Although I claim to be one of those people who 'does her research' before investing in beauty products to avoid disappointment, every now and then it does happen that I act a little too impulsively when it comes to purchasing the latest product release. The Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stains were released in Ireland and the UK at the beginning of the month, and there was so much hype surrounding them that I had convinced myself that I needed to try them, even though I already have what could only be described as a disgusting amount of lip products. Now that I think about it, they seem to have turned out to be one of those products that everyone and their mother was raving about when they were first released, but now that the dust has settled they seem to have disappeared from most people's blogging radar - why didn't I just wait for the dust to settle?! They are described as being lip stains with a creamy, gel like texture (and have even been likened to the YSL Glossy Stains), but to me they are just a bog standard lip gloss. Not that there is anything wrong with lip gloss, but I just didn't find them to be particularly staining or long lasting. There are eight shades in the range (to the best of my knowledge), and I decided to play it pretty safe and go for L.A Exclusive and London Posh.
If there is a nude shade in a lip product collection, you can be almost guaranteed that I will buy it. Being the most neutral out of all of the shades, London Posh was the one that I gravitated towards first. Big mistake. The shade is just awful and does me no favours whatsoever - I was *this* close to throwing it straight in the bin after first application. I would describe it as a very pale peach shade with a serious amount of gold shimmer, to the point where it almost looks metallic, and it is the sort of shade that I really couldn't imagine suiting anyone. L.A Exclusive, a bright bubblegum pink, is a lot more wearable and I do like the shade, but I would prefer if the colour stayed as bright and 'bubblegum pink like' rather than becoming darker and more muted after a few minutes. As for the formula, I am all for products that promise to be creamy, moisturising, balmy in texture and glossy, but I just couldn't warm to the formula of these. I prefer a lip product that is lightweight and unnoticeable on the lips - these were just far too thick and heavy for my liking. When wearing them, I am always aware that they are 'there', if you know what I mean, and they seem to just sit on top of my lips without melting in. I have tried applying them in light layers but to no avail; they always end up looking gloopy and patchy. And I just can't seem to get on with the scent either - it just seems to stick around for hours and I'm always aware of it. I usually adjust to strong smelling lip products after a while, but not with these for some reason. In general, I am a fan of lip products with a glossy finish, but the finish of these was just a little too shiny and 'wet' for my liking. While they do last a little longer than a standard lip gloss, I definitely wasn't blown away by their lasting power which others seemed to rave about and I didn't notice any staining effect. But maybe that was because I always ended up wiping them off any time I wore them, and never wore them long enough to notice any sort of stain left behind... So as you can tell, I wasn't overly enamoured with the Colorstay Moisture Stains, but you live and learn right?
Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains? What were your thoughts?
Lots of love, Rachael