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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 ♥

My Collection: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

Welcome to a new series of posts called My Collection, a chance for you to see all of the products I have from a certain line. I thought this might be helpful for those of you looking to make a new purchase or expand your own collection, and that it would be helpful for me to shop my stash and rediscover old favorites. Let’s kick things off with the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters.

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With a formula that’s the perfect mix of lip balm and lipstick, the Revlon Lip Butters go on smooth and sheer, but can be built up for a more bold, vibrant look. They give a hydrated feel to the lips and wear evenly for several hours. I find they have no discernible taste or scent, which is perfect for those of you who aren’t fans of overly fragranced cosmetics. A wide shade range is available, with new and limited edition colors typically added each season. My only complaint about this product (and something I find with most Revlon lippies) is that I need to fully remove the product before reapplying, or else it will look a little cakey on my lips. This could just be my personal experience though, and it isn’t really a big deal overall. With their comfortable feel  and ability to be applied sheer or opaque, I think these are a great lip product for beginners or those who prefer a “no makeup” makeup look.

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Left to right: Red Velvet (040), Raspberry Pie (010), Wild Watermelon (063), Sugar Plum (085)

Currently my Lip Butter collection contains Red Velvet (a deep brown-based red), Raspberry Pie (a bold plum with pink undertones), Wild Watermelon (a bright pink with an orange base), and Sugar Plum (a soft purpley-brown mauve). Raspberry Pie is my latest purchase and has quickly become my go-to for an autumnal berry lip. Wild Watermelon is a fun shade that allows you to easily rock a pop of color, and gets bonus points from me because it perfectly matched the pink streaks in my hair last spring! Red Velvet and Sugar Plum are more understated, but beautiful colors to wear when you want to look polished and put together and don’t want to worry about your lip color throughout the day.

As I’m sure you can tell, I’d give the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters two big thumbs up. I’m always on the lookout for what shade I should add to my collection next, so leave me a comment with your favorite lip butter!

-LMC ♥

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

I left bright and early Saturday morning for a week-long business trip, so sadly there isn’t much excitement to share in a Weekend Wrap-up this week. Rather, since I’m traveling, I thought I’d share the items that made it into my travel makeup bag. I’d say there’s a good mix of old favorites and new products I’m trying out. Most were selected because they’re either easy to travel with, good for natural (work day) makeup looks, or because I couldn’t go seven whole days without them– or a combination of all three. If you’d like to hear my thoughts on any of these products I’d be happy to do an in-depth review, just leave me a comment and let me know!

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Face: NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer (Light), Revlon ColorStay foundation (110 Ivory), Maybelline Dream Lumi highlighting concealer (Radiant), Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer, NXY blush (Taupe), & Revlon Photoready cream blush (Coral Reef)

Eyes: Maybelline The Rocket mascara (Black waterproof), Maybelline Great Lash mascara (Clear), Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow (Nude Pink- limited edition), Lorac Unzipped eyeshadow palette, Jordana Fabuliner eyeliner (Black), & Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner (Black)

Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Honey) & L’oreal Le Matte lipcolor (Matte For Me- limited edition)

Tools: Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Sigma Large Angled Contour Brush (F40), Sigma Large Powder Brush (F30), Sigma Tapered Blending Brush (E40), Rite Aid Renewal Eyeshadow Brush, Sigma Small Angle Brush (E65), Eyelash curler (not sure the brand, but it’s from the drugstore) & a Beauty Blender

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my travel makeup bag and that your week is off to a great start!

-LMC ♥