New in drugstores is the Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipsticks ($9.99 – Rite Aid ) available in 20 different shades. In the packaging, the shades all look really close to one another so it was really hard to just pick two to try. I settled on Muse, a bright pink, and Supermodel, a wine/berry shade.
Revlon claims “This velvety soft formula with moisturizing shea butter and aloe is food proof and doesn’t quit.” Sounds too good to be true right? Well, it kinda is. I do agree that the initial application feels really silky soft and moisturizing, just like a lip balm does, but that feeling doesn’t last long. More on that in a minute.
As long as you’re lips are well moisturized beforehand, you’ll get a nice even application. If you’re lips are patchy before at all, it’s quite noticable when the lipstick is on and sets in place. I noticed also that it can sometimes settle into the lines and cracks of your lips.
Coverage is actually more sheer than you might think. You can build up several layers for a more opaque color but keep in mind that the bold colors may not be quite as bold on the lips as they are in the packaging. The swatches I have down below are with three swipes of color.
As for the finish over time, this lipstick dries down to almost a matte finish. The silkiness doesn’t last long and it actually gets a bit sticky over time. I find my lips sticking together and feeling dry. My lips don’t actually dry out but they feel dry and I crave some moisture to make them feel better, if that makes sense.
The wear time is definitely not “all day color” like Revlon claims. It easily transfers and wears off with drinking and eating. And as it wears off, it gets really patchy and unattractive. It will still be on around some parts of your lips but the parts that touch food, cups or glasses will be worn off.
One positive note is that it leaves behind a slight “stain” on your lips. It’s noticable with both Muse and Supermodel but I’m not sure if the lighter shades stain the lips too or not. It’s not something that Revlon claims the product will do but it’s just an observation of mine after testing these for a few weeks.
I have mixed feelings on whether to recommend this product to you or not. On one hand, it looks and feels nice on the lips initially. And if you don’t mind reapplying it often, it may be great for you. On the other hand, it’s quite expensive for a drugstore lipstick and the stickiness and wear issues are deal breakers for me personally. Just be aware that these Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipsticks are not perfect and save your receipt in case you need to take it back.
Available online at Target.