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.

 

 

Another Three Things

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1. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Mischievous
2. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Shadow in Nude Eyes
3. L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder

It sounds completely reasonable that when I woke up this Friday morning that I would be in a good mood, ready to face the day for once and this was true when I woke up this morning but there is also the fact to consider that my weekend will be spent confined to my bedroom, staring at my laptop, doing that essay-writing thing that happens rather frequently in my world . On the positive side, I’m not nauseous from stress or sleep-deprived in the slightest. Is it sad that this is a source of comfort to me?

I must admit that it felt borderline ridiculous wearing my recently acquired Revlon Matte Balm in Mischievous, as it’s a bright (but not quite neon) tangerine shade and it was just above -10 today. There’s something about freezing outside in a winter coat while wearing an orange-hued lip that reads a bit strange but I liked it nevertheless. There’s something instantly brightening about the shade that I’ll admit I appreciate and it’s fun and a little bit more cheerful than the usual suspects. I love the minty smell myself, but I can tell that that menthol-tingle feeling on the lips is not a good sign for my still sore lips

Somehow I had forgotten about the Physician Formula Nude Eyes Eyeshadow after discovering the gem this summer and when I dug it out again I remembered why I had loved it in the first place. This is my favourite drugstore eyeshadow palette, I can safely say with it’s shimmery taupe tones that might be slightly sheerer than Urban Decay’s but they have great pigmentation and blendability and they last on the lids. I don’t own the Naked 2, but this has a similar theme at a fraction of the price. I must try another from this line in the immediate future…

After hitting pan on my beloved MAC Studio Careblend, I was in need of picking up a new powder and this registered in my mind and while cruising the aisles of the drugstore, stress-shopping with friends, this made its way home with me – this being the L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder. I’m pleased to report that this is one of the most pleasing of my stress-induced recent purchases. While offering absolutely no coverage whatsoever (much less than the MAC), the powder smoothly sets the skin almost imperceptibly and leaves a natural finish that does not read flat in the slightest. This powder is a great one, if like me, you’re a girl who typically does not like powder.

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Well, happy Friday! These were my daily beauty musings. What were some of yours?

Maggie, x.