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.
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.
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.