Revlon Fire & Ice

Hi Guys and Dolls!

Several months ago I was poking around the beauty section of my local CVS when I ran across this gem- one  lonely tube of Revlon’s iconic Fire and Ice lipstick in a retro-looking tube! Now I was a little hesitant since my only memory of Revlon lipstick up to that point was of a hideous orange-coral “moon drops” lipstick my Grammy wore in the 90’s (this is also probably why I feared Coral for so  long. it’s ok, I’m better now!). I love my Grammy, but that lipstick + matching nail polish traumatized me! However, something about that tube of Fire & Ice said  “buy this now!”.

So I did.

Fire and Ice is just as the name implies: a color that is both warm and cool. What I would describe as a soft-1950’s red, fitting since this color originally launched in the 1952. When I first opened it up I was a little disappointed, It looked like it might for really orange on me. I soldiered ahead and tried it on and it’s a good thing, because I LOVE IT! I find this color quite flattering, and I love that  I can wear it with all sorts of eye looks (though I don’t normally pair red with any kind of wild eye makeup). Because of the slight coolness of the shade I find that it doesn’t make my teeth yellow like most warm-toned lip colors tend to do (my coffee habit doesn’t exactly help). Because it rides both cool and warm I believe this to be a universally flattering bright red! This is a Marilyn Monroe Red! When I look at the tube I just want to get gussied up, paint my face, and watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! In fact I just might have myself a retro-movie night soon in this lippie’s honor!

So here’s the bad news- I haven’t seen this magical tube since. When I found it it was in a box with out a display. The good news is this lipstick shade/formula is part of Revlon’s regular Super Lustrious Lipstick line, and is available at most drugstores. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of this Iconic lipstick, check it out here.

The Formulaon this is great, not too dry, not too slippery, it reminds me a bit of MAC’s Amplified cream formula. It’s a cream lipstick, meaning no shimmer. It feels hydrating, almost like a lip balm. My favorite thing is there is no smell that I can detect (and you all know I hate weird/cheap lipstick smells! I really like it and recommend it if you’re looking for a soft-red!

Ready for swatches?

A few of my fave non-shimmery reds for comparison


So what is your fave red shade?


What? Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

How Much? Depends on the retailer, $4-$7

Where To Buy- Local Drugstores near you!

Tested On Animals: Nope!


The products featured were all purchased by me; My opinions and statements are my own- I am not influenced by, nor do I represent any company.

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  1. June 12, 2011 / 11:20 am

    I really like Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick in both Lambada (love the name!) and Tutti Frutti (lighter, bit more orange-y than Lambada).

  2. June 12, 2011 / 11:40 am

    My favorite reds are Ruby Woo and MAC Red, even though it photographs kinda orangey. I want to try some of these other reds, I think some would look decent on my brown skin.

  3. Jilliterate
    June 12, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    I keep checking out Fire & Ice whenever I see it in a store, but it really looks like it’d be too cool for me. Plus, I have a phobia of reds, but I do have one in my collection: Joe Fresh’s Poppy, which is an awesome, matte orange-red.

  4. June 12, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    Very pretty, looks great against your skintone!

  5. June 12, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    Super pretty! I may seriously have to go to my local 24 hour CVS now!

  6. Sylvia
    June 12, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    I LOVE red lipsticks, I always look for Fire and Ice at my drugstore but I haven’t been able to find it yet… But after this post I really want it!
    Otherwise my favorite reds are: MAC MAC Red, MAC Russian Red, NARS Manhunt. But I love red lipsticks, I love having different finishes and shades.

  7. lovelyeyez
    June 12, 2011 / 7:52 pm

    red makes me look like a drag queen it’s so sad i stick with pinks and corals

  8. eyeloveit
    June 14, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    <3 this shade, it really feels like a nice universal red. Also the retro look of the tube is like a tiny little time machine.

  9. Mikila
    June 15, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    I love Red lipstick! However I have full lips so I really have to be really careful about finding the right shade. I love NYX Chaos and MAC Viva Glam I.

  10. Sophia
    June 16, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    I’ve tried so many reds from, Mac russian red to ruby woo & so on & so on but the best red I’ve ever tried definitely has to be from Chanel rouge allure laque in Dragon # 75 it looks like a tubebof gloss but goes on like creamy lipstick and stays put all day, it’s not too blue or orange it’s just the perfect shade of red it’s a bit pricey but well worth it!

  11. July 7, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    This was the first red lipstick that I have ever purchased that I am actually able to wear. Most of them end up looking too orange or too dark on me. After reading your review and looking at the pictures I decided to purchase it since I have a very similiar skin tone. I have to say that I LOVE it!!! It’s not all that often that I get all dolled up but I have a feeling that this is going to be high on my ‘go to’ list for lipstick. The first time I wore it out was for my anniversary dinner with my husband. Even without any lip primer it lasted really well through dinner. I just wish I could have found it in the vintage tube.

  12. Becky D
    August 5, 2015 / 9:27 am

    I really like the Besame lipstick in Red Velvet. The color is gorgeous and the packaging is divine!

  13. Andrea
    May 16, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I wore this colour in the 80s! Not sure what it would look like now…am tempted to give it a try!

  14. Sarabia London
    May 28, 2016 / 11:20 am

    You know fire and ice is Eartha Kitts shade right? Not Marilyn Monroe. Fire and ice was created by Revlon’s billionaire founder Charles Revson for his then wife Eartha Kitt.

  15. July 27, 2016 / 3:48 am

    My mother wore nothing but fire and ice on her lips and finger tips! I love it and hope I can find it in a shellac at the salon.

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