Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue Review (3) Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue Review

There are some things that are just very annoying about being really fair in this country. Chief among them is, of course, the supreme discomfort of hearing “hai! Itni gori hai. wah”. Like please aunty, chill, it’s really just how I was born; it’s not a great virtue or anything. And personally, I’ve always rather wished I had my mom’s gorgeous olive skin than be stupid and pale and get red like a tomato at the slightest provocation. One of the other annoying things is finding makeup that doesn’t make me look like a clown or finding shades that are actually nude for my skin tone. Even the international drugstore brands hardly release their lighter shades here (looking at you, Maybelline). So, when I saw the beautiful Ingénue shining brightly under store lights, calling me towards herself, I had to try it. The beautiful, nude shade combined with my favourite beauty trend – glossy, moisturizing balm that looks like a crayon – made my wallet considerably lighter and my mood considerably more upbeat.

Revlon Says: Shine like never before with brilliant color infused with a Triple Butter Complex. Available In 10 craveable, collectible lacquer shades.

Colour: Ingénue is a brown-based beige that is a little sheer. It’s lighter on the lips than in the tube. It takes two-three coats to full colour and manages to hide the very slight pigmentation on the sides of my lips. I don’t think it would cover seriously pigmented lips. This colour will suit only really fair skin tones, so if you’re even slightly medium-toned or have dark lips, I’d say avoid this and try Demure, which is a nice nude-ish pink. If you’re fair and have a hard time finding a true nude, go and try this.

Texture: The texture is, obviously, balm-like and really smooth. It has a glossy finish that is not overpowering. This glides onto the lips with great ease and is very light. It does transfer, but that’s what I would expect from a product claiming to be a gloss anyway. It is moderately moisturizing.

Lasting Power: Since this is a balm, it lasts for 2-2.5 hours at the max. It doesn’t really survive contact with food. It has to be reapplied frequently.

Packaging: The lacquer and matte balms have the same packaging as the Just Bitten range. The stick is retractable and doesn’t have to be sharpened. I personally don’t like the high shine finish of the tube, but that’s really a non-issue. Overall, the fat crayon packaging in general is convenient to use and carry around.

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  • Perfect nude shade for lighter skin tones
  • Smooth application
  • Light on the lips
  • Moisturizing
  • Convenient to use and store
  • Dressed as a fat crayon. Duh.


  • At 800 bucks a pop, these babies are price-ey!
  • Has to be frequently reapplied

Rating:  A- (docking points for price)

Price: Rs. 800 for 2.7 gm

Recommendation: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingénue is the perfect lightweight nude colour for pale-fair skin tones. It’s smooth, moisturizing, fairly pigmented and fun to use. At 800 bucks however, it puts a strain on the wallet. Buy if feeling reckless, happy, or in possession of a large fortune! It’s worth it.

Guest Review By Aakanksha (Fair Skin, sometimes pale, NC30, Normal-Dry)

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