Whoever it was in the marketing department that came up with having regular 3 for 2 offers on cosmetics should definitely get a promotion as I always end up splashing out when the time comes. I need blush, foundation and a new pot of eyeliner, but since the foundation was reduced in Boots anyway it freed up the space for a cheeky purchase to make up my ‘3’ cosmetic picks. I really wanted a Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen, but the make-up selection in my local Superdrug is rubbish so I picked up the equally pretty Revlon Ultimate Suede lipstick in Preview (whoever named that should possibly not be as high up on the promotion list) which normally retails for £8.99.
I’d not heard anything about this line of lipsticks. They seem to have been released in the US in January; if they were released at the same time here they definitely passed me by. I duly checked out the ingredients and was surprised to see that Ultimate Suede, pigmented as it is boasts the inclusion of Shea Butter, Aloe and Vitamin E. When you first apply the lipstick it does go on like a balm and appears to be very moisturizing, however, after about ten minutes it becomes a very matte, even slightly sticky, wash of colour. I can imagine that a fair few people might find it a bit drying, but what it does mean is that it has very little transfer when eating or drinking. This is the dream for me because, as I have mentioned before, a lot of lipsticks appear to literally fall off my lips a few hours into the day. Paired with the fact that I favor quite bright lipsticks both the prints I leave on mugs and resulting make-up look become absolutely ridiculous. I would say that a little touch up during the day wouldn't go a miss, but if you left the house without it you could easily get away with a 6 hour wear.
Aesthetically the design of the product isn't the best, although the packaging is very ‘handbag friendly’ as it has a click-on lid and is coated in sturdy plastic. I also don’t understand the thought process behind the name, or the tagline (suede and velvet are completely different materials, Revlon!). However, according to the Boots website there are actually 20 shades available in this range and if all the colours in the range have the same staying power as ‘Preview’, I’m definitely sold. Any recommendations as to which ones to get?