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Glimmer Satin Lipstick: My review of Avon’s new primary lipstick line

When I first saw the announcement for the Glimmer Satin Lipstick, I was immediately excited. Having just found out that the True Color Lipstick line was being discontinued, I knew that certain customers would be missing the ultra-affordable price point that True Color offered. It was long considered the primary lipstick line in Avon’s catalog due to its combination of simplicity and quality. 

I needn’t have worried though – within less than a month, Glimmer Satin has come in to fill the void! I decided right away that I would need to try this new lipstick ASAP and give everyone the skinny. Does Glimmer Satin stay true to its advertising claims? How does it hold up against the old fan-favorite True Color? Does it deliver the look and feel that my most loyal customers are looking for?

Keep reading to find out! Before we jump in, let’s get a little background on the product itself.

What is Glimmer Satin Lipstick?

Glimmer Satin Lipstick is a new satin lipstick line by Avon launching on March 16th, 2021. Considered a direct replacement for the discontinued True Color Lipstick line, Glimmer Satin features comfortable, medium-to-full coverage at an affordable price.

Open tube of Glimmer Satin Lipstick, against a white background

Advertised benefits include:

➤ Lightweight

➤ Smooth and creamy formula

➤ Infused with Pomegranate Extract

➤ Soft Satin finish

➤ Rich, comfortable color

➤ Buildable, medium-to-full coverage

What are the different shades of Glimmer Satin Lipstick?

UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect the new shades that are being introduced on March 30, 2022.

Glimmer Satin is available in 30 shades including Whirlwind, Firebolt, Blaze, Songbird, Poppy, Rose Angel, Hibiscus, Wildflower, Wildrose, Violet Night, Windstorm, Earth Angel, Fog, Cyclone, Sierra Sunset, Luna, Thunderbird, Celestial, Nova, Thunder, Eclipse, Aster, Wild Cherry, Tulip, Constellation, Morning Glory, Plum Blossom, Desert Moon, Equinox, and Twilight.

Shade chart showing the different shades of Glimmer Satin Lipstick

My experience

Press play below to see what happened when I tried out Glimmer Satin Lipstick in Hibiscus!

Application

The application process was super simple, as I hoped and expected. The only difficulty was that I forgot to grab my portable mirror prior to filming – oops!

The angled tip of this lipstick has a nice shape that should not be taken for granted. I heard one of the Avon corporate folks describe it as “hugging the lips”, and this honestly is a good way to describe my experience. It conforms nicely to the lips for a quick and easy swipe.

Appearance/Finish

I absolutely love the appearance of this lipstick. However, when I watched the video playback of my review, I was extremely disappointed in my camera’s ability to capture the shade accurately. Even after some failed attempts at color-correcting, I have absolutely no idea why it looks that way on video camera compared to my skin tone which is captured more accurately.

In real life, Hibiscus is extremely bold – like a classic power red with a touch of pink thrown in. Compared to the chart above, it is every bit as bright but a little bit more red. 

Here is a swatch that I was able to capture more true-to-life:

Arm swatch showing the shade Hibiscus of Glimmer Satin Lipstick

In regards to the finish, I was pleasantly surprised. Glimmer Satin truly creates a smooth lip look – even on sensitive lips like mine. With the old True Color Lipstick, no exfoliating was ever enough to make my lips look perfectly smooth. In that way, Glimmer Satin is definitely an upgrade! I think the promised “soft satin” is a pretty accurate way to describe how the finish looks. Even if you choose a bold shade, there is a softness to the finish that changes the mood just a little bit. There is a quiet confidence to the way this lipstick made me feel, as opposed to some other lip products that make me feel like I’m walking around with a huge billboard on my face. This lipstick strikes the perfect introvert balance!

Staying Power

Glimmer Satin doesn’t really have any advertising claims regarding wear time or staying power. This is one area where we have to keep in mind that you get what you pay for! For the price point, I think this lipstick did pretty well. That said, most of the other Avon lipsticks I’ve reviewed do last better than this.

Glimmer Satin definitely does not hold up against food or drink, and you do have to be careful not to to accidentally wipe and smudge it off. However, I managed to leave it untouched for about 4 hours, and found that the color payoff had not faded at all. That was a pleasant surprise, as I found the old True Color Lipstick needed to be constantly reapplied due to fading.

Other thoughts about Glimmer Satin

I must say, Glimmer Satin Lipstick is one of the most comfortable lipsticks I’ve ever tried. The lightweight claim is no joke, and it was a relief not to have to worry about feathering, chapping, or dry-feeling lips. As I mention in the video, the smooth and creamy texture felt more like a lip balm or chapstick.

I also was comparing this lipstick to the discontinued True Color Lipstick in regards to the issue of residue on the teeth. With True Color, I would almost always have to wipe my teeth down after application or use the finger trick. With Glimmer Satin, this is not an issue that even came up, even with a bright shade like Hibiscus. I was very pleased by this.

Overall, I really like Glimmer Satin Lipstick as well as the shade I chose. Due to the risk of smudging, I will have to be careful when and where I put it on. However, for certain occasions I can see myself wearing this a lot! 

What about you? Does Glimmer Satin seem like something you would try for yourself? Let us know in the comments!

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