Jul 22 2014

Review: Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush


Almost on a weekly basis, I check out what’s new at our local drugstore. You may have seen my post a few weeks back on this very topic when I could not contain my amazement at what was now available to us here in The Bahamas. In an effort to keep readers (both Bahamian and otherwise) informed on what’s new, I was in the drugstore the other day and found this little number: the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush

According to Revlon, their new Moisture Stains are an, “ultra-light creamy lipstain with Vitamin E and Aloe that drench lips in glossy wet color and 88% of women felt lips were instantly moisturized without stickiness”.

O.k., so here are my thoughts on these claims:

  • Lightweight: Somewhat. While these do not feel heavy on the lips, I would not classify the feeling as being “ultra-light”.
  • Glossy Wet Color: Yes. For the most part the wear is glossy and wet.
  • Moisturizing: These are not necessarily moisturizing but they do not dry out the lips like some other long-wearing lip products can do (I find these to be more comfortable than the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, which I also do like).

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush

I’ve heard this product being compared to the YSL Glossy Stains and I have to say that I disagree somewhat with the comparison. (You can see my review of the Glossy Stains here).

For me, there are several qualities that stand out about the Glossy Stains: they do not transfer and the color is not only long-lasting but stays true to the shade as originally applied.

When comparing, I find the Revlon Moisture Stains transfer far more easily than the YSL Glossy Stains. This could be because the Moisture Stains are more wet, or just a formula issue whereby they do not share the same ingredients that make the Glossy Stains so transfer resistant. Second, while the Relvon product does stain your lips, the color that remains after a few hours of wear is not the same as the color originally applied. For example, Cannes Crush is a somewhat vibrant orange coral color when first applied. However, after the glossy-ness wears down (about 2 hours depending), you are left with a sort of reddish-orange stain to your lips (which does last for an additional few hours). It’s an easy thing to re-apply the stain, however, I wanted to make note of this difference. Not only do the YSL Glossy Stains maintain their glossy-ness longer, they fade far more evenly and the color stays more true throughout the wear time (in my experience anyway).

Despite these differences, I do think the Revlon Moisture Stains are worth a look as they do have some great qualities, are more affordable, and the line includes some great colors for the Summer (Shown below is Cannes Crush in different lighting).

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain Cannes Crush

The Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains retail for about $9.99 USD but I picked mine up for $13.99 BSD. The conversion from USD to BSD is more or less 1:1. As I’ve mentioned before, in The Bahamas, drugstore items tend to be more expensive than they are in the U.S. while higher-end brands tend to be a couple of dollars cheaper (and I do mean a couple, like 3 or 4 dollars). There are some exceptions which include MAC which is the same price here as it is in  the U.S.

The Revlon Moisture Stains are available locally at Lowe’s Harbour Bay. They can be found in most drugstores in the U.S. but I’m not sure if these have gone to other countries.

What are your thoughts on this formula?





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  1. I’m not sure if I walked past these yet in the UK.. I think I saw a glimpse of them but didn’t bother checking it out.. Not very much into gloss (apart from Dior’s Fluidsticks atm!)

    Nevertheless, it’s a great summer budget pick! Even though I’m more of a lipstick girl 😉 x

    1. I am with you, I find that I don’t use my liquid lipsticks that often (apart from my YSL Glossy Stains) but I was interested to see how these compared to those. For me, YSL wins out but for a budget friendly option, as you said, these aren’t half bad. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait for these to arrive here, I really want to try one! The shade you chose is gorgeous 🙂 xx


    1. Thanks hun, it is a very pretty shade. I’m still thinking about that beautiful red L’oreal nail polish you featured the other day! 🙂

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