Lipstick Chronology #18: Revlon Peony

Name: Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Peony

Date of Purchase: Fall 2012

Grade: B+

Notes: This blog has taken a turn for the glossy, hasn’t it? I swear it’s just a coincidence that my current Gloss Period (cf. here, here, here) intersects with the part of my lipstick chronology that comprises my first Gloss Period, i.e. late 2012. Well, that was an awkward sentence. I’m writing a dissertation on seventeenth-century concepts of time, which means, of course, that I can no longer write coherently about time. Let’s try again. I’ve been buying and reviewing a lot of glosses in the past few months. Simultaneously, I’ve reached an especially gloss-filled section of my lipstick chronology. That will have to do.

Every American drugstore brand seems to have a dupe for NARS Orgasm lip gloss, and Peony is Revlon’s iteration: a semi-opaque peach crammed with gold glitter. It must be the most un-me lip color ever created, far outside my fuchsia-violet-pinkyred comfort zone. Why did I buy it? All I can remember is that I picked up Revlon Bordeaux after reading an enthusiastic review from Glitter Geek. I didn’t stop to consider that I never wore warm pinks or glittery lip colors. Instead, I bought the epitome of everything I had always avoided:

As you can see, it’s looking a little dry, due to its age (75 in gloss years?) and the fact that glitter-filled glosses tend to dry out more quickly. But in a closeup in direct sunlight, Peony doesn’t look a day over three months.

In shade, Peony is relatively subdued; in direct warm late-afternoon light, the glitter springs forth. (Writing that phrase made me think of Tolkien: “From the ashes a fire shall be woken; / A light from the shadows shall spring…” Remind me to tell you about my upbringing by two Lord of the Rings geeks from the ’60s.)

I suspect that many people consider Peony a layering gloss, but it delivers a fair amount of pigment on its own:

Plus, I have a strange prejudice against layering gloss over lipstick. For me, every purchase of a lip color represents an attempt to capture the Platonic ideal of that color (and texture, and finish, and so on). I want my lipsticks and glosses to stand alone. It’s an irrational aesthetic preference that I can’t quite explain, but there you are. It always baffles me when bloggers praise a lipstick for being shiny, “so you don’t have to layer a gloss on top!” Who are these people who view lipstick as merely a primer for gloss? Lipstick is sacred, people.

Anyway, I betrayed my ideals and layered Peony over two lipsticks. First, Maybelline Nude Lust, a light pinky beige:

Ugh, I hate this. For some reason, the peach base and gold glitter make the nude lipstick look muddy. I had much better luck with Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak, a peachy pink:

The Peony + Nude Lust combination looks a little better in context, but only a little:

And, for good measure, Peony on its own:

One more thing: Why is this gloss called “Peony”? Peonies are usually a cooler pink, no? Did Revlon wanted a name that sounded like “peach” without actually being “Peach”? How does one get paid to name beauty products? Questions, questions.

6 thoughts on “Lipstick Chronology #18: Revlon Peony

  1. This colour is totally up my alley. In my mind, peachy/nude/warm red = good, fuschia = scary. Speaking of concepts of time, a friend of mine has just written up a phd about the metaphysics of time travel! I would ask to read it but I fear it may just cause my brain to melt.


  2. This seems to be the gloss equivalent of Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, which is one of my all time favourite 'MLBB' lipsticks. I may have to investigate, although since the lip butters are glossy anyway, it may be a little redundant. I think it looks very pretty on you!I know precisely what you mean by the whole 'lipstick as a primer for gloss' thing. I've never really been a layering person either, mostly because I find that the lipgloss sort of dissolves the lipstick, creating a sticky, streaky mess. At best, I just feel like there is too much goo on my lips……but perhaps I'm just doing it wrong 😉


  3. I want a job naming lipsticks and gloss shades! How does one get into such a field???I think Peony looks amazing and so pretty on you! BUT I swore never to buy these glosses again after three of them went bad on me in about half a year with very little wear (2-3 uses each). Like, they smelled rancid and I had to chuck them. I was so upset because the colours were smashing. Sorry to rain on your parade – hopefully your Peony will fare better. 😡


  4. That's so strange! I own several Revlon glosses and none of them have turned rancid, but I'll keep a suspicious eye on them now that I know what they're capable of. And a grad-school friend and I recently agreed that we'll try to enter the lipstick-naming field if academia doesn't work out. I assume it's actually part of a larger job, but who knows? Maybe there's a single NARS employee who sits in a plush office all day, smoking a hookah, sipping absinthe, and coming up with names like \”Deep Throat.\”


  5. If you're doing it wrong, then so am I! I find that a gloss has to be very thin and emollient to work over a lipstick. And the lipstick has to be practically matte. And then you have to carry the lipstick and the gloss with you all day for touch-ups and, really, who has time? And yes, I hate the feeling of gooey lips. Gaahh.From the swatches of Peach Parfait that I've seen, it would seem that Peony is almost identical, though the glitter particles in Peony look bigger.


  6. I would love to hear about the metaphysics of time travel! Oddly, the fantasy of time travel doesn't seem to have existed in the period I study. I'm really curious about how and why it began.I wish I could pull off warm reds, but with one or two exceptions, I fear I can't. I'm going to review Revlon Fire and Ice very soon; I adore everything about it except the way it looks on me specifically. Alas.


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