Revlon's Kiss Plumping Lip Crème is a simultaneous hit and miss—but mostly a miss. Its trademark "Volulip" (including collagen and peptides) doesn't have the ability to volumize your lips when applied topically. On the plus side, the formula contains some great smoothing and moisturizing ingredients, including petrolatum and hyaluronic acid, which help lips retain their hydration.
Unfortunately, it also contains a potentially drying ingredient, and menthol, which irritates skin. The tingly feeling—described as a "pleasant cooling sensation"—it produces is not an indication of "plumping," although menthol's irritation can make lips swell up—but that can lead to thinner lips in the long run.
Finally, though it's packaged like a liquid lipstick, this isn't a long-lasting or richly pigmented product; if you want to maintain a shiny finish or some degree of tint from any of its ten shades, you'll be reapplying every hour or two—more often if you have anything to eat or drink.
We suspect you'll be much happier with something from our list of best lip glosses, which will moisturize without irritating your lips, and last significantly longer.
- Contains several moisturizing and smoothing ingredients.
- Available in ten shades of peach, pink, and mauve.
- Contains skin-irritating menthol.
- Coverage isn't long lasting.
- Ingredients can't plump lips as the product claims.
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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