Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is is a brightened blue-based red with a subtle sheen. When I saw Maybelline use this during Fashion Week in February, it looked like it might be a dupe for Chanel Dragon. It’s not a dupe, though they’re both blue-based reds with deeper ruby tones, so there are definitely similarities worth noting. MAC Runaway Red is a touch brighter and less blue-based. MAC Ruby Woo is cooler toned. Guerlain Garconne is more of a neutral red in comparison.

The Color Sensational range is supposed to deliver rich color with a creamy consistency. While their frostier finishes have a tendency to cling, the subtler finish of Very Cherry allows the formula to shine–it’s much creamier, so it applies evenly, easily, and doesn’t cling. It’s creamy but overly so, which means it doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the lips, and it won’t slip around while you wear it–this leads to excellent wear of six hours that can be stretched to eight hours as the red does stain the lips slightly. The scent of this range is rather synthetic and syrup-y sweet, which is the quality I like least about the formula, but the scent seems to disappear after six months of opening (without having to do anything).

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Very Cherry

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For a really beautiful, long-wearing blue-based red, consider Maybelline's Very Cherry. The bluer undertones should make this a standout shade on both warm and cool complexions, from fair to deeper skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

ULTA, $7.49.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

When I saw Maybelline use this during Fashion Week in February, it looked like it might be a dupe for Chanel Dragon. It's not a dupe, though they're both blue-based reds with deeper ruby tones, so there are definitely similarities worth noting. MAC Runaway Red is a touch brighter and less blue-based. MAC Ruby Woo is cooler toned. Guerlain Garconne is more of a neutral red in comparison.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Estee Lauder Bronze Sands Five Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow Palette, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Hyper Dream Eyeliner, Urban Decay Eldorado Eyeliner, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara. On face: Bare Escentuals The One Ready Blush, Make Up For Ever Lift Foundation, Guerlain Voilettes.

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75 thoughts on “Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. This can possibly be my first red lipstick ever! It looks so nice on you :)

  2. This is a gorgeous red!!! love =)

  3. Avatar of Patricia Patricia Couto

    Christine you look so beautiful in those photos!! :)

  4. Avatar of Tralonda Tralonda Berkley

    Beautiful!!!

  5. Caroline F.

    I do love this natural lighting from the side. It lets us see so much more about the true color of the lipstick. Love the earings too!

  6. Avatar of Philamer Philamer

    TOTALLY diggin the natural lighting! YAY!

  7. Avatar of Gina Gina

    This is so pretty! But I thought you mentioned once that Dragon is a true red? If not, what are some of your favorite true reds? I’ve only ever worn blue-based reds, and I’m looking to branch out!

  8. Gosh, I wish I looked as beautiful as you in red lipstick!

  9. I really like this full face shot. It looks more natural than the others. :)

    And the lipstick is beautiful (too).

  10. Gorgeous shade! I’m not sure if they sell it in Europe though because we seem to have a very limited range of the color sensational lipsticks. I really love the full face picture! Is the lightning different because you moved house? Just wondering :)

  11. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    Is this pic in your new place? What amazing lighting! This looks like a great red that can be used during the day. I’m going to be on the lookout for some deals at the local pharmacies.

  12. Avatar of Lauren Lauren Sutherland

    Whoa, different picture style! I like it! It’s nice to see it outside in natural light.

  13. Avatar of Miriam Miriam

    I was not expecting that to look so amazing! Wow! That was a surprise. It looks stunning on you. Think I’ll definitely have to pick this up.

  14. Avatar of Arlene Arlene Dowden

    Maybelline has definitely stepped up their game!

  15. Avatar of Barbie barbara

    awww you look beautiful!

  16. New camera?

    Gorgeous though, as always.

  17. Wow, I am DEFINITELY getting that. The color is to die for.

  18. It’s a gorgeous color. I really like how it looks on. Thanks:)

  19. Kacey

    I really like this new photography style/lighting, and what a great red!

  20. What a pretty red! Love the way it makes your lips look. Very nice.

  21. What a lovely picture of you! I just swatched all my red lipsticks, and definitely do NOT need another, but this one is really lovely and very tempting!

  22. Cyra

    I LOVE your eye look!

  23. That looks awesome, especially for that price point, where I find a lot of dark/red colors tend to feather a little.

  24. This is a gorgeous red! It looks so creamy…

  25. Avatar of artemis artemis

    looks just like my Lady Red from the same collection :D I think it’s just the name for europe that differs :”> but i love it

  26. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    I really like the lighting you used! It looks like a nice ‘daytime’ light, which is helpful for me, as I have to do my makeup in either overcast lighting or fluorescent light. The lipstick is great on you.

  27. erika

    I love the new picture light!

  28. Avatar of Carrie Carrie

    Ooooh I love this new lighting! (natural light?)

  29. Avatar of Wenz Wenz

    GORG Christine!! :)
    Im so glad you gave this an A. I’ve been eyeing this red for a while, since one of my fav lippies is “born with it” from same line. I love the texture & wear so this is def #1 on my list now! Thanks as always!!

  30. You look great in this red lipstick…

  31. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    Very pretty look, nice red !

  32. Vicki

    I own this lipstick & I have yet to wear it out. I should definitely rock this red lippie on my next special event!

  33. AWESOME red..love it on y christine…

  34. Heather

    WOW! Between this and the colour tattoo cream eyeshadows, Maybelline may be the first drugstore brand to win me over!

  35. Avatar of Lily lily

    I like this new photo style a lot!

  36. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie

    WOAH natural lighting. Looks great!

  37. Kylie

    Did you change your lighting or something? It looks great! Nice lipstick too.

  38. Christine, you are such a knockout in red! This is a gorgeous shade, I’ll definitely be looking out for it. Thanks for the review!

  39. Avatar of Nezumi Marie

    It’s so beautiful! I couldn’t resist, especially at that price. I bought it and it looks really good. Thanks for recommending it!

  40. I like the Color Sensational lipsticks (I love Ruby Star and Red Revival), but they dry out/ go bad fast. They are one of the few lipsticks I’ve tried that tend to get an odd smell after a little over half a year or so. I know that it isn’t an issue with buying ones that have been sitting on the shelf too long, because I’ve been buying them since they were first released, and have had this problem consistently. I don’t mind that much since they’re cheap, but it sucks when they release LE ones and you find a color you just love and it goes bad with no chance of replacing it. :(

    • ms

      i thought i was the only 1 who felt so. only lipstick i’ve thrown away was by maybelline. really awful smell. i hate wasting stuff. but the smell got unbearable.

  41. Julia

    I love that red on you! But I absolutely loathe the Color Sensational lipsticks and it’s purely based on the formula; everyone that I’ve swatched or bought has such a suffocating wax-y feeling that I just can’t bear.

  42. Diana B

    You look so pretty in that picture.

  43. Avatar of Daniela daniela

    I really liked the photo that we can see your neck, I did not know if you had one! LOL
    dani ♥

  44. Val

    Very pretty.

  45. Corissa

    there are really are some gems in this range of lipsticks. i have coral crush and fuchsia fever. definitely some of the most pigmented and longest lasting lipsticks i own, and they do not dry your lips out either. i will definitely be picking this up in the near future.

  46. ms

    just fyi. chanel coromandel is back in stock, not dc anymore, i just saw it on nordstrom, jackasses apparently just dc dragon!

  47. Avatar of Street Jaime Jaime R

    Once again, I CANNOT get over how fantastic your skin looks. Not that you don’t always have lovely skin, but with the MUFE Lift foundation, it’s really striking. So pretty!

  48. Naie

    It looks very pigmented but not too creamy, I might have to give this a try once I finish my tube of Real Red.

  49. The differences in lighting makes it really difficult to compare it to your swatch of Chanel Dragon, IMO. It still looks like a solid lipstick though, I may want to check it out.

  50. Love it when you experiment with lighting. The look you’re wearing is gorg!

  51. Kym

    Omg! What color is that blush your wearing? Stunning!

  52. Avatar of Alison Alison

    I love the new fuller-full face shots! They really put the colour in a real sort of context – if that makes sense – because we can see the effect on your full face in real looking lighting. You look lovely!

    I also love the look breakdown underneath the post!

  53. Nic

    Pretty color, and it looks like it has a nice texture. I really like the new lighting too. :)

  54. Avatar of anita june

    are you using a new camera, christine? the pictures are amazingly crisp!

  55. Lynne

    This seems to be a lipstick that gives a lot for the money! If you would swatch/wear this and say it was from Guerlain, I’m convinced a lot of people would buy it even though it was a zillion times as much!

  56. Thats a super hot red !

  57. This is the first red lipstick I’ve been impressed with in a long time. And the price is amazing. Thanks so much for doing this review – I’ve just discovered my next red lipstick purchase!

  58. Avatar of Iris Iris

    This colour looks amazing! Love it :)

  59. livnzoe

    this is just a great picture from you christine!! i loooove this lightning

  60. Diana

    The Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick line is probably one of the only ones in Hong Kong drugstores that contains a decent range of colours- for that reason I gravitated towards No. 635, “Very Cherry” December of last year. Then I read the FDA article- please refer to No.169 on the extended list. I know it takes a huge amount of lead to really cause any health concerns, but if I can help it, I’d like to minimize any possibility of danger where possible. A pity too, considering how I love my blue-based reds.

    http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productandingredientsafety/productinformation/ucm137224.htm

  61. Love the new kind of fotos :)

  62. Julie

    i love the Color Sensational line! Can you do please please please do more drugstore reviews, esp. lipsticks? It’s nice to see the luxury brand posts, but I can use their testers at the mall. Most drugstore make-up is sealed, so I don’t get to see the true color until I buy it, which sucks! I know a lot of ppl feel my pain, lol.

  63. brittany

    just a thought… you should maybe add a “toxicity” category to your reviews, as many people are becoming more concious of what is in their cosmetics. i read an article somewhere that maybelline is still putting quite a bit of lead into their lipsticks.