So yesterday I was in Wal-Mart (a college girl needs her ramen!), and I ever-so-casually happened to pass right through the beauty section, coincidentally right by the “sale” signs… Yes, okay, it was totally on purpose. Anyways, Revlon had a bunch of rollback prices, so I decided to treat myself to one lipstick by them. The Super Lustrous line was on sale for $4.57 a pop, so I waffled for about five minutes in between Siren (a vibrant coral-leaning-orange) and this, Fire and Ice. In the end, I settled on this one because truth be told, I’ve already got quite a few corals and oranges, and while I do own a hefty amount of reds, none were quite as bright as this (Maybelline’s “Red Revival” and MAC’s “Heartless” are some of the reds I own: deep, darkened, more ’40s style rather than ’50s).
As I’m sure a lot of you know, there is quite a history behind this iconic shade. I was unaware of it upon purchasing, but had I known, I wouldn’t have even bothered picking up a different shade. So, F&I 101: It was originally released back in 1952, with quite a gorgeous advertisement, which I’ve included here:
It was repromoted back in 2010 in the original vintage packaging as well. Sadly, I don’t own that, but I’m quite happy with this one!
I tried it on as soon as I got home. It’s a very, very bright colour, I’ll say that! The formula is quite creamy, and goes on very smoothly. I’ve got a bit of a problem with my perpetually-dry lips, and this lipstick did not exacerbate the issue. It sits very comfortably on them, and doesn’t dry them out. It also stays quite a while if you’re not eating; drinking is not that much of an issue if you apply, blot, and reapply. It creates a lovely stain as well once it wears off.
The colour itself is a bit hard to describe. In the fluorescently-lit bathroom, it’s a bright geranium colour, nearly neon. In the softer, more yellowy light of my bedroom, it takes on a more blue-based tone; and in the daylight, it’s simply a bright orangey-red. I believe the name Fire and Ice is very appropriate, as the undertones can fluctuate between orange (fire) and blue (ice) depending on your colouring and the lighting that which you are in.
All in all, it’s a lovely and unique colour that I truly adore. I highly recommend it, and will be purchasing a backup or two. Maybe three. I kind of love it.