Revlon ColourStay Moisture Stains: The Verdict’s In

IMG_3197 Revlon ColourStay

When I first spotted the Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stains online, they well and truly wet my beauty whistle; sleek packaging, a bright assortment and all with an affordable price tag. A YSL Glossy Stain-like product with an added staining quality, I liked the promise of longevity. So when two shades landed on my doorstep they took approximately two minutes to go from jiffy bag to my lips. I had a feeling straight away, but I’ve persisted and given them a longer and fairer test to make sure and the verdict is in…

I have to say that I wasn’t as bowled over with these as I first expected to be. Aesthetics-wise, they’re on point. The clear square-cut tube and black wand look oh so sophisticated and the actual applicator is a nice shape that’s slightly tapered at the end to get right into the corners of your pout. The shades too I liked. India Intrigue (on the left – apologies for the slightly moody looking photos, I thought I was ‘smi-zing’ – I was wrong), is a little more purple-ly that I go for whereas Barcelona Nights (on the right) is a warm toned pinked that I felt perked things up nicely. But it’s the formula that I struggled with. Things were just a bit streaky. One coat left the colour patchy and though a second evened it out slightly, I could still see areas where the formula hasn’t built up to full force. The layering meant that there was a fair amount of product on my lips and then things started to feel weirdly numb. It’s worth pointing out that I’m an über sensitive soul and this is not the first product in the world to result in a bizarre ‘got to take it off now’ feeling. So alas, the testing period was concluded and a Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain was reached for instead.

If your lips aren’t as wimpy as mine and you’ve got the patience for a touch-up or two then you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to wait long for these as they should be sprouting up on counters over the next few weeks with a price tag of £7.99. But sensitive gals, you have been warned.


  • Not too sure how I feel about these.. I can’t see myself buying them but they do look lovely on you!

    The Sunday Chapter xxx

  • Bella

    They do look just a bit too glossy and wet and poised to migrate all over everywhere. Pass!

  • They look awesome on you! Thx for the review – love that they are always completely honest!

  • I really like the packaging of these, but I can’t deal with glosses, and lipsticks where you have to coat a million layers on, it feels too gross on my lips and I have to take it off

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Thanks for being honest with us Anna.. I’ll probably save my money on this ! 🙂

    Love from France !


  • Hollyzee

    I think I might have to give at least one a try just to see if I can handle the layering because they do look lovely!

  • I felt the exact same way about these – they were streaky even just swatching them in store.

  • i got to at least try one of them. The colors you chose are zoo pretty and look great on you!

  • illonky

    these colours are awesome!

  • I’ve tried these too and had a similar experience – they were just kinda ‘bitty’ and didnt go on smoothly like I hoped they would. They look great but the formula needs a bit of work. I’ll stick the the other alternatives out there for now.

  • Natalie B

    Wow what stunning shades! Great post Anna! xx

  • NatalieB

    They’ve already appeared at the Boots in Meadowhall, I bought four and found he best way to apply them is in thin layers not the full dose the wand gives and leave it to warm up to body temperature and they should go on more evenly.

  • Renata

    I didn’t like the colours. Too bright for my taste. They didn’t bring a single nude, other than London posh, which doesn’t look good. Disappointed.

  • I really love bright pink and red lips, unfortunately not on myself. Just somehow can’t get used to it. I have several pink and red lipsticks that I adore and almost never wear. I really love India Intrigue on you! Looks lovely 🙂

    xx Carolin

  • Manouk

    Both look so good on you! I’d personally skip these colors but I want to take a look at the others in the range. Thanks Anna 🙂

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • Megan Roisin

    These look amazing colour-wise, I hope I don’t get that weird feeling too!
    Megan x

  • These look a little bit sheer for my tastes. Think I’ll stick to my Bourjois stains – love them!

  • emily couture

    i have heard so much about these! might have to try them 🙂

    emily xx

  • Laura

    Shame about the formula – the colour on the left really suits you! Clashes with your eyes nicely, you should wear purple-y stuff more! I think MAC flat out fabulous would look *amazing* on you

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • Francisca Ferreira
  • philippa

    I’ve got the shade ‘India Intrigue’ and I quite like the sheer look of one layer (:

    Philippa // Time For Teal

  • Chantal

    The colours look lovely but it’s a shame that they don’t last for a very long time. I think I will give them a miss. x

  • I definitely prefer Barcelona Nights colour wise! Shame it goes streaky though, but I have found that with a few stains I’ve tried 🙁 I love the packaging though!

  • I like the colours but I alway find super glossy formulas make me look kind of old (though they look lovely on Anna). Is that just me?

  • Lavinka

    Want Barcelona Nights so badly!!! Can’t handle this colour! It looks so freakin’ delicious and juicy.

  • PeonyandPeach

    Barcelona Nights looks lovely! Such a shame about the formula!

  • Anna

    What foundation are you wearing here? Your skin looks lovely, especially the photo on the right.

  • Dawn

    In America on holiday right now and bought one of these. THANK YOU for an honest review because they ARE NOT all that great.

  • Alina Bostan

    These look gorgeous on you! It’s disappointing that the formula doesn’t deliver! I was really looking forward to them but I guess I’ll have to try them in the shop now x

    Beauty with charm

  • beauty visions

    Such a shame about the formula! The shades look lovely but I’m not a fan of the super glossy finish! xx

  • It’s a shame you didn’t get on with these, I’d have been too excited to not try them straight away too, I had really high expectations for these x


  • Shame about the formula, but Barcelona Nights looks great on you!!

    xo Romzs from

  • What a shame it did not work for you. I love the colours however, India Intrigue feels more like a wintery shade to me. Thanks for the review! Xo, Alexandra
    O’Clock | Beauty Blog

  • Fleur raves about these but after your reviews I’m on the fence

  • Amy

    I bought India Intrigue and Parisian Passion the other night and I actually really like them. India Intrigue is a bit patchy on the first coat but a second evens things out nicely. Parisian Passion is my favourite though, the stain was still on my lips when I woke up this morning.

    The formula to me is like the Dior Fluid Sticks (I have 2 of those). I prefer the Dior formula wise as it’s a bit less patchy, but shade wise I prefer the Revlon.

  • I am looking forward to trying these

    Pam @

  • The colours are gorgeous! x

  • MaquillageMagic

    I had only heard really good things up till now!! May have to give purchasing these a little bit more thought because I really do not have the patience for touch ups!!

    Laura xx

  • Pity about the formula, because both colours are gorgeous and I love the packaging!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  • Holly Cooke

    It’s such a shame about the formula, because the colours of these are just spectacular! x

  • I tried one of these in a different shade and I actually really liked it!

  • I didn’t like them either! Super streaky and they didn’t “stain” as claimed, but rather rubbed off after simple tasks like sipping water. Disappointing as I heard some good things from other vloggers…Thanks for being honest!

  • I love these! They are so easy to apply and I love the tint they leave after a while!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • I love the packinging of these too- so chic! I don’t wear gloss much though, unless they have super good reviews. I don’t think I’ll be trying this out then 😛

  • I completely agree with you on every point! I thought I would love these, but the formula just did not work well for me. I much prefer the Just Bitten Balm Stain.

    Morgan //

  • Too bad. The packaging looks awesome, but my sensitive skin can’t faff with anything too irritating.

    And, for the record, it looks like you’ve got the Flynn Rider smolder going on there.

  • Suxh a shame that you weren’t a fan of the formula because these colours look gorgeous on you!!


  • Brynna

    I’m glad to see that I am not the only one that didn’t like the formula of these. Everyone is raving, but the one I tried out was too streaky for my liking, and I had to re-apply it constantly.

  • miss T

    those colors looks amazing on you xx Tilsie (

  • I bought one when I was in America after Fleur raved about them and I really don’t like it 🙁 so glad I got it cheaper as it was in the states!

  • Ohhh, I was going to buy some of these when they came out, think I’ll avoid them now! Love a good, honest review.

  • That’s such a shame, I usually love the Revlon lip products especially the Matt Balms! I’ll probably not give these a try now! I reviewed some bold lip choices on my blog too:

  • I’d still like to give one a try, like India Intrigue, I love the purple color. Though I saw Fleur rave about them, I guess They aren’t for everyone! Shame. Maybe when they are on an offer I’ll put one up.
    Carolyn | BLOG

  • Charlie

    Such a shame that these didn’t work for you because the colours are gorge!

  • Geena

    Oh I’m gutted that you didn’t love them, they look so gorgeous! Maybe I’ll try one when there’s a 3 for 2, althought I’m tempted to splurge and try the YSL offering.
    I love reading your posts because you are so genuine!

  • These look amazing Anna! Barcelona Nights looks gorgeous on you. I’m sold! Added to my list (along with 99.9% of the things you share!) x

  • alittlebitofjenn

    Thanks for the honest review. The colours do look gorgeous on your though!

  • Honest reviews are my favorites!

  • That’s such a shame to hear as I love the matte balms ! The re-applying sounds a bit annoying but the colour just look awesome

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • I had trouble with Barcelona Nights and another dark one I can’t remember off the top of my head but some of their other colors work beautiful! I love Shanghi Sizzle. So if you want to I would try some of the lighter colors they go on nicer, in my opinion!


  • I get the streaky/patchiness from the YSL glossy stains so doubt that I’ll have much luck with these then 🙁

  • Despite the verdict, these colors look stunning on you! I would definitely like to try Barcelona Nights after seeing it on you 😀

    PS… You smize much better than me lol. I think Tyra would be proud <3

  • Ropar Rhodes

    Sounds disappointing, but both shades really suit you x

  • Daniella

    beautiful colors!



  • Lauren

    I find that if I kind of work these into my lips, they really last and look great! I guess it just depends on preferences…these colors look great on you! 🙂

    • Agreed! These do require a few extra swipes and some ‘working in’ but look great afterwards.

  • Thank you for such an honest review. I’ve seen a lot of people rave about these, but I’ve been hesitant about purchasing them and now I’m definitely not gonna be picking them up.

  • Aww they looks so pretty, such a shame 🙁

  • It’s too bad your lips were sensitive to these; I really like them! I’m too lazy to reapply so I like the fact that I can pop this on once and have the resulting stain as a backup, of sorts. Cannes Crush is a really nice flushed, peachy shade. Definitely my favourite from the bunch x

  • I’m definitely on the fence about these too, hearing that you got the ‘get this off me’ feeling is a red flag because I get that a lot. I really love the packaging and idea of them, though!

  • This product took some getting use to for me, when I first apply it, I hate it, but after a few minutes of rubbing my lips together, it looks really good. I feel like you either like this product or you hate it.


  • Wow, they looks amazing! The colors are so bright and wonderful!


  • kia

    These are ok, I wouldn’t rush out to buy them. At first they feel quite slippery, after a few hours the gloss wears off anf you’re left with a stain. They are just a bit ‘meh’. Lovely range of shade though!x

  • The shades look great but I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this product x

    – Grace

  • Lipstick always look good on your lips! The pigments look good too!

    Multitasking Damsel Blog

  • Sorry the formula wasn’t quite up your alley, but both shades really do look lovely on you! Have a wonderful weekend, Anna! xo

  • It’s a shame about the formula, the colours of these look so lovely!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • notarichgirl

    This formula made my lips so dry, but the colors are just so pretty.

  • Hannah

    Awww 🙁 I loved these! Oh well, nothing works for everyone.

  • I personally loved these – the pigmentation was incredible and they were even for me. I have a friend who really struggled with applying them, though. So, yeah, different people, different tastes!

  • Hannah Burrows

    Like the look of Barcelona Nights – it looks like a lovely colour that warms up the face! However with the whole streakiness and having to build it up so much, I might pass xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  • These seem so interesting, not sure if I am up for the super glossy finish but you can pull them off beautifully!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

  • Elif Karamehmetoglu

    I have to say, Barcelona Nights just looks gorgeous on you. The color made your skin look more tanned and just really suits your skin, made your eyes pop as well. You should definitely find a better lipstick in that color!

  • Nice colours, interesting to hear your review 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Emily Knott

    I like the colours, not sure if I’m going to run out and buy them though!

  • Noura Sulaiman

    I actually really loved these! I also got two colors – Barcelona Nights and Shanghai Sizzle – and they both went on great, no patchy issues. I have horrible dry lips most of the time, but after a good thick lip balm as i usually do the night before, these went on great the next morning. I did find two coats were necessary to even it all out and get more opacity, but after that i was good to go for a good few hours, and when the shine faded a nice stain was left. Lip products are always very personal though (just like mascaras) but the colors are so lovely, it doesn’t hurt to try them out!

  • Andrea

    I thought I was the only one!, yes, it feels numb almost immediately after application. I have the shade Shanghai sizzle, also didn’t like that it was impossible to apply if the lips weren’t absolutely dry and balm free. And the stain…..the color of the product on is orangy red, but the stain is just orange, and very drying….So yes, I didn’t like it either.