I first spotted these on eBay a few months back and being the eager beaver that I am and spurred on by my recent favourable experiences with the Colorburst Matte and Lacquer Balms, I ordered two online to satisfy my curiosity. I picked up two more last week in my local Boots. Didn't bother with reviews or swatches, I just went mad and bought using my heart and not my head. Unfortunately, these have not been the hit that I was hoping for- now they are not terrible by any means- but they are far from the Kissable Balm Stains which I love and have ranted about many a time already.
Not to start off with a negative, we will jump into the positives. The shade range available in Ireland is decent- nude, reds, pinks, an orange and a plum. All very pretty and wearable. Of course we don't get the full spectrum that our Stateside sisters get but we're used to that on this side of the pond now. The packaging is tres chic- it's colour co-ordinated (long time readers of my blog will know that this makes me a very happy lady) and it's nice and neat. There is a nice heart shaped doe-foot applicator included for application, similar to the L'Oreal offering. The packaging feels very sturdy and the names of all the products are included on a little co-ordinated sticker at the bottom.
This product, overall, has left me feeling a little disappointed. Perhaps my hopes were too high but I don't think this was the case. I have tried and tried to love these, and I will persist, but these are not what I had hoped for. Upon first application, the texture of this product is a bit off-putting - it is very thick and does not apply evenly. The lightest colours in particular seem to glide over my lips without depositing any colour, and I have to smack my lips and reapply more times than I care to admit on the interwebs to just coat my lips once, never mind building up the colour opacity. London Posh is a divil for this in particular, it's the patchiest, most troublesome peachy nude shade that I have ever put on my lips and it takes WAY too much work to get it right. I've found with the other shades that I picked up- L.A. Exclusive, Barcelona Nights and Parisian Passion and that you need to apply a little at a time and blend it into your lips with your finger to get a decent result. Which is SUCH a pity because these have the potential for such greatness. The colour seems to settle somewhat after about 15 minutes so if you have the time to wait, the tricky application might not be a concern for you.
Of the four that I have, L.A. exclusive is my favourite in terms of shade and wear. In terms of wear, these are by no means the longest wearing colours and contrary to the name (when I hear 'Colorstay' and 'stain', I think maximum longevity, long lasting, weatherproof, bulletproof, not-gonna-budge makeup- is that just me??), I haven't found that these stain my lips, but they are very moisturising and gentle on the lips. I get about two-three hours out of these before I need to touch up, but they are high maintenance lip colours that require a lot of topping up, and I can't really relax when I am wearing these because they fade in patches and transfer too easily. Thankfully, these are not sticky so you will not have to keep peeling your hair from your lips. I haven't found that these particularly taste of anything but they do smell a bit plastic or synthetic before application.
Now I know some people have used and loved these, but they are just not really working for me, and I will keep plugging away with them, but so far I have had no luck. Which breaks my heart because every other Revlon lip product that I have tried has been awesome. I don't these are awful, but I do think that they are troublesome, and I won't be rushing out to pick up any more shades.
Now you've heard me give out, but I'd like to know what you guys think of these? Can you get them to work for you? If so, let me know in the comments below if you have any tips or tricks!