The Revlon Ultra Lip Mousse is the most comfortable velvet matte lipstick in town

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Velvet matte lipsticks were popularized by South Korea first, but that didn’t stop Western brands from coming up with their own version in the last year or so. The promise of comfortable, intense color that hugs the lips in a velvety embrace is a tempting apple just within reach. I’ve tried a few of them but I’ve never really gotten into the trend, as I always go back to bullet lipstick. Is this new one from Revlon different?

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Released just this month, the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse Hyper Matte (P575 in stores) is a liquid lipstick with a whipped mousse texture and a powdery matte finish. It may look like the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (the packaging is almost the same except for the cap color) which was released three years ago, but the formula is completely different. While that one has a melted lipstick texture and a decidedly shiny finish, the Lip Mousse feels like a fluffy mousse and has zero shine once dry.

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The doe foot applicator is slightly curved and picks up just enough product for one full application.

The doe foot applicator is slightly curved and picks up just enough product for one full application.

Staying power is 4-5 hours, and most of the shades actually leave a strong stain that I find challenging to remove at the end of the day. This is not marketed as a long-wearing lipstick but I do find it reliable during the day as it requires minimal retouching. I can eat and drink in this without worrying what it looks like after.

There are 14 trendy shades available in the Philippines. Here are my favorites!

  • Earthy is a beautiful sienna brown shade that’s very much on trend this season.

  • Spice is a mauve with a subtle pink undertone. It’s great for everyday!

  • Sunset is a coral pink that brightens skin and grabs attention.

  • Rocky Plum is a muted, sophisticated plum.

  • 100° is a bright red with a strong pink undertone. I find this to be the most brightening on my skin and teeth followed by sunset. It leaves a pretty strong stain!

I must mention that there is a stony blue shade (Blue Oasis) in this collection. It’s meant for an avant garde look, obviously, but it’s just so patchy no matter how I apply it. I also found Dusty Rose to be uneven and too pale for my medium skin tone.

Other shades that may be patchy: Death Valley and Dusk.

That being said, yes, this is tricky to apply. My instinct was to draw an outline around my mouth first then fill it in, as I do with most liquid lipsticks. But don’t do that - you’ll get a super patchy result! The trick is to apply it in the center first then spread it outwards to fill in the shape of your lips. I know it sounds weird, but think of it as if you were flattening dough with a rolling pin. This liquid lipstick has a thick moussey texture so you want it to go on as flat as possible, with the least amount of product involved. The more product you use, the patchier it becomes.

It sets but not in a solid, powdery-feeling layer; there’s a lot of flexibility! I don’t find it drying at all, although I don’t think this would look great on chapped lips. It is best to exfoliate first before putting this on. I would also let some lip balm sink in first before the color application as it wouldn’t stick properly if there’s freshly applied balm.

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I know this product sounds fussy, but I swear the results are worth it. You get a fluffy looking velvet matte lip with minimal lines, comfortable wear, great colors that are even, and a stained effect after. Did I say this smells like vanilla and mangoes? Not too strong, but you won’t miss it.

Overall, I highly recommend the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse Hyper Matte. There’s a learning curve but once you get it, I think you’ll find this enjoyable to wear especially if you spotted a shade you like. What do you think? Does this look like something you’ll try?