I recently went on a mini shopping spree for red lip glosses, and bought a Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Grand Garnet. It’s a rich, bright, blue-based red softened by glints of gold. It dries to a satin-matte finish with some dimension from the light-reflecting gold pigments.
It comes with a sponge-tip applicator that does a fine job of applying it as instructed (see below).
This is a very unique formula, more like a lipstain than a “liquid lipstick.” On the store display, they claim it can wear up to 24 hours, and I suspect that’s true. The packaging even advises you: “Apply a thin film to bare lips, wait until dry, remove with oil based remover.” Bold emphasis mine. If they’re claiming you need an oil-based remover, they’re pretty serious about this stuff not coming off.
How does it wear?
But some long-wearing lipsticks and stains fade during the day, so they end up needing to be reapplied as often as regular lipsticks, and then the only real difference is that they’re harder to remove. So how does Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick wear? Here’s a picture of it after it was freshly applied and allowed to dry:
From this, you can see the coverage and how it reflects a little bit of light to keep it from being perfectly matte. Four hours later, I can confirm it really doesn’t look any different. I’ve been drinking through a straw and eating almonds. Let’s see how it looks seven hours after application -after lunch and a tooth brushing, too.
The lighting is a little different in those two photographs, but in person it’s clear there is no discernible difference. It’s still reflecting the same small amount of light, it’s still full-coverage, and it’s as bright as it was upon application. I’ve never encountered a formula that can deliver all that.
On your lips
When you first apply it, it feels sticky. Very sticky. In fact, my lips stuck a little every time I opened them for the first hour. After that, it dried out some, though if I pressed my lips together I could still feel a little of that stickiness. I have dry lips, and this is definitely a dry-feeling formula, but it hasn’t dried out my lips like a lot of long-wearing lip products do. I feel like I could put balm over it if I needed to, so long as it doesn’t contain any kind of oil (since that’s what you remove this stuff with), but I haven’t felt the need. The feel of this on my lips took some getting used to, but I’m comfortable with it now.
This is an excellent formula if you want something that’s long-wearing without being too drying, that doesn’t fade over time and need re-applied. I’ll definitely keep wearing this one, and I’ll look into other colors in the line as well.