Posts tagged ‘revlon’

May 5, 2012

I’m Sorry I Disappeared!

I’m revising sooo hard for my final exams at the moment, I just haven’t been able to post – I’m really sorry!

However, today I did go to Boots and pick up a couple of nail varnishes that I’d been eyeing up for a while. I had some Advantage card point vouchers too, which was all the more incentive!

First, I got Rimmel’s Lycra Pro polish in Peppermint:

Sorry I had to take this photo on my knees! The lighting was really dodgy, it took loads of attempts to get the colour to show up properly.

The other Rimmel polish I picked up was a lovely nude toffee brown called Caramel Cupcake.

Sorry about my horrible nails..!

Finally, I got a Revlon polish that I haven’t tried out yet. It’s a pretty, but fairly standard, pink. However, it’s not standard to me – I have to be really careful with my polish colours, because my hands have a tendency to be a bit red/pink whenever it’s cold. It’s not very attractive! It also means that I can only really wear cool-toned colours on my hands, to cancel out this effect; otherwise, it makes it a lot more obvious. This pink is just about cool enough:

I’m definitely going through a nail varnish phase at the moment. Sometimes I don’t do more than file and buff them for ages at a time, but right now I’m loving pretty pastel colours and Spring shades!

Again, apologies for my absence – it’s not just laziness, believe me!

April 17, 2012

Review: Revlon Colourstay Eyeshadow Palettes

These palettes are fairly new – new enough that they still have the red sticker on them telling me that they’re new! – and I picked two of them up on the 3 for 2 deal in Boots with a L’Oreal gel eyeliner. The two I bought are called Brazen and Inspired; Brazen has a pale yellow, a peachy pink, a bronze-brown and a darker brown. Inspired has a white highlighting colour, a fairly bright green, a sky blue, and a dark purplish-navy liner colour. I’ll stick the photos in, but as I’m about to trash these, I won’t bother to swatch.

Brazen; image from thedailyswatch.blogspot.co.uk

Revlon Inspired

Sorry, I know those photos are uneven sizes, but you get the idea.

So anyway, I was super excited because they look so pretty in the pans! They are slightly shimmery but it’s quite subtle, so they looked to be exactly what I was after, in gorgeous springtime colours! However, as soon as I got them home to try out, I realised that they have absolutely no pigment to them whatsoever. Seriously, they hardly show up at all, even when I really layer on the shadow. I was SO disappointed, especially as I bought these during the freak flash of summertime that we experienced here in the UK and I was really enthusiastic about my spring colours!

I would seriously recommend giving these a miss. I’ve read mixed reviews, so much so that I actually suspect that some palettes are ok and some are duds quality-wise. It just doesn’t make sense that some people find the colours come up really well and others can’t see them at all!
However, pigmentation isn’t the only issue. From the texture I highly doubt that these last the advertised 16 hours, I think you’d probably be pretty lucky to get 8 hours out of them without a very good primer underneath. Also, I hear terrible things about glitter migrating all over the face.

I can’t give these any more than 1 star. (They haven’t fallen apart, spontaneously burst into flames, etc. but don’t actually do anything other than fill up my eyeshadow box.) Sadly, I’m  binning them.

March 23, 2012

Spring Lip Gloss Favourites

True colour; it looks really dark in the tube but is lovely, sheer and juicy when on.

The images in this post may be confusing viewed on the home page – I’d advise clicking the title and reading it on its own page that way 🙂 Swatches of the first 3 glosses are at the bottom!

I always feel that gloss is a more Spring/Summer product, as it goes well with the more natural, glowing makeup looks that are in fashion. This year, the red lip has made an appearance on the catwalks for S/S at places such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dior – it’s quite unusual, but I love it. A good red lip can go just as well with a white linen dress and bronzed skin as it does with more wintry eyeliner and wooly clothing!

This is my YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in No. 6. It’s supposed to be a mixture of a gloss and a balm, and I love it! It goes on beautifully, and I usually only use one layer/swipe each time, as I like it to be very sheer. It is moisturising, though products that say they have a “balm effect” are never moisturising enough for me. That’s fine, it doesn’t emphasise dryness and I can always use a balm underneath as it’s supposed to look glossy and juicy. There is fine shimmer in it, but nothing too glittery.
Also, it tastes like watermelon-y heaven, which I am a big fan of.

I’m currently saving up for the gorgeous orange coral colour in the same product! (Just need to pass one of the job interviews I have lined up..!)

This is a bit more orange in reality, it looks super orange in the tube but actually looks more like this photo when on!

The gloss to the right is my Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in ‘Coral Reef’. I use this in my favourite Springtime look, as it is eye-catching and bright without being too scary or over the top. I love the high-shine effect this gloss has, and it’s nice and thick. It has a pretty good lasting time, and wears off to a fairly natural pinky colour, so I don’t have to worry that my lips are looking odd because my gloss is coming off!
It smells kind of like sweets, but it’s a very subtle scent, so shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. This gloss also has SPF 15, which is always a plus, especially when the sun’s out more and more! (Yay!)

In reality, the colour in the tube does look more orange – but don’t worry, when applied it looks much more like the photo. Orangey, but not crazy, and still with enough pink to actually look fairly natural if applied thinly.

I really love how many coral and orange-toned lip colours Revlon do. I don’t actually own that many of their products, but the ones I do have are always better quality than I’m expecting (I should probably learn from that, huh?!) and I love their nail varnish shades. I feel a splurge coming on once the student loan comes through…!

True to colour.

Bourjois lip gloss was one of the first makeup products I ever owned, and I’ve always loved it since! This gloss on the left is the Effet 3D gloss in the colour “Rosé or épic”. (I quite like the way that implies there’s ordinary rose gold, and then there’s EPIC rose gold!) It is a totally beautiful rosy bronze in the tube, but when applied it’s quite subtle. This is quite possibly my favourite gloss colour of all time, as it gives my lips a beautiful rosy shimmery (but not glittery!) golden colour without looking unnatural. It’s that perfect kind of shade that you can truly wear for everyday or for going out in the evening, and it’ll look stunning all the time!

This also claims to have an “8hour balm effect” and although I wouldn’t go that far, it does keep my lips from drying out and won’t highlight dry areas, despite containing sparkle! If I feel the lip balm urge and don’t have any around, I would apply this and know that it’ll help to save my lips from getting any worse, and soothe them in the short term.

I would repurchase this over and over – it’s a true staple of my makeup collection, and every time I apply it I remember why I love it so much! Perfect for Spring.

Fairly true to colour - perhaps a little more brown than it is in reality.

Finally, on the right, another Bourjois gloss, also from the Effet 3D line. This is the old packaging, which I actually liked better – I just thought it looked more elegant. But hey ho, the product inside is just as good now!

This is a “my lips but better shade”, and although nude, is still highly pigmented. It’s nice that they don’t scrimp on the pigment for colours like this. I wear this a lot, and although it’s not strictly a Spring shade, I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately – I’m going through a natural makeup phase, and that is because of Spring! The formula for this is slightly different, I think – this gloss doesn’t have a very long wear time, and is not sticky in the least. It still feels of medium thickness, but don’t expect it to last a particularly long time because of this; it won’t.

However, it does smell nice. Just a generic sweet smell, really – nothing major. It feels lovely on, with the same “balm-like” benefits of the newer formulation. I think perhaps their Marketing department just picked up on something that was already there when they did the new packaging!

So that’s my roundup of my favourite glosses this season – hope you’re enjoying the onset of Spring as much as I am!

🙂

Swatches: YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in No. 6, Revlon Super Lustrous in Coral Reef, Bourjois Rosé or épic.

December 3, 2011

Review: Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

So recently I was lucky enough to win a fre full-size Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara, their new product that combines a lash serum with a mascara. It’s not an entirely new idea, but I’d been wanting to try something similar and hadn’t got around to it, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Here it is:

Green tube of Revlon mascara

image from revlon.com

As you can see, it has a traditional brush rather than a plastic/rubbery one. At first, I was expecting to dislike this; I find that they often cause clumps and are generally not great for me. However, as the formula for this mascara is pretty dry compared with some (which I count as a major plus, actually – I HATE mascaras that are too wet!) the brush works really well with it, and doesn’t clump at all – in fact, it makes my lashes look lovely and long, and fanned out in a very pretty way! I’m a big fan of this mascara on days when I’m doing a more natural look; it isn’t that natural (I always like noticeable lashes) but if I’m wearing liquid eyeliner, I’ll probably still stick to my Maxfactor False Lash Effect for added drama.

As for the whole lash serum part, I haven’t noticed anything yet – but I haven’t been using it all that long. If I do find an improvement in my lash length, I’ll update! My lashes are fairly long anyway, though…any longer, and my glasses will be pushed down my nose even further 😦

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