Revlon Moisture Stain vs. Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Lip Stain

Today I wanted to share something interesting I found while playing in my crazy make up collection - the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains are quite comparable to a cheaper drugstore product - the Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stains. (Long name but longer  lasting than the Moisture Stains!)  We're doing some remodeling on the house which involves the upstairs, which in turn involves the bedroom, where my vanity is.  So I had to move all my make up to the bathroom and in doing so I played around a bit.  Honestly, I can't clean up my collection with out playing around and swatching all the things I have!
Currently I have quite a few of the Vicious Varnish stains but only two of the Moisture Stains.  The Wet n Wild stains are about $3.99 (.17 oz) & the Moisture Stains are around $9.99 (.27 oz).

Each of these has the same sort of sticky, glossy texture - so the formula is quite similar.  Now, that stickiness doesn't mean they are annoying, at least to me.  Personally I think each of these dry down or set and leave a long lasting, gloss finish that is comfortable to wear on the lips.  When it comes to application the WnW stains are a bit thicker and apply more evenly.  The Revlon stains seem to be thin and can skip over your lips when you're applying it.  The consistency is a bit thin, and you do have to go over the same bit a few times to build up the color.  But be sure not to go over the same place too much as you'll pick up the color as the formula starts to set.  Another difference to note is that none of the WnW colors have shimmer or glitter in them, but in the example above Revlon's London Posh (the lighter peach shade all the way on the left) does have shimmer.

Each have a doe foot style wand.  The Revlon wand is similar to the Maybelline Color Elixirs (which I don't own but I don't think the formula of those are like these stains at all) in that it is a tear drop shape.  The WnW wand is more of a skinny, paddle shape and is less stiff than the Revlon wand.  Each foot has a bunch of little fuzzies on it and I think that the fuzzies work better with the thickness of the WnW version but it seems that since the Revlon consistency is really thin, the fuzzies sort of pick up the product as you move across the lip.

The lasting power for each is pretty much the same.  Each has a unique texture - and by that I mean each feels the same but they don't feel like any other lip color/product I've ever used - and it is the texture that lends itself to the long lasting nature of these stains.  If you pick up a lighter color of each of these products it's not going to stain your lips as much as the darker colors.  For example the deeper shades pictured above - WnW Throwing Shade & Revlon India Intrigue - will stain better than the lighter shades - WnW Legendary Face & Revlon London Posh.  Additionally, each do live up to their names - The Vicious Varnish is very glossy and the Revlon Moisture Stain is moisturizing.  Both come of very glossy which does last and both lock in moisture because of the texture of the product.

Overall, I would recommend you pick up the Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stains over the Revlon Moisture Stains.  I think they are very comparable, but in price and performance the Wet n Wild comes in slightly better!  With coupons that are often offered at the drugstore and sales that run every now and then you're getting a better deal with the Wet n Wild option.

Have you tried either of these?  Which do you prefer?

xoxo, Moe

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