Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains – First Impression and Swatches

Have you guys heard the news that Revlon is jumping on the “gloss/gel/stain” bandwagon and just released a new collection called Colorstay Moisture Stain to their permanent line? I found these at my local Harmon/Face Values today in Central NJ and just had to pick some up to test out. I’m already a BIG FAN of YSL’s Glossy Stains and Maybelline’s Color Elixirs and I had a feeling these ones from Revlon would be similar.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in LA Exclusive, India Intrigue, Miami Fever and Rio Rush

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in LA Exclusive, India Intrigue, Miami Fever and Rio Rush

I’ll keep this short since it’s only a first impressions post, but I wanted to show you swatches on my lips for four out of the twelve colors I bought:

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in LA Exclusive, India Intrigue, Miami Fever and Rio Rush

From top: Rio Rush, Miami Fever, India Intrigue, and LA Exclusive

If I were to compare these to the Maybelline Color Elixirs, I would say they are similar, with even more of a “gel-like” feel to them. The Elixirs are more “gloss-like” in my opinion. The four colors I bought are definitely pigmented and go on fairly easy with the wide doe foot applicator and only needed about two swipes to become opaque and build up nicely. I’ve been wearing Rio Rush for about three hours now and it STILL has a beautiful shine and feels very comfortable. Not drying one bit!

There is a subtle scent when first applying these: reminds me of craft paint but luckily it fades very quickly and then there is no scent or taste at all. They also glide on with almost a cooling sensation but not tingly or minty- just cool. I am assuming that’s the “gel” properties in them?

As for stain power, since, well “stain” is in their name, I can tell you this: The darker, more vibrant shades like Rio Rush and India Intrigue definitely leave behind a slight stain but it’s nothing compared to say, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I think because these are meant to pack a color punch, last longer than a typical gloss AND be moisturizing, that’s most likely the reason they do not leave a darker stain, which for me, I’m happy about!

Stop over to my Instagram @kskybeauty and see more pics along with a photo I took of the display and all twelve shades in this collection! My Instagram feed is ALWAYS packed with the latest makeup/beauty finds, FOTDs, swatches for high-end and drugstore makeup and lots of beauty tips and pictorials! PLUS it’s updated multiple times a day, so make sure you follow me!

So have you found these babies in your local drugstore yet and which colors are you most interested in? Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Battle of the Liquid Lipsticks: Too Faced Melted vs. L.A. Girl Glazed vs. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color vs. OCC Lip Tar vs. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer

ARRREEE YOUUU REAAADDDYYY TO RUMMMBBBLLLEEE???

This week’s post is all about my adventures in liquid lipstick testing. There are some hot new lip products on the shelves lately, from drugstore to high end, and you all know me: I don’t discriminate; I’ll try them all! It seems to me the most popular ones are Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, L.A. Girl’s Glazed Lip Paint, Milani’s Lip Intense Liquid Color, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics or OCC’s Lip Tar and Rimmel’s Show Off Lip Lacquer. I’ve had a few of these babies in my collection already and picked up the Too Faced Melteds and L.A. Girl Glazed so I decided it was about time to write up a comparison for you all. First let’s do a packaging and swatch comparison between L.A. Girl and Too Faced since there was a lot of talk in the beauty community recently about how similar these products looked to each other when they were released a few weeks back:

L.A. Girl Glazed vs. Too Faced Melted Swatches

L.A. Girl Glazed (from left: Pin-Up, Bombshell, Hot Mess, Babydoll, Blushing and Coy) vs. Too Faced Melted (Melted Ruby, Melted Fuchsia, Melted Coral, Melted Peony, Melted Nude and Melted Violet) with swatches

Right off the bat, I can tell you the L.A. Girl Glazed are NOT dupes for Too Faced Melted. If you were hoping to save some cash and try out the less expensive versions from L.A. Girl, I wish I could tell you they are more similar in texture and color, but they’re really not. In my swatches above, the first three shades to the left look the most alike however, the formula on these is vastly different. I would say the Glazed are closer to OCC’s Lip Tars and the Melted are more of a true… well, “melted” lipstick. Too Faced are creamier, thicker and not as runny as L.A. Girl. Both pack a big punch when it comes to pigmentation and you only need one swipe to coat your lips in total opaqueness, which I love. The Melted lipsticks have a sweet, almost cherry scent and the Glazed have a minty scent and slightly tingle your lips but do not cause any burning sensations like some lip plumping products do. The Glazed are also more glossy than the Melted and harder to apply with their squeeze tip that is just a larger hole in the plastic slanted edge. I would recommend using a lip brush for a cleaner and neater application. The Melted leave a satin, almost matte finish, much like a regular lipstick in a tube would leave (unless it’s a high shine lipstick formula of course!) and the tip is fantastic- one of the best features to the packaging in my opinion: a slanted tip covered in a furry felted texture with tiny holes allowing the product through so you can achieve a more even and controlled application. Plus, the formula of the product is thicker and creamier so it doesn’t drip out or run all over your lips which is a bonus.

Let’s talk about staying power: because the Glazed are a tad on the runny side, I did notice feathering around my lips after 30 minutes or so. Kind of a bummer for me because I hate feather. I guess I could use a lip liner to help lock them in place and also give me a neater application so that’s a quick fix. Or you could wear these over a regular lipstick as well. The Glazed do stain your lips a tad. Not as much as say, the Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains do or an actual “lip stain” product, but they do leave behind a slight stain. Not so much with the lighter colors in the Melted line- only Ruby, Fuchsia and Violet left a slight stain, though not as much as the Glazed. I feel like Too Faced lasted longer on my lips before I needed a new swipe to punch up the color, say about 4 hours. L.A. Girl needed some help around those feathering lines an hour into my day and I found myself touching them up a lot more often, though the glossy shine did last a decent amount of time. When it comes to quality, hands down Too Faced Melted wins this battle! The tube itself feels rather nice in your hands and the applicator tip was really awesome. The quality of the product inside was of course much better too- felt more comfy on my lips and really wore nicely throughout the day. I would say these are worth their $21 price tag for 0.40 fl. oz./12mL of product. But I am not saying you shouldn’t pick up some L.A. Girl Glazed for ONLY $4 again with 0.40 fl. oz./12mL of product. They both smell, feel, look and last differently on the lips!

Now let’s talk about all the other liquid lipsticks in my collection and how these all compare to each other or scroll to the bottom to find out which brand wins out overall for the title of “Best Liquid Lipstick”.

Battle of the Liquid Lipsticks

Too Faced Melted in Fuschia (Melted Peony pictured here at the bottom only to show you the applicator tip since I do not have a full size of Melted Fuchsia, only a sample) vs. L.A. Girl Glazed in Bombshell vs. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral vs. OCC Lip Tar in Anime vs. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic

If were going to call them “liquid lipsticks” than Too Faced Melted, Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color ($7 for 0.20 fl. oz./6mL) and Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer ($6 for 0.18 fl. oz./9.8mL) feel to me like the closest thing to it. L.A. Girl Glazed and OCC Lip Tar ($18 for 0.33 fl. oz./6mL) feel so similar, very runny and glossy, with the Glazed taking the prize for most glossy out of them all. OCC Lip Tar stains the best in my opinion and both the Glazed and Lip Tars have that slightly tingly minty smell, taste and sensation. The least pigmentation and color payoff goes to Milani which have a very similar sweet cherry scent like Too Faced. Don’t get me wrong: Milani packs a punch! But You can see it’s a thinner formula, though more mousy compared to OCC and L.A. Girl but I felt like I needed two layers to achieve full opaqueness. Easiest to apply? Too Faced, Milani and the winner for best applicator: Rimmel which has a doe foot applicator that gives you just the right amount of product and a precise application with it’s extra slanted fuzzy tip! Love it! These all have great lasting power, much longer than a regular lipstick, so that’s a plus. And you never have to worry about breaking off your lipstick tube on a hot day or if you apply too much pressure: these are already in the perfect melted form! Now let’s check out my categories and see how each brand did:

Truest “Liquid Lipstick” Formula:

  • 1st Place: Too Faced
  • 2nd Place: Rimmel
  • 3rd Place: Milani

Glossiest Formula:

  • 1st Place: L.A. Girl
  • 2nd Place: Rimmel
  • 3rd Place: OCC

Longest Lasting Formula:

  • 1st Place: OCC
  • 2nd Place: Too Faced
  • 3rd Place: Rimmel

Most Comfortable Formula:

  • 1st Place: Too Faced
  • 2nd Place: Milani
  • 3rd Place: Rimmel

Best Pigmentation:

  • 1st Place: OCC
  • 2nd Place: Too Faced
  • 3rd Place: L.A. Girl

Best Packaging/Applicator:

  • 1st Place: Rimmel
  • 2nd Place: Too Faced
  • 3rd Place: Milani
  • LAST PLACE: OCC- I should mention I am NOT a fan of OCC’s packaging at all but I know a lot of people love it. I can’t wait for OCC to come out with stick versions of their colors!

And finalllyyy… Overall Best Liquid Lipstick Winner (based on all categories and my rigorous testing): Drumroll please…

  • 1st Place: Too Faced
  • 2nd Place: Rimmel
  • 3rd Place: OCC

Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks and which ones are your favorites? Any other brands I didn’t mention that you think are worth a shot? Please leave me a comment and let me know. I love chatting with you all and getting to hear YOUR options and favorites! Thanks for stopping by and I hope I was able to help you find a new liquid lipstick that you might want to pick up now!