Category Archives: Lipstick (sheer)

Revlon Spring 2014 Gucci Westman Super Lustrous Lipstick Swatches & Quick Review

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Revlon Gucci Westman lipsticks

I’m a big fan of Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipsticks – I’ve tried & like the cremes, the mattes, and the shine formulas. All my Super Lustrous lipstick reviews are here. So, when I saw this Gucci Westman Spring 2014 display, my eyes went right to the lipsticks, and I was not disappointed. The four available shades are Brazilian Tan (brown/nude, creme finish), Ipanema Beach (appears to be a light ivory, pearl finish), Sultry Samba (hot pink, matte finish) and Carnival Spirit (orange, shine finish). Continue reading

Revlon By Marchesa Pink Cognito Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick

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Revlon has done a few collaborations with Marchesa over the past few months. In Fall 2013, they released a limited edition collection of nail appliques. They’re no longer available (unless you find them in a less-trafficked drugstore), but you can see all the designs on the Revlon website here.

Next, they released a collection of Marchesa – patterned beauty tools – a compact mirror, nail implements and files, brushes, and tweezers. The Revlon website says that these are limited edition, but at the moment some items are available to purchase on and  I’ve also seen them around at a couple CVS stores. Continue reading

Revlon Super Lustrous Color & Shine Lipstick Swatches & Quick Review

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Revlon Super Lustrous Color & Shine Lipstick

Plum Velour // Berry Couture // Fuchsia Shock // Lovers Coral // Honey Bare // Terra Copper

Earlier, I posted about the new Revlon display I found with Color & Shine Super Lustrous Lipsticks – a new formula.  I said I had purchased three of the lipsticks; but I liked them so much that after swatching, I went back and bought three more! (Revlon is 40% off at Rite Aid this week, which helps.)

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Dior Black Tie Addict Extreme Lipstick Review & Swatches

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Dior Black Tie Addict Extreme

I used to only wear opaque lipsticks, and mostly mattes at that. I’ve gradually grown to love sheer lipsticks too, but I still prefer sheer lipsticks with a noticeable amount of pigment.  I love the juicy, translucent finish of a good sheer lipstick, but I don’t want it to verge on transparent.  Dior’s Addict Lipsticks never appealed to me, because they are just too close to clear for my tastes (especially for the price). But the Addict Extremes? I’ve been interested in them since they were released, and I finally decided to purchase one (and now I seem to have acquired another – but that’s for another post).

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Burberry Lip Mist Lipstick Review & Swatches

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Burberry Lip Mist Samples
I’ve heard many, many great things about Burberry’s lipstick formulas, but at $30 each, I wanted to try before I bought one.  So, I went to eBay and bought a sampler set of four Lip Mist lipsticks, which I am going to review today, as well as a sampler set of four Lip Cover lipsticks, which I will review separately. Burberry also has a third lipstick formula – the Lip Velvets – but there is no sample set has been made for those.  Note that these sampler sets were not intended for purchase; they are intended to be given away at counters.

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Drugstore Red Lipstick Swatches – Sheers, Stains, and Liquid Lipsticks

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Drugstore Sheer Liquid Stain Red Lipsticks

As regular readers know, I have WAY too many red lipsticks. Or maybe I don’t have enough – either way you look at it, I have a lot of them.  And, I’ve been working on swatching all of them for you.  You can see previous red lipstick swatch posts here:

And you can find all of my red lipstick swatches, reviews, and comparison posts here.

Today, I have six drugstore red lip products, though none are actually traditional lipsticks – I’ll get into the details later, but all are some kind of combination of sheer lipstick, tinted lip balm, lip stain, lip gloss, or liquid lipstick.

Drugstore Sheer Liquid Stain Red Lipstick Swatches

Adore // Romantic // Sweet Strawberry // Candy Apple // Endless Red // PF Red

The full names of the products are (left to right): Revlon Adore Kissable Balm Stain, Revlon Romantic Kissable Balm Stain, Jordana Sweet Strawberry Easyshine Glossy Lip Color, Revlon Candy Apple Lip Butter, L’oreal Endless Red Caresse Wet Shine Stain, Physician’s Formula Red Sexy Booster Glossy Stain.

Revlon Adore Swatch

Revlon Adore Kissable Balm Stain is a brick red with a very subtle shimmer; I can barely see the shimmer when applied, and in fact didn’t even realize it had any shimmer until recently.  It’s marked as a tinted balm / stain hybrid, and I think that’s accurate enough; it definitely leaves a persistent stain for me.

Revlon Romantic Swatch

Revlon Romantic Kissable Balm stain is my favorite of the balm stains, and I still wear it regularly, especially during summer.  I love the color – a warm strawberry red. It also leaves a persistent stain.

Jordana Easyshine Sweet Strawberry Swatch

Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in Sweet Strawberry is a really lovely product – it’s a hybrid between a tinted balm and a sheer lipstick, and somewhat similar to the Revlon Lip Butters in texture, though a bit softer. When I first tried it, I didn’t like how glossy it was, but my preferences have changed and I really like it now; I’m thinking of picking up more colors (there are lots of swatches around if you google for them to help select).  Note that the Easyshines are scented like the fruit in their name – I find the strawberry scent of this one inoffensive and not too artificial or strong.

Revlon Candy Apple Swatch

Revlon Candy Apple Lip Butter is a warm red; it is very similar to Revlon Romantic Balm stain in color, but it does not stain.  There’s not much to say about these that hasn’t been said already, they’ve been reviewed so many times at this point!

Loreal Endless Red Swatch

L’oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red is a glossy neutral red.  Although it’s very glossy, it doesn’t transfer much at all, and it leaves a VERY persistent stain. I like that it stains, and  I love that it doesn’t transfer much – that’s why the L’oreal (and YSL Glossy Stains) are my very favorite options for glossy lips.

Physicians Formula Glossy Stain Red Swatch

Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Glossy Stain may be marketed as a glossy stain, but it’s not particularly glossy and doesn’t really stain; it is, however, a fabulous red liquid lipstick. I would definitely recommend it, as long as you know what you’re buying!


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