Since I really don't like full coverage lipsticks, opaque lipglosses, or anything that doesn't look very subtle on my lips, this is something I would have never considered buying. I knew that Revlon made a sheer version of this, but for some reason I still thought it would be matte and obvious, so I kept passing it by. So, when I was sent this product for review last week, I was really curious and excited to give it a try.
Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color comes in a slim, portable double-ended tube. One end contains the lipcolor while the other end contains the clear topcoat that you put over the lipcolor. It retails for about $8.99, and you can frequently find it on sale for even less.
The idea with these is that you are supposed to apply the lipcolor to clean, bare lips. You then allow it to dry and finish by applying the glossy topcoat over it. That's it! Touching up is super easy, since all you need to do is apply more of the clear topcoat throughout the day, as it wears off. You can do that without a mirror, obviously, so there's really no upkeep to this.
It just happened that the day I chose to wear it, I put it through the ultimate test. My lips were feeling a little dry, so I had balm on in the morning. I applied this later in the day and ate a yogurt shortly after. I had soup for dinner, and a popsicle after that. I'm not trying to turn this into a food diary, I just wanted to point out that these are all things that are "wet" foods and require a spoon, not dry finger foods. If that wasn't enough, I was chewing gum later and I decided to blow a few bubbles just to test the lasting power a bit more.
The first time I ate, I wiped my mouth with a white napkin. Though the lipcolor was pretty freshly applied at this point, there was no color transfer on the napkin...at all. Obviously, when you're eating, most of the gloss will wear off. That's inevitable, and doesn't bother me since I tend to wipe off most of my gloss before eating anyway. After eating the first two times, I touched up with a bit of gloss and it still looked really fresh like I had just applied it. After the popsicle, I expected to have lost a good portion of the color since it isn't exactly something you can keep off your lips. Surprisingly, just like before, it looked the same after a quick gloss touch-up.
When I ended up chewing gum, it was much later in the evening and I was really amazed that it had lasted that long. I blew a few little bubbles while chewing, just so I could see how much it could endure. After hours of chewing, a few bubbles every so often, I got into what I was doing and forgot about the lipcolor. When I went to get ready for bed, I looked in the mirror and I was amazed to find that there was still enough left to warrant removing it! This stuff wears like iron!
Since it wears so nicely, one would think removal would be a hassle. I was very surprised to find that it's quite the opposite! All I did was put a few drops of jojoba oil on a cotton swab and run it across my lips a few times. It slid off with ease!
So, bottom line...
Would I recommend this, and do you need this? A HUGE YES to both! This is a really amazing product for being only $8.99. Plus, you can always find Revlon products on sale either BOGO or BOGO 50% at one of the drugstores, so it's an even better bargain. Now that I have tried one of these, I feel the need to go grab a couple more shades. I DEFINITELY recommend these!