According to the product’s display, Revlon’s new Colorstay Moisture Stain “drenches lips in glossy wet color and creamy moisture with vitamin E and aloe.” Since it’s called ‘Moisture Stain,’ I’m surprised the description doesn’t mention anything about staining. Still, this is only the mini-description on the product display case in stores; I’m assuming Revlon will have a more comprehensive description of Moisture Stain once it’s featured on their website. In any case, I think it makes sense to evaluate the product based on its performance as a stain and how well it moisturizes.
On application, Moisture Stain has a soft shine finish (slightly less glossy than Maybelline Color Elixir (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire (reviewed here)). It doesn’t feel particularly sticky, more like a hydrating lip balm. After a few hours, the shine fades and leaves behind an even stain that wears for a few hours longer. One thing to keep in mind: this is a lip stain, but it’s the kind that leaves a stain on your lips, not the kind that doesn’t smudge or transfer. Especially in the first few hours of wear, Moisture Stain can easily be smudged or transferred. After it has faded to a stain, it’s much less likely to move.
Most long wearing lipsticks or stains dry out my lips, but Moisture Stain really lives up to its name! My lips feel hydrated the entire time I’m wearing the formula and they also look and feel like they’re in better shape after wearing Moisture Stain than they were before applying it.
Moisture Stain is available in twelve shades, all of which are named after cities. I tested one frosted shade and three creams; all four were nicely pigmented.
Even the lightest shade I tested, London Posh, leaves a noticeable and even stain for a few hours after the initial shine wears off. The darker shades stain for longer. Shanghai Sizzle is a bold red, but once it fades to a stain it’s a really wearable red.
Moisture Stain looks and feels a lot like YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain. It has the same soft shine finish and both formulas moisturize without feeling heavy or sticky. There are other drugstore alternatives to YSL’s Glossy Stain out there, but in my opinion, Moisture Stain’s formula is the closest.
Moisture Stain’s formula is similar to Maybelline Color Elixir (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire (reviewed here), but it stains too! In my opinion, it’s a much better dupe for Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain than L’Oreal’s Caresse Wet Shine Stain. Keep in mind that Moisture Stain isn’t the kind of lip stain that doesn’t transfer or smudge…if that’s what you’re looking for, try Lip Ink (reviewed here).