Department Store Diva Review: Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black

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[Originally posted on tumblr on 08/11/2013]

Hey lovelies!

I’m back with another review, except this time it’s a bit different. This time around I’ll be introducing the “Department Store Diva” Reviews! These are products that you can find in most leading department stores and personal care outlets. These products are in the P500-P1500 price range. This is so that it will be easier for all of you to browse through my reviews with a budget in mind. :)
But anyway, back to the review! Today’s product is Revlon’s ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black!
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QUICK RUNDOWN:

Revlon’s ColorStay liquid liner product is a black liquid eyeliner that has a twist-top packaging and a felt-tip brush applicator.


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The description on the Revlon website is as follows:

"Elegant, sexy and sophisticated, Revlon® Colorstay™ Liquid Liner allows you to emphasize your eyes with precision. Dries quickly and lasts all day."

Additional info is that the product is Vitamin E enriched and is Ophthalmologist tested.

There is also directions on how to use on the website and is as follows:

"• With a light touch, apply the liner starting at the inside corner and working outwards. Instead of trying to apply it all in one long line, draw several smaller lines. • For a cat eye, extend line slightly beyond outer corner of eye."

Each Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner comes with 0.08 fl oz or 2.5 mL of product and retails at P550.

You can find these at leading department stores (Rustans, SM, Metro, Robinsons, etc) and in select Watsons and PCX outlets.

SWATCHES:
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WHAT I LIKE:
1. They weren’t kidding with the “Blackest Black.”
It’s suuuuper pigmented. It’s not “feeling” black. Which is lovely, since most eyeliners come off grey or slightly bluish or purplish in color. One layer is actually enough to give you the impact you need for a solid line. Bongga!

2. I can rub my eyes without fear!
It’s actually smudgeproof! I did the friction test (meaning I rubbed the applied swatch furiously) and the eyeliner stayed in place. I did notice a bit of cracking when stretched but nothing that would make eyeliner crack off in a clumpy mess.

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3. I don’t hate the applicator.
Okay, it’s not my favorite type of eyeliner. I don’t reach for the liquid felt tip applicator since it kinda just sits awkwardly in my hand. I don’t feel that kind of discomfort with this eyeliner, however. The slim yet lengthy tapered handle makes the eyeliner easier to grasp, therefore allowing for easy application.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:
1. Kinda runny.
The formula is a bit too wet. I feel like if I put too much on my brush, it will drip and run all over my eye. Scary thought! It feels like the consistency is a bit thin, which leads to…

2. Dry Erase Marker effect!!
Try to imagine you’re writing with a whiteboard marker, when you try to write over dry erase ink, the existing script disappears. That is basically the dry erase marker effect and it happens with this eyeliner. If I make a mistake and try to overlap the liner, I end up with a gaping hole in my line! It’s just sooo time consuming. I have to wait for it to dry, then add another layer, which is frustrating since there is already no problem with pigmentation. You don’t get this problem with gel/cream liners!

3. Lasts all day, daw. DAW.
Okay. The name of the product is ColorStay. It’s supposed to STAY. I tested this without any foundation or eye primer on. This is the result:

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I have oily lids. I was expecting this to last at least four hours on me. But after four hours, I experienced product migration to my lids. True, we could technically say that the color stayed, but it moved all over the place! After 8 hours that was all that was left. When worn with an eye primer, this liner will most probably last 2-3 hours more. But I really expected more. Especially since ColorStay is already an iconic Revlon line with other successful products.

4. Weather friendly?
Humidity doesn’t seem to be this liner’s friend. Then again, humidity is the enemy of all cosmetics. Let’s just say that you’d be better off in an air-conditioned environment than out and about midday.

OVERALL:
It’s okay. I think it’s pretty steep for the price considering its flaws. I don’t hate it and I’ll probably use it again for photoshoots or in controlled environments. It’s very pigmented and easy enough to control, but not the most recommended if you’re in a rush and need a quick line or if you're going to spend your day in humid places.

Would I buy it again? Maybe not. I’m a gel liner user through and through!

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That's it for me this time! If you have any products you want reviewed or have any feedback, please comment! Thank you!

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