A lot of women have that "final accessory" they put on to pull an entire look together. For some, it's a statement ring, or a scarf. For me? It's lipstick.
I have experimented more with lipstick in the last year than in my entire life. For a long time I felt limited by my blonde hair and pale skin. But I've found that lipstick is essential for warming up my face and completing my look.
It can also dramatically change a look from casual to a little more dressed up.
For example, if I'm wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, and clear lip balm, it falls in the more casual category. But all I need to do is add a bold lip color, a floral scarf and wedges, and it dresses my look up immediately.
So my beauty secret to pull my looks together? Lipstick.
And what is better than just lipstick? Long-wear lipstick.
I've tried long-wear lipsticks in the past and put them to the ultimate test. I would apply in the morning, head to the salon for a full day of working behind the chair, which involves talking, eating a quick lunch, and more talking.
Only a few hours into wearing a long-wear lipstick, I'd be left with flakey color that was cracked and dry.
It was the worst! I practically needed a lip exfoliator to get it off too.
I recently had the opportunity to try a few shades of Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede™ lipstick. They sent me two colors I never would have chosen in the store and one that I actually already owned!
And so, the testing began. I wanted to see how these wore.
After about 4-6 hours of wear, I noticed that while my lips felt slightly dryer, I wasn't left with flakiness. The color was still nearly as intense as when I first applied it, but a bit of the shine was gone. None had transferred to my lunch as I ate it either, and that was appealing in and of itself.
After lunch, instead of layering on another swipe of the same lipstick, I opted for a coordinating gloss just to kick up the shine and moisture.
And that refreshed it and gave me a few more hours of wear.
Overall, I was really impressed by the wearability and longevity of these lipsticks. And I found that I enjoyed wearing "Backstage" more than I originally thought! It's a deep plum/mauve color, and perfect for a high-impact lip!
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