Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. I have ten shades that I picked up awhile ago when they first launched, but Maybelline’s website shows the range with twenty shades now (I couldn’t seem to find them online to buy, though), and I haven’t seen anything new at my local drugstores for ages (I’ve gone twice a week for the last month to find summery goodness with no luck!). In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.
ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter pink and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which is intense on most skin tones as-is, but if you want truly opaque coverage, it needs a few layers to build up to that. The texture has a slightly more emollient consistency than a lot of the other cheek shades (closer to the highlighter/pearlized finish feel), and it seemed a little harder to get even color when applied to the skin. The shimmer is hard to detect once applied as well. On me, it wore well for nine hours. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.
For summer, there are five new ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) from tangerine to fuchsia. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Here’s a recap of the formula overall (from yesterday’s review):
ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix Set ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six, limited edition shades for summer that go from peach to bright pink. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.