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I am a huge fan of Revlon products and I am very faithful towards the brand and this lipstick once again has not let me down.
The lipstick comes in a black and silver twistable tube with a black lid. The brand name can be found on the tube in black writing, with the product details on the base. I bought this lipstick in shade stormy pink, as I love to have a pink lip. I have found that red lipstick draws to much attention to my teeth which i am not very comfortable with, where as shades of pink, focuses attention else where whilst making your teeth look a shade whiter. The lipstick is also sold in a variety of other colour I had initially planned to use this lipstick for evening events, but when I applied it, I found the colour was a lot more subtle than I thought it would appear, so i changed my mind and opted to wearing it for the day instead.
When I applied the lipstick I found the texture was very smooth and left my lips feeling very soft. The could is very nice, it is a soft pink. I was not sure if I would like the matte effect as I usually opt for something more shiny, but i actually really liked it. It looks very natural and finishes your whole make up off to look effortless. On average the lipstick lasts quite a while, the colour does fade a little bit through out the day and will need reapplying after you have eaten a meal or drunk something, like most lipsticks. If you wear it without eating or drinking something it lasts till the afternoon.
Overall I would definitely recommend this lipstick as I think the colour is lovely, it lasts quite a long time and is of a reasonable price of £7.49
When I bought my first house, I had a friend who I adored. I was always the shy, self-deprecating one and she was confident, vivacious and beautiful. I felt in her shadow a great deal, although in fairness she did try to inspire my confidence quite a lot.
She had a bad time of things with ill health and this affected her ability to work and start a career. I was buying a house away from the area we both lived when we met and it was faintly daunting, then one day she suggested out of the blue that she, having overcome her health issues, come with me, find a job and start a career, and be my lodger to help pay the bills. Brilliant!
Er, no. What a complete and utter disaster! I have learnt that you never really know someone until you live with them, and I also learnt that I am by far the stronger, more successful and more capable being. I wish I had understood this earlier. In fairness, her finding work wasn't that easy (understandable as things are economically) but ultimately she moved out, handled this badly, left me with financial problems, left all of her stuff and couldn't let me know when she'd come to get it (thus taking up my valuable spare room) and ultimately threw a brattish strop when I told her a year later that, with a new job, massive commute and a family house move on the cards, I unfortunately did not have time to drop everything to find a pair of shoes that she thought she'd left.
What did I get out of the experience of living with my best friend? Debt, slagging off via social networking mediums, a bottle of Garnier sun protection lotion, two collector's edition copies of Elle magazine and a Revlon Matte lipstick. Go me. Suffice to say, we're no longer speaking - which was her call, not mine. Gratitude would be one thing, but respect would be nice.
So this is my review of Revlon Matte lipstick. Hopefully it'll make a minute dent into the seven months of rent I could also have done with!
Around all the time of the above happening, there was a trend for matte lipsticks inspired by catwalk fashions and also for nude lip colours.
My then-friend was pretty superficial, and fancied herself as being very stylish. Admittedly this was early in her stay with me so we had no idea how hard it would be for her to find work, but shortly after we moved she suddenly decided she HAD to have a nude, matte lipstick. Never mind that the £7.49 you can currently spend on this product via boots.com could have fed us both for two days, but hey, you've got to have priorities if you want to be pretty apparently...
Anyway, enough snide comments from me. In short, housemate announced when I got in from work one day that she'd bought this product, and that, as we virtually shared wardrobes (and are both health and hygiene conscious) we might as well add it to the communal stash of bathroom cosmetics and make up. I think she used it about twice before the trend faded out of favour with Vogue and Elle and moved on to something else, and somehow this started to live in my make up bag rather than hers...
Basically this product is, as the name suggests, a matte-finish lipstick and ours, sorry, mine, is in shade 001 - Nude Attitude. There are other colours available in the range, a few fairly natural-looking and also a bright red. I would suggest this is actually the shade shown in the dooyoo picture above.
The lipstick comes in a very dark blue / black plastic tube with a pull-off lid like most lipsticks. Around two thirds down there is a silver band where the lid reconnected, with the REVLON branding. There is a small colour example sticker on the base, and a barcode label on the tube. The lipstick has a twist mechanism and the top is clear plastic so you can see the product colour inside.
As I mentioned above, this is now £7.49 via Boots.com. On there, the product page boasts "suede like" application. It is supposed to glide on effortlessly and provide maximum cover.
Well, I'm a pretty positive person and I like a silver lining. I still have this lipstick, and I'm very glad that I do.
First of all, let's address the product claims. I think that "suede-like" is an interesting way of describing the application sensations. This doesn't feel like any lipstick I've used before; when applied it doesn't feel creamy or gloss-like, but almost very slightly grainy. It does, however, apply smoothly, not overly generously and sometimes benefits from a second stroke.
Maximum colour, well, this is a hard one for me to review as this was deliberately chosen to be nude in tone. I do like the colour, however. Sometimes, particularly now that I've deliberately dyed my hair a fake colour, I like to balance this with heavier eye make up and whilst I enjoy playing with make up I don't like to be heavy on both my eyes and lips - so having a nude lipstick has suddenly become a big positive for me again as it does just add to an overall more polished look. The Nude Attitude shade is basically almost the colour of a medium concealer, and just restrains the natural tones of your lips enough to make it obvious that you have made some effort with your lip make up. It can make your eyes pop that little bit more or just add something to your entire look, and is quite retro in a fun way.
This product has also lasted very well. So I like that and the colour, and the packaging is both durable and sturdy without being heavy - this has been carried around with me for months and still no splits or breaks in the lid, which secures tidily and safely and has never come off.
What do I not like...well now. I mentioned the strange texture this product has and it is definitely more noticeable when your lips aren't in tip-top condition. I've had a few nasty bugs this winter and am a bit run-down and one of the tell-tale signs with me is uneven or chapped lips - no matter what products I use they still aren't soft, plump and healthy as I'd like this winter. I have noticed that unless they are, this product doesn't just feel grainy but also looks it, and sometimes builds up in certain areas and looks uneven and, frankly, just plain unattractive and powdery.
That said, when my lips are plumped, soothed, polished and gorgeous, this lipstick works really well and doesn't have any orangey tint but just reduces my natural lip colour to a more subtle, retro-style tone and allows me to play with my look via other things such as blush and eye make up.
I can't speak massively highly regarding how long the colour stays on, however - that said I have never necessarily seen its longevity as a fault, either. I do try to keep hydrated so drink a lot of water and also eat a lot of fruit so it's natural that my lip products are worn away pretty quickly, so I won't deduct a star for this, nor will I rave about it's staying power. I just find it adequate.
IN CONCLUSION THEN?
This is a nice lipstick, don't get me wrong. Ironically given that it is designed to be a matte finish product, I actually quite like it with a lightly-coloured shimmering gloss on top of it to really finish the look and make it obvious that you're trying to be subtle without trying to look like you're not wearing anything at all (on the lips, that is!). Also, I can't claim that this has ever made my lips feel dried out, which a lot of lipsticks can do, so bonus points there because a matte product for lips which doesn't compromise the moisture in the thin skin has to be pretty tricky to make.
I just can't stand wearing it when my lips aren't in top condition because I feel that it looks and feels grainy and builds up in any lines or wrinkles - and if your lips are chapped then just don't put this on, because it catches under the dead or dry skin and looks absolutely terrible, as well as making the colour look uneven.
I feel that if you're going to "work" the nude lips look then you need to make sure yours are well conditioned anyway, but for all that I don't think it's acceptable for a lipstick costing nearly £10 from a manufacturer as reputable as Revlon to be so reliant on that. I can't give this any more than three stars, but will do so on the basis that I like the fundamental colour, the longevity and the packaging, and the way this looks when applied to healthy, plump lips. Losing two however for it's flaws, which I think are pretty significant.
In short, a nice freebie but a bit like the friendship that led it to me - all well and good when everything is positive, but a big disappointment when you need it to be on your side because it needs you to do most of the work for it!
In my search for a pinky/coral lipstick, I was drawn to the Revlon section in Superdrug. The shade I picked up was 004 "Pink about it". There are also several other shades in this range to choose from, with a mixture of reds, pinks, nudes and browns. I deliberately chose a "Matte" lipstick, as I think they are far more wearable for daytime use, or when you are not looking to make your lips stand out the most in your make-up look.
The packaging is quite sleek, as the end of the lipstick has has a clear, see through lid. The outer plastic is black, and inside has a silver metal applicator. For a high street brand I think the packaging is quite nice, and doesn't feel cheap like some brands. It has very clear cut, rounded edges and is about 3 and a half inches in length - perfect for bags.
The shade of 004 is quite pretty. I would describe it as a cold, dusty pink. As it is not bright red, it is much more wearable than my other lipsticks, and it's coverage is buildable depending on how much you apply. The finished look also depends on if you apply Vaseline beforehand, which is a good tip if your lips are dry/cracked and you wish to wear lipstick.
As for how long it lasts, again it depends how much you applied, but generally this is a long lasting lipstick. If you apply it all over the lips, you will get a few hours wear out of it before needing to reply. It's initial brightness does fade a little, but it does stain the lips fairly well. It also looks nice with a clear gloss over the top. As it is a matte lipstick, there isn't really a need to blot it off as you may have to with a glossy lipstick. The lipstick itself is quite solid, and is a pure, pinky colour and contains no glittery particles. It will literally give you a sheer, non gloss matte finish.
The price of this lipstick is around the £7.49 mark, depending on where you look (I think online it is slightly cheaper). This is significantly cheaper than a Mac/Estee Lauder Lipstick, but certainly not the cheapest brand out there. Having said that, I think it is worth the price given some very cheap lipsticks I have tried, often have quite dismal results.
Unfortunately the shade I have, 004 Pink About It, appears to have been discontinued. However, there are a few similar shades to this which look just as nice. Revlon are a brand I am starting to take more of an interest in, as they are very highly rated amongst beauty bloggers and consumers alike, yet don't break the bank. Even though my current shade is no longer available, I would certainly recommend this range.
Today I'm going to be reviewing the Nude Attitude Revlon Matte Lipstick. I have never seen a drugstore brand put out an entirely matte collection and in my area matte lipsticks that are good are really hard to find so I was quite excited when I saw this in my local boots.
So I was excited for the lipsticks especially and to be honest considering some of the higher end matte lipsticks Revlon did not do too badly. Nude Attitude is a very peachy nude colour, slightly similar to Mac's Freckle Tone lipstick. The more you build this lipstick the more apricoty and peachy it becomes. It is a bit too peachy for me and washes me out a touch. The lipstick is very soft and creamy to apply which you don't always get with matte lipsticks, but it is slightly drying, there is the option of lip balm / gloss but if I want a matte lipstick I'd prefer one that just doesn't dry out my lips really ! I notice because it's a little drying it applies kind of smoothly but as it becomes more dry my lips look less and less smooth. But this does have great pigmentation and I couldn't believe how pigmented it was as I applied it.
As far as the lipstick itself it's a very good drugstore product, the price is very reasonable and it's a good product overall for someone who is looking to get into matte lipsticks and build their collection but this lipstick isn't great for me.
I was looking for a nice red lipstick to replace my Rimmel lipstick in 'Ballistic', a shade that seems to have been discontinued. I was having trouble finding a good shade of red, but then I noticed 'Really Red' in Revlon's Matte Lipstick range. The variety of lipstick offers a 'suede-like finish', which sounds very appealing, and the 'Really Red' shade is as bright and bold as you would expect.
The lipstick is priced £7.49 from Boots and Superdrug. I was pleased to note that the lipstick tube was sealed in a plastic wrapper; I don't like unnecessary packaging, but I have witnessed people trying out lipsticks and eye make-up (not testers) on their dirty hands and then putting them back on the shelves, which is offputting, to say the least!
The lipstick is nicely presented in its tube; it has the classic angled lipstick-shape, with a twist-up mechanism, and the top of the lid is clear, so you can see the colour very easily. The packaging has remained presentable despite rattling round in my make-up bag for a few months; packaging isn't the most important thing, but it's nice that it still remains fresh-looking, rather than scruffy and scuffed. There are also no nasty sticky labels on the tube, which is another positive.
When applied, the lipstick is very flattering; the matte texture is very classic and pleasant. When blotted and reapplied, the lipstick lasts a couple of hours even if you're drinking and chatting. It doesn't dry out your lips, but it would likely accentuate any dry patches already on your lips.
The shade itself is not always suitable for me; sometimes it looks very pleasant, but at other times it seems to make my teeth look less than bright white, and it can also make me look pale. For some reason, it looks nice at other times.
I also bought this lipstic in 'Pink Pout', but found that that was very unflattering to my teeth. However, shades and colours of make-up are very much a case of what suits the individual.
This lipstick is probably towards the top of my price-range, but I think the good quality makes it worth the money; I like the traditional, matte texture very much.
One word - Amazing. Seriously, check out Revlon's Matte range. Again, this was out in stores about a year ago, and made it's mark nearly straight away. Matte effects are very popular, but very hard to find on the high street. Revlon were the first high street brand to create an affordable Matte range...
These lipsticks are a godsend to anyone wishing to pep up their look for a relatively small investment. At around £7 each, depending on where you shop, they aren't cheap, but they will certainly do the job.
Revlon lipsticks all have a 'kind to lips' formulation. They are smooth and soft, and deposit long lasting colour without drying out your lips. The company claim (and general concensus of myself, and other testers) that these lipsticks last around 7 hours, which is amazing for a 'regular' lipstick. In fact, I would say that they have the possibility to last a little longer, as matte products often do.
My favourite shade is Nude Attitude, which is a nude lipstick (aaaalllways in fashion, get one now and save yourself the bother later). Most nude lipsticks look AWFUL on. They appear to render the wearer completely lipless, which I am sure is not a good look. This shade is different, as it may be nude, but it is more of a soft, peachy pink nude. As a result, it is far more flattering.
When it comes to lipstick, there are very few mattes, the emphasis is very much on long lasting "drenching moisture", shine, shimmer, cream and glitter. Forgive me but I don't want to look like a drooling baby. If I wanted that, I'd drool... I have always preferred matte make up to shimmery, but it is relatively hard to find so I was very excited when Revlon brought out a whole range of matte make up. The whole range is superb but the lipstick is where it really makes a mark.
NUDE ATTITUDE - a flesh shade with peachy undertones. Without a doubt the best nude lipstick shade I've ever seen, especially on my pale skin. unlike most nude shades, it doesn't look like concealer on the lips.
PINK POUT - a pale, pastel, baby pink. It's hideous, don't go there.
MAUVE IT OVER - a light, muted mauve shade. Very versatile and suited to most skin tones in my opinion. I love it!
PINK ABOUT IT- a coral pink. Think watermelon.
STRAWBERRY SUADE- Without a doubt the single best red lipstick I've ever used. Someone once told me that there is shade of red for everyone, this is mine. It's a very bright red (almost neon) with pinky coral undertones. Very pin-up.
REALLY RED- a classic pink based red.
IN THE RED - a classic brick red.
COCOA CRAVING - mid brown with slight mauve undertone.
FABULOUS FIG - a dark, muted pink.
WINE NOT - a dark Burgundy brown.
They are all very classic shades, and with the exception of Nude Attitude, very bold. Most of them are universally suitable across all skin tones.
*USE AND RESULTS*
The lipstick has a dense mousse-like texture which makes it glide easily across the lips. The colour is deposited evenly, with a smooth and dry but not drying feel. It is lightweight which is a rarity for matte lipstick-they tend to be thick and creamy and hard to spread.
Because it's matte it has better staying power than most other lipsticks: it doesn't smudge, clog up, slide around or rub off. It has survived talking and chewing and smooching, and...it passes the white shirt test. Truly a miracle product! It's a bit like having a touch-proof, matte foundation on your lips. I find that these don't need a lip liner, and I can't imagine you'd need one even if you have lips that "bleed" easily because it's so un-smudgable.
But, also because it's matte you need to make sure your lips are in tip top condition before using it. Any dry flaking bits of skin will be amplified. Moisturising lipstick tends to slick the dry skin down but this won't. It's not as forgiving, so definitely not for a bad lip day. I strongly advise exfoliating your lips with a toothbrush or lip exfoliating product before using.
If you want to wear one of the shades but don't want it to be matte, a little gloss over the top or mixed together looks ace. And with a smudge of a paler shade in the centre of the bottom lip your lips will look fuller, though this only works if you're covering with gloss, otherwise it looks like a paint-by-numbers gone terrible wrong.
Like all Revlon lipsticks, the case lid has a see-through top so you can see the lipstick as well as a shade sticker on the bottom. This is handy for anyone who likes to store them upright, like I do, so you can choose one easily. The tube is black and very classy, with a matte silver coloured band in the middle with REVLON printed in black. I particularly like this, most Revlon lipsticks have a gold coloured band and I find it really unattractive and a bit "old lady". Costs £7.29 from Boots and all shades were available last time I went in. In my opinion, worth every penny.
Oh, and my hair doesn't stick to my lips in the wind.
© L Wade 2009