Recently, I noticed that my collection of Revlon products has been growing. Unintentionally, I find myself buying more and more products from Revlon.
To be honest, Revlon wasn’t in my list of favorite cosmetics until my junior year at university. In my mind, Revlon seemed like a product for the more mature market. My first Revlon product actually came from my old roommate, Trish. She gave me free products, which she got from interning there. In exchange, we had to test them and give feedback.
To my surprise, I found their products of good quality. Never mind that their advertising and marketing efforts weren’t as hip as their competitors. Quality speaks for itself. Ever since, I have been going to their counters more to see if there was anything I wanted. Here’s what I’ve tried so far to those who might be interested:
1. A bunch of Revlon lipsticks
Revlon lipsticks are my new favorite. They have a good selection of classic and trendy colors. Just recently, I bought a nude (683 Demure) lipstick and an orange (677 Siren) lipstick; the orange one I have been looking for since I’ve seen it in the Spring/Summer 2011 runways. Both are from their latest (according the lady at the counter) super lustrous lipstick collection. Since both are creamy, these go on really well. However, these aren’t waterproof so they rub off after awhile especially after eating. You can always put it on again, though. Just make sure your lips aren’t dry like mine. I have a bad habit of licking and biting my lips often so the lipstick gets cracked at the end of the day because of my chapped lips.
Previously, I also bought their classic matte red lipstick in Really Red (006). It’s indeed really red and since it’s matte, it doesn’t go on as smoothly. I find that putting on a bit of balm underneath (which should be standard practice really) helps it glide on much better.
(Tubes from Left to Right: Really Red, Siren, Demure)
(Myself using the Really Red lipstick)
I also have a bunch of lipsticks from their Beyond Natural collection. Some I got from Trish, the others I bought myself. My favorite from what I have is “Neutral Pink.” It’s almost nude but with a touch of pink, which I like since nude lipsticks don’t help my naturally colorless face 🙂
I only have one lipgloss from them at the moment. It’s called “Toast” – a peachy, umm.. toasty color. It’s goes well with “Siren”, “Peach”, and “Spice”. You can see the swatches below.
2. Revlon Photo Ready Compact Powder in Fair/Light (010)
I just got this product from a friend of mine who didn’t like it as much. She says it makes her oilier. I thought I’d give it a try since it has gotten a lot of good reviews online from makeup gurus. Their Photo Ready line is also one of Revlon’s more popular selection of products. I’ve been using it for two weeks now and I quite like it. I apply it using my own powder brush since the small one that goes with it is quite useless 😛 The powder is really fine with a slight shimmer. It really mattifies the face and provides good, even coverage. My only problem with it is it does make you feel oily after awhile (even though it doesn’t look oily). I don’t know why this is so. You can reapply though so it’s ok.
I tried to take a photo to illustrate my point but since I’m so low-tech (don’t own a decent camera, only used a webcam), I’m not sure if the effect is evident.
3. Revlon Beyond Natural Concealer/Highlighter Palette in Light-Medium (310)
Hmm… I never really appreciated this product until I learned how to use the highlighter only recently. Now I really think that it’s quite clever how they packed these two products together. More so that there’s more concealer alloted than the highlighter because technically, one would really use the concealer more than the highlighter. But I’m going off-track. Anyway, the concealer actually does what it says though I find that it may rub off some time during the day. More probably because of the humid weather rather than the product, actually. But the good thing about it is it doesn’t look like it’s melting when in the process of getting “rubbed off.” I do hate it when I see someone’s concealer/foundation melting right before my very eyes 😀 Girls probably know what I mean.
The highlighter, on the other hand, is also quite good. It adds a glow to a particular area without making it look too oily/shiny. Just enough healthy glow, in my opinion. It’s also easy to apply by hand since it’s cream-based. No brushes needed. Just make sure your hands are clean, though 🙂
(Product shot on top from Amazon; The bottom one is my palette. I need a new one soon!)
Here are the swatches for your reference:
(The concealer needs to be rubbed into the skin more to blend better. I left it un-blended so the color is visible. I know, it’s not quite the right color for my yellow-tinged hand but it works on my face. Oh and the dark thing is a bruise.)
4. Beyond Natural Blush/Bronzer Palette in Peach (410)
This one I bought after seeing it in Trish’s collection. I needed a peach-toned blush for more neutral/natural looks. This palette is interesting since it not only gives you the blush but also the bronzer to go with it. I use the bronzer for contouring and it does so quite well. I lent the product to a friend of mine and she was really happy with it. She said it made her look thinner. I very much agree with her sentiment.
(Photo on top from shopping.com; swatches by me at the bottom. Again, sorry for the bad quality foto. But the bronzer is much browner than the blush. The blush is a warm peach. Both are matte by the way – no shimmer.)
So there, most of my products are from the Beyond Natural line (thanks to Trish) but I’m thinking of trying their ColorStay eyeliners next. I’m on the lookout for good eyeliners since the cheap ones I bought are quite rubbish.
Hope some of you might have found this post useful.
(P.S. Thanks to Trish for pointing out that it’s called “Beyond Natural” rather than “Barely Natural.” Do excuse my blindness. The line is clearly written in the product shots. My eyes only see what they want to see 😀 )