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Walgreen's Score: Revlon's New Matte Balm is the Bomb

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Welcome to the latest installment from professional makeup artist and Converse hoarder Amanda Storey.

There I was at Walgreens on Polk Street grabbing some cotton balls when I found myself in front of the Revlon display. "New"...sounds good…. "Matte"'re speaking my language…"Balm!?" I'm officially intrigued. Every single color in this new ColorBurst Matte Balm collection looks amazing. I grab a neutral rose shade called "Sultry" and hope for the best.

As I exit the store I am literally ripping the plastic covering off like a crazed makeup vulture. I smear my old lipstick onto the back of my hand and peer into the reflective window of a random hair salon. The people inside are staring and laughing, but in my world new lipstick is an emergency situation. As I applied the chubby stick to my lips my worst fear was realized. I freaking love it.

The texture is to die for: matte without being too thick or drying, and it gives a pleasant minty tingle. It proved to be extremely long-wearing—when I checked myself in the mirror a few hours later I was still flawless. No goop in the inner corners of my mouth, no smearing or bleeding. The "Sultry" shade is beautiful, modern and perfect for day. Commence hoarding: I have now purchased every shade.

You can find the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm's anywhere they sell Revlon. In San Francisco, your best bet is the gigantic new Walgreens in Union Square. It has a huge beauty department and they even have beauty artists on hand. If you try it, let me know what you think!—Amanda Storey
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