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Revlon

ColorStay Brow Pencil

0.01 fl. oz. for $ 6.99
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ColorStay Brow Pencil offers smooth, easy-to-blend color that makes filling in your brows a cinch, but it's not quite on par with the best of the best.

With a twist-up (no sharpening needed) design and attached spoolie brush for grooming and blending, this inexpensive brow pencil has a soft texture that allows for subtle or rich color, depending on how much pressure you apply.

Word of caution: We broke the soft-textured tip twice in a matter of days. To avoid this, make sure to not extend it out much further than its base.

Shade-wise, there are blonde, brunette, auburn and even soft black (a rare find) options.

Revlon claims this is a waterproof, 24-hour formula. It passed the water test, and held up well throughout the day, although it is smudgeable if skin becomes oily (and you accidentally rub against it).

Don't put too much hope in the "angled tip to precisely fill" claim—once the angle gets worn down (which happens quickly), you're left with a standard rounded tip. It still works just fine, but if you're looking for a brow pencil that allows you to create precise, hair-like strokes, L'Oreal's Brow Stylist Definer is a better, similarly-priced option from the drugstore.

Pros:
  • Goes on smooth and is easy to blend.
  • Convenient retractable design and attached spoolie brush for grooming and blending.
  • Allows for soft or rich color depending on how much pressure you apply.
  • Versatile enough shade range to please most.
  • Waterproof and fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Soft-textured tip is prone to breaking.
  • Smudgeable if skin becomes oily.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
ColorStay Brow Pencil with an angled tip to precisely fill, and a brush to tame for a sculpted brow.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Paraffin, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, PEG-6 Beeswax, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ceresin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine.

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. 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 brands state that they dont 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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