Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss – #042 “Bellini”

My newest drugstore treasure is a lipgloss that took me by surprise. Revlon is my number one go-to drugstore brand because it’s reliable, performs well, and I’ve rarely been disappointed. Although this is my first Colorburst lipgloss by Revlon, I’m happy to note that I will be looking into other colors. If I were to rank my three lipgloss brands, it would be Laura Mercier, Revlon, and Chanel.

As many of you already know, I’m rather picky about lipgloss and the formula and consistency. Various shades will look pretty in the tube, but we’re paying for the color inside, and I’m happy to report that the Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in the shade “Bellini” is a must-have right away.

The packaging is sleek and thin, much like Chanel’s. I like that it’s not stubby and bulky and I appreciate its matte and textured black handle. The wand is a bit different; although it’s sponge-tipped, it’s thin and curved inwards so it fits perfectly on the lips. I like that you can glide it along your lips as the color spreads evenly. You’d be surprised how many sponge-tipped applicators dump gloopy color onto your lips.

The color is not that unique – a pinky, peachy tone that every brand out there makes. I just found it to be very pretty while perusing through the drugstore and didn’t expect much. However, the formula is perfect – it’s not sticky, but not too thin that it wears off quickly. It doesn’t collect in the corners of my mouth and the color translates very well onto my lips.

On my medium-pigmented lips, it’s slightly nudey colored but still remains pinky-peach so it pairs nicely with any eye look you’ve got going on, whether it’s dramatic or natural. I would definitely recommend this over any lipgloss, but I do have to say that my beloved Laura Mercier glosses will always be number one for me.

You can find this at your local drugstore and prices do vary. I think it’s a great deal, great color, and great formula – so, it’s a win-win for everyone. What are some of your favorite drugstore glosses? If you’ve already tried the Colorburst range from Revlon, how do you like it?

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Drugstore Goodies: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

The newly released Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains has caused quite a frenzy since their availabilty in the U.S. As a more affordable option compared to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, this is another star product from Team Drugstore.

These lip colors come in a retractable, plastic tube that does not need to be sharpened. The color of the tubes reflect the color of the product, which is nice since it can easily be identified. Twist the silver-tipped end to reveal more product. I think the design concept is cute and delicate; and best of all, I like that you don’t have to sharpen it.

The name Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain describes the product perfectly. The balmy texture is a creamy formula that is kind of gel-like as well. Its application is smooth and doesn’t drag against the lips. The “just bitten” part of the title is essentially what the product stands for – the perfect amount of stained color that allows you lips to look bitten. Once applied, the color doesn’t transfer as much as a lipstick because it isn’t as slick. At the same time, it’s not drying on the lips either.

Revlon’s website describes the product as “a lightweight lipstain + moisturizing balm,” stating that “100% of women who tried it felt their lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color.”

I woudln’t say that this product is so moisturizing that you can throw away your chapstick, but it does its job and that’s what counts. I especially like that this can be an alternative to the Chubby Sticks by Clinique – and, dare I say I prefer this over YSL’s Glossy Stains…

I photographed swatches in 2 different angles and lighting situations to show you the shine and glisten from the product. The color blends well into your lips; and, even though it’s sheer, it delivers the perfect amount of color without being too opqaue – because then, that just looks like paint.

Colors shown here are “Cherish,” “Charm,” and “Rendenzvous.” Out of the three, “Charm” is my favorite since it’s a soft muted peachy color that’s not quite nude. The satin finishes of these products are beautiful because it’s not too glossy and it’s not matte like most traditional stains. The lasting power is pretty decent – I would 3 + hours with drinking. If I apply this after lunch, the remaining color lingers nearly up until I go home after work.

All have minty scents, which I personally found to be kind of disappointing. I don’t mind the scent, but I was expecting a tropical, fruity scent – like jolly ranchers. Perhaps it’s the packaging and the summer colors that gave me that impression, lol.

And, finally, I’ll close this post by saying that there’s 12 colors to choose from and they’re quite difficult to find. Because they’re a hot commodity, all the good colors go quickly and I was lucky to have tracked down the colors I wanted. Currently, I don’t see them at Walgreens or CVS but that may change pretty soon. I find Just Bitten products at Target. Check it out.

Retails between $7-9 each.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.revlon.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Trusty Drugstore Products

So, it’s already quite obvious I’m a product junkie; and, nothing excites me more than trying new things. In fact, it’s in those moments I’m stalking the internet – YouTube videos and blogs – that I start getting unnecessary ideas into my head. Then before I know it, there I am at various “hot spots” – like, Sephora, Ulta, Target, etc. – and unable to control my growing stash of produts. I’m ashamed, I know.

I’m a firm believer in ‘you get what you pay for’ and have always invested in products and clothing items for their quality. However, realistically speaking, at some point we all come to the realization that quality aside – it’s the brand name we’re actually shelling out our money for. With all this said, I find it interesting that the products that I keep coming back to (after venturing off), or products that I always seem to re-purchase are a few trusty drugstore products.

And, let me just preface this entry by saying that I’m quite hard to please and am insanely picky about various products and their performance. So, when I’m constantly re-purchasing something – it really does mean I really like it. :)

Once a week or so I use a clarifying shampoo and deep condition my hair with a deep conditioner or a hair mask. In between, I like to stick to my Phyto products, but as I’ve said before, I’m picky. Still, ’til this very day, I have been unable to find a good clarifying shampoo that doesn’t dry my hair out – and, in some cases, fancier brands claim to clarify and rid your hair of build up and oil, but it just makes your hair feel more oily! Neutrogena‘s Anti-Residue Shampoo is about $6 and lasts nearly a year for me since I use it so infrequently.

Neutrogena claims that “this is a shampoo treatment that instantly removes up to 95% of dulling residue caused by shampoos, conditioners and styling products.” The product “cleans hair thoroughly and easily rinses away,” and claims that after using this your favorite/regular shampoo will work even better. This shampoo works with all hair types, is non-irritating, and rinses clean. I like that your hair is left clean and refreshened, but not dried out and hard to manage because it’s stiff.

The conditioning treatment I like to use with the shampoo is Neutrogena‘s Triple Moisture Pure Strength Conditioning Treatment. It claims to “transform weak, brittle, extra dry hair into stronger, more resilient hair.” The tube says that the treatment will “reverse damage and strengthen all three layers of the hair strand from the inside and out.” The “naturally derived extracts penetrate deep into the strand to repair the core, while wheat proteins fill in tiny holes in the cuticle, sealing in moisture and reinforcing strands against future damage.” The two products do wonders for my hair; and, all for a little over $10. Not too shabby.

Next, my Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover and Cetaphil soap are a must-have. Lancome’s Bi-Facil eye makeup remover is pretty awesome, but at nearly $30 for a teeny bottle, I gotta take my business elsewhere. Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover does the job just as well – including removing stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner – so for around $7, I’m a happy camper.

Cetaphil soap is what I’m sticking with. Before, I was spending anywhere between $15-$45 on stuff to wash my face with, and to be quite honest, they were either not getting my face clean or the product was breaking me out – which is no good either way, obviously. So after wasting money for awhile, I tried Cetaphil and haven’t looked back since. Yet another awesome product for about $5. Awesome.

And, finally, my all-time favorite mascara that never fails me: L’Oreal Volumious Mascara in Carbon Black (waterproof). It’s great for layering over a lengthening mascara; it gives you a slighty thick-ish and mildly clumpy-look, which I totally love. Even when I’m experimenting with other mascaras and they’re not getting the job done, I bust this baby out and it fixes all my problems.

Sonia Kashuk‘s brush cleaner is awesome and works so much better than MAC’s cleanser. The squirt bottle is user-friendly and doesn’t waste product. Instead of directly dipping your brushes into to cleanser, you wet them first and then spray the cleanser directly onto the bristles. When you rub the bristles in your hand, there’s a rich lather that smells like sweet lavender and you see color dripping away. No need to separately deep-cleanse because this is a two-in-one. Your brushes are clean, sanitized, and super soft.

What are some of your trusty drugstore products?

Drugstore Goodies

So, rumors have been circulating through the YouTube and blog world that drugstore brands are coming out with bomb-diggity products in the year 2012. I must say that I got sucked into this trend and so on my way home today, I stopped by Walgreens and CVS in a non-busy area to score some goodies. And, much to my surprise, I think I was the first one one-scene – mainly since the displays were untouched and stocked fully.

L’Oreal Color Riche Balm SPF 15:

colors: 218 Rose Elixir, 118 Pink Satin

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush:

colors: Peach Satin, Rose Petal, Fresh Pink, Orchid Hush

L’Oreal Infallible Cream/Mousse Eyeshadow 24 HR:


colors: 890 Bronzed Taupe, 997 Eternal Sunshine

Maybelline Color Tattoo By Eye Studio 24 HR Cream Shadow:


colors: 25 Bad to the Bronze, 05 Too Cool, 35 Tough as Taupe

More information on these later after my usual experimentation process. So far, I’m loving the L’Oreal Color Riche Balms way better than Revlon’s Lip Butters. Yes, Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows are exactly like MAC’s paint pots, but way cheaper. My favorite from the get-go are the Infallible shadows by L’Oreal; the moussey texture is just like Armani’s Eyes to Kill shadows, but retail for fraction of the price. Seriously. The Dream Bouncy Blushes are buy 1 get 1 half off and are really cute. I haven’t played with them yet, but I’m definitely going to dabble in them in the next few weeks.

So far, I’m quite pleased with what I snagged today. I haven’t been this excited and happy with my purchases at the drugstore in a long time. I feel the urge to get more of the Infallible shadows while they’re still available, but I will control myself…or at least attempt to.

What are you liking? Anything you want to pick up for yourself?

*Swatch pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Product pictures taken on Blackberry Bold
*Click on images to enlarge.