I rarely buy drugstore lip products because of the F Factor aka fragrance. My experience with Revlon, L’Oreal, Maybelline and so many others is that the fragrance makes me a little nauseous. BUT I’ve had some luck with these brands lately so maybe things are looking up for me and the F Factor. I decided to put Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick to the test. Let’s see how it fairs for this former teacher.
The F Factor – PASS!! I did not notice any discernible fragrance or taste which made me happy.
Colorstay – PASS! The lipstick lasted quite well which is saying a lot since lip products don’t usually last on me. This didn’t flake or ball up.
Product claims – FAIL! Here’s what they say: Is your lipstick giving you both moisture and wear? This velvety soft formula with moisturizing shea butter and aloe is food proof and doesn’t quit. Apply once and go Here’s what I say – this is not the least bit moisturizing at all. I feel it sucks the moisture out of my lips. When I first apply it, it looks lush and moisturizing. Within a very short time it dries and my lips start shriveling. Plus it’s not “apply once and go” since it didn’t last all day but, like I said above, it does last well (if you like shriveled lips).
Color choices – PASS. There were a lot of pretty shades and with 20 choices I’m sure people won’t have a problem finding one. I like light lipsticks and I found just a few that looked light but I think I’m in the minority in my color palette.
My color choice – I’m not sure if this is a pass or fail. I bought 001 (I told you I like light shades!) It started out as a very light pink but brightened up considerably. I think I will call it a PASS but your mileage may vary. It was too light at first but deepened to an attractive shade.
My results with Revlon Suede – I’ve worn this several times now to test it out. Day one I didn’t precondition my lips really. After my shower I’d used Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick but it was a few hours before I put on the lipstick. That day was basically a FAIL. Day 2 I exfoliated my lips with Lush Popcorn scrub, used the Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick early and later applied the lipstick. The results were better but I still didn’t like the feel of my lips. The next day I used the Reviva Labs early again plus Elizabeth Grant’s Collagen Restore about 10 minutes before I put on the lipstick. My lips looked better but the color lasted for less time. Final result: FAIL
Packaging – FAIL. Sorry, it just looks cheap. I’ve yet to find a drugstore lipstick that doesn’t so it’s not just the Revlon but it still looks cheap. Although I like the way it clicks up, I’m also worried it could stop working.
Other reviews – FAIL. I’ve read several reviews online about these (after I bought one) and no one seems to rave about them. These are going to be a love or hate product but so far it seems like hate for most.
Price – PASS. I paid $6.99 and got a $2 rebate on it. At $4.99 I can’t complain about the price. But I see the MSRP is $7.99 and they can cost as much as $9.99.
My final grade is a FAIL personally but verging on a PASS . If you still want one, watch for a sale and then just buy one to test it out rather than gathering up a few.
If you’ve tried these what’s your score? Pass or Fail?? — Marcia