Revlon were huge when I was a teenager, but in recent years I haven’t heard much about them so I was pleasantly surprised when this beautiful box of goodies arrived. I love a bit of PR hay (yes, that’s the technical term) – it’s so nice when brands go that extra mile with the packaging and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and have a play!
The Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours were the first to catch my eye, and though they aren’t something I would have necessarily bought myself (I am a matte lip addict), I have fallen in love with them. The formula is a light weight, gel consistency with a sheer, glossy finish and they both smell divine.
The two shades I have are 760 Vineyard (a mauve berry tone) and 710 Desert (a pale pinky nude shade) – both of which I adore. I can just about get away with Desert on my skin tone, but I think if my skin was a tad darker, I may find this shade too pale on it’s own without a lip liner.
I love that they’re so easy to throw on; they feel weightless and so comfortable on the lips without being sticky. For some reason, I always assume my hair will stick to anything with a glossy finish and it will annoy me, but these two have proven me wrong!
They aren’t the most long wearing which is to be expected from this type of formula, but I like the way that they wear off and they’re buildable, meaning they are very easy to touch up. In fact, I love them so much that they’ve both been in my handbag ever since they arrived – and you know that ‘handbag lipsticks’ are the ones we reach for all the time!
The cream highlighter and blush; Revlon Photo Ready Instafix Stick in Gold Light and Revlon Insta Blush in Berry Kiss didn’t blow me away, but they’re great for a natural, every day makeup look. The highlight is slightly creamier than the blush so it is easier to apply directly to the skin without disturbing the foundation underneath. It leaves a pretty dewy, gold champagne toned sheen on the skin which is quite subtle on my skin tone – perfect for those sunny days (that we haven’t had here yet)!
I love that it doesn’t contain glitter as when I get breakouts, they always tend to be exactly where I would highlight my cheekbones and glitter always accentuates any uneven texture. Therefore, this is a great alternative for those hormonal days. I also reckon it would make a nice base for a powder highlight when you want something more striking – but this is something I have yet to experiment with.
The formula of blush is quite stiff and difficult to work with if applied to the skin directly as it removes any foundation underneath and leaves quite a harsh stripe across the face. I prefer to apply it straight onto my damp blending sponge and stipple it onto my cheeks for a natural flush of colour. It isn’t very pigmented but it is buildable, so it’s ideal for those that just want a bit of colour on their cheeks without it looking too strong.
Sadly, the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipstick in Seduction is a bit of a fail for me. I love the slim frosted tube, doe foot applicator and the pinky nude shade is very pretty. However, once again, I can just about get away with it on my skin tone and if I had a tan, this would definitely be too pale for me.
The pigmentation and finish is what lets it down in my opinion; it isn’t matte or even semi-matte as it never really dries down and almost feels like a velvety finish on the lips. Though it feels comfortable on, if it had a tiny bit more pigment in it to completely cover my naturally dark lips, then I think it could be a winner.
I have really enjoyed trying out these products and rediscovering Revlon after all these years. Next time I pass by one of their stands, I want to see the other shades in the Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours range as I’m obsessed! If you’re on the hunt for an ‘easy to throw on’ glossy lip colour, I can’t recommend these enough.
Do you have any other Revlon favourites I need to keep an eye out for?