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Maybelline Barely Bloomed, Blushing Bud, Petal Pink Color Sensational Lipsticks

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

For spring, there are ten shades of Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.), which are supposed to be a “kicky bouquet of lip colors.” The Color Sensational formula is supposed to be richly pigmented with a creamy texture and feel hydrating. These three had fairly good color coverage, but the thicker, more emollient texture made them harder to apply even, smooth color. The formula was lightly hydrating overall, comfortable to wear, and had a little below average wear. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee-like scent with a slight perfume-y taste (I find it less noticeable compared to the Elixirs).

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency was creamy and slippery enough that it applied unevenly. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Moody Margot (106) (P, $30.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle,w arm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well with minimal unevenness. The slightly thicker consistency seemed prone to showing “lines” if you pressed your lips together, though. It lasted for four hours on me and was a smidgen hydrating. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and very subtle pearl with a glossier finish. It had nearly full color coverage, but if you have natural pigmentation, I could see this turning a little more fuchsia. The consistency was emollient and glided on without tugging, but it tended to pull into lip lines after two hours of wear (while it lasted for a total of three hours for me). NYX Rose (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, more matte. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is a smidgen warmer. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick Barely Bloomed (700)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick Blushing Bud (705)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick Petal Pink (710)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Maybelline Opalescent Orchid, Radiant Ruby, Mystical Magenta Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new gloss released just in time for spring. According to Maybelline, it is “the first lip lacquer with intense liquid lip color and brilliant iridescent shine.” If you’re familiar with the original Color Elixirs, most were fairly pigmented, but the Iridescent range is definitely sheerer in comparison. The shades in this review are some of the more pigmented shades in the range, but it’s not the “intense liquid lip color” as described. They look and feel more like traditional lip gloss, and quite honestly, I’m surprised these weren’t marketed as semi-sheer for a “spring look” (’tis the season for sheer). The shimmer is fine and never gritty, while wear averages around four hours. The formula was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear with only slight tackiness occurring after a few hours of wear (initially, it feels non-sticky). They have a sweet scent, but there is a very perfume-y taste, and it is noticeable. If you’re very sensitive to lip products with any taste, you probably won’t like these.

I also had packaging issues with several of the applicators broken, whether partially bent/floppy to barely hanging on. I remember experiencing a couple of wonky applicators with the original set, but it seemed more prevalent in the new shades.

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. This one didn’t seem to have shimmer to it, so I’m not sure how it’s part of Iridescent range (where’s the pearl?!). It settled into every lip line on me (some of the worst I’ve seen) and made all the lip lines look fuchsia-ish and really stand out. It had semi-sheer coverage overall. On me, this shade wore well for four hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Mystical Magenta (610) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium fuchsia pink with iridescent violet shimmer. This shade had the most shimmer of the three with semi-sheer color payoff. Unfortunately, the color settled into lip lines, but at least the shimmer was there to distract the eye from it (somewhat). It lasted for four hours on me. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Opalescent Orchid (515)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Radiant Ruby (530)
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Mystical Magenta (610)
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) come in ten shades for spring, nine of which I bought locally and have some swatches to share with you while I work on testing them. (I’m missing Orchid Ecstasy, which I’ve ordered but hasn’t arrived yet). Reviews to come 🙂

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Sneak Peek: Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipglosses Photos & Swatches

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for oz.) is a new formula for spring that’s supposed to have rich color with “brilliant iridescent shine.” I bought seven at my local drugstore (they were missing one, which I ordered online last week, but I don’t have it yet!). I also bought several of the spring lipstick shades, and I hope to share a sneak peek of those tomorrow 🙂 Full reviews to come!

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5 Creamy, Red Lipglosses for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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5 Great Brown Eyeshadows Under $10

What are your favorite budget-friendly brown eyeshadows?  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites and recommendations.  Here are five of mine:

  1. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach — a medium brown with a semi-matte finish
  2. Maybelline Downtown Brown — a shimmery bronze
  3. Inglot #422 — a shimmery, deep brown
  4. theBalm #1 — a lightly shimmered dark brown
  5. Inglot #363 — a cool-toned brown with a matte finish

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