Revlon Lip Crayons

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I was counting on putting up a monthly roundup post yesterday but things have gotten out of hand and I wanted to catch up on a review kind of post that I’ve been hinting at and meaning to get around to for longer than it should have taken to get up- a roundup post will happen in the next few days if you were wondering, though.

With all of the buzz lately surrounding the new Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms – the matte ones especially – we tend to forget about Revlon’s original lip crayon, the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains that have been out for a year or two. I certainly did, that’s for sure.

The Revlon Balm Stain in Romantic was not the first somewhat bold lipstick in my stash because I had already purchased the MAC Sail La Vie orange-red shade for prom but this was my first somewhat bold lip love and I don’t know why it hasn’t appeared here before. The minty smell and sensation of the product comes from Menthol and this doesn’t cause issues for me unless my sensitive lips are in an awful state – menthol is an irritating on the lips, if you weren’t aware. Out of the three, this one is neither the least or the most irritating and it’s my second favourite of the formulas. Although the payoff at first is sheerer, it builds up on the lips and lasts impressively well with it’s staining power through moderate eating and drinking while being comfortable on the lips and not drying them out in the least. I have the shade Romantic which was the most obviously red kind of shade, but with a warm brick lean to it that becomes more pronounced when applied. I can get a good five hours out of this one unless I’m eating something ridiculously oily or greasy, which is impressive considering the little maintenance that the lip crayon offers – I’ve rediscovered my love for this product recently, if you couldn’t tell.

Despite what my blog might suggest, I’m not usually one to go against the pack for the sake of being different but the Matte Balms that seem to be everyone’s favourite are my least favourite of the three but are a really nice lip product nevertheless. The matte formula isn’t that matte, it’s comfortable to wear but they have more of that irritating tingly sensation from the mint than either of the others and can emphasize the dry patches and flakes in the lips. The shade I have is Mischievous, and I can’t speak for the rest of the shades, but in this tangerine shade at least, there is opaque pigmentation and impressive four hours of wear, on average.

Although it has the worst longevity of the three, 4 hours for the dark staining shade (but I would expect 3-4 for the line as a whole), the Revlon Lacquer Balms are my favourite formula of the three. The shade I have is Enticing,a deep red with neutral undertones, for reference. The pigmentation is as good as the matte balms but they do not emphasize lip imperfections, they wear evenly on the lips and are actually hydrating on the lips. Although these have the least minty feeling out of the balms, I can feel it on my lips and I wonder if it could possibly be slightly irritating over time but the minty-ness isn’t particularly bothersome overall. I’ve had this shade since November and I can say that it’s gotten lots of wear since. It feels slightly balmier on the lips than both of the other offerings but I do like all three, all in all. For $9-10 CDN, these low-maintenance lip colours cannot be beaten.

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Enticing
Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Enticing
Revlon Matte Balm in Mischevious
Revlon Matte Balm in Mischevious

What are your thoughts on these crayons? Which formula is your favourite?

Maggie, x.

 

 

Winter Essentials Edit- The Makeup Edition

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Living in Canada, it has been snowing straight since early November and I swear as soon as we hit the middle of October, it wasn’t really “Fall” anymore; we have in fact had multiple storms and power outages. This might seem premature but in my world, it’s been Winter-esque for ages and it’s now acceptable (I suppose) to share some of my essentials now that it officially is Winter. Some of these products are newer additions to my rotation but many of them have been my staples for the last couple of months.

Revlon Enticing, NARS Golshan
Revlon Enticing, NARS Golshan

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan ($30 CDN)review here

This ultra-pigmented lip pencil has been a rather recent addition but whenever I’m going for a dark lip, it’s been the one I reach for. The long-wearing warm deep burgundy shade doesn’t cling to dry patches and actively moisturizes the lips somewhat rather than drying them out. The shade is a flattering warmer hue that is easier to wear than brighter and vampier hues.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Enticing ($10 CDN)worn here

When I’m not feeling quite as bold but want to wear a reddish hued lip, I’ve been reaching for mint-scented and recently released jumbo pencil offering from Revlon. The dark cherry-red moisturizing lipstick feels like a weightless balm on the lips, wears for a decent amount of time and does so evenly and might just be my favourite drugstore lip product of all time. It manages to provide that pigmented-yet-buildable amount of payoff that allows the lipstick-balm hybrid to pack a good colour punch without requiring the maintenance and fuss of a traditional red.

Nars Golshan, Revlon Enticing
Nars Golshan, Revlon Enticing

Marc Jacobs Beauty Color Eye-Con No 7 in The Starlet ($71 CDN)

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taken with flash, true to colour
I forgot to take a picture of the darker grey but it's glorious.
I forgot to take a picture of the darker grey but it’s glorious.

This eyeshadow palette is undoubtedly an extravagant purchase – and I did only receive it recently… for Christmas – and it’s not something that I would describe as purely wintery but it seems to be the perfect palette for my daily eye makeup in the cold season. These might just be the most pigmented and creamy shadows that I’ve ever tried and are all metallic without being overly frosty or glittery in the slightest. The pinky champagne, like Sin in the Naked Palette that I declare my love for regularly, is my staple lid shade, particularly with a darker lip, the grey, one of the very few shadows in this hue that I find flattering, effortlessly smokes out and the dark warm coppery brown is that staple shade to define the outer-v. I could go on but there will be a review coming soon.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
top - Maybelline, bottom - Rimmel
top – Maybelline, bottom – Rimmel

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light ($9-10 CDN)

Throughout the year, I constantly have dry and dehydrated skin but the season change to cold weather can magnify the problem. The dry patches that tend to emerge can cause redness and when you try to cover them with most concealers, the dryness is only highlighted but this concealer does not have that effect. It provides medium coverage and glides over dry patches. Particularly in the Winter when I get blemishes, during the healing process they can get dry and flaky and this is one of the only products that covers them without highlighting the condition of my skin. The only thing that could improve the product would be the colour range… it is kind of horrendous.

Rimmel  2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter in Ivory ($7-8 CDN)

Including two concealers might seem a bit excessive, but this concealer really in essence is a highlighter that also provides some coverage. It highlights underneath the eyes while still covering dark circles and can be brought into the centre of the face and other high points which has that much needed luminizing and brightening effect.

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Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter ($36 CDN)

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

After our brief separation, when I had a brief affair with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, I’ve returned to the liquid highlighter and have committed to a monogamous relationship with said product. It’s illuminating due to its sheen, but is not shimmery in the typical way and the texture of the pale pink-champagne fluid adds a dewiness that cannot be matched, especially with powder products. Year round, I have a love of all things that provide luminosity but this is especially important in the winter with dull, paler and drier skin.

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush ($32 CDN)

Ah, blush, up there among my top beauty loves and consequently much more difficult to narrow down my essential down to one but I’m determined to do so and it came down to this one. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times as of late but after some neglect, my most-used blush of all time is getting its much-deserved recognition. The formula is smooth and doesn’t apply patchy, being quite build able and therefore versatile – It can be worn subtly on a more dramatic makeup day with say bolder lips or can be built up to a brightening warm pink-y flush. On NYE, it began to crumble slightly and I was tempted to crumble into the floorboards when it fell from the vanity to its luckily not fatal stroke. This might seem like an odd winter blush choice but it doesn’t pull corally on the skin, well on me at least.

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NARS Orgasm, Tarte Natural Beauty with flash

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty ($31 CDN)

So I might have lied. I succumbed to my intuition of the need to include a more typically winter appropriate blush. I know I’m definitely an outlier here as I’m not absolutely in love with the Amazonian Clay formula but Natural Beauty is a watermelon sort of colour, sitting between a pink and a red with versatile neutral undertones. The matte finish blush does in fact last insanely long on me and it gives that natural-looking winter flush that perks up dull skin.

What are your makeup picks for the Winter? x

Maggie