I Love All Things Pink Except Pink Lips... Until I Found This Gloss

I feel like myself in red lips, but this hot pink Revlon gloss is expanding my lip-color horizons.
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I feel like myself in red lips, but this hot pink Revlon gloss is expanding my lip-color horizons.

Pink is my favorite color. I mean, duh.

It always has been. I had a pastel pink room as a little girl, though I wasn’t one of those obnoxious “princessprincessprincessprincess” children who only wear hot-pink tutus. I was just really into ballet.

I feel like my aura is pink. My friend with synesthesia says the R in my name reads pink to her, so it must be true. Hot pink, baby pink, fluorescent pink: I just love it. I’m like Elsa Schiaparelli.  

If I ever buy my dream bag, the Balenciaga moto bag, it’ll probably be pink. My hair is currently tinted a cotton candy shade due to a fit of boredom. If I were a stripper, “Pink” by Aerosmith would be my anthem. Pink is the prettiest, end of story.

But I detest pink lipstick.

I know, I know. You’re all like, “OMG Kara, you’re the queen of lipstick! And you don’t like pink? But why?”

The truth is, like Marci, I just don’t feel comfortable in pink lips. I’ve worn red lipstick almost daily for about 12 years. I buy pinks, like MAC’s legendary neon Candy Yum Yum, and I wear them once or twice before giving them away to my friends. My roommate made out like a bandit when she needed pink lipstick for a flamingo costume; I gave her at least five options. 

I feel like myself in red lips. Why wear pink when you can wear red, I say. (I also say things like “Why have Cs when you can have Ds?” regarding my expanding boobs. I’m not complaining!)

I guess I’m kind of glad I’m not into pink lips, because that really saves me some money in my lipstick-buying game.

But then I met Revlon’s Colorburst Lipgloss in Adorned. 

I was just derping away at Walgreens as I often do, buying imPRESS nails and cheese popcorn, when it caught my eye. Well, actually, Olivia Wilde in the ad caught my eye, because she’s really pretty to look at. 

The lipgloss is part of the Evening Opulence collection, which is all rich jewel tones. Olivia is wearing Adorned in the campaign. As soon as I saw it, something in my brain screamed “Buy this! Buy this now!”

I’m very serious about this pink lipstick. Photo by Erin Pederson.

I’m very serious about this pink lipstick.

I’m glad I did. Adorned is a cool fuchsia pink with subtle shimmer. I said shimmer, not glitter. It’s like a brighter, more vibrant sister to NARS’s magenta Funny Face. 

It’s opaque and not too sticky, which is my big caveat with lip gloss. The color stays true for a couple hours, then fades down to a nice pink stain. 

I like it with my winter-pale skin and NARS Copacabana illuminator and I know it will be super pretty when I’m really tan in summer.

Pairs well with pink macarons too.

Pairs well with pink macarons too.

Adorned veers blue, but it would flatter a variety of skin tones. I think it would look stunning on Faz, for example. 

As with most blue-based lip colors, Adorned also makes your teeth look whiter, which is never a bad thing, especially when you drink as much coffee as I do.

I’m still not sold on pink lipstick, but I am sold on Adorned. I gotta stalk Walgreens and get a few backup tubes. I think $7.50 is a small price to pay for pink perfection like this.