Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive Review | Color, not stickiness

What's the difference between a lip gloss and a lip stain? I don't know. Both come in tubes with similar looking deer foot or brush applicators. Both come in a wide variety of colors and pigmentation levels. Both offer glossy color and are kinda known for being sticky, but not always. Really, it all seems a bit like marketing speak, but this is a stain for some reason, so let's go with that.

Just J: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive Review

The Product
The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains came out awhile ago and to much hype and rave reviews. Available in 11 different shades, these have been dubbed as a high impact lip stain, which promise to give you the pigmentation of your dreams, with a glossy "wet" finish, no stickiness AND while moisturizing your lips with vitamin E and aloe.   I've had a couple lying in my stash that I didn't get a chance to try out until recently and I was eager to see if they lived up to the hype.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this product are:
  • Octyldodecanol - an emollient and thickener
  • Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate - an emollient
  • Butylene Glycol - provides texture and gloss
  • Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes - a natural ingredient that acts as an emollient
Other ingredients of note are some well-known moisturizers: aloe vera, shea butter and panthenol.

Price & Packaging
One tube will cost you around $10 at your most drugstores, so pretty standard pricing for Revlon lip products. What marks this lip stain as different though is the high-end styling of the packaging. With its sharp, rectangular corners and simple white labeling, these lippies come off as very "fashion" and definitely very unlike the lip gloss of your teeny-bopper years.

The shade I received to try was LA Exclusive, a medium tone blue-pink. While light blue-pinks and I are not friends, medium tones blue-pinks and I are quite congenial. This color looks super natural on me, despite that it's a fairly light shade compared to my natural lip color, which is more of a rose-brown.

The pigmentation on this product is to die for; super thick and totally covers up everything, even the dark spot on my lower lip! It's so thick that it just fills in the lip lines too without settling, giving the illusion of fuller lips and without any stickiness. My lips just felt moist, soft and full. The color lasted the usual couple of hours before fading. Since this was a lighter shade, the color faded away nicely, but I couldn't say whether the darker shades would wear the same.

Just J: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive Review

The only thing I didn't really like about this lip stain was the brush. It's very bristly and wider in a distinct leaf-shape. The pointed tip is handy for outlining the cupid's bow, but I hated how thick and bristly it was. I found that mine would often end up with little crusties that I'd have to wipe off before applying, which was kinda gross and not convenient for touch-ups. I would have much preferred if the applicator was a brush instead, which I think would allow for more even application.

Just J: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive Review
Sorry, no in action shot today! My chin is going all crazy with breakouts, so it's talk to the arm this time.

Final Verdict
Buy - Gorgeous, pigmented color for $10? You can't go wrong!

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