While at the airport I thought it would be a good idea to pick up some new lip products. Thankfully the Boots in the airport was open at 4am otherwise I’d have gone on holiday with nothing but lip balm. Anyways, I thought I’d pick up some bright coloured ones since I’ve never really been a bright lippy sort of girl and wanted a change.
Boots were running a 2 for £10 on certain Revlon lip and nail products at the time which is great since you could end up spending more than £10 buying 2 of most of the products that were in the offer. On the left is the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in the shade 015 Barcelona Nights and on the right we have the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain in the shade 240 Striking Spectaculaire. Both sets of packaging are remarkably close to the colour of the actual product. Barcelona Nights is a beautifully bright darkish pink and Striking Spectaculaire is a gorgeous, deep corally red.
In terms of application, the Moisture Stain range comes with a fair sized doe-foot applicator, which I know some people have found too big but which I think is just right, while the Colorburst is a range of twist up crayon like sticks. The Colorburst is actually just a remodelled and re-released version of the original Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stains that were released several years ago. The company remodelled them and released 10 matte and 10 lacquer versions in the Colorburst range instead, though don’t be fooled, they are exactly the same formula just with a different finish. In terms of their look on the lips, Striking Spectaculaire is very matte, as it should be, and Barcelona Nights goes on looking very wet and, eventually, that disappears slightly. Actually, I think the Moisture Stain range is more of a gel formulation because when you’re putting it on it almost feels as if you’re just applying water to your lips if that makes sense. It’s difficult to describe who hasn’t used it before but if you have you’ll know what I’m talking about.
The staining action of both of these is very subtle so no need to worry about having massively bright lips all day/night if you’re not used to having bright lips. Also, the staying power is pretty decent. Even if you’re drinking of eating I found that, so long as it was “dry” so to speak, the Colorburst came off minimally The only thing I can say is that, certainly with the Colorburst, it tends to leave just a small line of colour at the edge of your lips so I’d recommend using a white/clear lip pencil before because that seems to stop it. It’s not so much of a problem if you reapply but I’ve never really been a fan of reapplying any makeup throughout the day so, if you’re like me, definitely invest in at least a half-decent white/clear lip pencil to use underneath. I’d recommend the e.l.f Lip Lock Pencil which can be found here. Definitely give the Moisture Stain a 9/10 and the Colorburst an 8.5/10.
Hope everyone’s having a fantastic Saturday!