I was impressed with the quality of Revlon Colorburst lipstick, so I got the lipgloss in Fire. I lost my favorite red gloss ironically enough in a house fire, and wasn't able to replace it as it had been discontinued. I actually think Revlon's Fire is better, a beautiful cool toned red in exactly the right shade for my fair complexion. The first time I opened it I thought my applicator had been damaged, but the paddle shape is intentional. It fits perfectly between my lips, allowing me to apply gloss to both upper and lower lip at the same time. It's also a bit narrower than other applicators, which facilitates accuracy. I like the cross-hatching on the lid which gives a good grip, and the packaging looks more luxe than drugstore. The gloss itself is creamy and smooth, with a subtle dessert-like scent. Vanilla is scientifically proven to be the most appealing smell to men (other than new car, of course), my husband included, so I wish the scent lasted more than just a few minutes. The pigmentation is superb, and lasts a lot longer than any other gloss I've tried, including Revlon Super Lustrous. I like that it's easy to apply however much color you want, whether a light wash or full on drama. It's not sticky or tacky, stays where I put it and doesn't settle into lines. I liked it so much that I bought one in Rosegold, Strawberry, Bordeaux, and Papaya, the latter of which turned out to be too much of a coral for me, so I gave it to my sister. My goal is to acquire the entire collection, and I just got Orchid, Peony and Hot Pink on Ebay. The glosses with glitter are my favorites, so I don't understand why others have had problems. I also am puzzled why other reviews have bashed the pigmentation quality. I usually wear gloss on top of a lipstick, but even alone the color is lovely. Whenever I'm wearing one of these I get lots of compliments, and am frequently asked for specifics. Drugstore brands have come a long way in terms of quality and while I agree these glosses aren't exactly dirt cheap, they're excellent value for what you pay. I've been using them for 8 months and can barely tell they aren't brand new. When I finally use one up, probably in two years time, I will most definitely buy again.
This product has beautiful packaging and shades but I just couldn't get over the smell! I've read so many reviews about it having a slight vanilla scent but after going to three different stores and trying out all the testers, all of the glosses have this gross plasticky scent that reminds me of dirt almost. Too bad. :(
i had a few of the glitter ones. i hated them so much.. they felt absolutely awful on my lips. the glitter in it was very gritty.. i have worn glitter based glosses before, and usually you would not be able to feel it on.. i would never recommend this to anyone, you are better off going to the dollar store...
For years I stayed away from drugstore lipsticks and lipglosses because of allergies. I still have to steer clear of many inexpensive brands that rely too heavily on mineral oil. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Revlon has reformulated many of their lipsticks and glosses without mineral oil or parabens.
My local supermarket has been running specials on Revlon products and I snagged six of these Colorburst lipglosses for around $3.00-4.00 a piece. A great price for the quality. These glosses are creamy on the lips and have a light vanilla scent. Staying power is average, but I don’t mind reapplying because I like the buttery texture. I find these quite moisturizing and prefer to wear them instead of a lip balm. As others have noted, the packaging is attractive and looks high end. I personally don’t mind the shape of the applicator—I think it’s easy to use.
There is a wide range of colors, but I find that the intensity of pigment and glitter varies depending on the color you choose. Some are very sheer and others deeply pigmented. Whether you love or hate this lipgloss depends on the color you choose.
One nice thing about the more highly pigmented colors is that you can put on a little for a sheer look, or layer on more to intensify the color. These glosses look great on their own or over a lipstick. The only thing I don’t like is the excessive glitter in some of these, so pick your colors carefully. Here are the ones I have:
-- Pink Ice – This is a very sheer pink with a touch of glitter. Don’t expect much color from this one, but it does give a pale, shiny gloss to the lips.
-- Orchid – This is a beauty. A soft, sheer pink with a hint of lilac. I was afraid this would be too light and lavender for my dark skin, but it really looks a lovely pink when it’s on. This color is more pink than it appears in the container and I like that it’s not overly glittery.
-- Rose Pearl – A pretty, cool, silvery rose. A lot of shine and pearlescence without too much glitter. Just a beautiful, soft, shimmery, summertime color for all skintones.
-- Bordeaux – A gorgeous, sexy, reddish-wine without too much glitter. Highly pigmented and absolutely rocks against a darker skintone. Love this color!
-- Sienna Sparkle – This is a great deep, coppery brown. Perfect for autumn and winter. Highly pigmented and really looks good on my dark skin. It is a little more glittery than I prefer, but for some reason, the glitter isn't as overpowering as with the Bronze Shimmer. I like to layer the Rose Pearl over this to soften the color and make it more wearable in the spring and summer.
-- Bronze Shimmer – This is my least favorite of the seven. Way too glittery—to the point where I can see the glitter traveling all over my face after the gloss has worn off. The color without the glitter is very nice, but I can’t stand seeing my lips full of glitter after the gloss has gone. So I just wear this around the house over the Sienna Sparkle.
UPDATE: Just couldn't stand the excessive glitter in the Bronze Shimmer and how it would travel all over my face. Tossed it. However, I'm still using and enjoying the other five shades.
At first I thought these were really great glosses. But after using them for a while, I'm not that impressed.
Smell: These have a very weird smell that I can't put my finger on. Maybe I have a rancid one?
Texture: Glittery ones are a bit gritty IMO. I often times find that the glitter gets inside my mouth and I can feel it against my teeth. Yuk. The non-glittery ones are smooth, but both kinds bleed/travel like crazy.
Lasting power: Poor. Reapplication is required about every 30 minutes.
The biggest complaint I have is that they don't stay put. I hate it when gloss looks good for about 10 minutes, then travels in every direction on your lips, making you look sloppy. I won't be repurchasing these, nor will I be keeping the few that I have.
I've 5 these in 4 colors: BORDEAUX (berry/plummy color), FIRE (red), STRAWBERRY (pinkish coral with sparkles, no red as strawberry), and SIENNA SPARKLE (brownish/copperish brown). Bordeax is my favorite and I've 2 (one for purse and one at home) and it's the most flattering on my face. I haven't tried Fire yet...keeping it for my hot dates. It is easy to apply and sort of OK for lasting power as I often sip water.
I must say Bordeax is also sexy... be careful if you are NOT in the mood for flirting. It can send the wrong signals :)
I received a sample of the Hot Pink shade in a Target beauty bag promotion. Although the hot pink looked like a very bright shade, it goes on very sheer. This is a good thing if you like a natural look, but I was hoping for a little more color. Another problem I had with this shade is that it had way too much glitter. My lips looked like a disco ball! Somehow, even after the color wore off, the glitter remained in place, scratching my skin with its unpleasant grainy texture. My lips were very dry at the end of the day. Overall, I did not enjoy this product and am very glad that I got to try it out for free instead of spending several dollars on a full tube.
I got to try this out in Hot Pink with the "Target Beauty Is My Bag" promotion. Since it's a little try-me packet, I can't say if I'm fond of the packaging or not. I am a very fair, dark haired brunette with blue eyes, and I have to say that the pink was really pretty on me! A little bright, but I'm a wee bit scared of bright lips because I'm more of a natural look girl. The texture was nice, not too gooey or liquidy, and stayed in place pretty well. My biggest complaint is the glitter in this shade. It's microfine and silver, so, while I like shimmer in lipglosses, this is a little too obviously 'glitter' for me. Plus, after the color and formula wear off, the glitter somehow... stays in place? Natural lips + oodles of leftover glitter = WTH? It also got all over my face around my lips (nose, chin, some on cheeks, etc). So I ended up with a lovely "glitterbeard" effect. While the color is pretty, I'm going to pass on buying the full-size. When I'm in the mood for bright lips, I'm pretty sure I can find a nice hot pink gloss that doesn't give me a beard made of glitter.
While someone who dislikes sparkle might object to these, not all of them have the same amount of sparkle or pigment. You can clearly see it in the store lighting. The lighter every day shades are light, because they just are. Most people like those neutral every day shades. There are plenty of brights to choose from. Hot Pink, Papaya, and Strawberry are perfect for Summer. These are a gel gloss, and they are similar to Chanel. Not the same as the S.L. glosses, but both formulations are outstanding for a drugstore product. Rosepearl is pretty pigmented. Ladies who like a gloss for daily wear would also like these and could wear them alone with no bleeding outside the lips. If you want more color, just layer them over your lipstick. I do that with high end brands, too. The applicator may look strange to some, but it works. It's a rubber sponge and it's soft. Some doe foot applicators can wear down over time and scratch your lips, but that won't happen with these. It keeps it's shape and gives an even amount of gloss. If it's not shiny, then you're not applying it the right way. Most complaints I hear from women with my job are they hate a certain product for certain reasons, but it's usually because the product is not being used right. I don't see how the shade range is limited... Some stores only stock a few shades, so find a store that has all of them. There is a pink, lilac pink, nude, violet, mauve, peach, red, pink/red, coral, burgundy, bronze, sienna/cinnamon, rose and even a hot pink on the cool side. With fifteen shades, there are several options.
Im so mad at this product. I see the ads with Jessica Alba and her lips look sooo shiny and full of color. BUt these glosses just dont do it for me. The color isnt all that intense and glossy shine? Nowhere to be seen! Within about 30 minutes of applying, it looks like Ive been stuffing my face with some really oily fried chicken. Yes!! Greasy looking lips. The formula i just very thin for what the product claims to be. "super shiny, intense, glosssy" and what not. Another thing..I do not like doe foot for lip glosses. Its like wiping off the gloss while ur trying to put it on. Totally defeats the purpose. I wish ALL lipgloss packaging would indicate if its a brush or doe foot. Then i wouldnt waste my $$ waiting for the "surprise" once I open it. I would not buy these again. Ill just use them at work as my spare lipglosses and keep reapplying till its all gone. The ads in magazines and commercials totally fooled me. Shame on me! *******************So this is an update review. I had to keep using these until they were done becasue i wasnt just gonna throw them away. I began to really like these alot. The doe foot really isnt as annoying as i thought it would be. It grabs enough product and is really soft. ive actually been having a hard time finding glosses that arent so sheer, so these are the only ones I see that do have pigment and shine. Ive grown to like the wierd flavor of it and i definitely plan on buying more before they get discontinued or something.