Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pinks for Winter: Revlon Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights and Lip Butter in Lollipop

I was planning to wait until spring to buy these two bright pinks, but I had a $7-off-$17 coupon for Revlon burning a hole in my wallet, and there were no other Revlon products I really wanted. So here we are: my first Moisture Stain, Barcelona Nights, and my sixth Lip Butter, Lollipop. (Seventh, if you count the tube of Pink Truffle I lost earlier this year and had to replace.) Because I'm a past master at justifying lipstick purchases, I concluded that Barcelona Nights and Lollipop would help me escape my seasonal rut of brick-plum-wine. We'll see if that happens. I'm wearing Revlon's Matte Balm in Sultry as I type this, so maybe not.


The latest drugstore answer to YSL's Glossy Stains, Revlon's Moisture Stains came out this past spring. I held off on trying them for a few reasons, the first one entirely irrational: I find the phrase "moisture stain" disgusting. "Oh, that's a pretty color on your lips. What is it?" "Thanks, it's a MOISTURE STAIN." Also, my sensitive diva lips react badly to many long-wearing formulas, and I just don't wear glosses very often. But after reading positive reviews from Lena and Liz, among others, I decided to buy a Moisture Stain in a color underrepresented in my collection: Barcelona Nights, a bright, warm reddish pink. Lena mentioned that it reminded her of Dior's Fluid Stick in Wonderland, and having swatched Wonderland a few months ago, I think that's absolutely right.


Here's Barcelona Nights compared to two vaguely similar pinks: Maybelline Vivid Rose (left) and Milani Flamingo Pose (right). Vivid Rose is cooler, appearing almost purple next to Barcelona Nights, while Flamingo Pose is softer and warmer. Barcelona Nights is slightly too cool to be considered coral, but only slightly. It reminds me of one of my favorite nail polishes, Chanel Tapage.


Like the Glossy Stains, the Moisture Stains come in a vial with a doe-foot applicator. Unfortunately, the Moisture Stain vials are opaque, so it's hard to know how much you've used.


I put on Barcelona Nights just as I do Rouge Gouache: one layer that I work into my lips slightly with my finger and allow to set for a minute, then another layer applied with the brush to add gloss and full color. The formula feels sticky and gooey when it first goes on, but it sets within a few minutes. For the look below, I kept the rest of my makeup minimal and matte: Milani Bella Taupe on my eyes and Sleek Life's a Peach on my cheeks.


Despite the vibrancy of Barcelona Nights, the color can look uneven when applied: it's especially hard to get a smooth application on the upper lip. The brush is stiff and a little awkward, and I find myself using my fingers to wipe away smudges and corral the color inside my lip lines. But for me, the effect is worth it.


I'm a compulsive toucher-upper of lipstick and gloss; it always makes me feel calm and focused. But in order to put Barcelona Nights' longevity to the test, I forced myself not to reapply it for several hours. Here it is freshly applied:


I LOVE THIS COLOR. It's like a jellied rose. But does it stay vibrant throughout the day? Alas, no. This is just an hour later, after coffee and half a muffin. The color has faded dramatically, but the shine still lingers.


And a few hours later, after lunch:


Yikes. I would expect this kind of fading from an ordinary lipstick, not from a product whose name promises long wear. I can vouch that the final stain does hang on for a while longer, but why would I want it to? It looks hideous. In fairness, my YSL Glossy Stain also wears off after a full meal, but it does stay put through a drink and a snack.

To sum up, Barcelona Nights is definitely more long-wearing than most glosses and even some lipsticks, but it will need to be reapplied unless you eat or drink absolutely nothing all day (and if that's the case, you have bigger problems than the longevity of your lip color). Despite its name, I didn't find that it imparted any moisture to my lips; in fact, it seemed slightly drying. I'm going to keep Barcelona Nights because I love the color so much, but I doubt I'll buy another Moisture Stain anytime soon.

Now for a cooler, slightly more wintry pink: Lollipop, a semi-sheer fuchsia with sparkle. I've seen the sparkle described as blue (in fact, I was hoping for a sheer version of Urban Decay Jilted), but it looks more silver to me. On the lips, the glitter melds into an overall shine.


Left, one layer; right, two layers. This is one of my less pigmented Lip Butters.


 I have several lipsticks that resemble Lollipop, and I've swatched them below to shame myself for buying another goddamn fuchsia provide you with some comparisons. Not only are these similar pinks, they're also similar Revlon pinks. Left to right: Colorburst Gloss in Adorned, Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia, Lip Butter in Lollipop, Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.


Two layers of Lollipop on my lips:


Another dark, rainy day, another bad lighting situation, another full face:


I've mentioned before that the Lip Butter formula varies from shade to shade. Some of the shades, like Candy Apple and Red Velvet, are delightfully comfortable on my dry lips; others, like Pink Truffle and Raspberry Pie, either do nothing for my lips or dry them out further. Luckily, Lollipop falls into the former category. It feels soft and squishy and, dare I say it, even moisturizing. That said, I'm not sure whether to keep it. I have several similar colors, and Lollipop failed to deliver that longed-for blue sheen. Plus, like most of its Lip Butter brethren, it has next to no staying power. Look how patchy it gets after half a cup of coffee:

I titled this image "lollipoop.jpg."

Yeah, I think I just talked myself into returning Lollipop. But I have several other bright pinks that I neglect every winter (doing the swatches above reminded me how gorgeous Adorned is!), and I need to find a way to use them. So I turn it over to you: pink for winter, yea or nay? If yea, do you wear it with other colors or with neutrals? I rarely pair bright pink with eye makeup that isn't gray or black--easy, but awfully predictable. Maybe this can be my makeup challenge for December: finding chilly looks for fuchsia lipstick. It is technically a winter color, after all...

P.S. No matter what I do, I can't fix the wonky formatting that makes a couple of lines from Herrick's "Delight in Disorder" dribble horizontally across this post. I like to think it's a graffito from Herrick himself. He was that kind of guy.

10 comments:

  1. I'm currently obsessed with pink lips. And by currently I mean this week. Next week it'll be something completely different. I'm rather fond of pairing pink lips with green eyeshadow looks.

    I've found the formula of the Moisture Stains varies from color to color. I also have Barcelona Nights and it has NO staying power and fades in an ugly fashion. I also found it's a lot more gloopy then the other ones I own. However the first one I bought was New York Scene, and that one lasts much longer and leaves a lovely, even stain for hours and hours. And that one is the reason I currently own four and am contemplating another one. When they're on sale.

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    1. I just looked up New York Scene--what a pretty color! It's a shame that Barcelona Nights doesn't fade more evenly. I usually take off my lip color before eating a meal anyway, but I'd like it to survive a drink, you know? And green with pink is a good idea! I'd like to try wearing one of my fuchsia lipsticks with the mint eyeshadow from the NARS Habanera duo.

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  2. Um, so I got two more of those Moisture Stains based on the success of the ones I already had, and they are SHIFTY creatures. Cannes is practically neon on my lips while India turns into a completely different shade after about twenty minutes. I was tempted to pick up Barcelona as well but now I'm glad I didn't. Want no more of this unpredictable mess. -____-

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    1. The inconsistency of Revlon's new releases is so frustrating! The Matte Balms are smooth and pigmented, except for the ones that apply patchily and cling to dry spots. The Lip Butters are moisturizing, except for the ones that are drying. I'm not surprised that the Moisture Stains are equally unpredictable. Next time I want a long-lasting gloss, I'll save my money and hit up YSL again.

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  3. I bring out my lip butters more in winter, Raspberry Pie and Pink Truffle are my favourites. I'm not very impressed with the Moisture Stain so far, L'oreal Lip Caresse seems to be a better Glossy Stain dupe.

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    1. I love Raspberry Pie and Pink Truffle, too! I think Raspberry Pie is a great winter pink--sort of a toned-down version of Cherries in the Snow.

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  4. I think yay! I very rarely wear bright pinks, but I think it would look really nice on paler skin, winter or not. I love how both look on you, though. Pity about the formula. When I heard that the moisture stains were like the YSL Glossy Stains, I backed way way away. I hate those things with a fiery passion.

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    1. Aww, why do you hate the Glossy Stains? I used to wear bright pinks a lot more often than I do, and I'm not sure why I stopped for so long. I think I just got distracted by purple lips for an entire year.

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  5. Thanks for the link love, AB! :)
    Barcelona Nights looks so pretty on you. <3 I'm sorry to hear that it doesn't do much for hydrating lips, though.
    I've tried at least 4 color so far, and I'm pretty sure all colors from this range change colors and the end results are individually different, too.
    I love Glossy Stain and the L'Oreal dupes but maybe it is not the best time to buy them if your lips are drier due to the weather. For some reason, I think you'd be very happy with something like Lancome Lip Lover - In my opinion, it is just a pigmented gloss, not hybrid anything. It is so moisturizing, however. :)

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    1. I should have known better than to buy anything with "stain" in the name during winter, but I couldn't help myself. I've been wearing Barcelona Nights pretty frequently, though--it's not too bad with balm underneath, even though a "moisture stain" shouldn't require that precaution!

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