Guest Post: Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral foundation review

Hey everyone! I’m Monica, the 17-year old blogger from called Glitz n Glamour Makeup! I first wanted to that Brittany for allowing me to do a guest review!

The product I’m reviewing today is called Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral foundation. Typically $13.99 at drugstores it’s a bit expensive, but it was 75% off at my local CVS and I couldn’t resist picking it up :)

One of my favorite parts about this foundation is it comes with a little brush included in the lid! This makes it super convenient if you travel a lot or tend to lose things like me! The included brush was actually pretty high quality, surprisingly, and I really didn’t notice a difference between that and the one I usually use.

The foundation looks like a fairly typical powder foundation….so why is it called “aqua” foundation?? I had assumed it just meant it was moisturizing/non drying. However, it literally feels like you’re putting water on your face! It’s so bizarre, and definitely took some getting used to.

The foundation blends really well also. I tried to leave a sharp line here so you could see the foundation swatched on my hand. It looks a lot lighter than my skin, and that’s because my face is a lot paler than the rest of me. The foundation has a slight shimmer in it, which doesn’t bother me at all, but if you’re rather particular about your foundations you may not like that.

This is me wearing the Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral foundation on the left side of the picture, bare skin on the right. As you can see, the left side has less shine and redness than the right, and also less of an undereye circle.

I would consider this to be a light coverage foundation. It lasted for about 7 hours on me, which I thought was pretty good. It feels really natural, and hasn’t caked or anything even if I layer it a lot. Overall, I would recommend it if you’re looking for a foundation that won’t dry you out and looks natural. I think it’s great for summer because it’s always good to go light on the makeup when it’s hot out!

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How to Create Sunburst Lips – Like A Boss.

When I fall for something, y’all…I fall hard. Take music for example. I can listen to the same songs for days, weeks and YEARS at a time. I STILL play “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire like it came out in January of last year. I am a free spirit but I am a comfortable spirit too. I don’t fix what ain’t broke and while that can be a good thing, it stunts my creativity at times.

Hence why the starburst lips came to me.

Yep. They came to me. Seriously. I was rushing into work on Monday and after plopping down at my desk, I realized that my lips were bare. Bare lips are a no no on Monday mornings. I rummaged through my makeup bag and pulled out the gorgeous Venomous Cosmetics’ Let U Go.

Venomous Cosmetics is an indie brand launched by a talented beauty blogger who is based out of Central Florida. I found about VC through my blog sister and friend, Phyrra (who also lives in Central FL…woot!) and when my eyes landed on Let U Go, I knew I had to have it. I mean, look at this orange…

Gorgeous, right? It’s even more stunning in person. I own nothing like it and was glad to add it to my stash. And I didn’t use it until that rushed Monday morning. I wanted to go for something “different”, yet work appropriate. And so sunburst lips were born.

Oh. And if you hear anyone use the words “sunburst lips”, they so got it from me. I’m just sayin’. I came up with it first. ;)

First, I lined my lips using MAC’s Vino lipliner.

I’m not gonna tell y’all how long I’ve had that lipliner. Is there an expiration date for lip liner? Anyone know? Anywhoovers, I applied Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

Yep. I am still religiously wearing that buttah. I love that buttah. At this point, I grab a lip brush and get to blending.


Blending is so important. It’s like the 2nd Beauty Commandment. After “Never Wear Black Eyeliner on the Lips”, of course. After blending, I dabbed Let U Go in the middle of my lips.


And ta daaaaah!

FACT: Everyone has at least one friend that regularly takes pictures of themselves and showcases those duck lips…

Don’t be that friend. 8) Sunburst lips paired with dual blue eyeliner is quite the unexpected look. I can’t stop wearing it. I think I’m going to go for a sunburst lip using purple lippies. Whatcha think?

If you give sunburst lips,  try…let me know!

Mascara Monday: Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara

Well, well, well…what do we have here? A mascara from Revlon. It’s been a long time and I do mean a LONG time since a mascara from Revlon has impressed me. If ever. And I know that sounds harsh, but I’ve got to be honest. So yah. Like all Revlon mascaras, I didn’t have high hopes for this one….

Price: $9.99 in drugstores.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: Wow. This isn’t bad. I’m serious. This is actually pretty good.

What I Loved About It: Dude, the length is REALLY good. I was impressed.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s okay with 2 coats but 3 coats of mascara sent me straight to  Clumps City. Not an epic fail, really. I didn’t HAVE to use 3 coats, ya know?

Overall: Well, well, welllll. Look who has it goin’ on. Simply put, I surprisingly liked this mascara. I’ll stop the “Revlon’s mascaras suck” bit for awhile and give you a sturdy review. The mascara promises big and bold volume and honey, it delivers. My lashes look phenomenal when I wear this. So much so that I’ve been wearing it for a week straight.

The wand….

The wand is niiiiice. The bristles aren’t super stiff so you are able to not only untangle unruly lashes, but you can also get a good handle on wiggling from root to tip. There is a bit of a “dagger” at the end of the wand but it’s hard to use. When you pull the wand from the tube, the tip of the wand is coated in mascara. No bueno. Sure, you can wipe it off on the side a bit but it’s hard to get enough off to use the dagger end. Still. Despite that, I was able to effectively use this wand with no problem. Oooooh yeah!

Yes, it’s a volume mascara but it still does a great job with lengthening too.  As far as volume, you will get it. And in a major way. This is fantastic mascara for when you really want your lashes to stand out. Most days I’m too lazy to put on eyeshadow, but I always wear liner and mascara. This is the kind of mascara I’d wear for some real pop. The one thing that prevented this mascara from getting a perfect score is how wonky it gets throughout the day. Some mascaras flake. Others just disappear but this mascara  made my lashes feel gel-like. If I went to rub my eyes, my lashes would lean whichever way. And they’d stay that way. It was easy to remove with water so while the formula gets all weird ‘n stuff, I just can’t knock how great the volume and lengthening power of this baby is.

Could it be? Did Revlon win me over? If their next mascara is so so, I’ll put them back on my good side.

Who am I kidding? I am already having a love affair with Revlon’s Lip Butters. I want to marry those things. But I digress…

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


Oh! I forgot to mention something. You know how Revlon is notorious for those HUGE holes that the mascara wand comes out of it?

Yeah well, this mascara has it. There is a stopper that prevents you from taking out a whole heap of mascara but I don’t understand why they have to manufacture the hole so large in the first place. I don’t get it. Every other brand seems to get it except Revlon. *shrugs* It isn’t a big deal but still..the hole can make wiping off excess mascara a bit messy.

Do I recommend it?: Yep! It’s pretty good.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

 

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. I want them ALL!

It’s been forever and a day since a lip product has been captivating enough for me to shell out some pennies on it. WITHOUT coupons. That’s practically a sin, yo. Purchasing anything without it being on sale is painful but this lippie was the band-aid. Seriously.

Ole’ Rev has won some serious cool points with me regarding this Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

First of all, it’s a balm. And we all know how much I obsess over really like balms. As much as I love lipsticks and lipglosses, it’s the amount the balms that run my cosmetic bag. I was weary about trying this one simply because I didn’t want to be disappointed.

And let’s face it….did I really need any more lip balms?

Don’t answer that.

I scooped this baby up at Walgreens for $7.49 and let’s put it this way…I’ve been using it daily. Yo…when a beauty blogger uses a product daily, it’s the shizzle fo nizzle.

Remember that time Snoop Dogg had a TV Show called Doggy Fizzle Televizzle? Okay, never mind.
I’ll stay focused.

On zee lips:

Pro’s:
-Amazing color selection. There are 20 of them!
-Raspberry Pie is nice and pigmented.
-Feels wonderfully moisturizing on the lips.
-Unscented. I don’t like smelly lip products so I LOVE this aspect.
-Perfect for using with a lipliner.
-Long-lasting. I don’t have to apply for a good 3-4 hours. Not bad!
-Pretty packaging. It’s all luxurious…

Con’s:
-Can be pricey for some.
-Swatches on website/display are waaaay off.
-Can be difficult to find.

Those “Con’s” are relative of course but overall, I think these Lip Butters are amazing. I do want more. A lot more. I’ve scooped up Lollipop and Tutti Fruiti and will do a post on those too.

Have you tried these lip butters yet? Whatcha think?

 

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Mascara Monday: Revlon CustomEyes Mascara

Every time I see a new mascara from Revlon, I get nervous. And it’s because they have been a steady disappointment in the Mascara World. If it weren’t for y’all requesting that I review them, I would have bid adieu to Revlon and their mascaras many moons ago. But alas, here we are. A new one.

Has Revlon finally won me over? Or are they still on my “Anti” list?

Mascara Monday: Revlon Grow Luscious mascara

Well well, my darlings. Look what we have here. Another Revlon mascara review. After being highly disappointed with the Double Twist mascara, my hopes weren’t so high for Grow Luscious. Did Revlon win me back or are they still on my naughty list?


Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash


  

Price: 4 out of 5($9.99 from Walgreens)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5


What it claims:
Per packaging


The truth:
Uh…maybe Revlon should just retire from mascara making. I’m just sayin’…

What I loved about it: Why lie? I didn’t love anything about it.
What I didn’t like: The flaking was out of control.

Overall:  Okay, first things first. This is one mascara that makes A LOT of claims.  Let’s list them, shall we? Grow Luscious claims to:

-Give you longer and lusher lashes
-Give you stronger lashes with prolonged use
-Make those lashes waterproof
-Improve lashes overall appearance

As a mascara reviewer, I could not dedicate a month or so to see if this mascara improved my lashes’ overall appearance. Because of that, I will not judge that aspect of the mascara. But I will say this…a mascara has to be pretty darn good for me to want to have to use it regularly. If it is less than up to par, then I don’t care WHAT it promises, I’ll just stop using it.

And that’s the thing about Grow Luscious. It isn’t the kind of mascara that made me want to keep using it to see if my lashes would indeed get stronger. For one, I didn’t notice much length. Or volume. I mean, I got a little bit of both but I was looking for something more.

Waterproof? Not so much! In fact, I experienced nothing but flakes with this mascara. See…

 
And this was happening whether I rubbed my eyes a few minutes after applying or if I rubbed my eyes a few HOURS later. The mascara seemed to flake away by the end of the day. Which is NEVER a good thing with mascaras; especially for contact users and those with sensitive eyes. You risk a greater chance of eye irritation with flaky mascaras.

And then we run into the SAME packaging issues that Double Twist gave us. Like that HUGE hole.

Look familiar?

 I really don’t know HOW and why Revlon keeps getting this wrong. Don’t they realize that a larger wand entrance means that you end up pulling out (and wasting) a whooole bunch of mascara? And we won’t even talk about the kind of bacteria that has the chance of getting in your mascara when you wipe the excess mascara on the side of the tube. With my Double Twist review, many commenters said that they experienced the exact same thing. So I ruled out my having a bad tube. And if I DID have a bad tube, well so did other ladies in Michigan, Australia, the UK and Canada. LOL…I’m being sarcastic, y’all.

The wand is less than perfect too.

This is not my ideal mascara wand as I find it to be difficult to control; especially if you have smaller lids and lashes. And it doesn’t make it easy for separating as well. Notice the huge glob of mascara at the end of the wand? Hmm mmm…this means you can use the tip to get in those inner corners.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)





Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Nope. Not at all.

I was very careful in reviewing this mascara. I didn’t want my experiences with Double Twist to sway my opinion for this one. But it looks like Revlon is making the SAME mistakes. Even if I loved what the actually mascara did, they still get a fail in the packaging department. And I’m not the only one saying this. Want to know the most popular Clumps of Mascara blog post EVER? It’s the Revlon Double Twist review. Many left comments in that post claiming that they had the same awful experiences with Double Twist. Fail and double fail. While Grow Luscious is nowhere near as bad and Double Twist, it’s just not good either. I don’t know. I don’t want to write off Revlon completely because I actually like their polishes and lippies. But maybe mascaras just ain’t they thang. I can deal with that.

What say you?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,