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Revlon By Marchesa Pink Cognito Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick

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Revlon - Marchesa - Super Lustrous Lipstick-2

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 Ulta.com and drugstore.com.  I’ve also seen them around at a couple CVS stores. Continue reading

Revlon Strawberry Suede – Swatch of the Day

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Revlon Strawberry Suede

Revlon’s Strawberry Suede has been discontinued for a while now – it’s really a pity, as it’s a lovely shade with a great formula (it’s a matte). However, it’s still easy to find on Ebay & Amazon, albeit at a slight markup.

Revlon Strawberry Suede Swatch Revlon Strawberry Suede Swatch-2


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Drugstore Vampy Lipstick Swatch & Review

Wet n Wild Black Orchid, Revlon Black Cherry, Black Radiance Brandywine

Wet n Wild Black Orchid, Revlon Black Cherry, Black Radiance Brandywine

Today, I have three inexpensive drugstore vampy lipsticks – each slightly different, and all perfect for fall and winter. Or all year round, even! First, a comparison – they’re similar enough that the only way to really see the differences is to look at them side by side:

swatches: Wet n Wild Black Orchid (508A) Revlon Black Cherry Black Radiance Brandywine (5010)

Left to right: Wet n Wild Black Orchid Silk Finish (508A) //
Revlon Black Cherry Super Lustrous // Black Radiance Brandywine (5010)

Wet n Wild Black Orchid Silk Finish lipstick, which I have reviewed previously, is the darkest of the lot.  It’s also the least expensive, at only 99 cents (and frequently on sale).  It is moisturizing, has medium wear time, and is comfortable to wear.

WnW Black Orchid swatch

WnW Black Orchid

Revlon Black Cherry lipstick is a classic vampy lipstick shade.  It’s not as dark as the Wet n Wild, or as bright as the Black Radiance.  It’s a drier formula than the other two, and I found that it emphasized any dry spots on my lips. I actually applied, was horrified, wiped it off, did a lip exfoliation scrub, and reapplied. It still emphasized some flakes – as you can see below –  but it looks a lot better than before.  Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are $7.99 (though price may vary by region).

Revlon Black Cherry swatch

Revlon Black Cherry

I bought Black Radiance Brandywine on a whim – it’s my first Black Radiance product – and I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it. It’s very creamy and moisturizing, but not slippery at all. Since the same company, Markwins, owns both Wet n Wild and Black Radiance, I guess it’s not surprising that Black Radiance products are high quality! This lipstick is similar to the Revlon, but brighter in color and creamier in texture. It’s so beautiful – I definitely recommend it.  It was $1.99 at Rite Aide.

Black Radiance Brandywine swatch

Black Radiance Brandywine

Out of these three, I would recommend Wet n Wild Black Orchid and Black Radiance Brandywine.  I found the flake-emphasizing qualities of Revlon Black Cherry to be a dealbreaker, and I’ll be getting rid of mine at some point.

And, as a final note, here’s a full-face photo with Brandywine:

Revlon Backstage and Fashionista Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick Review & Swatches

Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick - Backstage, Fashionista

Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick – Backstage, Fashionista

Revlon recently released a new lip product – the Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick – and I have two of the colors, Backstage and Fashionista, to swatch and review for you today.    These are marketed as moisturizing and longwearing (16 hours).  Here’s a picture of the display:

Revlon Ultimate Suede Display

Revlon Ultimate Suede Display

The Ultimate Sude lipsticks are packaged in plastic tubes with clear lids.  The tubes are different colors, and roughly match the shade of the lipstick.  The bullet retracts fully into the tube.  I think the packaging feels and looks a bit cheap, but it is sturdy and functional.

I bought two shades: Backstage, a deep berry, and Fashionista, a warm red-brown.   I really didn’t know what to expect from the texture – I thought they might be semi-mattes / modern mattes, because of the name “suede” – but they actually swatch sheer and glossy, as you can see.   They also apply sheer and glossy on the lips, but the texture changes to more of a suede after about 10-20 minutes; more details below.

Revlon Ultimate Suede Swatches Backstage, Fashionista

Revlon Ultimate Suede: Backstage, Fashionista

Here are freshly applied lip swatches:

Revlon Fashionista lip swatch


Revlon Backstage lip swatch



Here’s a photo of Backstage about 30 minutes after application.  The texture has completely changed; it dries down, loses the shine, seems to become more opaque, and has sort of a soft, velvety feel – one could even say it feels like suede 🙂

Revlon Backstage lip swatch

Backstage, 30 minutes after application

In the first 10-20 minutes, the Ultimate Sude lipsticks do transfer, but after they have transformed, they don’t transfer at all.   I have had a full meal, sipped coffee, and applied lip balm and lip gloss (two different products) while wearing Backstage, and it didn’t budge.   Do note that they have sort of a shrink-wrapped feel that’s common to long-wearing lip products.  I don’t find them drying or moisturizing, but I don’t particularly like the feel.  However, since lip balm / gloss doesn’t seem to affect the wear, that is an easy fix.

I did a full wear test of Backstage.  It looked good for about 5 hours, then started to get patchy, but still looked good enough to be wearable. At around 7 hours, I decided it didn’t look wearable anymore – there was plenty of color, but it was quite patchy. I applied lip balm and smoothed my lips together, and that sort of revived it – it looked good again.  It faded gradually at that point, until it was barely visible (though faintly there) after 9 hours.  It’s not 16 hours, but it’s certainly long-lasting!

Overall, I’m not really sure what to think about these. I love the two colors I picked out.  They really do last very well, but I don’t love the finish.  I can see myself reaching for them if I really want a long-wearing transfer-resistant lipstick, but most days I’d rather just reapply.   They’re also expensive for a drugstore lipstick – $10 each at my Rite Aide, though I go them on sale for about $6 each.

Does this type of longwearing lipstick appeal to you?

(And, just a reminder: three days left in my MAC Marilyn Monroe Deeply Adored lipstick giveaway!)

Drugstore Nude and Neutral Lipstick Swatches & Comparison

Drugstore Nude & Neutral lipstick comparison

I recently posted a drugstore red lipstick comparison, and a commenter asked about a nude lipstick comparison. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so that’s what I have for you today!  Today’s lipsticks range from a pale nude to a my lips but better (MLBB) rosy neutral, and I’ve also included a lip crayon and two glosses.

The contenders:

Revlon Rosy Nude, Wet n Wild 902C Bare It All, Essence Creamy Nude, Rimmel Kate 14, L'oreal Sheer Linen, Boots / Poppy King Confidence, Ulta American Girl, Revlon Nude Lustre, NYC Nude York City swatches

Revlon Rosy Nude, Wet n Wild 902C Bare It All, Essence Creamy Nude, Rimmel Kate 14,
L’oreal Sheer Linen,Boots / Poppy King Confidence, Ulta American Girl,
Revlon Nude Lustre, NYC Nude York City

Revlon Colorburst Rosy Nude lip swatch

Revlon Colorburst Rosy Nude

Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Rosy Nude is more of a MLBB / neutral than a nude.  I really like this lipstick, both for color and formula.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color - 902C Bare It All lip swatch

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color – 902C Bare It All

Wet n Wild MegaLast is too matte for me to wear alone. I absolute LOVE matte lipstick, but I need my nude lipstick to have some gloss or sheen. It’s a great lipstick to mix / layer with other products, though.

Essence Creamy Nude lip swatch

Essence Creamy Nude

Essence Creamy Nude is fantastic – both color and formula.  The hint of pink makes it wearable alone.  Read my full review on Essence lipsticks here.

Rimmel Kate - 14 lip swatch

Rimmel Kate – 14

I’m not a huge fan of Rimmel Kate 14.  I bought it because it looks amazingly fabulous here on Lilit of Makeup & Macaroons, but we have very different skintones, and it doesn’t work as well one me.  It has a fruity scent that I dislike.

L'oreal Rouge Caresse - Sheer Linen lip swatch

L’oreal Rouge Caresse – Sheer Linen

L’oreal Rouge Caresse in Sheer Linen feels nice when applied, but a) it barely shows up on me, and b) it doesn’t last longer than an hour. There’s nothing wrong with it, exactly, but wearing it reminds me of wearing clear lipbalm. I have a review of the Rouge Caresse formula here.

Boots / Poppy King - Number Six Confidence - lip swatch

Boots / Poppy King – Number Six Confidence

Boots / Poppy King Confidence is very close to my natural lip color, but adds a hint of brown.  I like to layer it with too-light nudes to create a wearable shade.

Ulta Lip Crayon- American Girl - lip swatch

Ulta Lip Crayon- American Girl

I really like the formula of Ulta’s Lip Crayons.  American Girl is lovely color – definitely wearable alone on me, and long lasting.

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss - Nude Lustre - lip swatch

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss – Nude Lustre

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Nude Lustre is very sheer. It has a slight sparkle, but that isn’t very noticeable on me. It has a really nice texture – not sticky or too slippery; it’s just right.  I don’t wear it often, but when I do want a barely colored gloss, it’s what I reach for.

NYC Liquid Lipshine - Nude York City - lip swatch

NYC Liquid Lipshine – Nude York City

NYC Liquid Lipshine is also a barely tinted gloss – it pretty much shows up as clear with some sparkle on me. The sparkle is very subtle and pretty though, and I love the texture – again, it’s not too sticky or slippery.  However, I HATE the scent – it’s very sweet / cloying, and it prevents me from wearing this gloss.

That’s it for today’s round-up! Any interest in pinks, oranges, corals?