Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Lip Color


  • Long lasting
  • Not as drying as other formulations
  • Strongly pigmented shades
  • Wide range of colors


  • Tacky feel on lips, even when just applied
  • When it does start to come off, it does it in patches
  • Still requires lip balm or gloss to give more comfortable wear

Full Review

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Lip Color is part of Revlon's wider Colorstay range of makeup products.

The Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Lip Color range contains 20 shades, which are all quite strongly pigmented, rather than pale and natural shades and most apply as they look in the tube. I have the Regal Rose shade, which is an intense dark matt pink. The applicator is foam and makes application easy, in just one step. However, be sure to be accurate in your application, as once it's on the skin, it's difficult to remove any mistakes, as it stains almost immediately.

Having tried variants of these long-wear lip colors before, I've always found that they have dried out my lips and been uncomfortable to wear. According to Revlon, the formulation is guaranteed to last 12 hours. I find, on average, it's closer to eight hours. The Revlon Colorstay Lip Color formulation means that even when it's dry, it feels a little tacky and sticky, which doesn't bother me too much, but I can see how some people wouldn't like it. When it's done its work and it starts to fade, the Revlon Colorstay Lip Color comes off in patches, which is never a good look. It's also not something you'd want to reapply without taking it all off and starting again – I found when I tried it ended up looking patchy.

Where it does meet up to expectations is that it doesn't feather or fade. Removal isn't too complicated either – just a little make up remover seems to do the trick.

In Closing

One of the benefits is that this all-day-wear lip color does not require any top coat – Revlon claims this is built in already. However, the texture of the Revlon Colorstay Lip Color means I prefer to wear it with a little lip balm on top. Otherwise, I find it tends to show up dry skin and it is a little sticky in consistency without it. On the flipside, I think adding the lip balm probably makes the color fade faster. So the hunt for the perfect, no top coat required lip color is still ongoing.