While I’ve always enjoyed celebrating occasions, I’m usually not one to wear it as body decoration but as my social media feed is looking so festive lately I thought I’d take a little inspiration too. This gemstone manicure is earthy, elegant and reminds me of a gorgeously polished aventurine pendant. The simple combination of jewel toned base paired with flecks of shine isn’t anything new but this Revlon topcoat looks just a little more interesting than simple glitter and the irregular shapes creates a authentic organic feel. Try pairing it with deep sienna, dark navy or even a rich cranberry base and let your nails join the party too.
The past year has been so good for lipstick lovers. After years of ho-hum products, brands are embracing lips all over again and this time reviving some old formula ideas but in modern textures. Take matte lip colour for example; not a new concept but one that’s taking so many reincarnations lately. My latest experiment? Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks.
Product: Ultra HD Matte Lipstick*
Colours: 8 Shades
Size: 0.2 fl oz. / 5.91ml
Price: $10- 11.50 CAD (approx.)
Would I (re)purchase: Yes! Yes! Yes!
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
INGREDIENTS: Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).
Now if you’re looking for a truly no-shine, absolutely dry, no funny business matte lip product. Turn around and move on.
These Ultra HD Mattes (an add on to their already well loved Ultra HD Lipsticks – reviewed) are a more forgiving liquid lipstick with a satin to soft matte finish. Essentially these frosted chunky tubed wands are 2016 versions of liquid lipsticks without the awful paint effect of the 90s-2000s or any of that over the top metallic sheen. L’oreal Rouge Pulp anyone?
With a familiar doe foot velvet applicator the formula is smooth and offers very even medium buildable coverage but you’ll probably need two full pumps to really coat your lips in colour. Recall that the Ultra HD is Revlon’s no wax range so these are actually a gel cream texture. Scented with the same sugary candy fragrance as the rest of the original Ultra HD range, I found the consistency very easy to work with (not too runny, not too thick) and it’s rather forgiving if you happen to forget to prep your lips with exfoliation. These do apply with a moist look and takes about 10 minutes before they settle into a satin look and even then it’s not a kiss proof, food proof formula. But there’s also never any colour bleeding around the lips and it easily smoothes over lip lines instead of enhancing them.
Wear time averages about 4-5 which I think is quite good considering how comfortable these are on the lips and I never needed to profusely prep with lip balm prior to putting them on so they are quick and non fussy whenever the mood hits you. Reapplication goes well and it doesn’t crust and crack or peel. The darker shades do leave a stain even after a meal and will hang around until you remove it properly with a makeup cleansing product.
THE FINAL VERDICT
The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks are an easy, fool proof way to try out the liquid lipstick trend with out being the a slave to dry lips. Everything from the consistency to the application and colours range screams easy to wear, office appropriate and approachable. While these are not the true mattes of what’s available on the market today I really love this style and think its a safe medium point for those who want a few dependable everyday lip options with slightly longer wear time than your average lipstick and an ultra comfortable feel. Great for young lip and more mature lips or the dry season. Take that winter!
Product: Ultra HD (gel) Lipstick*
Colour Selection: 20 Shades
Price (mrsp): $11.49CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.
With 20 blossoming shades (fun fact: they are all named after flowers), the lure of these Ultra HD lipsticks is its gel based formula over the traditional wax based formulations. According to Revlon, this means more saturated pigmentation, a smoother application and a weightless feel.
Lasting power ranges from 3-4 hours and most of the brighter colours do leave a lasting stain even after the colour has worn off so it is a nice options if you are planning to wear a bright lip for a long day about town.
THE FINAL VERDICT
I think it’s worthwhile to pick up at least one of the pretty colours in the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick collection to try on as the gel formulation does make a difference to the beautiful saturation and the lush way they look in photographs. These aren’t the best for dry lips but on the other hand they provide great colour without highlighting lip lines or wrinkly lips. I do wish they were a bit more hydrating so they fall short of being a perfect lipstick in my opinion. However with such a wearable colour selection, I will probably pick up another shade or two.
There’s always been a certain romantic duality about this city, the warm nostalgia mixed with an ever evolving modernity that makes this the perfect place for getting lost in the old or discovering the new. That’s exactly how I feel about this JetSet into Fall beauty look that Revlon has challenged me to recreate.
- REVLON | Colourstay ShadowLinks*
- Petal, Greige
- REVLON | Colourstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner* | Blackest Black
- REVLON | Bold Lacquer Mascara* | Blackest Black
- REVLON | Colourstay Moisture Stain* | Parisian Passion
- REVLON | Colourstay Gel Envy Polish*
- Sure Thing, Blackjack, Diamond Top Coat
- Start with a soft matte foundation and conceal any obvious blemishes.
- Apply Petal eyeshadow over the entire lid, blending up to just under the brow bone. Sweep Greige from the inner corner of the eye outwards along the crease and blend. If you don’t have an obvious crease (like me) then just take the colour up to about halfway up the lid from the lash line so it’s visible when you open your eyes.
- With the Colourstay liquid eyeliner, draw a thin line along the upper lash line and extend it past your outer corner.
- Create a double wing by adding an extra “flick” to the outer corner, this one lifting upwards.
- Glide Parisian Passion onto lips for a bold and moist finish.
- On the nails, use Blackjack on every nail and leave one accent finger to paint Sure Thing. Seal it all with a coat of Diamond Finish Top Coat.
Ready to take-off for a little Parisian indulgence of your own? Revlon is giving away a Pucker up in Paris Jet Set into Fall box (with all the products you see here) to one of you reading this right now!
- Drop by my Instagram account and “like” THIS Revlon makeup photo of mine and leave me a comment saying “enter me” so I know you read all the requirements.
- I will draw a winner from the list on Sunday, October 19th.
- Winners will be announced and contacted via Instagram.
- Open to all Canadian residents 18yrs or older.
Revlon’s Colourstay Foundation is probably the most iconic drugstore foundation still in production today and a hot seller at that. I had discovered this liquid cover in a bottle years ago when I first dabbled in makeup and its residency in my makeup collection has quite a long history. When the whipped mousse version debuted, I hardly gave it a second look because hey, why mess with a good thing?
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-12, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat., Alumina, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Methicone, Laureth-7, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Salicylic Acid, Silk Powder, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Serica (Silk), Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Now one thing worth noting is that while I wear both formulations in buff, these are actually quite different in colour and brightness even though it’s not very noticable in the bottle/jar. As the natural colouring on my chest is quite light, I’ve always found the liquid to be a good product to even out my facial colouring to one consistent look. The whipped looks fine at first but once settled tends to reflect a greyish cast, similar to that of an Asian bb cream which can be obvious to a discerning eye.
While I liked the smoother application and coverage of the Colorstay Whipped, two things kept me from truly loving it. The smell, every time I opened the jar, was a terribly unpleasant chemical scent that would linger around through out the day. The second is that this just wasn’t a skin friendly formulation for me with all that heavy silicone and (sneaky sneaky) mineral oil in the form of isoparaffin. In the end, the long standing favourite still belongs to the Colorstay Liquid which is so much more versatile for different occasions and as a whole, lasts longer on my skin. Nice try Revlon but this foundation lover ain’t loving this.
Product: Colourburst Lip Butter
Shades: 16-24 depending on availability
Availability: Drugstores nation wide
Would I repurchase: Undecided
The texture and feel of these “lip butters” is more like a balm type lipstick, smoother and softer than traditional waxy formulations but not so that they melt on the lips. I do find that while these give the appearance of moisturized lips upon application, they do not provide any extra moisturization at all. In fact, have these lip butters on didn’t prevent my lips from drying out throughout the day anyways so I’ve concluded that unfortunately the effect is just for looks. If you suffer from dry lips, a lip balm or more intensive moisturizing base is definitely needed.
What happens when two great Youtubers come together with one great makeup brand? A super creative video of course! Two of my favourite Japanese Youtubers collaborated with Revlon to produce a short film celebrating Revlon’s 80th birthday.
What caught my eye were these three beautiful spring colours (part of the permanent line I believe). The center shade was already a favourite but the other two creme shades are new to me. In fact I was hesitant about the lavender but perhaps it would be wearable over a pink lipstick.
- Peach Petal
- Pink Whisper
- Lilac Pastelle
Do give them a look if you haven’t already!
I’m sure these Revlon Lip Butters have been hyped to the moon and back. The new trend in lipcare products seem to be this new balm/lipstick hybrid which seems to me like a lip version of “BB Creams”. Meant to treat and paint your pout in lovely shades of cranberry, ruby, raspberry and caramel, I love the way they make lips look but really wished they were less expensive. The pink tube is twisted all the way up and even though it’s new, the total product seems quite minimal. There should at least be 20-30% more in the tube in my opinion.
And lastly, I shall leave you with this photo of some new releases and my ASOS order. I really wished that ASOS would carry more UK lines, it’s always incredibly exciting to be able to test out products from other parts of the world. The Union Jack Rimmel palette is said to be released in Spring 2011 in North America (probably later for us in Canada) and is likely to have a slight variation in colour theme than the UK version. Unfortunately, I can’t be sure when and if the Kate collection of lipsticks will ever cross the pond.
Look out for reviews and tutorial featuring these new drugstore products very soon, I have a couple looks planned which I think will go very well with these items. I hope you guys are looking forward to the holidays and getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season, it only happens once a year!
Hi there Everyone,
For everyone who are looking to start beefing up their basic/simple makeup kit, here’s a little video about makeup “add on” items. These are products that will make your kit so much more fun! And if you haven’t watched my “Starter Kit recommendation”, you can find that HERE.
- Add alitte something extra to your base, these items will take you from a light base to a full on glamour shot! Plus, a little shimmer is always good for that coveted glow.
- Shade your eyes with a matte cream shadow that can double up as an easy daily shading colour. And don’t forget to take care of your lashes at night with a protective serum.
- Whatever colour you choose, lipstick is so much fun and super easy to change up your look…oh yeah and totally more kissable than lipgloss.
- Palettes are your best friend when it comes to customizing just what you like in a handy little palette. Make a quad for different moods or take a 15pan palette if you are really indecisive.
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