First things first, I’d like to point out that I was wary of this lipstick. So much that I’ve had it for three months and have been putting off trying it because drugstore lipstick can’t be that great, right? The packaging is blah. The name “Top Tomato” isn’t even appealing. It came from Walmart; how great could it be?
Oh, how wrong I was.
I fell in love with this within the first hour I applied it. I should have trusted the women at r/makeupaddiction and the Revlon Gods—this product actually does stay on for 24 hours, and it’s a bitch to remove.
I know; it’s pretty incredible.
My major concern with this was that it looked sparkly in the tube, and I am not a sparkly lipstick kinda gal. But I would like to assure you that it is not sparkly in the least when applied. It dries to a beautiful matte finish, and while it does feel a little watery and sticky at first, there is very little to no transfer. Plus, it’s not the goopy, thick, glue-like sticky I experienced with the Maybelline Provocalips.It does require two applications for maximum color coverage, but that’s a small price to pay for the finished product.
This lipstick lasted through two bowls of hot dog mac ‘n’ cheese, greasy Chinese food, two glasses of wine, ice cream, and a beer. Not bad, eh? I didn’t touch it up once, and look how vibrant it still is.
I wore it again on Monday—this time to work. It survived a whole day of coffee chugging, with minimal transfer, and a lunch of leftover Chinese, two hard-boiled eggs, pesto pasta salad, and a bowl of fruit + yogurt. I’m mostly impressed it held up to the eggs—they’re not easy to eat.
Also, it was leftover day, in case you were wondering. I don’t always eat like that.
And while I’m not swooning over the color (I’d prefer a brighter red), I’m way impressed with this formula. It is soft, easy to apply, gentle on my lips (read: no peeling), and it lasts all day. And while I can’t vouch for how well it holds up for make-out marathons, it is definitely kiss-proof for PDA-approved situations (like weddings, duh). And it’s cheap as hell, at only $10.
This one is a definite contender (the only one so far) for Marge’s Big Day. Join me in April when I test The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes. I have a feeling it’s going to be great.
Until next time, stay fabulous!