Monday, May 28, 2012

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Strawberry Review and Swatches

Hey, y'all! Today's the last day to enter the giveaway, if you haven't already! Also, you may have noticed I changed the look of the blog. It was done as a procrastinatory measure, but also because it's approaching summer now and I felt like a change (summer 'round these parts is GREEN, hence the color scheme). Let me know what you think/if there's anything you'd like to see different!

For anyone who's not read the blog before: I tend to hate lip gloss. It's sticky and messy and glops up all weirdly (though see Fraise Crème and pH Matchmaker for success stories). And yet, sometimes the hype is enough for me to be willing to try one, and when you combine that with a 40% off sale, you get the perfect gloss storm. Sometimes, though, the risk pays off, and such is the case with Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Strawberry (though let me just say, no natural strawberry has ever been this color––not that it's a bad thing, just a slightly misleading name!).
Christine reviewed this awhile ago, and I thought it was just so pretty, but managed to hold back until the most recent Rite Aid sale, which happened to coincide with some gorgeous summery weather in these parts, and what's more summery than a glittery coral-pink gloss? It is a beautiful color, bright and summery without being neon or garish. Compared to the color of Gurelain Chamade, Strawberry is pinker, but they're definitely close cousins.
Arm swatch, inside light

It has silvery-purple glitter that's flaky, so it doesn't feel chunky or rough on, but the glitter does hang on after the gloss wears off, which is somewhat annoying. I would really love it if it were a cream, but I'm still not sure I can tolerate the glitter; fortunately, L has agreed to take it off my hands if I deem it too much. I've found that it works best when I wipe the applicator off on the edge before putting it on and apply very little. That helps it down on the gloppy feeling and keeps it from migrating, while still giving plenty of color and nice shine (though not "5 x patent leather"). 

Here it is applied lightly, still plenty of pigment and shine! And the glitter's not too noticeable, which I approve of.

The texture isn't sticky, per se, but it is there and somewhat cushy. It wears about an hour on me, not amazing but not terrible, either (lip products don't tend to survive my lip smooshing very well!), and it's easy to reapply; it also doesn't dry my lips out, though I wouldn't say it adds moisture, either. 

The applicator is nice, too, fuzzy and flat and flexible so it's really good at navigating the curves of my lips. The tube is clear plastic with a nice black quilted handle, very visually appealing and nice for identifying the color.

If you're looking for a nice summer coral gloss and don't want to pay for the privilege, Strawberry is a good choice, especially if you wait for it to be on sale.

$7.50 for 0.20, available from drugstores

Quality: 8.5
Effectiveness: 3.75 (not "weightless", doesn't have "5x more shine than patent leather") 
Ease of Use: 4.25
Senses: 4.5 
Pigmentation: 4.5
Duration: 3.75
Consistency: 4
Price: 4
Value: 4
Packaging: +0.5
Grade: B

What do you think of Strawberry? Have you tried any of the Colorburst lip glosses? How do you feel about gloss?
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