First an apology: It’s been All Crazy All The Time here at Stately Château Gâteau for the past two weeks and it’s not going to slow down until April but that’s no excuse! If Karl Lagerfeld can design for Chanel, Fendi AND his own house, then I should be able to post to you at least once a day. I mean granted I have a soul and he has a stable of minions who may or may not be winged monkeys and little blue dudes in hats, but still. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m headed to Ireland next week with my two best friends. They will pack everything they’ve ever owned because they like to make me insane and then attempt to fit it in a car the size of a shoe box. And I’m not talking the nice spacious Lanvin ones, either.
I am a light packer. It’s one of my few redeeming qualities. This poses a slight problem in this situation because unlike the majority of vacations, which I take alone the way nature intended it, I’m going to be with two other people. Two other people who will have cameras.
This means I will need to Look Cute, because my two friends are just as good-looking and vain as I am and I refuse to be the one with the “great personality” in any and all photodocumentation.
So I have to bring makeup, but I need whatever I bring to be long lasting, comfortable and provide excellent bang for my packing-inch buck.
Enter: Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain+Balm
I have been searching for YEARS for the right lipstain.
What I want in a lipstain:
- Color Payoff- I want intensity without sacrificing its sheer nature
- Staying Power – I don’t want to it to chew off or melt if I put a lipgloss on top of it
- Precision Application – a cheek stain is fine in a pot, for lips I want something more precise.
- Buildability – if I want an intense color, I want to be able to build it up.
- Weightlessness – It should feel like there’s nothing there and be non-drying
It’s a tall order, I understand. I keep trying and failing. Regardless of price point, there’s no joy in mudville.
I liked CoverGirl Outlast pretty well but I never felt the payoff was quite right, and the felt-tip applicator didn’t let the product flow evenly, so it was nigh on impossible to get an even coat. That’s not the end of the world when you’re using a neutral as a base for a lipcolor and gloss, but I wouldn’t trust it to wear it alone.
Then a few weeks ago on a whim, I picked up Revlon’s entry in the marker-style lipstains.
The line is small –10 shades– and they’re clearly trying to capitalize on the Sparkly Teen Vampire audience with names like Gothic, Midnight, Forbidden, Twilight and Frenzy.
I was looking to do a very specific dark sheer cupid-bow lip, so I picked up “Midnight” a sheer black cherry. I loved it so much I went back and bought every single color in the line.
Now THIS is how you do a non-neutral stain! With one layer it’s deep but sheer, clearly a stain, as if I’d fallen asleep with my face in a glass of Cabernet. Not that I’ve ever done that. No really I haven’t. Shut up.
Five stars for staying power. I actually fell asleep without taking off my lipstick last night, just to see how it would fare. I applied at 5 p.m., had an event, ate sushi, drank tea, ate some raspberry gelato brushed my teeth and woke up with an application that was only moderately worse for the wear.
MUCH much better than Outlast from CoverGirl. It feels like nothing more nor less than taking a Sharpie to your lips.
I’m having an early eighties Debbie Harry lip moment right now so I need something precise for that severe, angular cupid’s bow (word to the wise: don’t try this unless it’s your natural lip shape. It will end in tears). I want it to be perfect, but in an artifice-for-artifice’s sake Warhol way. What I DON’T want is a velvety, perfect 1950’s lip.
I had a bit of trouble getting the application even at first with Midnight –the darkest color in the line– so I buffed the color a little with my ring finger and it evened out perfectly. All the other colors I’ve used applied evenly the first time, but I still buff because if I’m using an intense stain –especially if I’m doing it matte– I want that flawless finish.
Another big win. Last night I wanted to do a I’m Not Playing With You red lip. First I filled in the entire lip with one layer of Flame, a brilliant orange-red reminiscent of the old Fire and Ice before Revlon done lost their damn minds and changed the formulation and lined it with Gothic, a deep blue-red like Cherries in the Snow. Then I built up the color. Worked like a charm.
Finally, something touting itself as weightless that actually IS weightless. I don’t feel it on my lips at all, even if I don’t use the balm. It’s not drying, it’s not sticky, it’s not sitting ON my lips. It’s fantastic.