Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick – Not Quite as Impeccable as its Namesake

by lyn on April 10, 2013 · 10 comments

in Lipstick, Revlon

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 ultimate suede

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?

revlon ultimate suede

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.

revlon ultimate suede
revlon ultimate suede
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.

revlon ultimate suede

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.

revlon ultimate suede

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.

revlon ultimate suede

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.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lily April 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Oh I received 2 of these but never got round to trying them yet. Now, I’m hesitant!! I much prefer their super lustrous lipsticks.
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lyn April 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Hi Lily, I was really excited when I first saw these lipsticks. So bummed that it didn’t work out. I’d be interested to find out your thoughts though and wonder if you’ll have the same experience.


Paris B April 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I’m passing on these. Dries my lips out throughout the day, sticky and just uncomfortable. Revlon does lip products well, but when they hit a dud, they REALLY hit a dud.
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lyn April 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I don’t think I’ve come across a lip product I haven’t liked from Revlon so it’s a surprise when these Ultimate Suede lipsticks were so bad :-(


plue April 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

i saw mostly negative reviews on this lipsticks, about it drying and what not. I would rather spend on their Lip Butters which is pretty nice.

it’s a shame though!
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lyn April 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Hey Plue, The Lip Butter is waaaaaaaaaaay better! These Ultimate Suede ones are not only drying but get so patchy and don’t wear off evenly.


Juan April 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I wanted to get one when i saw the ad on TV but was very disappointed at the range of colours they have here in malaysia. all so pale and light. no vampish dark colours like the one in their ads :(
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lyn April 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Hi Juan, You’re right, the colours are pretty but all kinda the same. Also these are surprisingly sheer and I have to layer on to get some colour to show on my lips. I think they have a pink-red one available locally and that is probably the darkest shade they have. I don’t mind the colours so much but the formula is weird as heck.


Jyoan May 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hi, you are not the only one! I find that the lipstick dries up my lips a lot after a while too! Am so glad I only bought one to try. Not going to buy another, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
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lyn May 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Hi Jyoan, This Revlon Suede lipsticks are quite terrible and I have honestly tried wearing them a few times but they always end up getting patchy :-(


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