Name: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow
Date of Purchase: August 2011
Notes: It’s snowing! I didn’t plan for this post to intersect with Winter Storm Janus, but isn’t it nice how that worked out? (Addendum, a month after writing the post: If I'd reposted it on blogspot yesterday, or two days before yesterday, or a week ago, I could have said the same thing. God, this winter.)
Premiered in 1953, Cherries in the Snow is one of the oldest lip
colors on the market. Here’s the original ad, equal parts patronizing
Who knows there was a morning when your orange juice sparkled like champagne?
There’s a certain thrill to wearing a 61-year-old lip color. It’s a
firsthand link to the past, more tangible, immediate, and beautifully
mundane than a book or a work of art. There’s also a matching nail
polish, which my 89-year-old grandmother and I both happen to own:
Cherries in the Snow is usually described as red, but I see it as a
deep, pigmented, almost glowing raspberry pink. (One of my favorite
beauty blogs, Lipglossiping, wrote a post
to that effect: “This isn’t a red lipstick and I’m sick of hearing it
described as a blue-based red. It’s pink. Pink like Nicki Minaj can only
f*cking dream of.”) Here are two arm swatches, the first under natural
light and the second under artificial light, to give you some idea of
the intensity of the color:
Here it looks more pink, almost fuchsia…
…but here it skews more red. I wouldn't call it Nicki Minaj pink (in my collection, that honor is reserved for MAC Pink Nouveau), but it's pink as hell.
I can’t say enough good things about Cherries in the Snow. I think it
would look gorgeous on anyone, regardless of skin tone. I love lip
colors that straddle the pink-red divide, and this is one of the best of
those. The formula is creamy but surprisingly long-wearing: I wore it
to my 24th-birthday dinner at the (now defunct,
alas) Magnolia Grill in Durham, and it stayed on my lips through three
courses. Oh, and it somehow makes my lips look fuller? What is this
The nail polish is great, too—opaque in one coat, though I prefer to use two.
I feel fancy.
This will be my last Revlon post in a while. Next, my first MAC lipstick! Exciting stuff.