Remember how a couple of years back, nude makeup became the ‘it’ thing. And that hasn’t gone away. Nude is the new red. Neutral tones let you keep a more natural look. And the person who became extremely popular for the nude look was Kim Kardashian!
Kim K’s lip shade became my favorite lip color. So I decided to try it out. And that is when I came across a hard truth. Nude is not the perfect shade for typical dusky skin like mine. My lips have never looked worse. I had to throw away two lipsticks after one try because it made my lips look lifeless and took the color out of my face.
If you have done some digging to find a nude that suits women of color (I did; a lot), you will find that the colors they always suggest were never wholly neutral. They were all rosy or pinkish nude. Because honestly, only that will flatter your skin. It is one thing to wear your favorite color and other for it to compliment you.
So, with all these experiments, I realized that a more flattering shade would be one that was slightly towards a brown. Yes! Brownish nudes can accentuate your look.
Now let me introduce you to one of the best browns available in the market, which I believe would be suitable for most women — Revlon Matte Balm in Fierce Redoutable (no. 265). I had used Revlon’s Matte Balm in Standout Remarkable (no. 250), so I knew how good the product was. Hence I had no reservations about buying it in another color.
About the product:
This innovative chubby lip balm from the house of Revlon takes your look from day to night with this velvety matte finish, infused with balm-like moisture. This on-trend finish takes your look from soft and pretty to bold and glamorous.
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Ingredients: Isononyl isononanoate, tri octyl dodecyl citrate, ozokerite, octyl dodecyl neopentanoate, silica, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, synthetic fluorphlogopite, paraffin, polyethylene, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil, Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, synthetic wax, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) oil, octyldodecanol, Cera alba ((beeswax) cire d’abeille), BHT, benzoic acid May contain Mica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77449), yellow five lake (CI 19140), red six lake (CI 15850), red seven lake (CI 15850:1), blue one lake (CI 42090), yellow six lake (CI 15985), red 33 lake (CI 17200), red 28 lake (CI 45410).
Revlon Matte Balm Fierce Review
Let’s start with the basics. Revlon Matte Lip Balm comes in the shape of a marker with a round tip. It is retractable, so you don’t have to bother with a sharpener. Certain other brands available have to be sharpened, resulting in loss of a considerable amount of product apart from the fact that you will end up with a sharper tip than to your liking.
The cap and stick are the same color as the product, and the retractable bottom is silver in color. The lip balm is slightly thick and long, so it does not easily go into your pocket or a clutch. But at the same time, it’s lightweight.
The formula is super creamy and easy to put on. It rolls over your lips as a non-matte lipstick would. It soon dries to become matte with a tint of shine. Now, this is where the part of it being a lip balm comes to benefit.
The color dries to become matte without drying out your lips. If you have used matte lipsticks, you must know that the disadvantage of a beautiful matte lip is how dry the lipsticks make your lips.
If you have naturally dry lips, it makes your lips look cracked after a while. But Revlon’s matte balm is enriched with triple butter – mango, shea, and coconut butter – which means it is ultra-moisturizing. So the matte balm doesn’t merely give your lips color but moisturizes it as well.
The color is a light chocolate brown with a slight undertone of maroon. It is a beautiful color for every woman, no matter where in the color spectrum your complexion lies. I have heard that brown shades used to be a trend back in the ’90s, and with the trend of nudes, the color is making a comeback. So this is going to help you keep up!
My favorite part of Revlon Matte Balm is the heavenly smell it has. The lip balm has a minty scent that lasts forever. It doesn’t fade after a while or so. I have had one for nearly a year, and it still smells just like new. Each time you put it on, you feel the minty freshness on your lips.
The definitive advantage of matte colors is that they hold on longer than creamier formulas. But Revlon’s matte balm lasts only for a few hours – a maximum of 4 to 5. By that time, you will need to retouch it. Or if you had a bite or drink also. That might be the only flaw of the product but also an important one. Remember the 90’s song Dekha Hai Teri Ankhon Ko? How she leaves lipstick marks all over her cup? That’s what it’s like every time I use this lip balm.
Because it doesn’t hang on like other mattes, removing the product is super easy. A bit of vaseline should do the trick. Just wiping it off won’t work as some color might remain. So for complete removal, a product will be necessary.
The benefit of beautiful color and moisturized lips comes at a price. Revlon Matte Balm may seem costlier than other similar products available in the market. But considering Revlon’s high-end market position and reputation, it seems a reasonable price (and worth every penny).
Revlon Matte Balms are available in 11 jaw-dropping shades. If you don’t like matte, they got two similar collections in non-matte with just as many beautiful colors.
- With triple butter, it is ultra-moisturizing
- A beautiful color that flatters all skin tones
- Easy to apply and remove
- Minty fragrance
- It does not stay for long; it transfers easily.
Revlon Matte Balm Review - Fierce
A definite favorite that I use daily. It is best suited for a casual everyday wear look. It has a vibrant, beautiful color that is truly flattering. It is rare to find moisturizing matte lip colors. One swipe and you are good to go. But you may need to retouch occasionally if you want to keep the color on.