Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain promise the shine of a gloss, moisture of a balm, long wear of a stain, and the opaque coverage of a lipstick.
Available in 12 shades the new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain formula is a nod to recently recent releases like Maybelline Color Elixir and L’Oreal Extraordinaire as well as Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm.
These are a thicker product that do veer off into the realms of hybrid because they aren’t quite a gloss nor are they are a lipstick but more like a liquid like balm of sorts. They most remind me of Almay’s Liquid Lip Balm but not textured as similarly as Color Elixir or Extraordinaire both of which I find much lighter and less pigmented.
Let’s take a look!
If I’m comparing this formula to anything I’d say Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain is more like a liquid lip balm of sorts. It doesn’t have the velvety texture of a liquid lipstick nor does it have the watery texture of a lip stain and it doesn’t have the shine of a gloss either. The texture is very thick with some creaminess and feels like a melted down lip balm of sorts. It feels quite thick on lips with a hint of a sheen finish but nothing terribly glossy or shiny. The formula has excellent pigment which is where I’d say it was most like a liquid lipstick of sorts. The seven of the twelve shades I tried all had opaque color on a single application and really popped upon two layers (I’m wearing two in my images below). They wear for about three to four hours and I had no issues with them feathering, migrating, or drying out during that wear. They are rather thick so it isn’t exactly a lightweight texture but they aren’t drying and they feel rather like a moisturizing balm of sorts to me. In my experience as they wear away they do not leave a staining effect behind so in that aspect I think they disappoint. Even the darkest shades didn’t really leave behind much of a staining effect behind.
Revlon Barcelona Nights Colorstay Moisture Stain
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Rio Rush
Revlon India Intrigue Colorstay Moisture Stain
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Miami Fever
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain New York Scene
Revlon Stockholm Chic Colorstay Moisture Stain
Revlon London Posh Colorstay Moisture Stain
I do think Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain will be an acquired taste. Some folks will likely feel they are too heavy or thick where as others might feel the texture and consistency is quite luxurious and hydrating. I liked them but I didn’t particularly love how heavy they felt on my lips. I did love the fact they are super pigmented though and they did feel very hydrating through the wear. I wish they stained and I do wish they had more shine to them but at least they aren’t sticky or tacky.
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Swatches (New York Scene, London Posh, Stockholm Chic)
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Swatches (India Intrigue, Barcelona Nights, Rio Rush, Miami Fever)
Revlon actually has a fairly unique formula on their hands. Currently there’s a huge trend in the drugstore market featuring hybrid lipsticks slash stains/balms/glosses. This formula is all the rage but I do think Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain has a formula all its own and is probably the most pigmented of many you’re see at the moment from brands such as Maybelline and L’Oreal. Although as I mentioned a few times you’ll have to be willing to deal with a heavier formula to enjoy all that pigment.
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain are launching at drugstores now.