Date of Purchase: Fall 2012
Notes: This blog has taken a turn for the glossy, hasn't it? I swear it's just a coincidence that my current Gloss Period (cf. here, here, here) intersects with the part of my lipstick chronology that comprises my first Gloss Period, i.e. late 2012. Well, that was an awkward sentence. I'm writing a dissertation on seventeenth-century concepts of time, which means, of course, that I can no longer write coherently about time. Let's try again. I've been buying and reviewing a lot of glosses in the past few months. Simultaneously, I've reached an especially gloss-filled section of my lipstick chronology. That will have to do.
Every American drugstore brand seems to have a dupe for NARS Orgasm lip gloss, and Peony is Revlon's iteration: a semi-opaque peach crammed with gold glitter. It must be the most un-me lip color ever created, far outside my fuchsia-violet-pinkyred comfort zone. Why did I buy it? All I can remember is that I picked up Revlon Bordeaux after reading this post, and Arianne recommended Peony just as enthusiastically. I didn't stop to consider that I never wore warm pinks or glittery lip colors. Instead, I bought the epitome of everything I had always avoided:
As you can see, it's looking a little dry, due to its age (75 in gloss years?) and the fact that glitter-filled glosses tend to dry out more quickly. But in a closeup in direct sunlight, Peony doesn't look a day over three months.
I suspect that many people consider Peony a layering gloss, but it delivers a fair amount of pigment on its own:
Anyway, I betrayed my ideals and layered Peony over two lipsticks. First, Maybelline Nude Lust, a light pinky beige:
Ugh, I hate this. For some reason, the peach base and gold glitter make the nude lipstick look muddy. I had much better luck with Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak, a peachy pink:
The Peony + Nude Lust combination looks a little better in context, but only a little:
And, for good measure, Peony on its own:
One more thing: Why is this gloss called "Peony"? Peonies are usually a cooler pink, no? Did Revlon wanted a name that sounded like "peach" without actually being "Peach"? How does one get paid to name beauty products? Questions, questions.