Kiss Cushion Lip Tint
Revlon's Kiss Cushion Lip Tint isn't a bad lip color, it's just one that isn't exciting and doesn't bring much to the table, especially considering some of the issues it has.
This lip tint plays on the cushion makeup trend and comes in a plastic tube with an attached sponge at the end. Simply twist the bottom of the tube, and the lip product comes up through the sponge, so you can directly apply it to lips.
The packaging might seem clever but doesn't help at all with application; in fact, it's a bit difficult to get even coverage on the first pass. Eventually you can, but it takes more work than a standard bullet tube of lipstick or sponge-tipped wand applicator.
The color quality of this lightly-fragranced lip tint is bold, and it feels somewhat moisturizing while it's on. Though it fades to an attractive stain over a few hours, it does bleed a bit during its wear time. It isn't terrible, but you'll probably need to clean up your lip lines once or twice while you're wearing it.
Again, Kiss Cushion Lip Tint isn't a bad product, but it doesn't offer anything that makes it a must-have, either.
- Bold color feels lightly moisturizing.
- Fades to an attractive stain.
- Applies unevenly.
- Formula bleeds a bit during its wear time.
- Contains fragrance, which isn't good for lips.
Plush tip for a lush lip! New Revlon KissCushion Lip Tint delivers a juicy wash of color with a soft cushion tip applicator in 10 kissable shades.
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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