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Pretty Average Lipstick
Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick
Member Name: Meggysmum
Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick
Advantages: Feels nice.
Disadvantages: Not very long-lasting
Like many women I am always on the hunt or my perfect lipstick. I never seem to be truly happy with the colour, the formula or the longevity so I will often treat myself to a new product to see if I can find the illusive, perfect product.
When I was last in Boots I was having a look at their make-up range as I had plenty of points on my Advantage Card and I had decided to use them on a new lipstick. Revlon is not a brand I tend to buy makeup from frequently but I was not very happy with the colours I could find in the other ranges so I gravitated towards the Revlon stand eventually. I do use Revlon nail Varnish and have always liked those so I decided the make-up would probably be an acceptable quality too.
I tend to us a long-life lip stain product when I am at work but I was looking or a more gentle product for everyday use instead. I do find the stains a bit drying so I was after a more moisturising lipstick instead.
Revlon seemed to do several different lipsticks but I was drawn to the Super Lustrous Lipstick as it said that it had silk and vitamins for a smooth, conditioning colour. This sounded exactly what I was looking for so I had a closer look at the colour range. There seemed to be lots of colours in the range going from subltle, barely-there hints to some really bright colours. I wanted a natural everyday shade so I opted for Blush which is a pinky brown colour.
The lipstick was selling in Boots at about £7.50 which is about what I am willing to pay for a general lipstick and I chose to pay with my points which meant it was a freebie that time.
The packaging is not very exciting. It is a standard lipstick tube and it is black with a gold coloured band with the name Revlon around it. Unusually the top of the tube is clear so you can see the colour of the lipstick. This is nice until the first time I shove the top back on without remembering to wind the lipstick down and it will have an ugly splodge on the window. The tube also feels a little bit shorter than the No7 lipsticks that I have been using lately although at 5g I think there is actually more product in this smaller tube.
On opening the lipstick the body is gold coloured and it looks nice. The traditional twist-up mechanism feels very smooth and solid and it felt good quality. I have used some lipsticks in the past and the twist action feels very flimsy and you just know that it will break before you have used even half of the lipstick. I had no worries about this Revlon one.
I was pleased to find that the lipstick does not have a strong aroma; in fact it barely has any smell at all. I have a real dislike of strongly perfumed cosmetics, they always seem old fashioned to me and I dislike being aware of the fragrance when they are on my face.
Having wound up a small amount of product I applied it to my lips. During the day I don't bother with a lip brush and just apply my lipsticks straight from the tube. This one glided on to my lips really smoothly and left a subtle hint of colour with a nice sheen. There was a pearlescent finish but it was very light and didn't look ridiculously sparkly which is another problem I have suffered when buying the wrong colour for the day. I don't mind sparkles for the evening but as a woman in her forties I do think a light shine is much more flattering in the day.
The lipstick didn't feel at all heavy or greasy when I applied it. In fact it felt very much like I had just used a lip balm instead. There was no stickiness so no problem of hair sticking to your lips with the first gust of wind either.
The pointed shape of the lipstick allowed for an accurate application and an even coverage and I was immediately pleased with how it both looked and felt.
The lipstick also had no noticeable flavour. I find that if products are sweet I tend to keep licking them which doesn't do my lips any good and also means that the product juts keeps wearing off very quickly.
The manufacturers do not make any claims for the longevity of colour with this product and in fact they do suggest wearing it over lips that have been completely filled in with a Colourstay pencil to maximise the life of the shade. They do however claim that the colour with wear off evenly.
I do blot my lips after applying lipstick and I found that there was a small amount of transfer to other surfaces such as glasses when I used them. I also found that the product seemed to disappear very quickly when I was eating.
I found that if I put the lipstick on and was then just pottering about without eating or drinking it would still be visible after a couple of hours but would then need reapplying. It also needed to be reapplied after eating and drinking if I wanted to maintain a fresh look on my lips.
Even though the colour wore away quite quickly I didn't ted to get that dreadful look where the outside of the lips are still coloured and you have a bare patch in the middle, the fading was pretty even.
Since I had selected a fairly natural colour it was quick and easy to apply another coat whenever I needed to so that I could top up the colour and I never ended up with my lips feeling caked in product.
Although Revlon say that this product is moisturising I was a bit sceptical as I often find any lipstick with a pearl finish seems to have a drying effect on my lips. I must say that this is probably the first one that really never makes my lips feel dry at all. I am happy to keep using it throughout the day because if I wasn't applying this I would have been applying a lip salve instead. If anything I would have to say that my lips are feeling in better condition now that I am using the Lustrous Lipstick more often.
Overall I would say that I could recommend the lipstick to anyone who want a moisturising colour and who is happy to reapply frequently throughout the day. It is a shame it is not more long-lasting but if it was then it would probably be more drying too. I am happy with the shade and the coverage but I am still on a quest to find the perfect product as this still isn't it.
Summary: A nice formula lipstick that is nothing special.