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Revlon Icy Violet Super Lustrous Lipstick photos, swatches | Revlon Legacy Collection

Revlon Legacy Collection - Icy Violet Super Lustrous Lipstick

Continuing my accidental trend of embarrassingly delayed posts, here’s a lipstick that I swatched and photographed four years ago, good lord.

Revlon Icy Violet was first launched in 1946, but is back temporarily as part of the brand’s Legacy Collection. It’s a cool-toned plum (red, brown, and violet tones) with medium opacity and a frosty lavender finish.

The Legacy Collection by Revlon

Revlon Legacy Collection: Icy Violet, Snow Peach, 5th Ave Red, Jungle Peach, and Sandstorm

Revlon Icy Violet Super Lustrous Lipstick review

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Icy Violet

I have Icy Violet on as I write this, and I have to admit: against my colouring, this lipstick doesn’t look very violet at all. Instead, like most plums, it reads as a neutral colour on me — a little more purple than my natural lips, but in a very subtle way. I don’t love the frost finish (you can see each and every shimmer particle from a foot and a half away), but at “stranger distance,” the effect is very pretty — almost as if my lips are glowingly moist. Up close and in the sun, you can see the ruddy, red-violet base colour and lavender shimmer more distinctly.

(The shimmer in this is gorgeous: micro-explosions of clear shimmer into bursts of lavender. I wouldn’t be surprised if I spent the next ten years trying to dupe it in an eyeshadow.)

Revlon Icy Violet swatch - Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Icy Violet (Legacy Collection) – swatched on skin, lips in indirect sunlight

Like the rest of the Super Lustrous line, I find Icy Violet to be comfortable but not hydrating, with an average wear time. Its formula and packaging is wonderfully basic while still being rather chic, and I think the range is one that every burgeoning makeup addict should have at least one of. To me, the Super Lustrous line is the quintessential starter lipstick: well-priced and well-made, without any scents or frills. It’s not too much of any one thing, and while I’d love to see a more modern colour selection (more creme finishes, please!), the lipsticks themselves are the perfect place to begin.

I’ve gone anti-shimmer since buying this, but if you’re situated in the sparkly camp, Icy Violet is at least worth a swatch. It’s not a must-have, but it’s kind of mind-blowing to wear a colour that was formulated 68 years ago.

These photos are four years old. Please forgive me. 

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  • Lena L

    It is refreshing to read a post like this, you know?
    You summed up very well about the SL range. It will always have a special place in my makeup heart. I didn't know about the Legacy collection, but I do have the re-launched vintage shades like Fire & Ice or the classic colors like Cherries in the Snow. That Fifth Ave Red looks quite beautiful as well, I will have to look for it now. ;)
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    • Thank you, Lena! I've been far too shy for red recently, but I bet Fifth Ave Red would be killer on you ;)

  • Alma

    Not such a big fan of frosty lipsticks, but I really want to pick up Black Cherry from the super lustrous line. I feel like dark vampy lips are making a year round comeback!
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    • I totally agree with you on that one, Alma! Vampy lips are having such a moment right now; I love it.

  • Erin

    I love the whole idea behind the vintage lipstick re-releases, too. I picked up Snow Peach, a bright pink coral, and really enjoy it. Unfortunately the other shades from the collection weren't really speaking to me.
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    • Oooh! I don't think we got this collection in Canada, but the press images of Snow Peach are so pretty. I'm jealous! ;)

  • Stellar

    Hear, hear on more creme finishes from Revlon! I love their lipsticks. I couldn't find the Re-release line anywhere so far tho.

    • Aww, sorry to hear that! But YES to more creme finishes from Revlon. They do them so well!

  • I bought this and I loved it! The shimmer on mine was pretty minimal and the pigmentation was pretty strong! Can’t believe it came out in the 40’s!!

    • Oh, weird! I wonder if they tweaked the pigment vs shimmer proportions for the re-release — mine definitely seems more shimmery than pigmented.

  • The color looks really nice on you! It looks rather dark in the tube, but swatched the color isn't nearly as intimidating. Revlon makes pretty good quality lip products for a drugstore brand, although like you said, I wish their lipsticks were a bit more moisturizing.
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    • Thanks, Rinny! Icy Violet is totally more wearable than it looks and sounds — just one of those shades, you know? Has to be swatched to really get a feel for it ;)

  • Jen W

    I agree with the starter lippy thing. They have a good basic formula that is comfortable on the lips- wish it wasn't so exxy in Australia!

    • Oh, Australia *shakes fist* You guys seriously get the short end of the stick — expensive makeup, sweltering weather, animals that are practically made of poison…

  • Emily

    Do you know if the Legacy Collection is available in Canada? I noticed that you mentioned the photos are four years old. I've been looking everywhere for Jungle Peach!