My life as a beauty aisle guinea pig (part deux)

Perhaps this post should actually be titled: My journey to find the perfect lip stain. Because that seems to be more apt.

A few posts back (ok maybe several) I wrote about trying the new Cover Girl eye shadow product and mentioned the possibility of trying out the new Revlon Just Bitten Colorstay Lipstain +Balm. Well folks, that time has come.Last week I took a trip to Ulta because the weekly circular had a promotion on Revlon products, the time had come. It comes in ten colors so far. I already have three of them. I initially bought Frenzy and Twilight because they looked like colors I would wear day in and day out. After taking them home and testing them out, I was mildly disappointed and incredibly impressed with the results all at once.

The application of the lipstain is miraculous! Whereas the Cover Girl lipstain feels like a half dried-out marker, the Revlon lipstain marker feels brand new and full of color. The balm on the opposite end goes on easy peasy and, as a true testament to the colorstay quality of the stain, the white balm remains pearly white after gliding on over the stain. Perfecto!

My mild disappointment stems from the colors. They hardly match the advertised color in the store. I found Frenzy and Twilight to both be very bold and formal – great for a statement lip, but not so great for day to day wear. I decided that because the product is such a success in my book, buying a third tube would be no biggie. At the drugstore I decided to pick the color Jessica Biel wears in the visual: Passion. It kind of looks like a pink highlighter. I’m usually not a bright pink makeup kind of girl, I just don’t have the complexion for it, but I had this incredible gut feeling about Passion being ab fab. (Also, the pink highlighter reference made me realize that this lipstain + balm reminds me of the Post It highlighter and pen duo, which I can’t say I don’t love!).

Anyway, the Passion color (pictured way above), when applied instantly reminds me of Katy Perry’s new song ‘California Girls’, which is now playing in my head on repeat. Another I can’t say I hate. So for a great summer color that is totally wearable day-to-day, pick Passion. It’s girly and fresh looking. I kind of feel like Barbie wearing it, and who wouldn’t love to be Barbie?!


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