Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in India Intrigue and Barcelona Nights
(retail: $9.99 each, 0.27 oz)
The Colorstay Moisture Stains come in twelve shades. I THOUGHT that all of the shades in this range had a creme finish, but that's actually not the case (as you're about to see).
No safety seals, but the stickers are pretty sturdy, so you should be able to tell if one has been partially peeled off/tampered with.
Ingredients: Water, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius Oleosomes (Safflower), Stearyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Ethylcellulose, Acrylates/Ethylhexylacrylate/Hema Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Glycerin, Acrylates/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)
Made in USA with US and Non-US Components
India Intrigue, Barcelona Nights
The applicator is very similar to most of the lipgloss/liquid lipstick/lipstain hybrids we've seen at the drugstores over the last couple of years.
India Intrigue, Barcelona Nights
India Intrigue is a deep, cool-toned berry that has purple undertones. The photo above was taken after one generous application. This lip color has a creme finish with tiny gold flakes--you can see the flakes a bit better in this close-up:
close-up of India Intrigue
Barcelona Nights is a warm berry creme. There is no shimmer (or gold flakes) in this one. The photo above was taken after applying a moderate amount of product to my lips. I also took this photo about 30 minutes after application, to show you that there's still a nice amount of shine left after this has been on your lips for a little while.
Texture and consistency: These feel very much like all of the other lipgloss/liquid lipstick/lipstain hybrids on the market. There's a cushiony, slick feeling to these that seems to be quite common with this type of lip color. The consistency is thick but also a bit runny, if that makes sense. These don't apply very evenly--it's difficult to get even coverage the first time you use one, and it take some practice. It's as if, every time you press your lips together, the color ends up more patchy and uneven than before (it should actually be the opposite, right??). The good news is that, after this lip color sits on the lips for a few minutes, things do even out considerably. This product is not sticky on initial application, but after about 20 minutes I find that my lips do feel a tiny bit sticky--but not NEARLY as sticky as other Colorstay long-wear lip colors I've used in the past (I'm looking at you, Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lip Colors).
Pigmentation and staying power: The pigmentation is quite nice on initial application--the two shades I chose are on the bold side, but not outrageously bright. But these do become more sheer after about an hour of wear and they go from looking like a liquid lipstick to a stain. The staying power of the two shades I purchased was decent, but not mind-blowing. I can get about 3-4 hours of wear from these, and the stain lasts for an hour or two after that. What is most surprising about these is that the SHINE lasts a lot longer than I thought it would. I can't get the shine in most of my lip colors to last over an hour, and sometimes I can get almost two hours of shine from this product.
Moisturization: "Colorstay" is synonymous with "long-wearing" but, unlike some other long-wearing lip colors I've used over the years, these do not have that claustrophobic, suck-all-the-moisture-out-of-your-lips type of feel to them. My lips feel pretty hydrated the entire time that I'm wearing these, and I don't feel any drying effects afterward. I would say that they're probably the most hydrating Colorstay lip colors I've ever worn.
Fragrance and flavor: There is virtually no fragrance to these, but there is a flavor. Upon initial application, I get that sharp, plastic type of flavor that I also get with some other hybrids of this nature. That sharp note does ultimately fade, and what's left behind is a very mild, vanilla-ish floral type of flavor. After about 15 minutes, I don't really detect any flavor at all.
FINAL VERDICT: I went into these hoping they wouldn't be like some other long-wearing lip colors I've owned in the past (heavy, drying and extremely sticky). I'm very happy that these are not too heavy or sticky, and I haven't experienced any drying. However, I'm not sold on the staying power, because I expect more from a Colorstay product. I think that 3-4 hours would be impressive if these were in the Super Lustrous or Colorburst lines, but for Colorstay I expect a minimum of 5-6 hours of wear. Also, application can be a bit finicky until you figure these out (they're not a slap-on-and-go type of product) and that might be frustrating for some. I think Revlon did name these appropriately, though. They have some nice moisture to them, and they do leave a stain behind.. I just wish the stain stuck around a bit longer. If you're looking for a lip color that stays pigmented and opaque for a longer amount of time, I would probably recommend the Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnishes. I'm kind of on the fence about these Moisture Stains--I don't think they're bad, but I'm not itching to buy additional shades.
Do you own any Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains? I would love to hear how they're working for YOU!
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