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New at the Drugstore: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

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Word on the street was that the new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains were set to release at US drugstores this July, so imagine my surprise when I happened upon a full display at my local Harmon this past weekend! The Moisture Stain line comes in an array of colors from nudes and pinks to vibrant reds and corals. I choose the shade 001 India Intrigue, a bright fuchsia perfect for summer. I also selected a bold color over one of the more neutral shades so I could really test out the staining power of this product.

Right off the bat the Moisture Stains reminded me of the L’Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stains that were released last year. Reviews of the L’Oreal stains were mixed, but I enjoyed their glossy shine and staying power. While I wouldn’t call them a dead on dupe for the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains, they were a nice drugstore alternative. It seems that’s what Revlon was going for with their Moisture Stains as well– even the packaging bears a strong resemblance to the YSL stains’ sleek boxy packaging.

When applied to the lips these have a classic glossy stain “wet” feeling that quickly dries down to a shiny, almost tacky finish. Adding multiple coats once the previous layer has dried adds to the richness of color and the shine. I don’t think the staying power of the Revlon Moisture Stains compares to the L’Oreal or YSL versions, as India Intrigue easily came off on cups, utensils, and my teeth (yikes!) throughout the day.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 001 India Intrigue

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 001 India Intrigue

 

Here’s where things get really strange though. I’ve worn this glossy stain several times now, and each time about 1 hour after application the color begins to deepen into a seriously dark burgundy shade. It’s apparent on the lips, and when removing the product you can see how dark it has actually become. I’m not sure if this is its staining formula working in overdrive, or if perhaps I just picked a flawed color or bottle, but this is certainly a dealbreaker for me. Color-changing makeup might be a fun novelty, but I bought the Revlon Moisture Stain in India Intrigue for its beautiful fuchsia shade– I didn’t sign up for vampy plum lips after an hour!

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (initial application)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (initial application)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (after wearing for 45 minutes)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (after wearing for 45 minutes)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain fresh from the tub (left) and removed from my lips after 1 hour (right)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain fresh from the tube (left) and wiped off my lips after 1 hour (right)

 

If you’ve spotted the new Revlon Moisture Stains and have given them a try, let me know. And definitely chime in if you’ve experienced the same weird color changing effects so I know I’m not the only one! While I was excited about this addition to the Revlon line, I have to say my pick for a drugstore glossy stain is still the L’Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stains. How about you?

-LMC ♥

Birchbox- November 2013

It’s almost a month late, but it’s finally here! I’m not sure what madness happened with my November Birchbox (I got multiple shipment notifications and  products listed in my box kept changing), but after weeks of sitting in a Bermuda triangle of shipping chaos it arrived last week (along with a few extra Birchbox points for my trouble). This month’s box was another good mix of makeup, haircare, and skincare products, with a (sadly crushed) little treat as well.

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Color Club Cocktail Hour Collection nail polish in “On The Rocks” — I’m a big fan of Color Club polishes, so I love when Birchbox includes one. This is a great dusty silver shade for winter that I plan to put on my toes tonight.

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in “Quartz” — I’m not the biggest lipgloss lover, but I was excited to try this offering from Laura Mercier, especially after a friend (who received her box ages ahead of me) raved about how light and moisturizing it felt. I have to agree, this gloss gives mega shimmer without getting too dry or sticky and is sans any nasty glitter particles. My only beef is with the color– Quartz is a brownish red that, because it’s moderately sheer, ends up making me look like a kid who got into the Hershey’s syrup. However, I’ve discovered that layering it over my dark red lip colors is a great combo, so while I won’t be wearing this one alone, it’s still a winner in my book.

Aloxxi Weightless Styling Gelée — This tiny tube of hair product was great for my recent trip home, although wasn’t quite enough to really let me form a full opinion (there was only enough for 2 uses in my short/thick hair). However, it didn’t leave any residue on my hair, smelled good, and seemed to help my style stay in place, so I’m happy with my sample.

TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe in “Cleopatra” — The cold dry air is killing my hands right now, so I was thrilled to find a hand cream sample in this month’s box. Cleopatra is a lovely grapefruit and cucumber scent that feels intensely rich, but not greasy. The size is perfect for my purse, and I’ve been using it a ton (even more than my L’Occitane hand cream!) this past week.

Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels — Unfortunately something must have smashed my box during the weeks it took to travel the 44 miles from the Birchbox warehouse to my apartment. When I opened it up I was greeted by a fine powder of something vaguely resembling chocolate that I’m hoping was the remains of my Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and not some new strain of anthrax. I would’ve liked to give these a try, but I’m not too devastated that I missed out.

Hopefully my December Birchbox will arrive more timely and I’ll be able to share it with you before the month is over. At any rate, I hope you enjoyed this late review. If you get a Birchbox (or another monthly subscription box) leave a comment and let me know what you received this month!

-LMC ♥