Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Revlon Make Up Review

I thought that perhaps it was about time I did a make-up review on my blog. I mentioned previously on another post that it seemed that over night an obsession with make up developed. I have always worn the basic stuff, foundation, liquid eyeliner and powder. I never bothered with concealer or primers because I didn't see how it would work for my skin, I hardly ever wore eyeshadow unless perhaps at University a friend gave me smokey eyes (which I always thought made me look like a hooker) and I never bothered with lipsticks because my lips sucked up the moisture and made the lipstick look cracked and made my lips incredibly dry.

I have YouTube tutorials to blame for everything to do with make up that I post or buy. Seeing how other girls looked with different products made me hunger for it. I wanted to find the perfect lipstick that didn't dry my lips out and the best concealer that actually covered a blemish, I felt an uncontrollable urge to buy products from good reviews and try them. I honestly don't think I was aware of the insanely large make up world out there before YouTube and blog reviews. I finally realise that not all products are as bad as the ones that didn't work for me. I was clearly living under a rock.

Behold, REVLON. My new all time favourite make up brand. Not only are the blushers beautiful, but the lipsticks are full of moisture. Hurrah!

Below are all my current products by Revlon. Mostly bought in the deadly 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug. I love Superdrug but one thing puts me off massively is the fact they put those horrendous security labels all over the products and you are forever left with a sticky mess - unless you have the patience of a saint to melt it off with hot water. The second lipstick from the left in the photo below is a prime example - it' a sticky mess.

Let me get down to reason we are both here - a review.


Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Skin 110 Ivory Foundation.

If you're a pale person you will be able to completely understand the difficulties of trying to find a good colour match when it comes to a foundation. It's like trying to find those 100 kirby grips you started off with a year ago - impossible. When I realised how good of a match Bobbie Brown was for pale skin I thought I was onto a winner, and I still am, kind of. It's a good colour match but I don't feel like the coverage and consistency is really worth the price tag. I figured there had to be something more similar out there for cheaper. As I loved all the below products so much I thought I'd give Revlon foundation a go (the colorstay was also recommended by a lady named Sarah who read my blog) and I am super impressed. The colour match isn't dead on, it's a little light (better if you use a powder on top to darken) but the consistency is great and the colour really does stay... colorstay...get it? I'm lame, I know. The foundation itself isn't as thick as Bobbie Brown (which I thought was the key to good coverage) but I feel like when I come home after a day at work with no foundation touch up, I still have a good coverage. Much more so than if I were to use my Bobbie Brown foundation. I am going to continue using both for now to keep trialing but this is my new go to foundation. This foundation is in 110 Ivory. It's for normal to dry skin, which suits me well. It also has SPF 20 in which is apparently really good, so I've read...


Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow.

I had my make up done at a Bobbie Brown counter a few months back and had noted down a great blusher with a great big price tag that I wanted to purchase and try outside of the hideous John Lewis lighting. While purchasing the above foundation I noticed this Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow. It was a very similar colour tone to the Bobbie Brown blusher and this under £10. I couldn't resist purchasing it and I am pleased I did. It is slightly glittery which really wasn't my thing but I like it, surprisingly. I have been wearing it for about a week by swirling my blusher brush over all colours and sweeping it across my cheeks, slightly under my cheek bone and then dabbing my finger in the top lighter shade and dabbing that one specific shade on my cheekbone for a little highlighting. For me who is super pale, I think this is a great color. The pigment is strong so less is more.

Revlon Colorstay Ulimate Suede 09 Boho Chic.

Finding a good red lipstick has been a struggle for years. They're often too dry, a horrid texture, bad consistency... and so on. My lips seem to drink the moisture out of everything no matter how much I moisture them. Does anyone else have this problem? Purchasing this lipstick was a wild decision because I hadn't looked up any reviews or spent time deciding if this was a product worth trying. I read the label on the make up stand and thought 'hey, why not, it says moisture'. I am so thrilled because this lipstick is heavenly. It's the only lipstick that I have ever tried in my entire life that stays looking like it should. I only have to apply perhaps once or twice a day (and it all comes down to what I am eating and drinking which is the same for anyone I suppose). I could rave about this lipstick until I am blue in the face because it does exactly what it says it will, the colour lasts and it remains bright and soft looking with a very slight shimmering finish to it - which is my turning into my cup of tea.

Revlon Colorstay Ulimate Suede 025 Socialite.

 The Boho Chic colour was working so well for me I needed to invest into a pink colour almost instantly. I went back to Superdrug the following weekend after purchasing the red to see what I could get my hands on. The nude/pink toned lipstick is what I came away with. It's gorgeous, such a soft pinky colour that works really well for Spring time. I quite like the name too, reminds me of Gossip Girl! This lipstick has an almost matte finish, with it being a moisturising item it has a light shine to it, but I think this is the best I will get for a "matte finish" that isn't going to stick to my lips and crack. All I am thinking now is when I get back get to Superdrug to get a few more colours.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 035 Candy Apple and 001 Pink Truffle.

Out of the colorstay range, because it's clear there is a pattern emerging, I have two other lipsticks from Revlon which are the colourburst lip butters, and are equally as good as the above. The difference is that they are more shiny and light in texture then the Ultimate Suede which is great if I want to have a different look with my make up, almost like a thick lipgloss look perhaps. 035 Candy Apple is the red colour and 001 Pink Truffle which is the pink colour. When testing new products, I keep the colours safe because I want to be able to wear it enough to get a good trial out of it. For me, red and pink is the most common colour that I would wear on my lips, hence why these lipsticks you are seeing are similar (not the same I'll have you know...but they are similar). It's about testing the texture, the consistency, how well it suits my lips and skin. Once I know it's a good one, I will purchase the rest of it's relatives and create a nice big family of lipsticks.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 030 Milan Moment and 040 Shanghai Sizzle.

 The two other colorstay lipsticks are these two colorstay moisture stain lipsticks (or lipgloss if you would like to call them). These were the first item I had invested in awhile back which was purchased with caution. 030 is a burnt orange colour on the bottle but when you pull the applicator out it isn't as dark as it seems which was disappointing for me. The 040 is a very bold and striking red which I adore. I looked into reviews but the selling point was when it appeared in one of Zoella's monthly favourite videos and in her vlogs. The lip colour she was wearing in a few vlogs in a row had my eyes focused, I wasn't even sure what she was on about most of the time. In my 100% honest opinion, I like it but I got bored of it quickly. The colour is something you have to build and it can feel quite sticky for a while before it dries up a bit. You need a bit of time to apply this correctly and well, which is absolutely fine and I will still use it but sometimes I just want a lipstick that takes a second to apply so I can get out the door and start my day... which is where the other colorstay lipsticks have come in handy.  It's always good to have a selection I say!


I hope you enjoyed this review. If you were looking at purchasing any of these products I'd say go for it. They're affordable and all worthy of a try. Everyone is different so perhaps you may not enjoy them as much as I have - but if you don't take a chance you may never know. Revlon is a brand I have never really looked at before, I'd always walk past it's counter in Boots or Superdrug but I can officially say, Revlon - you have my attention.

H x



  1. Thanks for the mention Hayley, glad you're enjoying Revlon :D. Must explore more of their products myself, that lip colour Socialite is a fab, must add it to my makeup bag :)

    1. You're welcome, thank you for inspiring me to get the foundation! I love it :) definitely give the lipsticks ago, socialite is such a lovely colour.

      You've also inspired me to do a psoriasis themed video on my YouTube channel, I want to talk about which products are good for it. Not sure when I'll do it but it's on my ideas list :)

    2. I'm so glad you like it, only been using it a few months but so nice for dry skin. Might splash out on socialite at the weekend, bad influence haha :P

      Aw that's brilliant, I look forward to watching it when you do! It's always so good to see blogs and YouTube videos about Psoriasis because it can feel like a lonely condition. The more information on treatments and helpful products, the better! Keep up the great work :)


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