You’d probably notice by now that I am quite a fan of Revlon lip products. I have loved the Lip Butters as well as their Kissable Balm Stains, so it was only natural that I got rather excited when they came out with the Ultimate Suede Lipsticks.
Revlon claims that the Ultimate Suede Lipstick provides all-day colour while giving lips a velvety, suede finish. The lip complex formulation includes a blend of shea butter, Vitamin E and aloe to add moisture to the lips. Now it all sounds really good, doesn’t it?
The packaging whilst cute and allows me to see the colours I’m grabbing, looks a wee bit cheap to me. But it’s not a major downside. I would have preferred a slicker bullet, not something see-through.
From left to right: Socialite, Womenswear and Preview
The pigmentation of these lipsticks (or at least the ones I received) were not as vibrant as I’d thought. When swatched on the back of my hand, the lipsticks glided on smoothly and they mostly had a glossy finish but will mattify after a few minutes. With one swipe, you can get decent colour pay-off except a couple of these colours were a wee bit sheer. Both Socialite and Womenswear had trouble showing up on my hand so I had to swipe a few times to get some colour to show.
When first applied on lips, the texture was relatively smooth and my lips did not feel dry. These are supposed to be matte, long-lasting lipsticks so it’s quite a pleasant surprise when my lips did not feel or look parched.
However it’s only good for the first 10 minutes or so, after which things tend to go to pot. The lipstick will start getting sticky, as if I have some duct tape residue on my lips. It’s a really strange sensation when my lips are sort of stuck together and it takes a bit more effort to just move them apart. As the day progresses, things seem to go further down the pot. The colour will settle into lines and look very patchy. And my lips will be little dry and a little sticky. Very, very weird, I tell you.
Preview held up better compared to Socialite and Womenswear and it did not get as blotchy as the other two. I have worn Preview to work a few times and reapplied lightly after lunch. The lipstick pretty much stayed on the entire day but the colour did fade off rather unevenly towards the evening.
I also need to mention that removal is a pain in the patootie. The lipsticks do set and set quite well. The first time I removed Preview, I had a WTF moment because the colour was coming off in chunky flakes. Flakes! I kid you not. If the residue didn’t look so gross, I would have posted a photo of it.
I thought I had received duds at first but after doing a bit a research online, there’s a commonality with most reviews… the strange stickiness. So it looks like the lipsticks are formulated to be this way? Whatever it is, I hope Revlon will read enough reviews and go back to the drawing board to reformulate these lipsticks. It’s a right shame because their other lipstick offerings are so much nicer.
I am happy they brought in eight shades to Malaysia but I believe folks in The States get twenty colour variants. The shades range from neutrals to bolds and they are all very nice colours. It’s just too bad that the formula of the Ultimate Suede Lipsticks didn’t quite work out on me.
I would still recommend to try them out if given the opportunity. You may be one of the lucky people who won’t face issues with these. Each Ultimate Suede Lipstick costs RM39 and can be found at most local pharmacies (drugstores).
Have you tried the Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick and how did it work for you? If you have a different experience with the lipstick, please let me know too.