Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Review & Swatches: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks

Hello, pretty lipsticks.  Revlon's latest lipstick launch is part of the ColorStay range - Ultimate Suede lipstick is supposed to give a long lasting, almost powdery matte finish.  They sort of remind me of some super old Revlon compacts I played with when I was much, much younger - there was a clear balm stuff you put on your lips, and a powder colour you patted on top, for a similar powdery finish.  Anyone else remember them?

Anyway, these lipsticks are much more modern - encased in slim tubes with a flat application surface, they don't scream luxe, but at a mere £9 each, I'd rather the packaging was cheap and all the money went into the product.  They have clear lids and colour coded barrels, meaning that if you have multiple shades in your handbag, finding the right one is a doddle.  Unlike some other brands.  I'm looking at YOU, Clarins Rouge Eclat.

Another thing I love about the packaging is that the first two turns of the barrel twists up the lipstick in two clicky stages.  After that, the lipstick twists up normally.  It's like click click slide.  Very satisfying.

On to the swatches.

Socialite, freshly applied.  There's a slight sheen here.

Socialite, after it's dried down to a suede-y matte finish.  Of the four shades here, this is one of my favourites - it's a lovely neutral pink which runs quite cool.

Womenswear, a stronger pink which appears less matte and powdery as it's actually rather frosty.

Finale, a cool toned ruby red.  Again, not particularly matte, even though this is five minutes or so after application.

Finally, Backstage, a deliciously purplish berry.  It has a tiny bit of silver sparkle, but does appear quite matte on the lips.

So, lovely colours, lovely packaging, equally lovely £9 price point.  What's the catch?  Unfortunately, these lipsticks feel slightly drying on the lips after a couple of hours if the lips aren't in tip top condition - and if you don't keep your lips far away from each other while the lipstick is setting down into its matte finish, it's easy to end up with sticky, tacky lips.

With a bit of effort, these ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks are perfectly nice.  I have more expensive matte lipsticks which feel and wear better, without stickiness, but they are indeed more expensive.  So if you're looking for a cheap but high maintenance matte lip, these are worth a try.

Find them at Boots now.

Disclosure: PR samples

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  1. I really like these & haven't found them too drying on me. x

    1. So long as you prep well, they're definitely wearable!


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