ColorStay Moisture Stain promises the shininess of a gloss, the hydration of a balm, and the pigmentation of a stain. We really wanted all the good stuff to come true, and to some extent it does--just not without some deal-breaking flaws.
The thick, creamy –gloss texture has a balm-like feel that keeps lips from feeling dried out. However, because it contains alcohol (the seventh ingredient) and noticeably fragrant ingredients (both of which are known lip irritants), it can leave lips worse for the wear in the long run. (Those ingredients can potentially break down collagen, worsen dryness, and impair skin's ability to heal). That's reason enough to avoid this product no matter how it looks on.
Still, if you're curious, you can expect intense pigmentation from the deeper shades and gleaming color from the lighter shades. The ability to stain depends on the shade you select. If you go with one of the dark or more vibrant shades, you'll notice a trace of color leftover as ColorStay Moisture Stain wears off (typically after three or four hours). For the lighter shades, you don't see a stain of color, but rather a hint of the pearlized finish.
By the way, it's worth noting that the packaging doesn't always paint an accurate picture of the true color on the inside. For instance, the shade London Posh looks like a pinky-nude from the outside, but is actually more a of pearly, light peach color. That makes it tricky to find a color that will suit you.
Other noteworthy aesthetics are the non-sticky finish and glossy- but not overly wet- shine. The pointed, sponge-tip applicator does a so-so job, although we wish it had slightly more flexibility to contour to the shape of lips.
All in all, we would have considered at least an average rating if the formula didn't pose the risk of irritation, but as is, ColorStay Moisture Stain isn't worth the gamble.
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
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 brand’s state that they don’t 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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