point is to make the packaging users friendly not adding in one cool feature only to take away essentials like a mirror!
- Anyone who likes lip balms in general.
- Those who love the idea of a balm that took the time out to include a stealthy little lip brush (We all love balms but most of us hate the germ factor that comes along with owning them! Revlon includes a great little lip brush with the product that hides away when not in use).
- Those who want a balm that includes some level of SPF.
- Those who already own and enjoy L’Oreal’s HIP Jelly Balms or MAC Tendertones (if you have them in your stash already no need to dash our and splurge $10 bucks on Revlon’s mediocre version).
- Those sensitive to fragrance in their lip products (the scent goes away once on lips however they do sport a strong watermelon scent and flavor).
I wasn’t terribly impressed with these and felt like they were just a subpar lip balm at a too high price tag of $10. I think if the product was more pigmented it would improve my overall rating but even than the formula feels like it lacking something and isn’t as moisturizing as other balms I already own. The packaging gets a hip hip hooray from me but I thought the lack of a mirror was a ridiculous thing to exclude particularly when they paid such great attention to including a lip brush for application.
If they are on sale they might prove a worthy pick up but at $10 each they are just an expensive drugstore lip balm that isn’t all that great.
Anyone try them?
Do share your thoughts!