Our vintage hero, Mrs Maisel was so ecstatic to become a makeup girl at the Revlon counter of B. Altman’s in the series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. But Revlon has been around long before Mrs Maisel hit our screens originally starting in 1932. Originally, the company starting with nail enamel where they revolutionised the manufacturing process by swapping out dyes with pigments. It wasn’t until 1940 that lipsticks were created and added to Revlons complete manicure line. During WW2, Revlon created makeup and other related products for the United States Army and were eventually honoured in 1944 with an award for Excellence. Since then, Revlon has become a household name with a plethora of wonderful cosmetics and some forward thinking campaigns. Today, Revlon is readily available and still an affordable product.
It was only a matter of time before there was a Mrs Maisel X Revlon collaboration as the brand has several mentions throughout the series with reference to some specific shades. After a little bit of research, I found out that the lipsticks mentioned in the series are still available for purchase. Before I could even buy the lipsticks online, I head that the collaboration of my dreams was about to come out, The Marvelous Super Lustrous Collection retailing at $19.99 off Amazon. It came in two types, Take the Stage Reds and Stand Up Nudes with each back coming with three shades all of which are vintage colours. I placed my order and waited excitedly. I’m sad to say I was a little disappointed when the lipsticks arrived. There was nothing very special about the packaging; it was just a plain silver zip lock bag, three lipsticks inside in normal packaging and a postcard sized image. If you know me, you know I love special packaging so to get nothing overly special, it was a little disappointing. I wish they arived in a beautiful box with perhaps Maisel images or artwork on it and the lipsticks to maybe have special limited edition packaging or be packaged in vintage inspired tubes. Nope, something i could have gotten at the local shops.
So let’s have a look at the lipsticks themselves starting with the Take The Stage Red’s. In the packet, we received:
Cherries in the Snow – 1953, A cool fuschia red
Certainly Red – 1951, A true Juicy Red
Fire and Ice – 1952, Firey Orange Red
All these shades originally come from the 1950’s and are all really beautiful. A special note is Fire and Ice which was the first ever cosmetic marketed with the idea that women could wear makeup for themselves instead of their husbands or to attract a man. In Mrs Maisel, Midge often wears Certainly Red whilst her mother can be found wearing Fire and Ice. A recent press release from Revlon stated that “Midge’s own bold choices are a hallmark of the show and reflect her trailblazing spirit as she finds her own path to independence in the late 1950s and early 1960s”.
In the Stand Up Nude’s set, the lipsticks we received were:
Pink Truffle: Sheer Pink Brown
Blushing Mauve: Pearlized warm pinky nude
Rum Raisin: Mauvy brown
Ok, I did a bit of research and for the life of me, could not find when any of these nude shades were released or why they would be included in this bundle. I found some articles saying that the character of Vivian (Midge’s friend from the Revlon counter who always had a crush on someone) wore Rum Raisin and Midge wore Blushing Mauve whilst at the Catskills but that’s about it. I’m a little confused as to why Pink Truffle was included so if you do know, please fill me in. I’m thinking that perhaps these shades were used in the series and therefore included in this collaboration to be something that could be worn for a vintage feel but as far as I can tell, they are not shades from the 50’s or really vintage at all. Now I could be totally wrong but I could not find any information and only another blog saying they also came up with nothing (this is a fabulous blog so go check it out!).
The Marvelous Super Lustrous Collection is a good deal, even at my local drug store, each lipstick retails for $20.99 so I did save a lot of money if I were to buy these lipsticks individually. I am still disappointed by the packaging but the lipsticks themselves are pretty great. They aren’t the top of the range and I dont think they will be replacing the ones I normally wear but for a softer look, these will be great.
If youre interested in seeing the original adverts for some of these shades, I have listed them below: