Not Worth the Hype...

Being a beauty blogger and an avid reader of beauty blogs, it's not uncommon to be bombarded with others' declarations of their love for different beauty products in addition to my own personal beauty obsessions. Alternatively, the least abundant, although sometimes the most useful, type of post is often one focusing on products we don't love or that didn't work for us. This is mine...

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink

The formula is dry, it makes your lips feel dry, and it applies sheerly, unevenly, and chalky. Yes, I understand it's a matte formula but this one is just terrible. Lip balm is a necessity under this lipstick to make it more comfortable on the lips and not appear as dry, but it still does not help the chalky application. While Stormy Pink is a pretty pink, it's not a revolutionary or "special" pink shade, and I absolutely think you can find a very similar pink lipstick with much better quality and texture.

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YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

Gasp! No, this is not a mistake. I may be alone in this one, but I'm totally okay with that :) Rouge Voluptes are creamy, ridiculously pigmented lipsticks that smell nice and come in gorgeous packaging. However, they have such a slick consistency that they tend to slip and slide on your lips, making the wear time less than 2 hours. In addition, as a result of the creamy formulation, they tend to settle into fine lines and make your lips appear rather dry. Of course, these issues can be dealt with but for $34 a pop, should you really have to put in that much extra effort?

Revlon Color Stay Foundation Combination/Oily Skin

I liked this at first but my distaste for it developed rather quickly after the initial infatuation wore off. It provides good coverage and really does last a long time but that's really where the good qualities end for me, I'm afraid. It's smells horrific, dries down to feel like a mask on your face, and although the foundation does not smear off as a result of my oily skin, my t-zone still manages to look disgustingly slick within 3 hours of application. No thanks, Color Stay. No thanks.

Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Pink Frosting

Not terrible, but definitely not great. The mousse-y texture blends into the skin easily but ends up looking powdery. Most of the powder blushes I use don't even look powdery after I blend them in, so I was definitely not impressed by this at all.

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Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

I know that this pepperminty balm is a favorite of many, but I wouldn't include myself in that bunch anytime soon. While it does a fine job at moisturizing dry lips, it's drier consistency makes the application take a bit of work and coaxing to not feel uneven on the lips. It's difficult to explain if you've never used it before :-/

L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner

It's easy to apply and is pretty black, although I'd be hesitant to say it's a really intense black. My issue with Lineur Intense is that it does not wear well. If my eye waters a bit and I carefully dab my eye with a tissue, it flakes off. Even if my eye has had a completely uneventful day, I'll find that after a few hours my eyeliner has started to flake off at the ends where I tend to wing it out. It doesn't fade nicely...it flakes off.

Korres Vitamin E Face Primer

Not much to say about this one really. It smells really nice and refreshing but it doesn't do much. I don't expect it to control oil production throughout the day like some other primers because it doesn't claim to do so. However, it does claim to minimize pore size and create a perfect canvas for makeup application, neither of which I can attest to.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, do you agree or disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. I think great minds sometimes think alike in their dislikes. :)

    Colorstay was better in their Active lightweight formula which I used to use. They stopped carrying it in most stores and the stores that still carry it don't have it in my color. I bought the bottle form and I don't really like it myself. I'm just incapable of affording at this moment another bottle given the cost and my need to pinch pennies right now. So I'm stuck trying to suffer through it. The formula for me is too heavy of a coverage compared to that Active one. ICK!!

    Personally I can't stand anythig matte that's come out. My favorite was the nail polish from so many brands that said you can't wear a top coat or do virtually anything because of the formula's inability to withstand much. I am not sold on matte except in eye shadows and then you still need correct formula.

    Burt's Bees I think I liked the honey lip balm it wasn't like the original and some of their other formulas, but I'm more the Carmex or Yes To Carrots lip balm girl.

    And the Maybelline secret with that dream mousse line was shown to me by an actual makeup artist for Maybelline years ago. Everything has to be applied really light handed with a brush supposedly as it's to give the effect of an air brush look. I wasn't really sold on it. The formula again for me is another ICK!!

    I don't understand how anyone uses felt tip liners. I'm amazed they work for some or on the market still. To me when applied they look as if someone drew on themself with a Sharpie. And they all irritate my eyes forcing me to cry them off creating a disgusting mess. I abandoned those things eons ago!!

    To each they have their own things I guess that they can master and like. o__O

  2. revlon colorstay was a disaster for me, I tried to like it, but it didn't work for my skin. I try to wear it here and there, but my skin dislikes it very much.

    As for stormy pink, I love the colour, but something happened that did not happen to any other lipsticks I've owned, when I swatched it, it broke in half, it made me so sad. Maybe an indication of how dry it is.

  3. Short and simply said: Agree 100% with you. Hate the Matte lipsticks by Revlon.

  4. Daaaamn, I love the Revlon Mattes so that one sucking is ultra disappointing :( I'll still be trying out Smoked Peach when they finally debut down under.

    I can't say I've had a problem with Lineur Intense, but I never do winged liner with it (or at all). Though when I do get watery eyes, nothing keeps my eye makeup on at the outer corners :(

  5. Wooow...

    Love love love the lipsticks.. nice colors!


  6. Soo.. I feel the same way! Revlon Matte lipsticks are nice but they ARE drying. YSL Rouge Voluptes did not work for me. It's like they're TOO pigmented and I don't necessarily find them moisturizing (which I always look for in an expensive lipstick.) Burt's Bees -I'm half and half. I like the pot version (I feel like it's different from the stick but it's probably all in my head).. I like it as a lipstick base but as a lip balm? It's not the best. Maybelline Dream Mousse blush? I liked the colors but quality-wise -I didn't feel they were all that great. I agree with the "powdery look." And L'Oreal Lineur Intense, I don't feel it's the best. I like it somewhat but like you said, it doesn't wear the best, AND I also find other liquid liners easier to apply (Eyeko, Milani..)

    But at the end of the day, I guess it's how it works for the individual. Some people will love it -some will hate it. I'm with you on most of these products though! The others? I haven't tried or can't remember trying.

  7. P.S. I saw the new Revlon Mattes at the store yesterday and was going to get them for the sake of blogging but decided not to. I knew I wouldn't love the formula and why waste money on something I know I won't love?!

  8. I like Maybelline's mousse blushes. And I have not tried most of the other products you mention. But I absolutely hate Revlon Colorstay foundation. I have oily to combination skin and I had the right shade. But the foundation is super heavy, impossible to blend and makes me look and feel like wearing a super oily heavy mask. I know that some ppl use sponge or whatever to make it work and it really works for them with some effort put in, but I do not think I should make anything work for me, it is either working as it is or not.

  9. I also really really dislike the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks, REALLY REALLY!! I hate them, worst lipsticks that I own, for real!
    I however love the Revlon Colorstay Foundation, but I have the one for dry skin!
    Not worth the hype for me personally are
    Nars Orgasm Blush
    MAC Stereo Rose MSF
    They are not THAT great! :-)

  10. I agree with you about Revlon Colourstay - it is thick, cakey and leaves my face feeling like a mask and slightly itchy, I can't wait to get the bloody thing off at the end of the day!

    I have to admit aswell that I too felt disappointed with the YSL Rouge Voluptes, they are way to thin in consistency and settled into the cracks in my lips making them look awful! But the other day I found a solution and wierdly it involves using another one of your overrated products! As you said the Burts Bee's lipbalm is thick and waxy which actually makes a great base for the YSL lipsticks! I tend to apply a thick layer of Burt's Bees and then just dab some of the YSL over the top. Seems like a lot of work but this stayed on my lips for a few hours before it needed touching up and left a really natural looking lip! Let me know what you think if you try it out :) xx

  11. I happen to be a huge fan of the Burt's Bees Lip Balm!! I somehow was genetically blessed with cold sores, and this is the one product that if I use faithfully keeps them at bay, so it's a god send for me!

  12. Woah! Thanks for posting this honest review. I've seen ALL the same products mentioned elsewhere with sugarcoated results. I chose to buy Revlon Colorstay too, and it's good, but it does feel like a mask on your face, and I wish someone had mentioned that before I bought it. :(

  13. ColorStay foundation was a great foundation IMO but until I discovered MAC's Prolongwear Foundation, that's when I abandoned my ColorStay foundation because of the consistency. What I hate about the ColorStay is that it doesn't have the pump and it's annoying that you end up with too much. I have tried Maybelline Mousse Blush in the past and it was an okay blush. I have not yet tried YSL Rouge Voluptes Lipstick and have been wanting to for awhile.

  14. I love this post! I just bought Stormy Pink the other day and Ulta, and the second I applied it I was soooo disappointed. The shade was nothing special, and the formula is so drying. I have like 3 other Revlon Matte lipsticks, and I didn't used to mind the drying part because I'd wear gloss over... but things have changed!

    Also, even though I looove ALL YSL lipsticks, I definitely agree that the Rouge Voluptes require some effort. They're definitely not work-friendly, because they require so many re-applications. But I can't help loving them anyways - I just save them for days when I don't mind the extra effort. :)

    Oh, and I don't like Colorstay either! And I pretty much avoid all primers (so many have silicone or dimethicone - which break me out!). :P

    Okay, done writing this book! lol

  15. Such a helpful post! You just saved me from a couple doozies: Revlon stormy pink and YSL rouge volupte! I went to sephora recently they didn't have the shade that I wanted - thank god! $34 is pretty heavy for a lipstick that takes a lot of effort! ♥

  16. I agree I really liked the Revlon colorstay foundation at first but it is so thick and heavy and definitely looks like you have foundation on. I am more into foundation that gives good coverage yet still mimics the look of natural skin. I think the YSL lipsticks are nice but I dont think any lipstick is worth $34.00 unless the color is super unique. Im happy with my MAC lipsticks and there are also lots of nice lippies at the drugstore.

  17. These posts are great! You have some of my favourites on this list - I really like Colorstay and Burts Bees lipbalm, but I also don't really get the hype over YSL Rouge Volupte and the Stormy Pink lippie (although I do really like some ofthe other Revlon mattes). x

  18. I'm totally with you on YSL rouge volpute's and Revlon colorstay!

  19. This is a great review to keep in mind for those products. The YSL is def on the high end of the price sprectrum to not be absolutely fabulous. xo

  20. The Revlon Matte Stormy Pink was not my colour, but I LOVE the smoked peach,I don't find it drying at all.
    I also love the Korres primer - it is one that keeps my make-up in place ALL day.

  21. yes Revlon matte lipsticks are very drying so you have to use with a lipbalm, but they do last a long time.(they also tend to bleed on my lips)
    L'Oreal's eyeliner is my all time favorite all liner, it lasts a pretty long time, even when my eyelids get oily, I use gel liners, eye pencils and liquid liners, it has never "flaked" on me though, I really wish they could come up with different colors, like purple and brown.
    Revlon's colorstay is an exact dupe of Mac's studio fix foundation, it looks great for a couple of hours, but then when it starts to get hot and humid, it wears off, not a fan of mac foundation, except their most recent, their pro long, to my surprise its' actually very good.


  22. @The "E" Girl: I'll have to give the Yes to Carrots lip balm a try sometime and thank you for the tip on how to apply the blush :)

    @Justine: Yeah, I read that in your post :( Don't worry, you didn't miss out on much.

    @SilhouetteScreams: This is the only Revlon Matte lipstick I've ever tried so I definitely can't say anything about the rest of the range. Also, I find that MAC Blacktrack fluidline stays on ALL DAY...even if my eyes water a bit :)

    @kali: I completely agree. Most of the products I've posted about here are favorites for tons of other people...I just don't personally like them. Also, I don't think all Burt's Bees lip balms are the same because I also have the pomegranate one (which I LOVE!) and it's a completely different texture.

    @Yarisse: I agree. I want to be able to apply something how it's supposed to be applied...I don't want to have to do SO much experimenting to find out how to make it work :-/

    @Blusherine: I'm glad you don't think Stereo Rose is all that great because it doesn't make me feel like I'm missing out since I don't have it :)

    @Vivianna: Thank you for the tip! Will definitely give it a go and let you know :)

    @Widdlesh: No problemo :D

    @Jacquelyn: You should still try the Rouge Voluptes...A LOT of people love them so you may love them too :)

    @Jessica: I loved reading your book! :)

    @Bettina: If Smoked Peach isn't as dry or chalky, I definitely want to give it a try! I really wish I liked the Korres primer too...I've used it quite a bit but I honestly can't notice any difference whatsoever :(

    @Beauty Ambition: I've heard so many mixed reviews about their new foundation...maybe I'll have to get a sample one day :)

  23. Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts! I love reading different opinions on different products and tips you guys have for making things work :) As demonstrated in a lot of the comments here, what works for one person may not work for another and vice versa, so to each their own! xx

  24. I love these types of post! It's great to see varied opinions x

  25. I totally agrre with you with the Colorstay and lineur intense! But the reast I havent tried myself. But I do love my burts bees!

  26. When I posted it I realized some other ladies wrote "books" too! I love when posts get us all chatty. :)

  27. I did not like the Revlon color stay either and find the Burt Bee's with honey or the one with Acai Berry much more mouisterizing then the pepermint one as well.

  28. totally agree with you on Revlon Colorstay. I used to love it and then I fell out of love with it. Yes, it feels like a mask, leave my skin oily in the t-zone AND it stinks to high heaven. Regarding the Maybelline mousse blushes. I don't have that particular shade, but I have one that is uber glittery. I don't like the consistency of that product and to me it doesn't look powdery, but more oily on my skin. I don't like. I do like the Lineur Intense liner but I heard Maybelleine has a similar one that is better. I have to disagree with you on the Burt's Bees lippie balm. It's my favorite ever!!

  29. OMG!!! amazing! posting! I agree about the revlon mate lip stick, it not just the stormy pink that chalky, they all are to me.

    yes YSL lip sticks are overly priced and only look good when you first apply.

    and i have a different L'Oreal eyeliner but it has the same problem. it sooo easy to remove and my eyeshadow always over powers it. Lame!

    GREAT POSTING! Keep it coming! i love your blog! i had to add it to my blog roll! ttyl

  30. I love these kinds of posts. I love doing them and reading them.
    I haven't tried many of the products you mentioned but I can understand by your comments why some would be a dissapointment.
    If you are looking for a good foundation with staying powder I have been using mac's pro longwear foundation and really like it (I would ask for a sample first though because it can be a little drying).
    The only product you shocked me with was the Burts Bees...lol I love that stuff. The tingly feeling on my lips!! I do agree that it can be more chunky so its probably not best for layering under lipsticks.
    Great post. Can't wait to see more.

  31. This is great! I love reading about products that bloggers don't like because I don't see them very often. I thought I was the only one who didn't like ColorStay; I'm not much of a Korres primer fan either. Guess great minds think alike. ;-)

  32. I agree with you that the YSL Lipstick makes the lips dry.

  33. The color stay in the combination/oily skin formula is a nightmare- opaque, chalky, cakey, streaky. Try the normal/dry skin formula, even if you have oily skin (I do). It's wonderful, but important that you use the right color for your complexion. I wear it all the time and I've used some pricey foundations.
    Actually, these two formulas really shouldn't be classified under the same name/type. They're nothing a like.

  34. oh and I use sephora's airbrush #55 to apply... might make a difference. Can't live without my brushes :)

  35. @Anonymous: Thank you for the tip :) I never would've thought to try out the normal/dry skin variation but I'm definitely interested now!

  36. Thanks for this post! It's great to hear a different side of these products that are always getting rave reviews! You have a great blog, I'm definitley following.

    Check out my blog if you'd like. I'm hosting a giveaway for CHI Silk Infusion and Hana Shine Shield :-)


  37. I have very oily skin and I use Revlon Colorstay in the Normal/Dry version combined with Elf Mineral Infused face primer and my face stays matte for about 7-8 hours, which is amazing for me! I've heard that the Combo/Oily version is more moisturizing, no idea why! I also wet my brush before applying it on my face, it helps with blending ;)


  38. i hate those revlon matte lipsticks! i own nude attitude..and i don't like it. others say it's a great color,a must have..etc. but it's too drying as you said..and looks horrible on chapped lips. you really need soft lips to make it look ok.

  39. Oh wow. I can't believe I found someone who doesn't like Color Stay either! I thought I was out of my mind. Everybody loves it. And nobody says anything about the ugly smell! Thank youuu!

  40. I agree with you totally on the wear time of the YSL lipsticks. The texture was silky and the red color was beautifully old Hollywood but I couldn't deal with reapplication. I would have been satisfied even if the wear time was just average because of the texture, alas, it was not meant to be.


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