My purple lipstick love is quickly turning into a fetish. This baby got the whole ball rolling, but when I saw Violet Frenzy in the new Expressionists collection, I just had to have it.
Sidenote: is it just me or can you keep up with all the new Revlon collections at the drugstores right now? Between Edgy Elegance, Expressionists, Masquerade, Grit & Grandeur, etc., I feel like I'm constantly getting them all confused with each other (not that that's a bad thing, mind you!).
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Violet Frenzy
(retail: around $8)
Even though there are tiny bits of light-reflective particles in this lipstick, on the skin, you don't see sparkle/glitter--it really just lends a vibrancy to the overall color:
I don't really even want to show you this first pic of me wearing Violet Frenzy because the color is WAY off. But I'm showing it to you anyway because I think you can really see the finish in this photo:
Purples are incredibly difficult for my camera to capture, so you would not BELIEVE the lengths I went to to get the following photo (which is as accurate as I can get in terms of the color I see on my lips):
I had to stand in my bathtub and tippy-toe near the window and hold the camera just so in order to get this shot. I tried every form of light and flash and lighbulb combination I could think of, and finally I got the shot in my bathtub of all places.
There's a beautiful blue undertone to this lip color that really comes out when you apply it to your lips. The color is a BIT darker in person than what you see above, but I think this photo really captures the blue in this shade.
So how does Revlon Violet Frenzy compare to Maybelline Amethyst Ablaze? Well, they are similar, but there are a few big differences.
Number one: to put it simply, Violet Frenzy is more of a plum-purple, while Amethyst Ablaze is more of a magenta-purple:
Number two: texture. If you're on the fence, your choice could come down to whether you prefer the texture of ColorSensational lipsticks or Super Lustrous lipsticks.
Number three: wearability. In my opinion, both shades are sheer but buildable, but the sheerness of Violet Frenzy imparts almost a stain-like look to my lips when applied lightly. Since there's a plum undertone to this purple, I feel like, for my coloring (MAC NC20), Violet Frenzy is a tad more wearable for me on a day-to-day basis, whereas Amethyst Ablaze is more of a WOW type of shade that I'd prefer to wear at night.
I think that Violet Frenzy is a great daytime purple while Amethyst Ablaze is a great nighttime purple. Do you need both? I'd say yes but remember, I'm currently obsessed with purple lipsticks.
Do you own Revlon Violet Frenzy and/or Maybellline Amethyst Ablaze? What do you think of them?