Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple & Tutti Frutti – Review and Swatches

Revlon Lip Butters (Candy Apple on Left and Tutti Frutti on Right)

Okay so…I have my bullet and angry-word proof armor on for this review. I’ve never been so afraid to post a review in my LIFE. …Except for that one time I bashed WoW but that’s a completely different medium. That may or may not be a spoiler for my feelings on the oh-so-popular and highly-reviewed Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves….

Generic Information:

Lip Butters tend to run about $7.49 USD in most drugstores and online venues where they are sold. I’ve seen them on the occasional sale for $6 USD but never below that. They are available in a WHOPPING 20 shades! 20!!! However, for quite a while now it’s been pretty hard to find all the shades available in store. I’ve only seen 3-4 shades at any given time in store and about 8 of the shades in total. That’s what happens when products reach cult status!


This is some really nice packaging for a drug store product. The quilted, color-matching exterior is a nice nod to higher end brands. The top of the tubes are clear so you can actually see the bullet without having to open the product. The body of the tubes themselves are sturdy and sleek, turning easily and smoothly. It’s definitely one of my favorite packaging formats for drugstore lip products in a long time.

Color Accuracy:

Candy Apple Official Image

Tutti Frutti Official Image

Candy Apple Official Swatch

Tutti Frutti Official Swatch

Above are the official color swatches for the Lip Butters. And below are mine

Revlon Lip Butter Bullets

Revlon Lip Butter Swatches

Tutti Frutti’s promo images are completely spot on. I love it! Candy Apple’s are a bit off IMO. The shade has quite a bit of orange tint to it that doesn’t really translate in the promo shots.


Here is where this product fell flat on its face for me. Yes, they’re a lip butter (balm) and they aren’t going to be pigment packed. At least…that’s what I started off thinking. But what happened to the big bold red of the Candy Apple promo with Emma Stone? Or the dreamy opaque Peach Parfait promo image with the same actress? The images for this product make it seem like it’ll be a fully pigmented lippie and…it’s just not.

Bare Lips

Candy Apple On Lips

Tutti Frutti On Lips

For a balm these are well pigmented. But if you’re expecting the results shown in the promo images? Pfffft don’t bother.

I will admit. Other ladies have gotten this to work much better on their lips. But I’d say it’s a pass for anyone with lips anywhere near as pigmented as mine.


The bullets of the Lip Butters remind me rather distinctly of MAC Sheen Supremes. They’re not as solid as similar products on the market (ie: Maybelline Baby Lips’ bullets felt much sturdier than the Lip Butter bullets.) Thus I felt that I had to be a bit careful in my application. I have heard of these melting when being shipped from place to place and I concur that they don’t stand up remarkably well to heat. I’ve made sure to keep mine nice and cool.

Because of that, application isn’t quite as swipe and go as I like. I have to use a softer amount of pressure than is natural to my heavy-handed self. The color can build up to about two-three layers depending on the state of my lips and doesn’t get any deeper after. It can clump on my lips and on dry patches so I stick to two layers.

Oh yes. I have been using a clear lip liner when I wear these because the color bleeds. Sigh.


The lip butters go about 1-2 hours on me if I don’t eat or drink. That’s what i’d expect from a gloss or balm, which this product is kind of a hybrid of as they have a sheen to their finish.

They disappear from my lips in the blink of an eye if I do either one. It’s pretty disappointing. Given the care I have to take to apply these with they just aren’t as long-lasting as i’d like them to be.


Revlon claims that their product is a “Buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips.” And that, “94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated.” Honestly? These aren’t the most hydrating lip product ever. I’d hesitate to call them a balm at all. And while the bullet is soft, the result is less buttery and more oily on my lips. I’ve been using these for about 2 weeks now and i’ve seen no improvement on my lips. These are a cosmetic IMO, not a balm or lip treatment and it should not be promoted as such.


That’s right. I don’t like them. I’ll be using these up because they’re solid everyday shades for lazy runs to the outside world, but I don’t plan on picking up any more. They’re a mediocre product that’s been falsely advertised and doesn’t provide nearly enough wear or healing to replace anything in my current collection.

Value: 4/5

Packaging: 5/5

Color Accuracy: 8/10

Pigmentation: 8/10

Application: 7/10

Wear: 5/10

Results: 6/10

Overall: 71.6 % (C-)

Let the stoning begin!

<3 EA

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20 Responses to Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple & Tutti Frutti – Review and Swatches

  1. This is the first bad review I’ve seen on them. It’s good to see a variety of thoughts on these products because I hate when things are falsely advertised! Which is nearly all make up! :p

    I do hope you will find something better!
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  2. Citrine says:

    I actually didn’t mind the pigmentation (I wish the red one is sheerer since medium-bold red looks weird with an oily sheen)that much and their shade selection is rather nice. I guess I would love them a little better if I haven’t read all those reviews going “Ah, this is so moisturizing/amazing/blah blah blah” or call them the best lip product of 2011). Anyway, I think Maybelline color sensational high shine wears/feels so much better than this range…
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  3. I’ve always wanted to get a hold of these, but I don’t see them anywhere! But I guess I could save a few bucks.

  4. Ugh, promo images can be so misleading! I thought Candy Apple was gonna be much more pigmented, thanks for the review!
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  5. Larie says:

    I dunno, the name makes them sound not-pigmented, but the promotional images make them look like lipsticks, I agree. These are just, weird. I have one and so far I’m not a fan. Haven’t reviewed it yet, though.
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  6. Tutti Frutti looks great on you! The pigment still doesn’t look too bad, but it is a shame.
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  7. I really like Candy Apple, but I agree that they don’t last long. It does show up quite well on me, though.
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  8. I have no problem with them showing up on me. And promo images for anything are misleading imo, especially mascara. That one really bugs me. Weird you need a lip liner, I have older lips and they don’t bleed on me. To each his own I guess!! :)
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  9. Shivani says:

    Actually, I never bought into the hype myself :P LOL
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  10. Pammy says:

    Oh, I’m surprised to find out that I won’t be the only one who will be stoned to death because I wasn’t THAT pleased with these lip butters. I had my eyes set on both the shades you have but got Tutti Frutti instead (though I plan to go back for Candy Apple). I was kinda disappointed with how easily the product melts like “butter” and how easily you can run out of this product. I love the color but there are better choices out there. :)
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  11. Stacey says:

    I feel like the bar for these lip butters are set so high that when I do finally get my hands on them (Australia has to wait till April!) I may actually be disappointed. I never expected super pigmented swatches from these so I’m ok with how they look but the advert is definitely misleading!!
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  12. THANK YOUUUUU!!!! I always thought these were sooooo overrated!!! So glad I’m not alone lol
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  13. adrienne says:

    Oh Eden I bought 7 of these from the US (they launch in the UK in march and i’m impatient) oops but after reading this I kinda wished I had waited so I could have seen the shades in person. I really do like Tutti Frutti on you and I keep meaning to tell you I adore your newest layout so clean and professional!
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  14. Diane says:

    thanks for the heads-up hun! i knew it was somehow overrated.. thanks thanks for the honest review =)
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  15. awesome product!!!! they’re so pigmented! I especially love the Tutti Frutti shade on you =) .. I think revlon’s products are mostly quite amazing :D

  16. sara says:

    I heard so much about them but now I know they’re pretty disappointing. The wear is BAD at least for a lip balm. You’re right, for a lip balm they look good but if they promise full coverage, they are not even close. :) Thanks for sharing <3
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  17. kelly says:

    Strange, I tried out the Tutti Frutti and the pigment was very strong on me. Perhaps it’s because I’m so very very pale? Check out my review on my blog if you want!
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  18. Maya says:

    Great review :)
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  19. corallista says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on these when they launch in India. Candy Apple is totally my color!
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  20. Amy says:

    Interesting. I have both of these, and I get very intense, totally opaque color from them on my non-pigmented lips. It does require a few swipes for me to build up, but my lips look like the promo in them. Interesting to see another experience.

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