July 3, 2013

BEAUTY: Revlon Lip Haul

Because I'm a patient and savvy shopper, I sometimes take my time trying out new beauty products that everyone is raving about. Until about a month ago, I was still waiting out a "good deal" on Revlon Lip Butters, partly because I'm stubborn, but mostly because I'm kinda cheap. I get a set price in my mind of what I think something is worth and when a product exceeds my mind's estimate, I stalk it like it's my prey until a sale puts it within my sights. Enter: the CVS annual beauty clearance! Every year they pop those bright and wonderful little clearance stickers over just about everything in the beauty department and I come running, ready for lots of mental math and internal debates.
I get a literal chill from clearance stickers like these!

Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Coral Reef, Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet, Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart, Colorstay Mineral Lip Glaze in Perennial Pink

Once I try a product and love it then I know it's worth the cost. Until then, I have to wait it out for sales so unbelievable that I can't afford not to buy a million lip glosses that I don't need, you know?

I wouldn't say I'm super loyal to one drugstore brand, but I tend to gravitate toward certain brands for certain things - I like Revlon lip stuff and eyeliners, Covergirl mascara, Maybelline for face stuff, etc. When I saw all these beautiful, bright clearance stickers in the Revlon lip section, my hands were so full so fast that I was pretty sure people were looking at me. Wait, no - make that 100% sure because I saw the look of suspicion from the CVS beauty staff person (the woman who appears to walk aimlessly through two aisles hoping someone wants to consult on some serious makeup business which just does not happen at CVS, it seems) and looks of horror from some mom-types as I grabbed every stickered item I saw JUST IN CASE.

I got all this stuff for about $8.00 total, which is insane and I deserve a serious pat on the back, but maybe also you could massage it because I'm really into that.

Here's The Haul:
Colorstay Mineral Lip Glaze in Perennial Pink
This is a classic pink that would work for everyone, with just a hint of pearly shimmer. Nothing terribly exciting, but useful. This is the Carnation Pink Crayola of lip glosses - no one's fighting over it, but it really gets the job done when you just need to finish off that garden scene. Wait, what? I've gotten off track here. This stuff stays put for hours and is surprisingly un-sticky, so bonus points for that!

How It Looks On:
Like your real lip color, just better!

Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Coral Reef
I'm kind of a sucker for orange lip products because they're a little different and artsy, but still easy enough to pull off every day. This one was super shiny and stayed on well, plus the packaging has gold accents so that you feel fancy when reapplying, even in a grungy bar bathroom, or at least I assume.

How It Looks On:
Please ignore my soaking wet hair. Nice pop of orange, and pairs especially well with my Fergie Wet n Wild eye palette!

Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet
The twelve-year-old inside me (metaphorically!) will always love purple lipstick. I used to rock a frosty lilac shade on the reg in sixth grade (when I wasn't wearing metallic silver...badass!) and I still find myself drawn to it. This one is super dark and vampy. The formula was a little dry for me and it was hard to get even coverage. I felt like everyone was looking at my lips thinking "awww, poor little goth girl doesn't know how to grow up!" but I felt like a teen witch (ultimate goal in life) so I didn't really care. My boyfriend asked if I'd eaten a popsicle, so make of that what you will.

How It Looks On:
Pretty serious business. I decided to not wear other makeup because this was a whole lotta look.

Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart
I FINALLY GOT MY LIP BUTTER, GUYS! I've been coveting that little cross-hatched case for what feels like my entire life (maybe like a year). I think this shade is discontinued, but there are a bunch of others that are similar. I hear good things about Wild Watermelon. This one got a review of "I like that stuff on your mouth" from my boyfriend. I won't go on and on about it because literally everyone else on the internet has already done that, but this stuff is as good as they say it is! Soft, smooth and good color. Get some!

How It Looks On:
What's up, mouth? None of my full face shots came out well enough so here we are. Bonus points if you also match your lips to your earrings.

It's not included in this haul because I (clutches pearls) PAID FULL PRICE, but I'd like to point out that Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is everything that is important in this world. This stuff goes on soft like balm and stays that way (how?) but also gives nonstop coverage for literally hours. Plus, it's in a twist up crayon so you don't need to sharpen it or anything barbaric like that. I know I sound like an ad, but this stuff makes me feel like a walking billboard. I wore this all day and all night and then I slept in it (don't judge) and woke up, to my surprise, with pink lips. We are finally using science in the right ways. Phew.
I have it in Smitten because that's the best. I'm also eyeing Rendezvous.

Have you found any great lip products lately? Did you score any amazing deals at the CVS beauty clearance? I love hearing about how much people save because I am weird. Has the Just Bitten balm stain changed your life too?

p.s. This is not sponsored in any way, I'm just super obsessive.



  1. Oh I love a good sale too, I usually wait till Revlon stuff goes on sale and I use coupons to make it even cheaper. LOL But yeah I'm really liking the coral reef lip gloss, might check out my local cvs and see if they have a sale too. Oh and I love the Revlon lip stains, I have the same color and I also have Rendezous they are so great because I'm not a huge lipstick person but I like how they last a long time.


    1. Yes to coupons! The lip stains are like the perfect blend of lipstick and lip balm - the best! xo

  2. First thing I'm gonna say is that once you get into a VaVaViolet mode you'll fall in love. It doesn't give great coverage and is a bit greasy but it makes me feel like I'm channeling 90's Drew Barrymore who is channeling Clara Bow. It makes me feel more petulant than I really am in a good way! I find that I have to wear very specifically colored clothing to not have the bad kind of Goth effect. Like one that has a crush on her scabby older brother's friend. I don't know what that means but it popped in my head. I am also pretty in love with my Kissable Lip Stain Balm (is that the name? seems long :) in Darling. I can see that a darker color would have a longer lasting effect but the blue tone pinky shine is just what I wanted.

    I am on a budget (I keep telling myself:) but feel like I must seek out the butter now too. Hoping the Texas CVS stores have those bright green stickers in abundance!

    1. Yes, I think the Va Va Violet had its time and place for sure! The lip stain name is ridiculously long in my opinion, and I say it differently every time. There's like one too many words in there. I do like the butter very much, but I'd get more lip stains before another butter, FYI.

  3. I've picked up a couple of the Just Bitten stains recently and I really like them too. I tend to usually go a little darker (into burgundys and cocoas where lip color is concerned). But with both of these, I ended up with a natural lip shade color and a red, and they both look really good on me. I guess this means I'm past my own teenage pseudo wanna be goth look. :) Damn it, I'm a grown up! :(

    1. Haha, I can really relate to this. It can be nice to keep a burgundy lipstick around for when the mood strikes, though! xo

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