Did Revlon Release A Dupe For This Lancome Cult Favorite Product?

First off, right when I saw the brand new Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint I instantly thought of my beloved Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick. I love a good dupe just like the next makeup lover, so here we are, putting these two brands up against each other to determine if Revlon successfully duped the beloved Lancome Matte Shaker.

The Ingredients

Lancome Matte Shaker:

Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Tin Oxide, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Sulfate, Colophonium / Rosin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tocopherol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Fragrance, [+/- May Contain, Ci 15850 / Red 6, Ci 15850 / Red 7, Ci 15850 / Red 7 Lake, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 17200 / Red 33 Lake, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, Ci 45380 / Red 22 Lake, Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Ci 75470 / Carmine, Ci 77120 / Barium Sulfate, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77742 / Manganese Violet, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica].

Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint:

Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Mica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polyethylene, BHT, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethyl Citrate, Trihydroxystearin, Benzoic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Saccharin. May Contain: Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77499), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

The Claims

Lancome claims that the Matte Shaker wears comfortably on your lips throughout the day without drying. Its pillow-like cushion applicator allows for precise application—without streaking or smudging. It’s formulated with a patented Ultra Thin Film technology and vitamin E, so that it’s double the thinness of a liquid lipstick and provides comfortable, non-drying wear. Its unique cushion sponge allows for maximum absorption of the formula to deliver a precise, soft application onto the lips, and buildable color that dries without smudging or transfer. Just shake it to soak the applicator with formula, and apply the cushion directly onto lips to build the saturated color. Then wait for it to dry down to a lightweight, comfort matte finish.

Dear Lancome, you confuse me with the claims of this product a little. The Matte Shaker is advertised as a matte product, but you claim that it provides a comfortable, non-drying wear. Also, you claim the Matte Shaker has a buildable color that dries without smudging or transfer… Aren’t mattes supposed to be dry? Furthermore, how can the product have both a non-drying wear and not smudge or transfer? Asking for a friend.

Revlon claims that the Kiss Cushion delivers a juicy wash of color with a soft cushion tip applicator in a variety of kissable shades. The benefits include a look of a stain and feel of a balm. The hybrid formula infused with coconut oil helps to nourish and protect against dryness. The cushion applicator gives a touch of color and builds for more impact.

The Packaging

The Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint has a cocktail shaker shaped cap just like the Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick, but otherwise, it looks more like a classic tube of lipgloss. The Kiss Cushion tube is opaque so you don’t see the product inside, but the plastic is the same color as the shade it contains. The Lancome tube is a small vial that you shake to soak the applicator in the product, while the Kiss Cushion has a classic twist system that clicks to release lipstick into the cushion. In terms of appearance, I prefer the Matte Shaker because it is smaller, the packaging is glass, and is cuter in my opinion.


The Application

The Matte Shaker has a cone-shaped fuzzy cushion applicator that does all of the work for you. Although the Kiss Cushion applicator looks nearly identical, it doesn’t apply nearly as well. First, the cushion of the Kiss Cushion is rounded at the tip, making it a tad more difficult to perfectly outline your lips while the Matte Shaker has a pointier applicator making application a breeze. Secondly, the Matte Shaker is soft and plush, while the Kiss Cushion feels a tad stiffer and spongier.

The Lipstick

Revlon causes some confusion by calling the Kiss Cushion a “lip tint” and describing it as “juicy wash of color” with the texture of a lip balm. Based on those claims you would imagine it as some kind of sheer moisturizing lip gloss, similar to the original Lancome Juicy Shaker (which I also love and highly recommend). Personally, Revlon should have gotten rid of the word “tint” because the contents are far too pigmented to be considered a tint. The texture of the Kiss Cushion is fluid but rather creamy and not as thin/liquidy as I anticipated. It has a light vanilla scent, which I can appreciate! The application is rather patchy, but do not fret because it can easily be smoothed out with a brush or your finger if you’re on the go. It has a satin finish that causes a lot of transfer. Revlon says that it “dries to a blotted lip look” – which truthfully, I have no idea what that even means. When the lipstick transfers off of your lips it leaves a beautiful stain.

In comparison the Matte Shaker is just as pigmented as advertised, yielding a fully opaque layer in one swipe. It looks a lot smoother on the lips. Despite its name, it’s also not fully matte right after application, but it does turn quite matte as it wears off and leaves a beautiful stain on the lips.

Closest to the tattoo is the Lancome shades Rosematic and Nude & Roses. Then the Revlon shades 220 and 230.

The Wear

Revlon promises a hydrating, comfortable formula, and it sorta is. I don’t care for the actual lipstick part, I really enjoy the stain that it leaves on my lips. The lipstick transfers a little too much for me to feel confident while wearing it. On the other hand, the Matte Shaker feels more lightweight and a bit more moisturizing. It transfers as well and leaves a stain behind too, which I really like about both products. Also, the wear time of both products is fairly similar.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, I feel like the Kiss Cushion is a passable dupe for the Matte Shaker. I say passable because not every brand is like Makeup Revolution and exactly copies another brands product – no shade towards Makeup Revolution at all! The packaging of the Kiss Cushion is different, which I don’t mind. The applicator is very similar in regard to appearance but the application itself is not as smooth as the Matte Shaker. I think both brands have very similar shades, but I don’t think there are perfect dupe shades. For $10 though, Revlon definitely produced an option for those who have wanted to try the Lancome Matte Shaker but don’t want to commit to the price tag. I can see myself reaching for this product more in the future! 🙂

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