Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick (020 Front Row)

I'm a big fan of Revlon's lip products, so when I saw that they'd come out with a new line, the Colorstay Ulitmate Suede Lipsticks ($9.99), I had to give them a try.

What's interesting about these lipsticks is that as part of the Colorstay line, you'd expect them to be a long-lasting lip product -- and the marketing materials actually do boast that the formula is "food proof and doesn't quit." 

However, unlike other longlasting lipsticks which have a tendency to be pretty drying, the Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks contain shea butter and aloe, so Revlon also promises moisture to go along with the products' long wear.

That sounds like a pretty great lipstick, right? 

And while they're a bit pricey for the drugstore, they come in such a wide range of pretty colors that I couldn't resist.

Ultimately, I went with 020 Front Row, which is a gorgeous peachy pink shade that's right up my alley.

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in 020 Front Row

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in 020 Front Row

Right off the bat, I have to say the color is gorgeous.  I have plenty of peachy pink lipsticks in my collection, but this one's a little bit different.  While it's soft enough to be a perfect everyday lip color, there's a brightness to it that really perks up the face.

I love it.

In fact, I love it enough to put up with what I find to be a pretty lackluster formula.

And really I blame Revlon for raising my expectations.

See, I don't expect a long-wearing lipstick to be particularly moisturizing. Usually, they're pretty drying and are able to last so long because they act like a stain on the lips. 

It's usually a tradeoff that you have to accept -- a dry formula for color that lasts.

And while the Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick isn't nearly as drying as some long-wearing lipsticks that I've tried, it certainly isn't moisturizing like Revlon advertises. Going on, it actually feels pretty smooth and nice but once it sets for a few minutes, it starts to feel dry and a bit uncomfortable.

If your lips are the slightest bit chapped, flaky or dry, the lipstick is going to accentuate that big time.  I moisturize my lips regularly, use a lip scrub and all that jazz, but over the course of the day, they always seem to get a little bit dry.  When I'm wearing the Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick, the problem seem to be worse and I wind up with those unattractive lines in my lips where all the lipstick's color has collected.

But as I said, I love the Front Row shade so much that I find a way to make it work.  I either top it with a moisturizing gloss in a clear or sheer shade or throughout the day, I just dab a little lip balm over it so my lips stay moisturized.

Not a big deal.

But still, I don't think I'll be buying any more of these in the future.

Personally, I'd rather have to reapply my lip color a few times over the course of the day than deal with a dry formula.

However, if you're a fan of long-wearing lipsticks, I think you'll really enjoy this formula because it isn't as drying as some others out there.

Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks?  What's your verdict?  Do you like long-wearing formulas in general?


  1. I haven't try these lipsticks but I've heard they have some great colors!
    This color looks really nice but I definitely do not want something that's dry. Like you, I prefer to re-apply than to deal with the dryness.
    Helpful review :)

    1. Glad I could help! There's nothing worse than dry lips, right? LOL


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