Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick: we applaud Brett Anderson for this daring new direction

Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Despite being distinctly unimpressed by Revlon’s recent Baby Sticks, I am in general a fan of the brand – particularly their lip and nail products. So I sat up and took notice when these new suede effect lipsticks came my way.

Revlon Ultimate Suede lipstick

The concept is innovative and there isn’t really anything else like it on the market – the formula, enriched with shea butter, aloe and vitamin E, promises a matte lip that feels hydrated and moist throughout the wear-time.

On first application, I was baffled. They apply like a glossy balm, gliding over the lips for a slick and shiny finish. But wait! A few minutes in and the product dries down to a powdery finish, wrapping round and setting on the lips like a longwear liquid lipstick. Once it sets, there’s no fear of transfer – these babies aren’t for budging!

Revlon Ultimate Suede lipstick swatches Front Row and Couture


Why yes, that is a floral blazer - I'm in the yes camp!

You end up with a semi-matte effect that, on my lips, looks good for 3-4 hours before it starts to look and feel too dry. On the plus side though, the thin bullet makes them easy to reapply on the hoof. I find them perfect for work – a quick slick at the desk in the morning sees me through to lunchtime, when I can top up with ease.

Revlon Ultimate Suede lipstick Front Row and Couture

Of the two I tried, I preferred the more saturated shade – I get the feeling that these work best with a brighter or bolder colour.

Front Row is a pretty,  peachy pink, but I wasn’t mad on it as a matte - I thought it looked best when first applied and slightly glossy looking, which defeats the purpose somewhat. Couture, however, is a bright berry that looked great as a semi-matte; it's punchier and has more oomph – I’m definitely a fan.


There are 14 shades in the range and the pinks and reds look really appealing – I think I’ll be picking up a couple of brights for the summer.

They’re €13 and out now – have you tried ‘em yet, or are you tempted?

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