Oct 25, 2012

Review, Swatch - Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare

Ah, I had such high hopes for this one, but it turned out to be a heartbreaker.

Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare

Lately I have been into layering eye makeup techniques using creamy base color, so this chubby eyeshadow stick sounded so good to me.
I did read a couple of negative reviews about them before my purchase, so I guess a lesson is learned here.
"Thou shall listen carefully to fellow beauty bloggers."

According to Revlon, 

- The expertly coordinated shades blend perfectly for a smoky eye that lasts 
- Wears for up to 12 hours
- Doesn't crease, fade or smudge all day

I don't actually have problems with what they are claiming about this product.
The colors look pretty (all 4 of them available at this point) and I did not experience any creasing or fading.
Given the fact I always use eyeshadow primer and layer powder shadow over to set the color, this is still pretty long lasting.


Flare is a duo for purple colors.
The dark shade with pointy tip is a neutral smoky plum with silvery specks and the lighter one is a cool toned shimmery lavender. I think the color combination is simple and nice.

Then what is my problem?
My problem lies in the overall quality of the product, I guess.
I wish it was more pigmented and went more smoothly on my lids.
I wouldn't say they are rock hard, but I still had to work pretty hard to get the colors I wanted. 
I wanted a rich creamy base color, but they felt rather waxy and crayon like.
And the worst part is...I accidentally dropped it and both ends completely broke off!

I love drugstore makeups and I take pleasure in finding good alternatives for higher-end ones.
I actually secretly hoped this Smoky Stick would be comparable to my recent acquired Laura Mercier Caviar Stick.
Sadly, that was not the case this time.

Have you tried these eyeshadow sticks from Revlon?
What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading. :)

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