ColorStay Eyeliner
Category:Makeup > Eyeliners > Eye Pencil
Last Updated:02.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

ColorStay Eyeliner is a twist-up, retractable pencil that has almost too much slip and a tip that’s soft enough to smush with moderate pressure. Once this sets in place though, it does stay quite well without feeling tacky. If you’re willing to acclimate to this pencil’s quirks, it is one to consider.

Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

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 Beautypedia 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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Great pencil

These are my favorite eye liners. They are easy to use,they are a little softer than most, but once they set they stay on all day no smudging or flaking. The tip is wide but it can be sharpened on a tissue or with a sharpener that it comes with. The black/brown color is my favorite. it is a nice soft, warm black shade. Overall the color selection is basic, but that's all I need. There are a few crazy colors that I would not even consider.

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Thought It Was Good

I was attracted to this because of it being retractable. Applying it feels dry and it is hard to control. Not creamy at all and it smudges below my lower lashes after applying on my water line. The only positive is it came with a smudge tip on the other end. Not buying this again.

Reviewed by
Mellaney B.
Good staying power for oily skin

The skin around my eyes becomes quite oily thru the day & this goes the distance without resulting in racoon eyes. I used to use Rimmel, but they discontinued their grey/charcoal colour & black makes my eyes look smaller & is too harsh. I want a subtle effect to make my lashes look thicker. The charcoal colour in this line totally does the job-I stroke this into the lash base for a very natural look. It is difficult to remove-I use an oil-containing L'Oreal remover with great success.

Reviewed by
Tracie D
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