21 Aug 2017

New in from Revlon

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When I say new in, I mean new in my collection, at least. Revlon is one of the few drugstore brands that I hadn't really had much of an experience with, but now I'm kicking myself for missing out on their products for all of these years. I hadn't originally been planning a full, dedicated post on these products, instead intending to feature them in a roundup or currently testing post, but I was so surprised by how much I love them I figured they deserved it. It's been a little while since I felt so excited about new makeup, and when you find yourself reaching for the same products day after day you just know that they're worth shouting about.

I've always seen Revlon as being at the slightly more expensive end of drugstore brands, which is probably one of the main reasons I'd never tried much from them before. To be fair, though, the prices are pretty in keeping with other brands in stores now, so that does seem like a bit of a misconception on my part. In saying that, though, I do feel like the packaging for their products is reflective of this image, with plenty of simple yet sleek shapes and nothing too "gimmicky". It feels a bit more sophisticated than some of the other brands on offer in the likes of Boots and Superdrug, which is always a nice touch.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

One of my main associations, when I think of Revlon, is their advertising campaign for their liquid lipsticks featuring Emma Stone which ran a few years back. At the time, I had intended on picking one up to try, because I quite fancied myself as Emma Stone, but it never materialised. Fast forward a few years and I am obsessed with the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. I love liquid lipsticks, but feel like drugstore offerings can be pretty lacking in comparison to the likes of high-end brands such as Too Faced and Kat Von D, but Revlon proved me wrong. This is one of the most lightweight and creamy formulas I've tried, including my high-end favourites, and I am seriously impressed. I've been wearing the shade Seduction, a warm nude that leans towards blush pink, most days because it's just so damn easy to wear. 

The coverage is opaque with just one layer, but I do think the darker shades might need a couple for a non-streaky finish. The formula isn't quite entirely matte, more semi matte, and takes a couple of minutes to properly dry, but it isn't even slightly drying and is so comfortable to wear all-day long. There's very little transfer when eating, so you don't need to worry about constant top-ups, and it doesn't give that chalky, cracked finish that some mattes can. There are 12 shades in the range, with six leaning on the brighter side and six a bit more neutral. I'd like a slightly rosier nude because that's a shade I reach for a lot, but think some of the vampier shades would be beautiful for autumn. It's worth mentioning that these are very strongly scented, with a super sweet vanilla scent that does linger, so it's not one for those who aren't keen on scented products. I love it though, it smells like candy floss, so that's nice.

Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor

One of the newer releases that had caught my eye when it appeared all over Instagram was the Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor, a twist-up lipstick that boasts a super hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of my wonder products, and I'm always drawn in when I see it used in a product. My lips are dry pretty much all year round, which can be annoying, so as much as I love a good matte shade I do tend to gravitate towards more hydrating formulas for daily wear. These feel like a tinted balm in a tube, giving a strong wash of colour alongside a boost of hydration. I've been using two shades: Desert, a warm-toned pink nude that's similar to the matte Seduction, and Vineyard which is a deeper pink red shade. Desert is the perfect daily lipstick for me, particularly when my lips are feeling a bit too dry for a matte formula.

Being similar to a balm in consistency, you'd be forgiven for expecting a sheer coverage, however, and the two shades I have actually have great pigmentation with just one application. I'm not sure how the darker colours would fare, but the light, hydrating formula lends itself to layering so the colour can be built up even further if you'd prefer a more intense shade. I find these last relatively well, with about 6 hours wear time, but don't stand up to food and drink quite as well as the matte formula. The tall, thin applicator makes it very easy to apply without any mess or fuss, so it's ideal for popping in your bag for topping up throughout the day. It does fade very evenly in my experience, without leaving that tell-tale outline around your lips, so that's a bonus if you don't want to reapply. Again, these are quite strongly scented, however, I find that the scent of the gel sticks fades a lot faster than that of the matte formula.

This formula has fast become a firm favourite of mine, and if you're looking for an easy-to-wear daily lipstick then I think this is definitely one to try. Like the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor, there are 12 shades in the range, covering your standard nudes, pinks and reds as well as some beautiful fuschia and purple shades too.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Instafix Stick Blush

Blusher sticks are pretty new to me, as I'm not really a huge fan of cream blusher formulas in the first place, or even stick-based products at that. Blame my poor blending skills, but I just really struggle to make stick applicators look anything other than streaky. The Instafix Stick Blush comes in two shades, Rose Gold Kiss and Berry Kiss, with the latter being the shade I have. Housed in a twist-up tube, Revlon claims that this blusher is "mistake proof" and is perfect for applying anywhere. The sticks have a cream-to-powder formula, which I thought I'd get on with, but I do find it drags a little on the skin when applying straight from the stick. This is possibly due to my drier skin, but in my experience, it applies better using my fingers to tap it on and blend out. I think this formula benefits from the warmth of your fingers/skin when it comes to blending, as I don't find the results to be as seamless when using a brush to blend instead. The Instafix Stick Blush gives quite a gentle wash of colour, which I like because I'm not all too big on blusher, which blends out well into a powder that can be gently diffused across your base. If you're looking for something less subtle, this is not the one for you, but it suits me down to a tee. Unlike the lip products, the Instafix Stick Blush isn't even slightly scented.

PhotoReady Instafix Highlighting Stick

Unlike blusher sticks, I do have a bit of experience with highlighter sticks, but again I do often feel like they end up looking streaky on my skin. There's something about stick applicators that make me feel like I'm dragging my foundation off without actually adding anything to my base, but the PhotoReady Instafix Highlighting Stick actually surprised me. Again marketed as being mistake proof, the highlighting stick also comes in two shades, Pink Light and Gold Light. I don't think pink toned highlighters suit my skin tone, but I love warmer gold and champagne shades like Gold Light. This feels a lot creamier on application than the blush sticks, with no dragging across the skin, so can be applied directly from the stick or with your fingers. This blends out so well, allowing for you to choose the intensity of the glow with ease. I was surprised by how pigmented the PhotoReady Instafix Highlighting Stick is, and it gives quite an intense colour with just one swipe, but as mentioned it is super easy to blend which makes it a lot more wearable for highlighter novices like me. It also gives a stunning glow when applied under foundation, which is great for a slightly more toned down look. I was actually kind of mesmerised with this highlighter, as I felt like it really gave me that "glow" that everyone talks about on Instagram. It also stays put seriously well, despite the super creamy formula, and I managed to get a good eight hours of wear out of it. Even though I'd tried highlighting sticks in the past I wasn't really converted until I tried this one, now I'm hooked. Yeah, I think it's love.

So do you see why I'm kicking myself for not giving Revlon a proper chance sooner rather than later? Although I'm still not entirely sold on blusher sticks, both of the lip products and the highlighter stick have me hook, line and sinker. The best part? All of these products are under a tenner. I'm sorry for forsaking you, Revlon, I promise I'll be paying a lot more attention to you in the future.


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