While trawling for new makeup at my local drugstore I found the new Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolors. There were some interesting colors so I picked them up. Regrettable…
These are unusably terrible. Not only are they sheer to start with, their texture is too slick to build up. They never set and as a result, transfer onto everything (much more than a regular ol’ lipstick). Calling them metallic is a joke, the sheer color is more glossy than metallic and that shininess makes them definitively not matte either. So, metallic:❌, matte:❌, HD: I guess…?
The applicator is more of a flattened paddle than the classic doe foot applicator which may have been a positive if the product was better. As is, the different applicator has no effect on my opinion. They have a heavy, cloying, sweet scent that makes application unpleasant. I would be able to look past the smell if these were a good formula but they just aren’t. Maybe other shades are a bit better but from what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem like it. Onto swatches so you can see for yourself!
HD Glitz is a black-based navy with dark blue shimmer sporadically suspended.
HD Luster is a warm taupe with a hint of silver sheen. The individual particles of shimmer are less noticeable than in HD Glitz. On the lips, it pulls a bit mauve.
As you can see, HD Glitz is so sheer that no matter how much you build it up, it won’t be opaque. HD Luster is a bit better, but it still required three layers.
I lined just the outline of my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Foul Mouth for HD Luster and Jet Set for HD Glitz. HD Luster could be built up enough to look fine. I still wasn’t impressed as it took three thick layers which felt heavy and unpleasant. HD Glitz on the other hand, didn’t reach opacity no matter how much I tried. You can see my natural lip color peeking through the center of my lips and at random places where the huge amount of product being layered lead to blotches.
I only tested HD Luster because HD Glitz is too patchy to even wear. I didn’t eat anything over the duration of the test and drank coffee carefully out of a mug, so the test was really not that rigorous. Impressively, this formula still failed. The product never set or dried down in the slightest and due to the wetness of the texture, transferred readily and aggressively. By the two hour mark, the lipcolor had completely worn off except for a sheer wash of the suspended shimmer which sank into my lip lines. All the color around the perimeter of my lips is just remaining lip liner.
Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).
This formula is chock full of ingredients that give slip and moisture. There are some ingredients added to thicken and help it dry down and form a film but clearly they’re not in high enough quantities to be effective. Emollients, thickeners, film formers, and skin conditioners make up the first twelve ingredients. After that are antioxidants, preservatives, flavorings, and scenting ingredients.
The dyes (Red/Blue/Yellow X) used here for colorants explain the sheerness and lack of wear time. There’s very little pigment actually suspended in the solvents, just liquid dye. If you can imagine, teeny tiny specks of pigment particles can be deposited onto your lips, whereas colored liquid (dyes) will transfer off easily.
These don’t fare terribly against other drugstore liquid lipsticks at $9.99 for 5.9 mL, or $1.69/mL which is comparable to NYX and L’oreal. That being said, this formula is so bad I wouldn’t take these if I was offered them for free.
The Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolors are sheer, patchy, uncomfortable, and wear terribly. This formula has not a single redeeming quality. I’m genuinely astounded that this got a single inch out of R&D. Final rating: 0/5
You can find these at your local drugstore or online at Ulta though I have no idea why you’d want to…