When I decided I wanted to be Joan Harris (or Holloway) from Mad Men for Halloween, I knew I would need three things: A girdle, a terrific red wig, and a great red lipstick. I was terribly disappointed in my girdle, from Spanx, a half-slip in Ultra Slimming, which decided to creep up around my waist and strangle me every ten minutes. My red wig was amazing, thanks to the help of a saleswoman at Costume Holiday House who helped me pick one out and even styled it for me for free. I had a red lipstick already, but from my past experience with it, I wasn't excited about wearing it again. It smeared on my teeth, got all over my face, and tended to disappear fairly fast, leaving me with ugly stained edges and pale lips. I knew I wanted a long-wearing formula, but there are dozens to choose from, so I did some sleuthing online.
I decided to try Revlon ColorStay on the recommendation of this review. I liked the idea of a one-step process rather than a color stain and a gloss. The women on Mad Men all have matte lips, not shiny ones. It turns out I did not end up with the product described but rather a new product, just introduced. It is not even featured on Revlon's (terrible) official website yet. I saw it on display at my Rite Aid store, with lots of colors to choose from. I read an interview with Christina Hendricks that said Joan's lips are actually coral, not red, so I chose a shade called Couture that was about halfway between red and coral.
The lipstick goes on smoothly and stays put. I kept checking it because I didn't trust it. It lasted through kisses, drinks, and even through eating an order of fries (I indulged a little). It didn't even leave a mark on my martini glass. I reapplied it about three hours in just because I felt like I should, even though the color hadn't budged or faded. I put on some chapstick, because my lips felt dry, and it didn't take the lipstick off. When I washed my face before bed, it was still there. When I woke up the next morning, my lips were still a little pink, though not looking so great anymore. I used an eye makeup remover pad to get rid of the remaining color.
I would definitely wear this on a normal day, not just as a costume. It looked good and didn't make a mess. The only downside is that my lips felt very dry. It might be better in the summer than in the winter, because it would look terrible on chapped lips. Still, it will be great for any time I want a dramatic look. I would also try one of the other shades for special occasions when I didn't want to have to fuss with reapplying lipstick.
I have to say, it was fun getting all glammed up last night. I even tried to put on false eyelashes (total fail) and wore some dramatic dark liner. I might start trying to bring a little bit of Joan's style into my look now and then.
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