Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "Passion", "Seduction" & "Temptation": Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.
I am a huge fan of matte lip colors so I was very excited about the release of the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ($11.49 CAD). With a 100% wax-free formulation, the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors promise a moisturizing, lightweight, and velvet-finish color. To see some swatches, click........
Packaging:
The lip colors come in very pretty frosted and flattened gloss tubes with reflective silver caps. The applicator is a doe-foot with flattened sides. I wish the tip were more tapered as it was not great at applying the product very precisely.
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
Formulation:
Revlon is known for their fantastic lip products but these Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors fell really short for me. Like a very thick and pigmented gloss, these supposedly matte colors are anything but matte! A thin coat gives the lips a slight sheen but the lip color shifts around on the lips, resulting in a lot of unevenness. So, the only way to combat this is to apply a lot of product, which makes the finish very shiny and unfortunately heavy.
Additionally, the application is very time-consuming, both because of the thick and hard-to-spread texture and the clumsy doe-foot applicator. The wear is not at all transfer-proof so there will be some smudging and feathering during the day; the formulation is slightly tacky but not drying.
Lastly, these lip colors are very heavily fragranced. The scent is supposed to be a mix of vanilla and mango but to my nose it smells of a very synthetic berry.

635 Passion: This is a very deep and opaque red with a slight berry tint. This one is quite patchy so I really had layer it on, which gave it quite a shiny finish.
630 Seduction: This is a beige nude with a medium coverage. Because the color is not as deep, it doesn't require as thick of a coat because the unevenness is not obvious.
615 Temptation: This is a very bright, almost neon bright watermelon pink. The formulation, again, is pigmented but patchy.
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "Passion"
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "Seduction"
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "Temptation"
Overall:
These lip colors are absolutely nothing like their name suggests. If you are looking for a matte liquid lip color, these are not it. However, if you are okay with a very pigmented lip gloss that's slightly high-maintenance both in terms of wear and application, do check these out because they actually are very gorgeous on the lips.

Availability:
The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor is available as of December 2015 at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.
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