Reviews: Revlon ColorStay Full Cover foundation, Revlon Plumping Lip Creme and Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Defining felt tip liquid eyeliner

Revlon’s new ColorStay Full Cover foundation (R179) really needs a new name. I dunno about you, but when I hear the words ‘full cover’ I kind of expect it to be a heavy-weight foundation that can compete in the ranks of Lauder’s DoubleWear. I thus waited for a bad skin day (hello eyebrow warping blind pimple!) to give it a bash and decided I hated it.

Revlon ColorStay Full Cover foundation in True Beige.

Fast forward to a good skin day with managed expectations and Full Cover (Lord, that name!) is actually a dream to use. Thanks to loads of silicones that give it a fluffy, mousse-like texture, it blends beautifully and dries to a velvety finish that’s matte, but not flat. If you ever use a primer to give certain foundations a little slip, you won’t need to with this guy.

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Now that my Thailand tan’s worn off this shade was a tad too dark for me but as it’s so incredibly sheer I could totally make it work.

As far as wear goes, I thought it would slide off my combination skin super fast (products with lots of silicones sometimes do that), but nope, it stayed the day. It also didn’t crease up around my eyes which I totally expected. So ja. Here’s to pleasant surprises. If you’re looking for a very easy-to-wear lightweight foundation with sheer to medium (tending towards the sheer side) coverage, than this is a nice pick for day time.

Update: I’ve just learned that Full Cover is actually Revlon’s discontinued whipped foundation (the mousse one that came in that annoyingly heavy glass jar) so if you’ve been pining for it, here it is in a much more make-up bag and travel friendly tube. Yay for that!

Another Revlon product I’ve made friends with is the brand’s Plumping Lip Creme (R99).

Spiced Berry on the left and Peony Buff on the right.

A deliciously wallet-friendly selection of opaque lip colours with high shine finishes, Plumping Lip Cream promises to pump up your pout thanks to an ingredient complex called Volulip. While I have no idea what that is, I don’t really care because it’s lip-inflating abilities are very limited. I’ve worn it a zillion times now and if it’s inflating my lips, I haven’t noticed and won’t be cancelling my appointment for dermal fillers any time soon. But! As far as straight up lip glosses go, Revlon’s newbie is a treat.

Peony Buff the left and Spiced Berry on the right.

I really like that the minty tasting, caramel-scented formula feels plush and creamy; is of medium stickiness (so it doesn’t slide off too fast) and that they’re so highly pigmented. I fully expected the lighter shade, Peony Buff, to separate on my lips and enhance my lip’s lines, something lighter-coloured lip glosses tend to do, but it went on fully opaque and stayed that way. In a way, they’re kind of like a high-quality lip lacquer but way more hydrating. Shade-wise, Spiced Berry is a super-flattering colour for pale, cool-toned complexion and Peony Buff looks fantastic when I’ve got a (fake) tan. If you had to toss a Plumping Lip Creme in your trolley I’m convinced you’d use it up.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a top quality liquid liner, know that Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Defining felt tip liquid eyeliner (R285) fits the bill.

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Defining felt tip liquid eyeliner.

I am suuuuper kak at applying liquid eyeliner so I rarely wear it. The idea of slaving away to create a killer evening look and then ruining it in two seconds with eyeliner that looks like it was applied by Edward freakin’ Scissorhands just totally puts me off, so I’ve been making a point of learning when it’s okay to be rubbish. So, in the morning when I wake up, I slap on a cat eye before jumping into the shower. I’ll then do the same thing before I take my make-up off before bed. This has made for some ‘interesting’ moments of high glamour (I’m sure the Dawn Wing courier dude is completely bewitched by my ‘top o’ the morning’ Troll doll hair, geisha gown and dramatic eye combo) but I’m slowly becoming less shit at creating a cat eye.

We’re getting there!

Thankfully, my handiwork looks fab from far away. I hope. I’m getting old and rather than buy a Lasik surgery top up, I’m going to blow my pennies on a jaunt to Malaysia later this year. Who needs 20/20 vision when you can have Penang curry on Langkawi beach?

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What’s on my face? Revlon’s Full Cover foundation and Plumping Lip Creme in Spiced Berry and Arden’s liner.

But ja. Getting back to the liner. Arden’s latest has a nice sharp tip, the ink is super black and, despite my using it a lot, it’s yet to show an inkling of drying out. Better yet, Arden’s formulation is waterproof, so getting caught in drizzle won’t destroy your day but it will dissolve in a flash when you want to take it off, provided you’re using an oil-based remover or micellar water.

Love, love


9 thoughts on “Reviews: Revlon ColorStay Full Cover foundation, Revlon Plumping Lip Creme and Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Defining felt tip liquid eyeliner

  1. I’ve been eyeing up those glosses, so I’m happy to read they’re nice! I never for one second thought they’d actually plump lips though – most of these ‘plumping’ glosses do nothing for actually plumping the lips, they just create the illusion of ‘plumpness’ because your lips look so juicy.

  2. Hi Leigh. I’ve used Estée Lauder double wear for years, but it’s super pricey and I’d like something a bit more wallet friendly. Do you know double wear and are you able to tell me if this would be a good replacement for that?

    1. Hi hun! This would be the worst replacement ever for DoubleWear. DW is medium to high coverage and this is super, duper sheer. You’d never want to reach for it on a bad skin day or if you wanted to even out pigmentation. Have you tried Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear? That’s my fave when I want medium to high coverage. It makes skin look incredible and you can ask for a sample before you buy it.

    2. Sharon, if I may make a suggestion – if you want to try a more cost effective full cover foundation as an option to Estee Lauder DW, try L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh 24 hr foundation in the glass bottle with pump. It is not one of their Infallible options in a tube, but a glass bottle. I find it gives good coverage and looks natural and smooth, if you can find your shade. It is also quite a good dupe for Mac Studio Fix as well. If you go to Clicks or Dischem the ladies are often very helpful and I take a couple of small empty jars with me and they always give me a sample to try at home if I ask nicely because I struggle with shades.

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