Now that spring is here I have become completely obsessed with wearing vibrant pops of colour on my lips and my collection is steadily growing. I came across a display of the Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks and thought they could be perfect for spring so I picked up two shades, Petunia a bright berry and Magnolia a peachy nude. The Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks are marketed as a revolutionary wax free gel formula that offers true colour clarity without the heavy feel of a traditional lipstick.
There are 20 shades in a wide range of nudes, pinks and reds that are all named after various flowers – which I love. The come in a silver mirrored tube with a clear plastic casing that lets you see the colour inside. Unfortunately there is a major design flaw, the actual tube of lipstick does not twist down all the way so the outer casing constantly catches on the lipstick and you end up with an annoying mess.
The HD lipsticks have a really unique formula that I can’t quite figure out, there are certain aspects that I really enjoy and some that I just don’t. The gel formula is incredibly lightweight and glides on without any tugging, it’s relatively moisturizing and creamy to the point of almost feeling slick as it crosses the lips. The pigmentation is really quite good and even but does require layering to achieve full opacity and it leaves a glossy finish. The slick texture never really sets so it tends to travel and settle into fine lines and transfer is inevitable. Wear time is short with 3 hrs at most because it is so prone to smudging but the darker shade does leave a nice subtle stain.
Application can be a bit of a pain due to the cut slanted tip that is really cumbersome without the classic point to help guide the product around the lips and to be honest these lipsticks smell awful. I have never had a lipstick that had such an intense scent, it is a sickly cherry cough syrup type of smell that completely overwhelms you. I truly feel that if they did not have such a strong scent I would have enjoyed them 10x more.
When you consider all of the pros and cons, I think it comes down to personal preference. I love the bright colour and glossy finish, the moisturizing formula, the smooth application and with a lip liner wear time is much better but I just can’t get past the scent.
If you can get your head around the scent, I actually think these lipsticks can be quite nice but they are not my favourite. They retail for $10.99 and you can find them online and at your local drugstore.
Have you tried these lipsticks? How do you feel about heavily scented products?