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Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick
It’s been a while since Revlon made an appearance in this blog. Their Lip Butters were the last lip products I dabbled into as I didn’t get on with the their Colorburst Matte Balms. I recently swatched the Velvet Suede range during a Watson’s visit but I wasn’t impressed by the formula, either. So when Revlon sent over this newest range, dubbed the Ultra HD lipsticks, I was excited at the same time skeptical because of my sentiments on their previous releases. I mean, what is Ultra HD anyway? It reminded me of when Enzo and I were scouting for a new TV. I mean, I wouldn’t want the teeniest bits of dry patches on my lips to be magnified x100 in ultra-clear high-def.
Packaging. First, let me share my gripe on the packaging – the lipsticks don’t swivel all the way down! That’s just a no-no for someone as clumsy as me and puts lipstick caps back on as if I had my eyes closed. I literally had to spend a good 20 seconds to carefully put the lids back on for each of these. My favorite Revlon tubes were the Super Lustrous black and silver ones.
Formula. Incredibly smooth and creamy (but not heavy) with a slight silicone-y feel. These are surprisingly very pigmented in one layer, although with the non-reds, I have to do two swipes to even out a full layer as it tends to be patchy on some areas where I’m drier. The finish is high-sheen, not particularly liquid-y glossy. On camera though, it looks 10x better, which I think is where the HD factor comes in as the lipsticks are quite photogenic.
But in person, right after application, the non-red shades look patchy and uneven. Half an hour or so after application though, the sheen dries down and the lipsticks register more satin/soft demi-matte (see last photo below). I have to also point out that Hibiscus and Orchid tend to cling on to dry patches and settle on lip lines so if you’ve imperfect lips (as I do), they’re not the most flattering. The same couldn’t be said for the two reds which apply evenly and flawlessly. On a positive note, these aren’t drying at all. And despite looking like the lipstick just sits atop the lips, the formula is lightweight and doesn’t make you want to just wipe them off from the heaviness that most cream lipsticks make you feel. Is it possibly because the lipsticks are wax-free and of gel-technology? Possibly.
Shades. I appreciate that Revlon sent in one peach (Hibiscus), one pink (Orchid) and two reds (a bright one, Gladiolus and a darker one, Dahlia). These are all one layer swatches on the lips. Absolutely love Dahlia and Gladiolus as they both apply evenly and fuss-free. They also tend to look more high-sheen on photos because of the sun reflects, but in person, they’re more subdued and not as shiny. The photo on the left shows how the shades dry down to a softer demi-matte/satin.
Have you tried these Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks? If not, are you keen on trying them? Let me know your thoguhts!
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