Raspberry Pie, Red Velvet and Backstage by Revlon

I *may* have done a little lipstick shopping last week … I’ve had the Red Velvet Lip Butter from Revlon for a while now, and I really like the texture and opacity, so I thought I’d splash out on Raspberry Pie too.  Then, well, a hand swatch showed backstage was the exact same shade as the handbag I was carrying so, well, you know … anyhoo, let’s take a closer look:

The Lip Butter phenomenon completely passed me by then they first launched, being a rather under-pigmented (to me) collection of pale shades, I dismissed them as little better than lip balms.  When they launched a few darker shades recently, I was intrigued.  Raspberry Pie and Red Velvet are  bpth glossy and moisturising, and are pigmented enough to cover up my rather unevenly pigmented lips:

The lasting power isn’t the greatest, but they’re more than adequate given the price (and they’re practically permanently on 3-4-2  in either Boots or Superdrug these days), and I really like both of these shades.  Well, I like all of them, really.

Raspberry Pie is a cool, bright blue-based pink.  In the bullet there’s a hint of blue micro-sparkle but that’s not visible on the lips.  Red Velvet is a lightly browned red, on my lips, it’s a rather neutral shade, perfect for every day.  Backstage is a cool burgundy that dries to a matte-velvet finish.

It is, quite frankly, terrifying in the tube, but on the lips, it’s a bright and pretty shade, with great lasting power.  I do find my lips need to be in absolute tip-top condition before using the Ultimate Suedes, as they can be a bit drying if you’ve not prepped your lips with balm beforehand.

 
For me, this is a great collection of nice, everyday, easy-to-wear shades.  What say you?

The Fine Print: Red Velvet was a press sample, but the other two were purchases.

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