02.01.2013
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Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor
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$9.99
Category:Makeup > Lipsticks > Long-Wearing Lipstick
Last Updated:02.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

With Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor you apply a base coat of opaque color using a sponge-tip wand applicator, and wait about one minute for the color to set. Once it has dried (which doesn’t feel comfortable, but is integral to the long-wearing part) you can apply the clear, glossy top coat.

The clever packaging houses both base color and clear topcoat in a single unit. It’s quite tenacious, only requiring reapplication a few times throughout the day (similar products require more frequent applications of the top coat to prevent dry lips). Over time, you may experience some flaking color and it also tends to feel grainy on the lips after a few hours, (reapplying the top-coat did not ease this feeling). Still, this definitely has its strong points (such as being easy to take off with an oil- or silicone-based remover) and it’s certainly worth a test run if you’re curious.

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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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The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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04.05.2015
Not worth your time or money...

Tried once...never again. Rubs off w/in few hours.

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11.01.2014
Surprised this isn't a best product

I have been wearing this long lasting lip color for a few years and love it. I am surprised it's not rated higher. Bare Maximum is a great everyday color and Everlasting Rum is a darker color that really lasts (a bit longer than some of the lighter colors). I'd suggest this one for people who like a long-lasting lip color! I have it in almost every shade!

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JILL S.
02.05.2014
The top coat is the problem

The color part of this applies fine (when done correctly), the top coat which is like a clear gloss has stickiness to it and takes off the color. The more frequently you apply the more the color balls up and dissipates. If you want a long wearing lip color from the drugstore try Cover Girl's Outlast. It's the best and has a great shade selection.

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