Revlon Colorburst Lipstick: Lip Swatches and Reviews!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

EDITED TO ADD: After receiving some feedback from readers, I realized I was stupid, and mad a typo error. I checked my tube, and the colour names of the lipsticks I have are Soft Rose and Rosy Nude. So all the times I wrote "Soft Nude", I really meant "Soft Rose"! What a silly goose I am, thanks for correcting me guys! This post has been updated to reflect that change:)

Revlon is set to launch its Colorburst Lipstick range in the UK - FINALLY, after they've been in the USA for months! I'm so excited - but there's only one snag to the story. It's that after I went through all the trouble of getting my US-based friend to buy and mail the Colorburst lipsticks to me from across the Atlantic, I find out that Revlon is launching these babies in the UK! Thanks a lot, Revlon. Advance warning next time please? Oh well, I guess it's just my enthusiasm to have pretty lipsticks that got me into this. I do hope Revlon brings them to Asia though, because the colour selection is pitiable when it comes to Asian drugstore lipsticks. We could use some good wearable colours.

Anyway, the Colorburst Lipsticks caused a little bit of a buzz when they first launched in the USA - it was as though every other blogger was covering them. And I can see why. In general, I do like these very much. The two shades I bought (all the way from the US, too!) were Soft Rose and Rosy Nude.

First up, here are pictures of the lipsticks in question:

Revlon Colorburst Soft Rose Rosy Nude

Top: Revlon Colorburst Soft Rose, Bottom: Revlon Colorburst Rosy Nude

As you can see, they're pretty similar, although they aren't identical. Soft Rose is more brown, and Rosy Nude is a tad more pink and, well, rosy! And I wouldn't actually call these nudes, despite the name. To me they're more like My-Lips-But-Better (MLBB) colours. Which I prefer to nudes, actually, since nudes can wash out some people and visually age them. But with MLBB shades, you can't go wrong, and they go with everything! Also worth noting is that these are a cream finish. No shimmer, no glitter, nada - just the way I like it.

Now for lip swatches. Here's a picture of my bare lips first, so you'll have something to compare to when evaluating the level of pigmentation in the lipsticks. And now the whole world knows I know I have fish lips. What can I say, it's in my DNA:

Here's a lip swatch of Soft Rose:

Revlon Colorburst Soft Rose

As you can see from the photo, Soft Rose is definitely not a nude shade on me. But I really like it! This is a perfect neutral pinky-brown with a hint of rose, very work appropriate, and very wearable.

Now, here's a lip swatch of Rosy Nude:

Revlon Rosy Nude colorburst

Rosy Nude is a pinker, rosier version of Soft Rose, and it's less brown than Soft Rose. Rosy Nude is also a tad cooler-toned, but only by a smidgen. Once again, this is perfect for office wear.

Both lipsticks were very nicey pigmented, and surprisingly emollient, especially since they're drugstore. I really liked the smooth, creamy finish too.

Here are comparison swatches of both Soft Rose and Rosy Nude beside each other, just so you can see the subtle differences more clearly:

Revlon Soft Rose and Rosy Nude

L - R: Revlon Soft Rose, Revlon Rosy Nude

I really liked these lipsticks overall, and I can't wait to check out the other colours there are once these enter the UK. (Revlon, please bring in the entire range, and not just a few wimpy colours when you come to the UK, OK? Ditto for Asia.) The only snag is that these smelled a bit off to me. Maybe I got a bad batch, but mine smelled a little plastic-y. However, as far as I can tell, no one else seems to have a problem with the smell, so perhaps it's just my over-sensitive nose. But the smell is bearable, and dissipates fast, so I don't have a problem with that.


  1. Thanks for giving me a lemming! ;) It does look like Soft Nude is a completely different color than the US version - it's much darker and more rosy than any of the pics I've seen on MUA.

  2. Gorgeous Colours. Similar problem happened to me: paid a fair bit to get some nyx stuff to find out that cheapsmells sell some nyx stuff too. Not sure if you have facebook but revlon has got a facebook account and they said through their fbook page that they will be doing some stuff around the release of the lipsticsk. They are on twitter too:
    I love the shape of your lips, really full. As I go older, I am really noticing the loss of volume. Eek, I hate getting old.

  3. wow, i like both these colors. thanks for posting this! :] i'm definitely going to need to try out one of revlon's lipsticks these days...

  4. I agree with what Vedra said. I have soft nude and it looks no where close to the soft nude you have. Although the one you have is still a nice color.

  5. WOW. I agree with Vedra, the US must have a different version, Soft Nude is NOTHING like that here, it's much paler and peachier. It really is a nude, I love it.

    Either that, or something was wrong with your batch. ;) lol. Probably unlikely, though.

  6. @Vedra @Krystyles @Ariana: You guys were right! It's actually Soft Rose, not Soft Nude! I have no idea what I was thinking when I was typing Soft Nude instead! Thanks for the heads up, I've edited the entry!

  7. both colors are really flattering. they're great for the season

  8. I so wanted to love these but they were way too drying for me and settled horribly into my lip lines. Darn my stupid dry lips, lol....

  9. I notice that some of you are mentioning the "Soft Nude" lipstick and comparing it to these swatches. That's because these are "Rosy Nude" and "Soft Rose". I get all three confused if I don't pay really close attention, lol!


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