Meal-proof lipstick search: Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

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My second attempt at a meal-proof lipstick was using Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lip Color in Forever Scarlet. Another very true red. Who doesn’t yearn for the perfect red lipstick?

This lip color runs about $11, compared to the $22 for Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick that’s a huge steal! It comes with both lip color and gloss and claims up to 16 hours of comfortable wear without any feathering, bleeding, or touch-ups needed. I applied the same primer and lip liner as before, and followed it up with 3 coats of the lip color. This time I really do think 3 coats were necessary. This gloss really is glossy so in order to achieve opaque color multiple layers are required.

Applying it was easy enough but as it started to try I felt like it was getting a bit clumpy. It also stayed rather sticky throughout the wear, and my lips felt dry. Application of the gloss helped with the dry feeling but seemed to only exacerbate the clumps.While I do like the gloss part of this the gloss clearly also takes off some color, as my gloss wand is now red instead of white. Wear/feel for this Revlon lip color is only a 3/10 I’d say. It wasn’t miserable, but especially compared to the comfortable wear of the Stila lipstick I wasn’t very happy. This color was less impactful than the Stila’s, but I still like how it looked on (maybe just not as much).

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I went out with friends to grab dinner and drinks at a local Bar Louie. We split appetizers of chips and dip and calamari, a pitcher of sangria, and I had a chicken quesadilla. This meal certainly was not as intense as chicken biscuit, but I was still drinking out of a wine glass and eating a quesadilla without using a fork. After the meal was done and I arrived home I saw some lip color left but also some definite patches. Particularly on my bottom lip a lot had flaked off and part were visibly looking chunky.

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While more color overall did stay on than my first attempt with Stila, I preferred how the Stila came off evenly as opposed to this chunky mess. I would not be happy if I was working and grabbed lunch to return with lips like this. Meal-proof score: 1/10.

For now my rankings are:
1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
2. Revlon ColorStay Overtime

I’m excited to try out other formulas and hopefully land on better results! On to the next lipstick + meal adventure.

Do you think this $11 lipstick is a better buy than the $22 Stila one?

Meal-proof lipstick search: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick review

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I love lipstick. There’s something about wearing it that makes me feel powerful. However, I don’t love planning my entire day around lipstick. Only eating tiny bites of foods via a fork and only sipping through a straw. No one has time for this! I want to go about my day as usual while also wearing lipstick without the hassle of constant reapplication. Thus, I am going to test a bunch of lipsticks I already own plus buy some others that promise long wear to see how they do. Now I know most or all of these lipsticks will look amazing if you’re careful about it and touch it up. I’m looking for a lipstick that can stand up to my life that I don’t have to worry about touching up.

First up is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery. This is a beautiful true red that is not too orange and not too purple. I applied Ultimate Ozone primer to my lips, lip liner, then finally 3 coats of the Stila Stay All Day, waiting a couple minutes to let each coat dry. 3 coats is probably a little overkill but I like my lipstick to be very opaque.

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I love this shade of red and this lipstick actually dried pretty well. It wasnt cracking or flaky, my lips didnt feel thirsty, but it also wasn’t sticky. The feel of this liquid lipstick is a 9/10.

My partner and I took a lovely stroll around the UNC Chapel Hill campus for about 2.5 hours, then we decided it was lunch time. We went to the legendary Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (seriously it’s been featured on Food Network). I got a regular, plain, but spectacular chicken biscuit. Now I know this isn’t really fair to the lipstick! This thing is huge and my lips have to touch it to eat it. Its also a chicken biscuit so obviously some grease is involved. But that is precisely the point! I want to see what, if any, lipstick can really live up to eating a meal without being delicate about it.

I enjoyed my chicken biscuit; it is easily the best one I’ve ever eaten. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a magical place. But alas while eating I noticed I was eating a lot of lipstick. After every bite there was clearly lipstick on my biscuit. By the time I was done and had smacked my lips together a few times to try to even out what lipstick was left this was the result:

stila2This is… pretty dramatically different from where I started. There was a bit left giving just a hint of red, my lips definitely aren’t normally that colored. But largely this was a fail. Again, a chicken biscuit might be the toughest test but this lipstick did not stand a chance. Meal-proof score: 2/10.

While I love the color impact and feel of this liquid lipstick, it barely left remnants of itself after a meal. I’ll probably keep wearing this for drinks, but not for meals. Or at the very least I will be ready to re-apply throughout the day!

On to the next hope for a meal-proof lipstick.

False lashes made easy

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I love the instant satisfaction of putting on mascara and instantly looking more radiant (ie not dead tired). However, even my favorite mascaras do not compare to actual false eyelashes. I had always shied away from falsies because honestly they’re kind of expensive and seem like a pain. But I made an impulse purchase one day and have never looked back.

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I mean really… mascara cant compare to this lash status

Self-adhesive false lashes take the hassle (and time!) out of using falsies. No more messing with glue! They come already with an adhesive strip on them, and most with a second adhesive strip for your next wear. My personal favorite is the Ardell demi wispies (Sally Beauty, Amazon). I also like the Ardell 105S (Sally Beauty, Amazon), and the Revlon Fantasy Lengths (although I don’t think these are being made/stocked any longer?). The latter two are fuller are pack more of a punch. For me they look like a ~bit too much when I look at myself up close, but they look great in pictures and at any generally socially acceptable distance.

Application: The first time it’s pretty simple. Gently remove the lashes from their tray with self-adhesive in tact. I needed to cut them down a tad as my eyes aren’t super big. Then take a cosmetic mirror and flip it so the mirror faces the ceiling (or hold a compact mirror in your non dominant hand). Now with your dominant hand apply the lashes while looking down into the mirror. This allows you to keep your eyes open for perfect placement. Then gently press all parts of the adhesive. Lashes should be on your eyelid skin, not your actual eyelashes.

Removal & continued use: this is simple, just peel them off. I then gently peel away the used adhesive from the lashes and dispose of the used glue strip. Now you can put your lashes onto the second strip provided, and just press down gently with tweezers to adhere the lashes to the adhesive strip. Then you’ll need to likely cut off the extra adhesive when you’re ready to apply again, but it’s really that simple. And to extend the life of your lashes even longer you can buy packets of self adhesive strips. I’ve easily used my first pair of Ardell demi wispies 10+ times. You could also feasibly use the self adhesive strip packets for any false lashes — no more glue! I have found that more delicate lashes, like the Ardell 110S don’t hold up as well to having the adhesive removed and thus have a shorter life.