Review + swatches – Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor review and swatch

Liquid lipsticks were the rage in 2015 and they will continue to be a popular product category for 2016. Specifically, matte liquid lipsticks have made their way across almost all brands, even the high end ones such as Guerlain have created their own versions of the matte, creamy liquid lip. For the budget shoppers, Revlon in 2015 has introduced their line of liquid lipsticks as part of their Ultra HD line.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (C$11.49) is available in eight mostly bold shades. Revlon claims that its 100% wax-free, gel formula gives you lighweight, high definition matte colour in just one coat. The three shades I received were Addiction, a mauve plum; Obsession, a bold warm fuchsia; and Devotion, a peachy nude. Of the three shades, I’m most in love with Addiction for being that perfect wearable plum, as well as Devotion for being the most wearable on a daily basis.

I was surprised to find that the textures between these three shades really varied – Addition was the thinnest and most liquid, Obsession was the most viscous and stickiest, and Devotion was the creamiest with a mousse texture. Devotion was also the truest matte, as the other two had a creamy finish that didn’t dry satin or matte. Because of the non-matte nature, I found the lipsticks to be slightly tacky and heavy, which is something that I try to avoid now, especially with all the lightweight lipstick technologies on the market. Despite this, the lasting power is great as it wore through a meal, leaving a minor stain behind.

In comparison to one of my favourite Revlon lip products, the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain, I would prefer the Colorstay Moisture Stain. They have more of a gel finish (compared to the Ultra HD Mattes that have a cream finish) that you can blot off to get a true, lightweight stain.

Overall I’m on the fence about these. They’re not true matte lipsticks, which lies the first and biggest problem, and are also not lightweight like I generally prefer my lipsticks. If you aren’t expecting a matte lipstick, and just a creamy liquid lipstick then you might like these. Otherwise I suggest looking elsewhere for true mattes!

Swatches from left to right: Addiction, Obsession, Devotion

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor review and swatch

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor review and swatch

Review + swatches: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick, Ultra HD Lip Lacquer, and Transforming Effects Top Coats for Spring 2015

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick and Lip Lacquer review

By now you’ve probably already seen these pop up all over the internet, but I’m going to reiterate the awesomeness that are the new Revlon Ultra HD line. The two products – the Ultra HD Lipstick and the Ultra HD Lip Lacquers are new for Spring 2015. The Ultra HD Lipstick features a wax-free gel technology formula that provides colour and definition to the lips without the heavy feel traditionally associated with wax-based lipsticks. The Ultra HD Lip Lacquer also utilizes the same wax-free gel technology to create high definition shine and colour.

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Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick review

The shades I got to try were 899 Snapdragon and 875 Gladiolus in the Ultra HD Lipstick, and 520 Pink Sapphire in the Ultra HD Lip Lacquer. 899 Snapdragon is a neutral brown, and 875 Gladiolus is a bad-ass creme blue-based red. 520 Pink Sapphire is a baby pink with silver shimmers. The formula of the HD Lipsticks are a dream – they are super weightless with buildable colour that can be natural with just one swipe, or intense with multiple swipes. The packaging is also lovely because it’s simplistic, and the clear cap allows users to immediately see and pick the colour they want to use. The HD Lip Lacquer, however, felt like any other lip gloss to me. I’m generally not a gloss wearer so I am probably biased, but I feel like it’s as heavy and sticky as any other lip gloss I’ve tried, so I’m not a fan. I definitely prefer the Ultra HD Lipsticks over the Lip Lacquers.

Revlon Ultra HD Laquer review

In addition, Revlon has released a series of Transforming Effects nail polish top coats to jazz up your existing shades of nail polish, or justify additional polish acquisitions. The three that I tried were 725 Cosmic Flakies, 745 Pink Glaze, and 790 Matte Top Coat. 725 Cosmic Flakies is a glitter top coat that uses big pieces of cellophane suspended in a clear base, 745 Pink Glaze is a shimmery pink top coat, and the 790 Matte Top Coat turns your polish matte. These were very cool to use and definitely helped made my nail polish look more interesting. I love Cosmic Flakies – it’s the perfect accent nail top coat for those who aren’t that into nail art. In addition, there are two new shades of Revlon Nail Enamel, 905 Sophisticated – a creme grey – and 805 Tempting – a shimmery gold. Both of these were opaque in 2 coats. I’ve generally had very good wear time with Revlon nail polishes, usually lasting me around 5-7 days with minimal tip wear or chipping.

Revlon Transforming Effect review

Overall, I highly recommend checking out the Ultra HD Lipsticks, and if you’re a red lipstick fiend like me… run and buy Gladiolus! It’s such a gorgeous red. The Transforming Effects Top Coats are also cool and interesting to use.

The swatches

From left to right – Ultra HD Lipstick in Snapdragon, Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus, and Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Pink Sapphire

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Lip Lacquer swatches

From left to right – Nail Enamel in Sophisticated, Transforming Effects Top Coat in Cosmic Flakies over Sophisticated, Transforming Effects Top Coat in Pink Glaze over Sophisticated, Transforming Effects Top Coat in Matte Top Coat over Sophisticated, and Nail Enamel in Tempting.

Revlon Transforming Effect swatches
Revlon Transforming Effect review

 

Red lips for all occasions! An overview of eight red lipsticks in different textures and finishes

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I love a good red lip. I used to be intimidated by strong lips but now they’re my favourite “statement piece” to wear. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a ton of red lip products today I’m sharing some old favourites as well as some new discoveries.

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From left to right: Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered, Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade

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  • Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red is a new recent discovery (full review to be posted soon). It’s a blue-based red in an almost gel texture. It’s more opaque once layered compared to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine in Empowered, but you can also sheer it out by wearing less layers.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon is one of my all-time favourite reds. It is a cult classic product that has sadly been discontinued, but it is a very blue-based red with gold shimmers. This is probably one of the more high maintenance reds, since it stains the lips significantly so you need a lip brush to get the most precise line around the lips, and then to fill it in. The end result is a gorgeous, rich red that’s most fitting for any black tie event.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered (reviewed here) is another recent discovery that has quickly become a favourite. This is one of the few reds I’ve found that doesn’t stain the lips (woo hoo!). It’s an orange-based red that starts out sheer, almost jelly-like, and can be built up to fuller coverage.
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade (reviewed here) is another all-time favourite red. Even though it was just introduced late last year, the Rouge G formula has been one of my favourites for years due to its rich colour payoff and creamy formula. Rouge Parade is a neutral red that just brightens up my whole face when I wear it. I’m also loving the limited edition red lacquer case, which is a nice bonus.

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From left to right: Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss, Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud, Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413

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  • Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss (reviewed here) is a recent discovery and the only matte red lip on this list. It’s hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t completely dry out the lips, and this one fits the bill. It is a more neutral, leaning blue-based red that has a matte, velvet finish. I like wearing this when I want a long-wearing red lip without the maintenance (you can just top up with lip balm to refresh the colour).
  • Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud (reviewed here) is a good option for those who want to try the red lip but is intimidated by its intensity. This one is the sheerest of the bunch, and is also the easiest to wear, even appropriate for work lunch meetings.
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene (reviewed here) is one of my favourite low-maintenance lip formula, in a beautiful raspberry red tone. The ColorStay Moisture Stain really does stain your lips for hours, meaning you can wear this when you’re out and about without needing to worry about touchups.
  • Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413 is an orange-based red with an interesting wet laquer formula. It’s like a gloss and lacquer in one, giving up extreme shine with intense colour. The wet formula, while glossy, is also very light and not sticky at all, so this would be great for those who like that glossy finish without all the downsides of one.

What are some of your favourite red lip products, and have you discovered any new ones you want to try recently?

Review + swatches: Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix & Photoready Prime + Anti Shine

Today I am very excited to be reviewing the new Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix stick foundation, as well as the Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine! I am a big fan of drugstore make up, and along with Marcelle, Revlon makes some of my absolute favorite products! I am happy to report that these two new additions did not disappoint in the least.

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix review

The Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix is a foundation stick which is meant to be used as either a concealer or an over-all foundation product, and it comes in very handy twist-stick packaging. I absolutely love this product because it is the perfect medium between being matte and shimmery. It isn’t drying, but also doesn’t leave my skin feeling or looking too greasy/shiny after use. I’ve worn a full-face of this foundation during a solid work/school day and it seems to be long-lasting and non-creasing.

I received the product in two shades: 110 (Ivory) and 140 (Nude). If I am to be honest with myself, I would have to admit that the Ivory is (sadly) my perfect shade. However, in a constant effort to not be the whitest-whitey ever I wear copious amounts of self-tanner, so in my not-so-natural state, the Nude shade is actually a better match. I mostly use the Ivory stick on my under-eye area as a concealer, and I have found that the slightly lighter color helps to bounce some light under my eyes!

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix review

It is worth mentioning that this foundation isn’t very high-coverage, which is perfect for me, as I tend to skip wearing foundation most days altogether. The stick packaging of the product also means that I can quickly swipe it on my nose and cheekbones and quickly blend it out with my fingers without worrying about evening out the full-coverage of a liquid foundation.

Overall, this is an excellent new product that has been ceremoniously added to my make-up bag. I will definitely repurchase

Swatches (110 on left, 140 on right):

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix review

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine is a transparent foundation primer that has a waxy consistency and should be applied underneath foundation to help it adhere better. The primer also has the effect of reducing shine, and in fact, I’ve even tried swiping it along my t-zone on top of foundation in order to further mattify my look.

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine review

This is an over-all an excellent primer that glides smoothly and easily along my skin without leaving any visible residue. Because I have some premature aging and dehydration on my under-eye area, I am a big fan of using primers to prevent my concealer and foundation from settling in fine lines and wrinkles.

My only complaint with this product is its packaging. I feel like the sponge provided doesn’t allow me to grab enough product, and instead of smoothing the primer all over my skin in a fine layer, it absorbs most of it. Instead, I’ve started scooping the product out with my fingers, warming it up in the palm of my hand, and simply applying it all-over with my fingertips. Since the consistency of the primer is roughly equal to the consistency of the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix stick, I think a much better alternative to its relatively cumbersome box and useless latex sponge would be a twist-stick container, like with the foundations. This would also enable me to toss it in my purse and re-apply to areas that may get shiny throughout the day.

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine review

 

Have you tried either the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix or the Photoready Prime + Anti Shine, and what do you think about them?

 

 

Jet Set into Fall with #Revlon – a NYC inspired look & GIVEAWAY!

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Be a NEW YORK knock-out

For fall, Revlon has put together a series of city-inspired looks for us bloggers to put together, combined with a giveaway for the chance for our lovely readers to take the products home and recreate the looks too. The look I was assigned was inspired by New York.

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The products used:

  • Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Oyster, a pearl white, and Charcoal, a matte grey
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, a raspberry pink
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Checkmate, a nude-taupe, and All In, a metallic blue-pearl, and the Diamond Top Coat

Start by applying Oyster on the eyes as an all-over wash of colour, and contour the eyes with Charcoal. Line the top and lower lashline with the ColorStay Eyeliner, and build a thick coating of mascara on the lashes. Finish off the lips with a nice plush layer of New York Scene, a raspberry pink stain-gloss that’s perfect for fall. On the nails, I used Checkmate and All In as my accent nail on my ring finger.

The finished look is a sultry, fall look that’s great for romantic picnics in Central Park or a night out on the town watching Broadway shows.

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As mentioned before, Revlon is giving my awesome readers the chance to win ALL of the products used in this look.

All you have to do to enter is like this Instagram photo.

Contest ends Sunday, October 19, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents years 18 or older.

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Swatches of New York Scene, Oyster, and Charcoal:

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Thoughts + swatches: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm

Revlon lacquer balm in enticing and matte balm in standout review and swatches

I am soooo late on the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm train. I received these back in February and promptly fell in love, but I didn’t get around to writing about them until now.

I’m a huge fan of the original Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and was very happy to learn that Revlon had released a glossy Lacquer version and a Matter version. The large crayon-like applicators are extremely easy to use for precision application. Especially with the Matte Balm, you can use it to line your lips first then fill in with the same product.

The Lacquer Balm is a glossy, thick stain that applies semi-sheer but can be built up for more intense colour. The colour “Enticing” is a beautiful red gloss, but it applies a little patchy, and you have to do a bit of massaging for it to come out more even. It is a very natural-looking stain, and is great for daytime wear.

The Matte Balm delivers pigmented colour in a matte finish with just one swipe, and the colour stays on all night through food and drinks. The colour “Standout” is a gorgeous blue-based red that’s rich in colour and texture. I’m generally not a fan of matte lipsticks because I have dry lips to begin with, but the Matte Balm is not drying at all, nor does it settle into lip lines or any dryness I have on my lips.

If I had to choose between the original Balm Stain, the Matte Balm, or the Lacquer Balm, I’d go Balm Stain > Matte Balm > Lacquer Balm. The Balm Stain is still my favourite overall because it delivers beautiful colour, and is also the most natural looking without any effort.

You can purchase Revlon Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, or anywhere that sells Revlon.

Swatches:

Revlon lacquer balm in enticing and matte balm in standout review and swatches

Feature: limited edition Revlon x Marchesa Nail Appliqués + dress/appliqués pairings

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The hottest beauty x fashion collaboration of this year has got to be the one with Revlon and Marchesa. The couture fashion powerhouse has come together with Revlon to create a set of 8 limited edition nail appliqués. I’m giving a set of these nail appliqués on my Instagram, please check it out!

My first impression is that everything in this set is beautiful and a must have in every beauty lover’s kit. All of the appliqués are so intricately made, just like the couture Marchesa dresses. Designed by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, these nail appliqués are the closest thing I’m going to get to a real Marchesa dress.

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All of these nail appliqués are made three-dimensional, just like a gel nail set you’d get at a salon except without a UV light. They are extremely easy to apply, just stick on and go. On the nail, they looks as pretty as in the packaging: relatively flashy, and can provide a bit of oomph to any outfit.

As for the wear time, I was slightly disappointed because mine only lasted about 12 hours before the edges started to lift up. I then applied top coat on them so that they would stick better, but then the appliqués reacted to the chemicals in the top coat and wrinkled up, so I didn’t have a smooth surface on the appliqués anymore, but it managed to last me another 2 and a bit days before some of the appliqués, especially on my index and middle finger, started coming off.

The bottom line is that I think this is a great product to wear for special occasions, or for collecting/historical purposes. I plan on using the rest of mine for Christmas parties and weddings coming up and they still make really great, relatively inexpensive manicures for special occasions (beats paying $50-100 for a set of gel nails for a one-day event!)

Priced at $8.95, the Revlon x Marchesa nail appliqués are available mid-October at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and most other places that sell Revlon in Canada. They are limited edition though, so if you plan on catching-em-all, please do ensure you shop early for the most selection.

Some tips on how to apply and maintain them for optimal wear time:

  • File the edges in one direction. I was confused when the instructions said to file in one direction so I just filed normally and then the edges came out jagged. Super bummed about that 😦
  • Apply a top coat. It will come out slightly wrinkly but it will become literally shrink-wrapped on and will last DAYS longer than if you didn’t apply top coat.
  • Per Revlon’s Twitter, choose a size larger so the appliqué wraps around the entire nail.
  • Buff the surface of your nails so you have a flat, smooth, even surface; this ensures that the appliqués stick evenly on your nails.

The dresses that inspired the appliqués (left to right, matched from top to bottom):

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London Drugs x Revlon x Almay Media Event Part 2… my outfit and makeup!

Here are some photos of me from the London Drugs and Revlon/Almay event that took place last November (sorry these are so late…). Most of these photos aren’t mine, rather they were taken by Christine or by the photographer at the event.

My makeup for the event was simple, I used Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B20 for natural coverage, which was set with Chanel loose powder and then finished with Guerlain Meteorites in Perles D’or. On my eyes, I used the Dior Minaudiere in 002 Pink Golds which was gifted to me by Christine for Christmas 2010. On my cheeks, I used Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact in 09 Little Bouquet, which is a soft rose-pink. On my lips, I used Guerlain Rouge G in 06 Garance which is a very pretty rose shade.

For my outfit, I wanted something glam but utilitarian. I wore a royal blue chiffon full length skirt from Forever 21 and my beloved Talula Babaton silk blouse. The skirt is an absolute steal from F21 for just $14.50 and the quality is not bad for that price. I love the colour, as it is a very rich royal blue. For shoes I wore Jeffrey Campbell Pixie booties.

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As usual, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my hair, so I just gave it a quick straighten with my trust Hana flat iron and left it at that.

Lastly, a random photo of me and chef Anthony Sedlak with me posing with his book.

Review/Swatches: Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eye Shadow in 505 Decadent

The Colorstay 16-Hour Eye Shadow is a new line of eye shadows recently released by Revlon. They should be available in most stores that carry Revlon now. The palette I received is called 505 Decadent and it is comprised of a glittery milky pink (top left), a shimmery light blue pink (bottom left), a peach with sheen (top right), and a matte chocolate (bottom left).

On the back of the palette is a diagram of how you can wear the colours in this palette. I really like these diagrams because I find that they make the eyeshadow easier to use for beginners, and can also make more colourful palettes coordinate better on the eyelid.

In terms of pigmentation and the quality of these eyeshadows, I found them to be mediocre. Both pinks were sheer and lacking in pigmentation. The light glittery milky pink shade also caused fall-out, which is a concern because that shade is supposed to be the all-over lid shade in the palette. The peach was nice, and probably the best one in terms of quality in the palette. It wasn’t pigmented, but it was smooth and applied well compared to the other shades. The chocolate was a little chalky and also applied slightly streaky and not completely smooth. It works well as its intended purpose of liner shade, but other than that it might be a little hard to blend out.

Overall I would say this particular palette is a skip. If you’ve seen my photos from the media event from a few weeks ago, you will see that there are about a dozen different palettes you can choose from in this line so I’m sure you will find one that suits your colouring and also has better quality. These palettes should be priced around $13 depending on where you go.

Review: Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup

I’ve always refused to wear mineral foundation for reasons actually quite unknown. When I received the Colorstay Aqua Mineral Foundation from Revlon, I guess I had to try it for myself to see what all the fuss was about. I’m pretty glad I made the jump because I’m actually quite liking it!

What they claim:

NEW Colorstay Aqua™ Mineral Makeup delivers a burst of hydrating coconut water and an instant cooling sensation upon application. The result: your skin looks luminous and its texture smoother. With a shine-free formula that’s made with water, not oil, this lightweight powder gives you a fresh, flawless finish that lasts all day. Fragrance free and non-irritating.  Provides medium coverage in 8 beautiful shades, with SPF 13 protection.

Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup is a loose mineral foundation. It comes in a plastic jar with a screw-on lid and includes a synthetic foundation brush that clicks into place on top of the lid. You get 9.9 grams of product for about $17-18. It comes in eight different shades from Fair to Deep. The colour I received is Light Medium which is a perfect match for my NC25-ish skintone.

The powder is very light and buildable, but never cakey. The coverage is sheer and does not conceal any of my dark spots or freckles, but it does help to even out my skin and cover redness on my cheeks. I also found that my pores look smoothed out. There is visible shimmer in this powder, which may deter some people who want normally stray way from shimmer in base makeup, but the finish is matte; the shimmer is what makes it “luminous.” It contains SPF 13, which is not very high which means you will probably need to wear a sunscreen underneath. If you are wearing this out at night, the sun protection in it is enough to protect you from the lights and mild UV rays (yes there are UV rays from the lights), but won’t cause your face to be white in photographs. The first thing I noticed when applying this foundation that it feels cool on the skin, as in it feels like liquid. The concept is similar to MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid Powder in that it feels cooling on the skin.

The enclosed brush is very soft and feels great on the skin. As it is retractable, I can see myself using this as a travel foundation brush as it is so well made. The container design is also great. The holes to let the foundation out are not that big and allow for the perfect amount of powder to be released.

It wears fabulously, like I’m not wearing anything at all, it is that light! Oil control is mediocre, especially in the t-zone. After about 4 hours it pretty much disappears from my nose, so a touch up is required. On my forehead and chin, it starts to thin out by the 5th hour, but it lasts all day on my cheek area. In reality this product wasn’t meant for those with oily skin as it is a hydrating mineral foundation, but I thought to mention it anyways. I have dehydrated skin that gets oily mostly around my nose area, so I can still use this for the most part.

I like this foundation in general. I think it will be great for daytime wear when you need something that is natural and easy to apply (as you don’t need to blend it in like liquid foundation or some compact foundations), you’ll likely just need a sunscreen underneath. I like the luminous finish as it is not glittery or overwhelming. I also like that it is scent-free. The cooling touch makes it interesting to use, which is a nice touch. If you have oily or combination-oily skin, this product is not for you because of it’s lack in oil control. If you have dry-normal, normal, or normal-combination skin, then I recommend that you take a look at this.

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