Maybelline Midnight Merlot, Smoking Red, Dynamite Red, Orange Danger The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, red-burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a fine pearl. It had a more natural sheen to its finish without being truly glossy, but it did suffer from more uneven application and sheerer coverage due to the extra slip. If it had been more satiny like other shades, I think it would have applied better. This shade lasted for six hours on me, left a stain behind, and only had minor settling into lip lines for me over time. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Liev (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). KVD Beauty Prayer (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Revlon Black Cherry (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (DC, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Tarte High Dive (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Full Blooded (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Power Driven (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). KVD Beauty Vampira (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Hello Stranger (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Soul (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (439) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Near Dark (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Deep Secret (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Ultra Poison (883) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay White Walker (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was intense, while the consistency was smooth, creamy, and easy to apply. The lipstick went on evenly and lasted for six hours while leaving a stain behind. The formula wasn’t hydrating, but it also wasn’t drying. Milani I Am Strong (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Curious Cassis (RD620) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Tiana (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fetishist (P, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte High Dive (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Cashing Out (PiP, $7.00) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Pourpre Defile (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Josephine (LE, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Doge (210) (P, $38.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (DC, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Attraction (494) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark red with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, creamy consistency that wasn’t too heavy or too thin. It sat well on the lips and didn’t slide around over the six hours it lasted. The formula was comfortable to wear but not particularly hydrating. MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Hourglass Secretly (P, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). Burberry Military Red (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Best Revenge (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rita (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warren (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop Ambush (PiP, $7.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Total Domination (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Winnie (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (DC, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Immortal (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scarlet Rouge (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is bold, bright, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was one of the more matte shades in the range, but the consistency was firmer and harder to apply–I felt like I really had to press the bullet to my lips in order to get smooth coverage. It lasted for five hours but was somewhat drying. Makeup Geek Free Spirit (P, $12.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel Ardente (175) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #076 (P, $18.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (DC, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Entusiasta (164) (P, ) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Pat McGrath Elson 2 (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Canoga (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Lisa Eldridge Velvet Morning (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Red is My Savior (110) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty San Francisco (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Light My Fire (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.

Midnight Merlot

DCDiscontinued. $7.49.
B
B
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Smoking Red

DCDiscontinued. $7.49.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Dynamite Red

DCDiscontinued. $7.49.
A
A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Orange Danger

DCDiscontinued. $7.49.
B+
B+
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

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My only fear about these is that they will languish in the back room at Ulta, while the UD gets sorted out. Lots of good choices with good grades, overall.

Wow every single one of these is gorgeous. All are bold, yet wearable. I will definitely be purchasing all of these in this group.

Smoking Red looks like a HE lipstick! And when one considers that this one has some of the loveliest burgundy red dupes across several HE brands, it makes it even more desirable. Beautiful, rich shade!
When it comes to Midnight Merlot, I think I would much rather get the newly reformulated, and improved, UD Shame from the Vice range.

I just LOVE those colours and want all of them…….especially Midnight Merlot and Smoking Red. Wow – great colours, great ratings and a great price.

Christine, thank you for reviewing this more affordable lipstick option. The colors in this line are all quite beautiful.

Not bad at all. I like Smoking Red but it’s a little brown for my coloring. Midnight Merlot is a little more lively, but not as nice when applied 🙁

Smoking Red & Midnight Merlot are coming in my ULTA haul, and I was able to nab Red Dynamite at Target yesterday. I had to whittle down my ULTA order, and it was cut, but then I regretted that decision… It doesn’t pull as warm on me, and is the truest primary red I’ve come across.

I don’t to orange lips, so that one was an easy pass, but it is a pretty color!

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