Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: 5 Days of Revlon Lip Reviews: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks in Socialite & Couture

Monday, December 10, 2012

5 Days of Revlon Lip Reviews: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks in Socialite & Couture

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So I'm starting a new series called "5 Days of" & I'm planning to start it every week! This will be 5 days of something similar but different. This week, the theme is Revlon Lip Products...a topic I get lots of requests for! Now that I think I have finally bought the majority of the shades I wanted in the various lines, I'm ready to bring you swatches! Throughout the week you'll be seeing shades from the Lip Butters & the Kissable Balm Stains. Not today! Today i have my official review of the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks. & boy do I have a lot to say.


Looking back I really liked the prior formula of the Revlon Colorstay Lipsticks. They were a bit drying, but they lasted great & some of the shades were perfection on me! I bought some backups recently at Big Lots because I like them so much. When I heard they were redoing this line I was excited, Revlon hasn't had a lip product misstep in ages. I think they hit their end mark.

I picked up 2 of these at my local CVS because they pricey. I believe around $10-$12 a piece? The colors were attractive & I picked up the 2 shades I thought I'd wear most.

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Left Swatch: Couture is a red tinged medium pink with a bit of a purple/blue tinged sheen. It isn't dramatic but noticeable when swatched.

Right Swatch: Socialite is a nice light pink that looks ultra moisturizing when swatched. I thought this would be a nice base for the Barbie pink lips.

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Let's talk about these shades straight out of the tube. These swatches were about 3 swipes so you could see the color accurately, these don't apply all that pigmented. When swatched, they feel really smooth, like suede should I suppose. They even feel a bit moisturizing. They dry suede which is more of a nail polish term. Kind of a semi-matte appearance & almost like a silicone type appearance.

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The packaging is pretty average for Revlon...especially since it is almost identical to the original Colostay lipsticks. Here it is next to my Revlon Photo Ready Concealer...again a repeat. The packaging is just okay. As far as Revlon goes, this is a bit disappointing. I so love the packaging of their other lip products that I wish they had shown us something we haven't seen multiple times before.

Okay...time for the feel. I was prepared to need nice smooth lips for application which is necessary with any long wear lip products. These feel nice on the lips at the beginning of application. The color feels even a bit moisturizing on & looks nice like the swatches. The smell is unpleasant & pretty plastic/chemically but that doesn't kill me. Then they begin to set.

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As they set, they do some of the normal things long wearing lip products do. They become drying, settle into lines, etc. But they take things to a whole new awful level. First of all, they become really tacky. REALLY tacky. This happens sometimes when products need to "set" but this is extreme. It felt like a thin layer of some kind of quick dry glue. Ouch. Next...the color morphed. It turned into a whole new shade...muddy & not pretty anymore. DISLIKE! I bought these shades for a reason ya know?

So then...it actually began peeling off. Physically peeling. It looked disgusting. Felt disgusting. Somehow, they managed to withdraw every drop of moisture I've ever had on my lips. They shriveled guys...I've never seen anything like it. My lips actually kind of hurt from it peeling & being so dry. Can't do it guys, can't. These are NOT an improvement on the original Colorstays & if you want something like this, head to Big Lots now & scoop up some of those.

I honestly tried to make these work. Glosses, balms, other lipsticks, I tried. No go. I just don't like them. The color shift is probably the worst for me since I thought these shades were quite pretty. Obviously, I'm noting these are a FAIL.

There you have it! Have you tried these products? Like them? Any tips for me since I'd like to?

Stay tuned this week for more lip products from Revlon...that I think you'll love!
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