The media frenzy surrounding Revlon’s latest launch in Singapore was incredible. The blogosphere is just full of reviews of these sleek tubes, and I decided that I had to go check out Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipsticks for myself! Yeah, I shop at the drugstore too!!!
“Suede” is an interesting choice of adjective for a lipstick. The word conjures up images of dense textures, not at all what I would normally associate with my lips. And the description didn’t help.
This velvety soft formula with moisturizing shea butter and aloe is food proof and doesn’t quit. Make a statement with a modern matte finish. Apply once and go.
Velvety soft, moisturizing, yet matte???
These glide on soft and smooth, almost like a balm. The color is well pigmented, what you see on the tube is pretty much what you get on the lips. They go on sheer initially, with a kind of glossy finish that is reminiscent of Chanel’s Rough Coco Shine (albeit at a fraction of the price!). It was love at first sight! 2 coats gave me a good, even coverage.
HOWEVER, these dry down within minutes to a completely matte finish. If you so much as smacked your lips or pursed them together (like I did), they end up crackling and pilling all over. Not a good sight! They also left my lips feeling slightly sticky, not in that lipgloss kind of way, but a tacky feeling nonetheless. As the minutes grew into an hour, it started to feel uncomfortably dry.
Once my Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick dried, I went ahead and bit into a big bun! And then washed it down with a nice cup of coffee. (Now you know my breakfast routine!) I took another look in the mirror, and wasn’t surprised when I saw some of the color had gone with my breakfast. Don’t all lipsticks?? Wait, this particular lipstick is NOT supposed to transfer! The trouble is, the lipstick on the outer edge of my lips stayed, making it look like I spent hours sucking on a popsicle or something. I’d much rather it all went away with my bun. Instead, I had a hard time trying to get it all off.
Now, lazy me, just whipped out the lipstick and reapplied all over. That’s what I normally do anyway. So, I was shocked when 30minutes later, I saw the lipstick just cracking up all over my lips! I have survived Michigan winters, gone skiing in sub-zero temperatures, and NEVER seen my lips this dry.
To top it all off, I found lipstick on my teeth!!! Look, I don’t bite on the outside of my lips, and have never (well, except once when I tried applying lipstick on a bus and my teeth banged against the lippie) been embarrassed by lipstick teeth. This happened, not once, not twice, but thrice before noon!
Here is a photo illustration of my lips’ journey…
Now, you must be thinking, this lady is too used to branded stuff… All I can say is, you get what you pay for. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipsticks may work if you are going out clubbing and drinking from a straw, not really putting too much past your lips. It’s also great if you will be snogging and don’t want to leave damning evidence on your man. But, it is not an everyday lipstick that is easily reapplied and looks & feels great on. Some of the reviewers out there suggest patting on some lip balm, but I think that kind of defeats the purpose of having a matte finish. I also disagree that the trouble lies with dry lips. Make no mistake guys, the problem is the formulation. This lipstick is most certainly not moisturizing as described!