Most of the time I gravitate toward designer names and department stores when it comes to makeup. I feel that it's okay to buy cheap clothes and accessories, but when it comes to your face you just cannot skimp on the quality. And in the world of cosmetics, good quality is often synonymous with expensive. But at the same time, I don't want to be a brand whore so I try out products from drugstores every now and then. Which is how I found this little gem... Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick!
All the colours in this line are categorized into pinks, reds, plums, and nudes. They also have "pearl" which is basically clear and very pale shimmery lipsticks. I chose a pink, red, and plum to try out.
From left to right: Pink Me Up (pink), Coral Crush (red), and Deepest Cherry (plum).
First things first - if you're looking for a matte lipstick, this is NOT it! These are almost lipgloss/lipstick hybrids with a high shine. I actually quite liked the texture because most lipstick leave my lips feeling dry and cakey. These feel luxurious and moisturizing. I wore one to work and it still had a pretty sheen to it when I left eight hours later!
I really love the colour of Deepest Cherry (yes, I jumped on the oxblood bandwagon :P). But it seems like it was actually too shiny. The formula is more slippery than the other two and the colour looked uneven after I applied it. A few hours later, it had feathered out of my upper lip. Not cool! Maybe I'll try a lipliner with it next time.
Coral Crush is amazing in every way! I wish the photo was true to its colour though - it is definitely a pink based coral, while in the picture it looks more red. The colour is so pretty and it lasts for hours. I used to be scared of coral (hello... old lady territory), but this one is perfectly shiny and bright. And the colour stayed put!
Pink me up is a purple based mauve pink. It's the least shiny of the three, with a teensy hint of shimmery pigment in it. Very natural and pretty on, and the colour doesn't bleed at all.
In these swatches (in the same order as picture above), they appear to be a little shimmery but that is actually just the moisture. Coral Crush and Deepest Cherry have zero shimmer. I'm happy with these lipsticks, and I can't wait to try a nude one and a pearl! Have you tried Maybelline ColorSensational? What do you think about them? Comment below!