make-up review: revlon colorstay ultimate liquid lipstick (top tomato)

I believe I mentioned a while ago that the lip gloss I’ve been wearing for years, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in “Cherries in the Glow” was discontinued. I’ve been using the Revlon ColorStay Mineral Lip Glaze in “Stay Ablaze” as a substitute, but without a great deal of enthusiasm. So when it ran out this week, I decided to try something else.

People, I think I’ve found a permanent replacement, and it’s yet another Revlon product: the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in “Top Tomato”. It’s an absolute true red, without any orange or mauvey-pink tones. It’s more of a lip stain than a gloss, and it’s very long-wearing. It looks really sparkly in the tube, but since you apply so little of it, the effect is pretty subtle, and it’s perfectly suited for day wear–although you could put it on a little heavier and dress it up for night wear.

You just have to be careful when you apply it, because it’s a lot thinner than gloss and can smear over half your face if you have too much on the applicator. Just dot a little on the center of your bottom lip and rub your lips together, then use the applicator to fill in the peaks of your upper lip. Repeat if you want it a little darker.

Wears all day without chipping or feathering; has kind of an odd smell but it’s not strong enough to be offensive (and goes away once it dries anyway); retails for about $10.99 for a generously-sized tube–nearly twice as big as the Super lustrous Lip Gloss tubes. I couldn’t tell you if it would stand up to eating because I wipe pretty vigorously when I eat and just re-apply afterward (I loathe the feeling of grease or crumbs sticking to my lips), but I imagine it would unless you were eating pizza or hamburgers or something.

If Revlon discontinues this one, we are going to have words.

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