This Revlon Lipstick Ended My Search For the Perfect Red Hue

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Toast on New York

Kelsey Clark

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Very moisturizing

  • Relatively long-wearing

What We Don't Like
  • Does fade within a few hours, particularly along the inner lip 


  • Contains BHT

We understand why Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Toast of New York is a cult-favorite formula and shade. Formulated with vitamin E and avocado oil, this lipstick is next-level moisturizing yet relatively long-lasting. It's a rusty-red so good, it ended my decade-long search for the perfect everyday red lipstick.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Toast on New York

Kelsey Clark

My search for the perfect everyday red lipstick began in 2010 at my local CVS and Duane Reade. I then graduated to more luxe (and expensive) beauty counters like those of NARS, MAC, and Chanel. Despite years of searching, I still hadn't found my go-to shade. I often found that lipsticks I'd pick up were slightly too orange, pink, or brown. Some were even too creamy and wouldn't stay on my lips for more than an hour.

So you can imagine my surprise when I found my dream shade totally by happenstance—when testing Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Toast of New York for this review. With its rusty-red hue and warm undertones, this cult-favorite shade is casual enough for everyday wear yet pigmented enough for a wedding. It’s also perfectly creamy and doesn't bleed.

Ahead, read my full, unfiltered review of the Revlon Super Lustrous line and the dreamy Toast of New York shade. 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Toast of New York

Best for: Moisturizing, long-lasting lip color in a beautifully understated rusty-red shade. 

Byrdie clean?: No, contains butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), which is a common preservative linked to skin irritation and hormone disruption. 

Potential allergens: BHT

Price: $8.49 at Ulta

About the brand: Revlon is a legacy beauty brand founded by Elizabeth Arden in 1910. It’s since grown into a drugstore and Ulta favorite, boasting cult-classic lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows, blushes, and more at an unbeatable price point. 

About my complexion: Fair with neutral undertones

I have brown hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion that tans quickly in the summer. Most of the foundation shades I’ve worn over the years typically have the word “ivory” or “neutral” in them.

The color: The perfect rust red hue 

This is the understated red lipstick I've been searching for. On my skin tone, it's a sophisticated brick red. You can think of it as a deep red with a hint of cinnamon spice.

Revlon Toast of New York

Kelsey Clark/DESIGN BY CRISTINA CIANCI

The formula: Moisturizing, without too much slip or movement.

Revlon’s Super Lustrous line is famously formulated with moisturizing vitamin E and avocado oil for a creamy feel. The shades are particularly rich, vibrant, and lightweight, thanks to the brand's use of microfine pigments.

Super Lustrous shades do contain butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), which is a common preservative linked to skin irritation and hormone disruption that earned a spot on our list of questionable ingredients. Of course, whether or not BHT is a deal-breaker for you is a matter of personal preference. (I personally wouldn’t write this lipstick off because of it.)

The value: Truly can’t be beat

At just $8.49, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick is a cult-favorite product for a reason. The price is unparalleled for the quality—the formula and shade is just as creamy, moisturizing, long-lasting, and beautiful as the more expensive brands. 

Similar products: You have options

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Léa ($34): If it’s the color you’re after, NARS Audacious line in shade Léa is a great shade match. Described as a “neutral spiced rose,” this color is a spot-on Toast of New York dupe, but the formulation doesn’t contain BHT or BHA, which is a plus for some.

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Chili ($19): Described as a “warm brick red,” this is another on-point shade match for Toast of New York at a slightly lower price point than NARS. Like Léa, it also doesn’t contain questionable preservatives BHA or BHT. 

Final Verdict

Real talk: I’m afraid of this shade selling out and am about to stock up on it at CVS. Color aside, I fully understand the hype behind Revlon’s Super Lustrous line—it’s incredibly affordable yet offers the same creamy, long-lasting coverage as more expensive brands. While it may not be a match for clean beauty enthusiasts, it’s a win in my book.

Specs

  • Product Name Super Lustrous Lipstick
  • Product Brand Revlon
  • Price $9

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