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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Revlon Selects: Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Revlon Canada recently put the call out to gather some ladies willing to try some of their newest offerings as part of what they call Revlon Selects. I jumped at the opportunity, and was one of the lucky few chosen. My box of goodies arrived yesterday, so I spent the evening testing a few items.

The product I was most looking forward to trying happens to be the Ultimate Suede Lipstick. I haven't seen these in stores locally yet, but based on my experience so far, I know I'll need to pick up a few more shades.

"Is your lipstick giving you both moisture and wear? This velvety soft formula with moisturizing shea butter and aloe is food proof and doesn’t quit. 20 shades. Apply once and go."
  • Instant moisture
  • All-day colour
  • Formulated with shea butter and aloe
  • Soft suede finish
  • Available in 20 shades 
Matte lipsticks are not usually anything that I get excited about, but the promise of a moisturizing formula and semi-matte finish? Colour me intrigued.

The lipsticks are housed in what looks to be a double walled plastic tube. The inner tube is the same colour of the product, while the outer tube is clear plastic. I don't find these to be packaged as well as other Revlon products, they seem quite plasticy overall. The lid does snap on firmly though, so at least you know it's not going to pop off in your makeup bag or purse. The product itself is a sleek bullet with a simple angled top. Why is that matte formulas are so often shaped like that compared to the basic bullet shape? Seriously, have you ever noticed that?

Backstage is a deep, burgundy, red. It's not the shade I would have picked for myself, but; I actually love it! It's a very 'in' shade for fall, and surprisingly easy to wear. It also happens to be the shade Olivia Wilde is wearing in the ads. My camera had a bit of difficulty with it against my skin, it was either making my skin look super pale, or making the red look super bright. Eventually I got it sorted out.

The formula is quite interesting, it starts out like a balm. It has some shine and doesn't have even the slightest hint of dryness.  A few moments on your lips and the dewy finish starts to change to the semi-matte I was expecting. When I first wore this I applied it over bare lips. My lips were in good condition and I wanted to experience the product as is. For the first couple of hours things were great, but my lips did start to get a bit dry by the 4-5th hour, so it would be a good idea to have a balm on hand to apply over this. Honestly, the dryness didn't phase me at all, I've had regular lipstick formulas behave the same way, it's just one of those things. I love that this formula lasts so well, especially with a deep shade, which normally require more maintenance. It didn't fade for hours, even after eating, and was essentially transfer free.

I am so going to be rocking red lips more often! I love this shade and will be on the look out for others. I love that these start out so creamy and are so easy to apply but then merge into matte territory. Have you tried these yet? What do you think of matte lipsticks? Yay or Nay?

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