Colorburst Lipgloss

by Revlon  
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$7.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Lip Glosses > Lip Gloss
Last Updated:
2/1/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This lip gloss has enough opacity and stain that it could be considered a liquid lipstick. While it does provide lots of shine, it doesn’t appear glassy or overly thick—in fact, the texture is pleasantly thin, and it doesn’t feel the least bit sticky.

Colors range from sheer gold to fiery red, and each is packaged in a tube with an elongated sponge-tip applicator that’s incredibly easy to use. You’ll get a couple hours of wear from this gloss, which is above average, but the tradeoff is a significant amount of bleeding into lines around the mouth (and because the gloss is so pigmented, it’s very noticeable). A good lipliner (like Paula’s Choice Long-Lasting Anti-Feather Lipliner) will help stave off the creeping color, but that drawback still prevents this from earning a higher rating.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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  1. Anna
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 20, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Another dark lip product fail
    • Another product bought in quest for a perfect dark burgundy/berry lip product and - as Paula warns - this one does bleed. Nice colors for special occasions (I got Embellished and, as an afterthought, Adorned), but don't expect them to last and a lip pencil is an absolute must for it to stay somewhat put and look somewhat good somewhat longer than right after the application, which is kind of tricky (wand). At least no alcohol here, as in the ColorStay 'Moisture' Stain. Sigh. Still looking...

  2. MarinaD
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 03, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    More like liquid lipstick than gloss
    • Although its texture feels light on the lips, the color payoff is that of a liquid lipstick.

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