About two months ago, I made my usual weekly trip to Walgreens and found that Revlon had a new product out. Like a moth to a flame, I made my way over to study the discovery. The product was Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lash Tint.
Recommend this product?
Sigh. I was torn. Should I get it? Normally, this would never be a question I would ask myself. Of course I would buy a new beauty product! But see, here’s the issue. Me and mascara are like oil and water. Whenever we're put together, we both go running to the opposite sides of the room. It doesn't want to play nice with me and that makes me sad. My eyelashes – I think - are pretty normal. They’re dark and medium-to long length. There are times when I want them to look larger or darker (just like every one else!).
Almost every mascara I have used has caused me issues. Those issues are as follows:
1) It makes my eyes water
2) It smudges off easily
3) It doesn't WANT to come off at all
4) I end up with raccoon eyes four hours later
5) Nothing changes
So now do you understand why I wondered if I should pay $5.99 for this new product? Well, as you can see, the shopper in me gave in and I purchased it. I usually have great luck with Revlon - they're one of my favorite non-department store cosmetics and I thought that I didn't have a lot to lose with trying this.
The packaging is pretty typical Revlon packaging. ColorStay Lash Tint comes in a tube you normally see with all mascaras however, instead of being flat at both ends, it’s rounded. When you unscrew the top, you’ll see a straight lined brush. You know how when you pull out the brush how there’s usually mascara gunk at the end of it? Not here. No gunk at all. The brush comes out clean.
Revlon’s claims are as follows: Finally, lashes that can keep up! New Revlon® ColorStay OvertimeTM Lash Tint provides up to 3 full days of dark, natural-looking lashes, without smudging, smearing or irritating eyes. One coat of Lash Tint is all you need and you're good to go for up to 3 days. Best of all, unlike conventional mascaras, Lash Tint won't smudge so you can say goodbye to "raccoon eyes" forever.
If you haven't noticed lately, there seems to be a movement in the cosmetics industry to create make-up that's more permanent. Just look at Max Factor's Infinity line as an example. I know that Revlon has other colorstay products that are supposed to be permanent/long-lasting but I believe that this is the first one that is supposed to last past one day.
I actually DID read the directions this time. The instructions said to start with clean, dry lashes and apply the tint with 1-2 quick strokes.
So what happened?
Right off the bat, I was pretty impressed with the color. My lashes looked normally dark and they had a fuller look to them. Overall, my lashes looked great. This made me a happy camper. Usually, when I apply mascara, I always need to separate my lashes with a different lash brush. In this case, they said in the instructions that the tint dries quickly so I knew that meant I wouldn’t be able to do any separating. Didn't matter because the original tint brush seemed to understand my pathetic eyelashes :). No separating needed...yay! The tint did dry quickly too, within just a second or two. I blinked my eyes several times to see if I could make them leave marks under my eyes. Nope.
At the four hour check, every thing looked fine. No raccoon eyes, no smudges.
At the eight hour check – ditto.
At around the tenth hour, I started to have issues with the tint. My eyes started to water quite a bit. I don’t know if something flaked off or what occurred but once the itching set in, I had to get that stuff off of my eyes! In order to remove the stuff, you need to use an oil-based eye remover. It took a little work, but it came off fine.
I was hoping (and praying) that this was just a fluke for me. Two days later, I tried it again!
At the three hour mark, the incredible itching and watering occurred. Off it came.
One week later, I wanted to give it just one more try.
At the 1 ½ hour mark, itching and watering! So even though Revlon says their formulation is hypo-allergenic, there’s something in that stuff that doesn’t quite agree with my eyes.
Something to keep in mind when using this product. First, never reapply the stuff. Some chick here at work did that and on the third reapplication (silly girl), the stuff started to flake off. Second, NEVER apply regular mascara over the lash tint. Why? Trust me when I tell you that it just won't stick well to the tint and you’ll be doing the raccoon eye thing all day (and no – that wasn’t me!). And last, although Revlon says that you can keep this on for three days, I just don’t find that to be a hygienic thing to do.
I'm sorry to say that at this time, I don't have the ingredients. For some reason, this isn't available online yet (at least at any retailers I visit). Once it becomes available, I'll edit to post the information. What I did pick up though from the promotional stand at Walgreens is that the formulation of the colorstay tint is different from regular mascara in that it contains silicone polymers instead of wax-based ingredients. There's supposed to be some plant-based conditioners to keep your lashes soft too.
I’m really unsure how to rate this :(. For me, it is an absolute avoid. For those who don’t have any allergic reaction to it, I think it’s definitely better than regular mascara. When I look at my two girlfriends here at work who wear it (and who of course, have no issues with allergies), I think that their general appearance looks so much cleaner and crisper with Revlon's ColorStay Overtime Lash Tint.
Available Colors: Blackest Black, Black and Blackened Brown.
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