Friday, 27 July 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Honey and Romantic

I seem to be buying a lot of Revlon recently but that's because they have so many gorgeous products out at the moment. I just can't help myself! I picked up two of their new Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Honey, a nude-pink, and Romantic, a post-box red. 

The design of the pens is very similar to Clinique's Chubby Sticks, although I can confirm that the formulas feel very different, from scent to texture to colour (I have yet to review my Chubby Stick, but watch this space). The packaging of the Just Bitten Kissables is sleek, with a twist-up design meaning no need for sharpeners. I like the silver cap at the bottom of each stick and the way the colour of the tube denotes the colour of the product inside.

'Romantic' and 'Honey'
'Honey' and 'Romantic'
The pens smell extremely minty, which is great if you're a fan of mint, but not so great if you're not! One of my friends was immediately put off by this, but I happen to love mint and so am more than happy to use them based on smell! Revlon describe the pens as 'a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain' that lasts 'hour after hour' (click here for Revlon website). Upon application the formula does indeed feel like a balm, and does feel moisturising. Once the balm feeling has worn off after a couple of hours they definitely do leave behind a stain, which does indeed last for hours. I tend to top-up every so often because the immediate balmy texture is so nice. 

The colour of the tubes gives a very accurate indication of the colour of the product when applied. 'Honey' is a nude pink colour, very flattering for everyday wear, and as such I've been using this one a lot. 'Romantic' is a post-box red colour, easy to apply and easy to blend without any wonky-ness or dreaded uneven lip-lining. I like to blend using my finger to give a more gentle effect. 


I really like these and will continue to use them regularly as part of my make-up routine. I think they're reasonably priced and I reckon they'll last quite a long time before needing to be replaced. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are on sale for £5.99 each at Boots (usual price stated as £7.99)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Pretty in peach pt 2 with Revlon Photoready cream blush & Sleek Blush powder

In my previous post  I wrote about the wonders of peach lip colours, and on my most recent trip to Superdrug I noticed Revlon's new cream blushers. I chose 'Pinched', a peach shade; there's also a pink one but I thought it looked a bit too bright for me. And, as you know, I'm head over heels in love with peach at the moment, so couldn't resist!

The packaging is simple and attractive, with a sturdy black lid (although on first opening the lid wasn't screwed on properly, meaning as I went to pry it from the cardboard box it came in, my finger slipped under the lid straight into the blush. Which left an annoying dent on the surface, but oh well, no lasting harm done). It's quite a big pot, making it good value for money. 

I've found in the past that some cream blushers can be tricky to smooth on to the skin, requiring more of a rubbing motion which inevitably wipes away the foundation underneath. Thankfully, the Photoready blush doesn't suffer from this, and smooths on easily. I tend to dab my middle finger in the pot before patting and smoothing onto the apples of my cheeks gently, which seems to do the trick. As you can see, the shade is a light peach, with a very slight shimmer. 

It gives a healthy glow and lasts a good four or five hours after application. But the fun doesn't stop there! I also picked up a Sleek powder blusher in 'Rose Gold', which is a gorgeous peachy-coral with gold shimmer.

'Rose Gold''
The packaging is, well, sleek (sorry) and neatly sized, with a little mirror enclosed for easy application on the go. 

I must admit, I've become a little obsessed with this blush. The colour is so summery and the powder is highly pigmented, making it easy to load on to a blusher brush, and easy to blend. It leaves a lovely shimmery sheen on cheekbones and I also dust a little down my nose and across my forehead (but only a little!) I love the shimmery finish as it makes me look a lot less pale without the need for bronzer or lashings of tinted moisturiser/foundation. 

'Rose Gold' on brush 
'Rose Gold'
The best part is, the two products work extremely well together in delivering a sun-kissed, peachy look. I apply the cream blush first followed by a light sweep of the powder along cheekbones, brightening the face and creating the peachy look I love. Combined with the Revlon lip products detailed in my last blog post, it's peachy perfection (I just can't resist a bit of alliteration..!)

Revlon Photoready cream blusher is on sale for £5.99 at Superdrug (click here)

Sleek powder blusher costs £4.29 at Superdrug (click here

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Pretty in peach with Revlon Colorburst lipstick & gloss

Although the weather is miserable and I'm wearing a big snuggly cardigan as I type, that's no excuse for not embracing summery make-up. I've become a convert to the peach lip, usually favouring pinks and corals, but now ever so slightly obsessed with juicy peach shades. 

Revlon kick-started my obsession with their Colorburst range. I know everyone's currently into Revlon's Lip Butters, which are indeed gorgeous (I've got two- click here for the review), but I decided to go for the Colorburst lipstick in 075 Peach and Colorburst lipgloss in 022 Sunset Peach. (A quick note- some Boots stores appear to have replaced Colorburst lipsticks with the new Lip Butters... I really hope that doesn't mean the lipsticks are being phased out permanently :s)

Here's a pic of the sleek black packaging, very easy on the eye:

Sunset Peach & Peach 
The lipgloss packaging reminds me of Chanel, which is only ever a good thing! Both products are generous in terms of content(although I accidentally pulled off the stickers that detail the exact weight etc- sorry!). The best part about these peachy beauties is that they look great layered together, by way of lipstick and then gloss. 

I've taken some photos of swatches, although unfortunately not any pictures of my mouth as I have a cold and don't feel too pretty at the moment :( But the colours on my hand really capture what the products look like upon application. 

075 Peach Colorburst lipstick

Lipstick swatch
The lipstick has a touch of gold shimmer and is an extremely flattering peach shade- not too orangey (it doesn't make your teeth look yellow!) with a good hint of coral. 

022 Sunset Peach Colorburst lipgloss

Lipgloss swatch
The gloss is a lighter peach, with hints of gold shimmer and a more 'nudey' tone. It feels moisturising and non-tacky. 

And now for the two mixed together...

Lipstick & gloss combined
It might not look that different in the photo above, but I promise that the lipstick and gloss combined give a really pretty gold-peach colour that refrains from being too orange, and looks extremely natural. Very easy to wear! Would go great with a light dusting of peachy blusher or bronzer and a sweep of mascara. Lovely! Now if only the weather would improve...

Revlon Colorburst lipstick retails for £7.99 at Boots, click here.

Revlon Colorburst lipgloss also retails for £7.99 at Boots, click here.