Saturday, July 23, 2011

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Papaya and Crystal Lilac

Happy Saturday!

I am taking a break from red to show you two shades of Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss, Papaya and Crystal Lilac. I had heard some really good things about these, and decided to treat myself to two as a birthday present! These retail for around $7.50, but you can often find them on sale at drugstores, or offered more cheaply through retailers like Walmart, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond (which is where I found mine), and contain .2 ounces of gloss. The wands are an indented doe foot paddle, which I suppose is supposed to act as a little well to hold more gloss than what would normally cling to the applicator. I still need about two dips to get my lips covered, but I don't mind having to go back for more; I much prefer this to having too much gloss on the applicator and having it be messy. The gloss itself is slick with a slightly oily feel to it, and thin enough that you can feel the texture of the shimmer. Because neither color I own has any glitter, this isn't a grit, and I don't find it distracting; however, this isn't a flawless, cushiony feeling gloss. Personally, I prefer this lightweight formula to something thick and gloppy; it doesn't feel heavy on the lips, and you don't have to pile the product on to get it as opaque as it's going to get (which, admittedly, is still sheer-  this isn't supposed to be an opaque gloss). I don't find this to be sticky or tacky at all; it simply feels moist on the lips. This gloss has a vanilla scent to it, so if you are sensitive to fragrance, be warned! I generally find synthetic vanilla scents to be obnoxious, but this smells like vanilla extract, which I find pleasing and inoffensive. I haven't noticed any taste to this gloss.

Crystal Lilac is an iridescent cool-toned pink that flashes warm violet in the tube (this effect is less pronounced on the lips), and Papaya is a bright coral with gold and pink shimmer. I really like the tube; they are roughly the size and shape of NARS' lipglosses, with a shiny clear plastic base and a black plastic cap embossed with a diamond pattern. The packaging feels a little classier than most drug-store lipglosses. I should probably mention that Revlon claims these have 5x more shine than patent leather; I don't know about that (how do you quantify shine? Where does patent leather fall in that range?), but these are pretty darn shiny.

I had some trouble getting my camera to focus correctly... sorry for the fuzz! Here's the packaging:

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss

Crystal Lilac in the tube

The label!

Papaya in the tube

The label!

Swatches of Papaya (top) and Crystal Lilac (bottom) 
Oh man, looking at these pictures of my face, I've decided I was just off my picture-taking game this day... 

Revlon Colorburst Crystal Lilac, no flash

Crystal Lilac, no flash

Crystal Lilac, flash

Crystal Lilac, flash

Papaya, no flash

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Papaya, no flash

Revlon Papaya, flash

Revlon's Papaya, flash

And here's the applicator. See the dip? It's sort of a pinched lozenge shape. 
Rating: 8 out of 10

I am really pleased with these lip glosses! I can honestly say that, for the price, I haven't come across any I like better, and I actually prefer this formula to a lot of higher-end lipglosses that are twice (or more!) the price! I only wish the range was larger and included more unusual colors; all the basics are covered, but I'd love to have some trendier shades. Oh well, you can bet I'll be building up my collection of these beauties as I catch them on sale! If these were a little bit smoother- feeling on the lips, maybe a little less oily, I'd be giving them full marks, but as it stands I still consider these an excellent product. 


  1. papaya is gorgeous...i have read really good reviews about these lip glosses but these are hard to find where i live:(

  2. The Papaya color is so fun :) It looks great on you!

  3. Lovely review. The papaya is my fav. Looks great on you. Must get one :) I`m your new follower. do drop by my blog and follow if you like :)

  4. Out of curiosity, do they feel gritty at all? I've read some reviews saying that so I kinda dare not buy one to try =/

  5. These kind of remind me of Revlon's "Lilac Pastelle" and "Coral Reef", two of their Super Lustrous glosses... I'll have to check them out - thanks for sharing! ;)

  6. Thanks everyone! mNg, I think I mentioned in the review that these weren't perfectly smooth, and you could feel the texture of the shimmer; I can't think of a more specific way to describe it. It's not what I would call gritty, but it's a thinner base, so there's not as much cushion for the shimmer. It's very fine, though- not something that bothers me the way a truly gritty formula would. I probably would shy away from a color with straight-up glitter in it, though, because of my experience with these shimmers. Try one out from somewhere with a generous return policy- I know Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond have good return policies, not sure about other retailers!


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