Sunday, 16 March 2014

Make-up: Revlon Super Lustrous Fire and Ice lipstick (are you made for it?)

I don't often wear cherry-red lips, but sometimes I want a change from the usual... Which is normally one of the five lipsticks mentioned in my post about favourite reds. Each one has a warm tone and I tend to go for the classic bright, pillar-box types.

Sometimes a cherry red is nice though - and can work better with pink blusher, I think. What I particularly like about the lipstick I'm reviewing today though is how much it satisfies my inner vintage-geek; because this little shade has been on the scene since it first came out back in 1952! You don't get more authentic than that, surely (don't know about you but I have no desire to wear an actual lipstick from the 50s; germ fest). 

Stay tuned and I'll even give you a little bit of history - which I find fascinating, so hope you will too... But for now, onto the lipstick itself.


I'd say the colour in the below picture is pretty accurate - although it somehow comes across as a tad brighter in the flesh. And yes, my top does have cherries on it - the 50s like matching things and so do I. Eh-hem.


Although it's a pink-based red, I still think it works for people with slightly warm skin tones, like me - it's quite neutral as red goes. Doesn't lean too much in the blue or orange directions. 


Pros
  • I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love the Super Lustrous packaging for the transparent lid which makes it so much easier to find when you've got a few
  • The shade - and its history - is just so classic and instantly brightens up your face
  • The colour wears fairly well - you can get a good few hours out of it
  • It's good value for money at about £8
  • It doesn't dry your lips out like so many strong colours do
Cons
  • I don't personally like the slightly shiny finish - but blotting it and/or adding translucent powder over the top tones that down
  • The strong pigment transfers onto anything it touches

But really, I can't think of much worse to say about it than that; it does what it claims to and the colour's so lovely that if you're after a fairly neutral, cherry-red, this could be the one for you.

Still not convinced..? Maybe this little bit of history will sway you...

This particular shade had its own now infamous ad campaign featuring a rather glamourous and smouldering woman wrapped in a red fur (Google it), and asked the question: 

Are you made for fire and ice?

If you answer 8 of the following 15 questions in the affirmative, you officially should go out and buy this lipstick too ;) And bear in mind, these questions were supposed to appeal to every woman's inner bad girl...
  1. Have you ever danced with your shoes off?
  2. Did you ever wish on a new moon?
  3. Do you blush when you find yourself flirting?
  4. When a recipe calls for one dash of bitters, do you think it's better with two?
  5. Do you secretly hope the next man you meet will be a psychiatrist?
  6. Do you sometimes feel that other women resent you?
  7. Have you ever wanted to wear an ankle bracelet?
  8. Do sables excite you, even on other women?
  9. Do you love to look up at a man?
  10. Do you face crowded parties with panic - then wind up having a wonderful time?
  11. Does gypsy music make you sad?
  12. Do you think any man really understands you?
  13. Would you streak your hair with platinum without consulting your husband?
  14. If tourist flights were running, would you take a trip to Mars?
  15. Do you close your eyes when you're kissed?

I love, love, love that an ankle bracelet was considered somehow immoral! Anyone knows what on earth 11 is on about, do let me know...


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