Archives for category: Revlon

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triisostearin, Diisostearyl Malate, Cera Microcrystallina ((Microcrystalline Wax) Cire Microcristalline), Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyamide-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mentha Piperita ((Peppermint) Oil (Mentha Piperita Oil), Limonene, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: [Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)].

Color: Honey

Product Description: “It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon”.

My Experience: To give this product a fair go, I bought both a neutral and bright shade a few weeks ago. Honey is the neutral shade. It’s a soft pink with a touch of brown. It swatches darker on my hand than it looks on my lips, but my lips are quite pigmented so it would pack more of a punch on someone with paler lips. It glides on easily. I have to really pile this on to get the color payoff I want, but the texture is silky smooth and it feels comfortably light on my lips. It smells of mint, which I’m not fond of, but it’s relatively subtle so that’s a minor quibble. It lasts a few hours untouched, but after a meal it’s patchy and needs reapplied. Romantic held up much better after eating. I love the chubby, sleek design, as well as the ease of twisting more product out. I want to love this color, but I just don’t. It’s just too similar to my own lip coloring and a bit flat. There’s nothing special about it. I think the balm stains are a great concept, but the formulas and colors aren’t stellar enough for me to repurchase any more. The Lip Butters don’t have the same staying power, but I adore them infinitely more for their creamy, dreamy textures and superior range of shades. I bet everyone could find at least one Lip Butter they love. I wouldn’t say that about the Just Bitten Balm Stains. If you’re dying to try these, go for Romantic. It has better lasting power, and the red is fresh and flattering: it’s the best of the bunch.

The Skinny: A fair balm and stain combo, but the shade is rather dull and the lasting power isn’t as good as some of the other shades in the collection, such as Romantic.

Cost:

UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: $8.99 from Ulta

Rating: 2/5

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Squalane, Bis Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triisostearin, Diisostearyl Malate, Cera Microcrystallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyalmide 3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerylthrityl Tetra Di Butyl Hydroxyhdrocinnamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil (Mentha Peperita Oil), Limonene, Sorbic Acid, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

Color: Romantic

Product Description: “a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon”.

My Experience: I was drifting around the makeup aisles in Boots and stumbled upon the Revlon Just Bitten line. There’s been much love for Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, which I’ve not used, so I was quite intrigued by Revlon’s version. Also, I like the name. I’m such a sucker for good marketing. There were seven shades to choose from, but I was underwhelmed by the selection. Darling, Cherish and Lovesick were either too cool or purple-ish, Rendezvous was a bit too orange and Crush a bit too brown. I chose Romantic, the only red on offer, and Honey, which I will review in another post. To be honest, I think the star of the collection is Romantic, which is probably why it was the only one that was sold out (I managed to get it from another shop). And it’s a nice product. It goes on smoothly, evenly and it’s easy to use. I had to apply several layers to get the pigmentation you see in the above picture, but I liked the effect. It’s a very fresh, cheek-pinched flush of red. It reminds me of brisk winter mornings. It has a small amount of shine and you can blot it down for a more subtle, rosy red. It feels good on the lips, light and comfortable. I wore this whilst eating lunch. Although the shine and brightness disappeared, a rosy stain remained. My lips felt slightly dry after a while, though, so I would be tempted to pop a balm over this after  a couple of hours, or at least reapply. I think this is a pretty good product. It’s a practical and versatile combination of balm and stain. I also like that more product twists up out of the stick, so you don’t have to worry about sharpening it or wasting any. But I’m not in love. It just doesn’t have the hydration, lasting power or richness of color that some more expensive stains have, or that the Revlon Lip Butters have. And I wish there were more shades to choose from (there are currently twice as many shades available in the USA). But that’s quibbling, it’s a pretty good product for the price.

The Skinny: A decent, reasonably priced stain and balm combo.

Cost:

UK:

£5.99 from Boots

USA:

$8.99 from Ulta

Rating: 3/5

Ingredients: Mango, shea and coconut butter

Product Description: Provides baby soft, healthy glowing lips and beautiful shiny color

My Experience: Yet another awesome lip butter from Revlon. As with the rest of the line, the formula is buttery smooth and keeps lips feeling soft and hydrated even after it’s been removed. And this color is beautifully versatile. If you dab it on, it leaves a sun-kissed stain that glows against bronzed skin. Layering it creates a slick, juicy red apple pout that’s punchy without being in your face. This and Peach Parfait have been my go-to summer lipsticks because they’re pigmented yet forgiving, glide on, feel wonderfully light and smooth and look great day or night. Packaging is cute, sleek and bright. These are quality products that don’t break the bank.

The Skinny: A bright yet versatile lipstick that’s reasonably priced, creamy and hydrating. Love it.

Cost:

UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: $7.49 from Ulta

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Mango, shea and coconut butter

Product Description: Provides baby soft, healthy glowing lips and beautiful shiny color

My Experience: This is a stellar product from Revlon. These lip butters come in an array of colors from neutrals to brights and the consistency is wonderfully creamy. Application is butter smooth; lips feel soft and hydrated and stay that way. In fact, my lips stay hydrated even after I remove the lip butter. This particular shade is perfect for summer. It’s a soft pink flecked with gold and while it’s subtle, when the light catches the gold it’s really rather beautiful. And the more you layer this, the better it looks. It goes well with bronzed skin or smokey eyes, and it’s also great when paired with just a slick of mascara for a simple, fresh look. Also, if you apply this and then blot with tissue, the color is removed but all the gold flecks remain on your lips like fairy dusting. Apply a clear gloss over top and you’ve got a shimmery golden lip that’s magical against bronzed skin. I like the packaging of this product too – sleek, bright and slightly translucent. Be careful carrying this around in the sun, though. The formula is so soft it may get a bit messy in the heat.

The Skinny: A versatile lip product that combines the texture of a balm with the pigment of lipstick. Great colors, great formula, great price.

Cost:

UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: I think this color is called Pink Parfait in the USA. $7.49 from Ulta

Rating: 5/5