I am taking a break from red to show you two shades of Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss, Papaya and Crystal Lilac. I had heard some really good things about these, and decided to treat myself to two as a birthday present! These retail for around $7.50, but you can often find them on sale at drugstores, or offered more cheaply through retailers like Walmart, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond (which is where I found mine), and contain .2 ounces of gloss. The wands are an indented doe foot paddle, which I suppose is supposed to act as a little well to hold more gloss than what would normally cling to the applicator. I still need about two dips to get my lips covered, but I don't mind having to go back for more; I much prefer this to having too much gloss on the applicator and having it be messy. The gloss itself is slick with a slightly oily feel to it, and thin enough that you can feel the texture of the shimmer. Because neither color I own has any glitter, this isn't a grit, and I don't find it distracting; however, this isn't a flawless, cushiony feeling gloss. Personally, I prefer this lightweight formula to something thick and gloppy; it doesn't feel heavy on the lips, and you don't have to pile the product on to get it as opaque as it's going to get (which, admittedly, is still sheer- this isn't supposed to be an opaque gloss). I don't find this to be sticky or tacky at all; it simply feels moist on the lips. This gloss has a vanilla scent to it, so if you are sensitive to fragrance, be warned! I generally find synthetic vanilla scents to be obnoxious, but this smells like vanilla extract, which I find pleasing and inoffensive. I haven't noticed any taste to this gloss.
Crystal Lilac is an iridescent cool-toned pink that flashes warm violet in the tube (this effect is less pronounced on the lips), and Papaya is a bright coral with gold and pink shimmer. I really like the tube; they are roughly the size and shape of NARS' lipglosses, with a shiny clear plastic base and a black plastic cap embossed with a diamond pattern. The packaging feels a little classier than most drug-store lipglosses. I should probably mention that Revlon claims these have 5x more shine than patent leather; I don't know about that (how do you quantify shine? Where does patent leather fall in that range?), but these are pretty darn shiny.
I had some trouble getting my camera to focus correctly... sorry for the fuzz! Here's the packaging:
|Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss|
|Crystal Lilac in the tube|
|Papaya in the tube|
|Swatches of Papaya (top) and Crystal Lilac (bottom)|
|Revlon Colorburst Crystal Lilac, no flash|
|Crystal Lilac, no flash|
|Crystal Lilac, flash|
|Crystal Lilac, flash|
|Papaya, no flash|
|Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Papaya, no flash|
|Revlon Papaya, flash|
|Revlon's Papaya, flash|
|And here's the applicator. See the dip? It's sort of a pinched lozenge shape.|
I am really pleased with these lip glosses! I can honestly say that, for the price, I haven't come across any I like better, and I actually prefer this formula to a lot of higher-end lipglosses that are twice (or more!) the price! I only wish the range was larger and included more unusual colors; all the basics are covered, but I'd love to have some trendier shades. Oh well, you can bet I'll be building up my collection of these beauties as I catch them on sale! If these were a little bit smoother- feeling on the lips, maybe a little less oily, I'd be giving them full marks, but as it stands I still consider these an excellent product.