Frugal Friday – New Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains!

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

Beauties you are going to love the brand spankin’ new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains ($9.99)! I know, I know, you’re thinking another new gloss? What’s so different this time? To that I say: don’t doubt, perfect your pout! Yikes, sorry. Forgive me, this early in the morning I’m not at my creative best 🙂

Ever since the cult favorite YSL Glossy Stains launched a few years ago, every major cosmetic brand has been trying to imitate the unique formula. Revlon’s Colorstay Moisture Stains are the closest I’ve found—anywhere!

Slated to be released in June, I was able to place an advanced order (site unseen) of these stains through Walgreen’s. I just learned that Revlon released them early and they have been spotted in a few larger cities. I’m very glad now that I placed an advanced order because living in a small town, we get new launches way later than other areas and it’s likely that I wouldn’t have been able to try these before July. There are a total of 12 shades each named for a popular city or area around the globe.

Rio Rush, Miami Fever & Cannes Crush

Rio Rush, Miami Fever & Cannes Crush

  • 001 India Intrigue
  • 005 Parisian Passion
  • 010 LA Exclusive
  • 015 Barcelona Nights
  • 020 Rio Rush
  • 025 Cannes Crush
  • 030 Milan Moment
  • 035 Miami Fever
  • 040 Shanghai Sizzle
  • 045 New York Scene
  • 050 London Posh
  • 055 Stockholm Chic

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Packaging is even similar (though not as luxe) to the YSL Glossy Stains in that the tube is a short rectangle and the color is visible through it. The wand is also the same shape; an angled point. The packaging is nicely upgraded for a drugstore product.

The shade range is a bit limiting; most of the shades are bold and bright, not many nude or my lips but better shades are available. Colorstay Moisture Stains are a permanent addition to the line so maybe more shades will be added.  I chose Rio Rush, a hot pink, Cannes Crush, a bright pink coral, (I have a feeling this will be a very popular shade) and Miami Fever, a bright orange.

R to L: Miami Fever, Cannes Crush & Rio Rush

R to L: Miami Fever, Cannes Crush & Rio Rush

The formula is also similar to glossy stains; it comes out of the tube feeling like water and quickly dries on the lips. It has a glossy finish which when worn off leaves a decent even stain. There is a little bit of stickiness, slightly more than YSL, but  truthfully that is the trade off for long wear. Speaking of wear, that’s where YSL Glossy Stains have a distinct advantage -they will last up to 5 hours on me and Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains have to reapplied at about the 3 hour mark. I do have to say, however, that I applied Cannes Crush at 7 AM, drank a Chai Tea, ate a breakfast sandwich and was left with a beautiful even stain that only needed a clear gloss if desired.

Moisture Stain Swatches

Another difference between Glossy Stains and Colorstay Moisture Stains is the shine factor. Glossy stains stay glossy longer. That said, I kind of liked the natural stain look of the moisture stains. The YSL stain left after the gloss has worn off is much deeper than Revlon too. Gosh, I’m not being much help in comparing the two am I?

The bottom line is this:Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are a close runner-up to the three-times-the-price YSL Glossy Stains. I paid $30 for 3 moisture stains and $35 for one YSL Glossy Stain. I own two glossy stains that I love, not only for the formula but also for the unique shades. In my opinion, the YSL Glossy Stains are superior to Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains, BUT not by much. If you have an unlimited budget, sure go for the YSL! For me, $35 is the limit to what I will pay for a gloss or lipstick. I’d love to try the Tom Ford lipsticks everyone raves about but I refuse to pay $49 for a lipstick! If on the other hand, you are on a budget like most of us, Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are a GREAT Steal vs. Splurge option!! I’ll be picking up some of the softer shades too.

Have you seen these in your area? Will you try them?

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  1. I own a YSL one and am curious about these new Revlon ones

  2. Those look great! I adore the packaging and the fact that they are opaque is fabulous.

  3. These look great!

  4. OOO! I must try these! Such a good price!

  5. I like the coral color.

  6. these look fabulous

  7. These look good but Lets seem some lip action girlie!

  8. I adore that pink!

  9. great colors!

  10. I need to try these. Great price!

  11. these looks SO hot!

  12. I’m planning on reviewing these next week– I’ve had a good experience with all but one shade!

  13. These look gorgeous. I have not heard of or seen them in stores yet so I will have to keep my eyes peeled!

  14. The pigmentation looks simply rich!

  15. I think Cannes Crush *is* going to be popular.. because I want it, too! I kinda want one of the YSL ones, also, though, after reading this. 🙂

  16. I can see the similarity w/ YSL, packaging-wise. Cant wait to try this

  17. These look interesting. I really want to compare them, like everyone else has said.

  18. Those look like great alternatives for YSL!

  19. Ooh, these shades are so tropical and stunning! <3

  20. Love Revlon, I’ll have to keep an eye out for these

  21. This is actually making me want to buy the YSL and the Revlon. Sooo, I am actually losing money by reading this post. haha!

  22. I wish they wore a little longer than three hours but I’d be willing to try them.

  23. I haven’t seen these yet in any of my stores… but I have been wanting to try them.

  24. Ok – now I have to hunt for these!

  25. betzy carmona says

    They are such great colors and full of pigmentation

  26. So pretty! I’m all about stains that last without being dry! 🙂

  27. These look SO pretty! I haven’t seen them around yet but now I’ll be keeping my eyes open for them.

  28. These sound great! I will hunt these down!