Beauty Test Drive: Revlon Colorstay Lipstick

I discovered Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick by accident. I was at Walgreens (because I’m always at Walgreens) looking for a long-wearing pink lipstick. I picked one that had some promising adjectives in the title (“infallible” was involved, or maybe it was “impenetrable”?) and brought it up to the counter. The woman rang it up, then examined the label and frowned. “Are you looking for a lipstick that lasts?” she asked.

“Yes,” I told her. “All my pink lipsticks fade within an hour. I need something heavy duty.”

She ran over to the Revlon section and grabbed a tube of the Colorstay. “This,” she said, “is the only lipstick I’ve ever tried that only comes off with makeup remover.” That sounded pretty hardcore, so I put the other one back and bought the Revlon instead.

I went home and put some on–the color is rich and buildable, and sure enough, at the end of the day when I washed my face and was about to go to bed, I realized my lips were still pink. Bright pink. Mission accomplished.

Another thing I love about it? Most longlasting lipsticks require a two-step process: you apply the color, then you seal it in with a sticky gloss that may or may not be the same substance used to caulk bathroom tiles. This version of Revlon Colorstay lipstick is just applied like a regular lipstick. Let it dry, then enjoy a lip color that lasts for all eternity–or at least until you wash it off.

The downside: it does dry out your lips a bit, but a few swipes of Chapstick throughout the day is enough to remedy that issue. Overall, I’m impressed.

[Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, $9,]