Thursday, February 27, 2014

Product Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Shade Cherries in the Snow Crème 440)

By Randi Reed 

Disclosure: I purchased this product myself. When I purchased this shade and began writing this review, this shade was available on the Revlon website. It’s since been discontinued but is available on discontinued cosmetics sites, Ebay, Amazon, and on

Our last February red is a different kind of red, with one of the cosmetics industry’s most iconic shade names. 

Although I’ve never added the total, I may have put a Revlon lipstick executive’s kid through school. After brand-hopping my way to age 17, I became…while not exclusive to Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks,  loyal enough to head toward the Super Lustrous displays first whenever I wanted a new shade. I liked Revlon’s color selection and that they were good quality at a price that fit my student budget. Even now, when I’m in a drugstore, I take a detour through the Super Lustrous displays. So, I looked forward to trying Cherries in the Snow Crème 440--a color I’ve worn as Revlon Nail Enamel but hadn't tried in Super Lustrous Lipstick.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow Creme 440. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Color: Cherries in the Snow was introduced in 1953. Formerly a cool cherry red with a bit of pink, in the 2000’s it went away and then came back in its current form, which is more fuchsia pink and a lot less cherry than before. Halfway between dark pink and red, it’s a red for someone who fears red--call it somewhere between a fuchsia pink tea rose and bougainvillea flowers. Checking my trusty 96-color Crayola Crayon box, in the tube, the current formulation of Cherries in the Snow Crème 440 is closest to “Violet Red”.
Red Violet crayon scribbles and Cherries in the Snow.  I've blended some out with my finger.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Cherries in the Snow is a versatile color that works well Winter or Spring. It’s on trend for Spring 2014’s brights and fuchsias, yet works for a ‘50’s-‘60’s vintage look, too. Cherries in the Snow Crème 440 is slightly matte. We'll call it a half-matte. 

If I’m being honest, this color’s name doesn’t quite fit the color of the actual product anymore…but how could you not use a fabulous name like Cherries in the Snow?

Texture and Application (tested straight from the tube): Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick feels soft on the lips and somewhat creamy going on, with good coverage. It’s comfortable to wear, and although there’s a lot of color and it’s half-matte, it doesn’t feel heavy or drying. If you’re a Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor wearer who’s wondering how it compares, Revlon Super Lustrous isn’t as soft in texture and has less shine than Maybelline Color Sensational, yet still feels nice. I find Revlon Super Lustrous “grabs” onto the lips better and is easier to control, and it migrates less than Maybelline Color Sensational. Revlon lasts a bit longer, too. Of the two I prefer Revlon Super Lustrous, even though the Maybelline feels a bit more hydrating.

 The dark part in the middle is two passes of lipstick. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

If you like to play with your makeup, you’ll be glad to know the textures and colors of Revlon Super Lustrous blend together nicely. I’ve blended them with a brush, sliced and squished them together into a palette, and even melted them down successfully. 

Fragrance / Taste: If you’ve read my other lipstick reviews, you know the fragrance in many lipsticks makes me cough or gives me a headache. As of this review Cherries in the Snow had no discernible taste or fragrance. 

Wear: For the price point  Revlon Super Lustrous Cherries in the Snow Crème 440 had  good wear, especially as it’s not labeled “long wearing”. It started out slightly matte, then went more matte while retaining its color for the next several hours. It did not dry out my lips. There wasn’t too much migration, which I liked. Even after eating and drinking water, there was a bit of stain left (probably because reds tend to have better pigments). It also did not oxidize to orange, as many colors tend to do on me. If your skin tends to oxidize makeup, you may want to know I’ve yet to have a Revlon product change color on me, so they may work for you. 

If there’s a minus to this product, it’s that I don’t find the packaging of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick that attractive. It’s looked nicer in the past—the black and silver streamline-accented tubes used until 1999 or so looked great on a vanity. On the plus side, the clear end of the current cap makes it easier to identify the shade inside. 

Would I buy this product again? Yes! At a $7.99US price point, it’s an excellent value, and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is one of my Must-Haves. Revlon products are also on sale on a regular basis, for even more savings. 

 Score: 1-10:  9.5

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

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