ColorStay Brow Shape & Glow
Revlon’s ColorStay Brow Shape & Glow is a liquid brow marker that claims to be an easy alternative to microblading, a procedure in which a trained brow expert uses special tools and a semi-permanent ink to create fuller, darker, more defined brows. What Revlon offers is a decent alternative but one you may not prefer to a standard brow pencil or powder, both of which have more to offer.
The plastic “pencil” apparatus is dual-sided, with a fine-tip brow marker on one end and a rubber applicator tip plus powder highlighter on the other. The cap for the rubber applicator houses a tiny disc of highlighting powder, which the applicator picks up, ready for use.
Four shades are offered, with options for blonde to brunette (including black) brows, but nothing for red to auburn brows, a fairly typical but still-sad omission. The light, warm gold color of the highlighting powder is the same for each shade.
In use, the marker’s fine point makes it easy to draw color in between brow hairs. The downside is that the thin liquid, which won’t run or drip, doesn’t add bulk to brows in the way traditional pencils do. If you have thin, sparse brows, the marker’s results can look a bit too artificial and take more effort than brow pencil or powder. Still, if you’re curious or have naturally full brows, this is worth trying to see how you like the results.
Note: Although the brow marker contains alcohol, the amount is unlikely to irritate skin between brow hairs.
The powder highlighter blends easily, imparting subtle shimmer to the brow bone area or even the inner corners of the eyes. We appreciate that it doesn’t flake, nor does it create thick, glaring shine; the effect is truly a soft highlight that should satisfy most skin tones (those with very fair skin might find the color too dark).
One caution: Although the water-based brow marker isn’t runny, it does take a couple minutes to dry, during which time it’s prone to smearing if you touch your brows. Once it dries, it wears without issue and, unlike results from microblading, the color removes easily with your regular cleanser.
- Fine tipped, flexible brush makes it easy to “draw” color between brow hairs.
- The powder highlighter blends easily, imparting subtle shimmer.
- Versatile mix of shades meet the needs of most natural brow colors.
- Marker side doesn’t make brows feel stiff or sticky.
- Doesn’t add thickness or dimension to brows like a pencil can.
- Longer-than-expected dry time ups the chances of smearing.
Precisely fill and highlight your arches for an easy alternative to microblading. Glides on smoothly to shape and fill brows. Smooth powder formula blends effortlessly and illuminates brow bone.
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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