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Beauty Baller on a Budget: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss

Craving some lip color without going to the full blown blackberry, deep plum, ruby red route? Do you want to add a great transitional color without breaking the bank? My favorite drugstore lip gloss is Revlon ColorBurst, in Bordeaux (pictured above). I know it looks like a very deep berry shade in the tube but swatched on the skin is a different story.

and with flash:

On my skin (MAC NC42, Chanel Perfection Lumiere-#44 or NARS – Syracuse), it seems to take on a rosy,wine tone with fine gold shimmer. It is an easy shade to wear and adds great polish to your look at work.

I paired this with a deep berry toned blush from Tarte (Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush, Flush), peach shimmer lids – Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, Emerveille, a very thin black liner – MAC Fluidline, Blacktrack and lots of layers of Armani’s Eyes to Kill mascara.

My uber sensitive lips love this formula; it moisturizes the lips with sweet almond oil and vitamin E. It has what Revlon calls “Elasticolor Technology” – it offers rich pigment while providing a very lightweight feel. It is scented, like vanilla cookie dough, but it does fades within minutes. It has an impressive amount of pigment – not as much as a Dolce & Gabbana gloss but it’s enough to see in one swipe and you can build up layers for more intensity. It goes on easily with a curved foam applicator and your lips instantly feel moisturized and not at all sticky! One drawback, I get about 2hrs, if I’m lucky, so you may want to keep this on hand for regular touch-ups.

I love the light wine stain it leaves on my lips.  The best part – this gloss will cost you no more than $8.00, depending on which drugstore you visit. I found this at Ulta for $7.49 and chances are Revlon will be featured as a ‘Buy one, get one 50% off’ promo at Walgreens.

The other shade I own is Papaya, a summery tangerine/coral shade, that I love in the summer. I am thinking about picking up another shade in this formula. Luckily for me, I have 15 other permanent shades to choose from.

Here is another look at Bordeaux with a flash pic with an additional two layers for more intensity. Not bad for a drugstore gloss, right? A perfect wine shade that will take you from gold, bronze glosses in the summer time to festive cranberries, reds and plum deep favored during the holidays or when you feel like you need another burst of color and that nude pink gloss just won’t cut it. When I’m starting to feel under the weather or when two cups of coffee just won’t perk me up, I put this color on and I look more awake.  At least my co-workers stop asking me if I’m sick – I hate that!  This gloss was bought by yours truly at Ulta, $7.49

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