It's about time I write a review! I feel as though my blog has been full of openings and hauls lately, but I started this blog to do reviews. I think since I have bought a bunch of new makeup and skincare lately, I am overwhelmed by new things and I am still trying to test things and figure out what to review first!
Anyway, I bought these Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids back when Priceline was having 40% off makeup (see haul here). Normally these cost $16.95, but I got these for $10.17 each. This new-ish range from Maybelline was very tempting for me because I love bright lipstick of all types, but as I have so many lipsticks, I did resist the urge to buy these for quite a while. The main reason I decided to buy them (besides the sale), was because Temptalia gave this range a rating of A, which sparked my interest... are they worth an A?
Heads up, there is a buy 3 for 2 sale at Priceline at the moment for Maybelline products. Also these are half price at Chemist Warehouse for the next few days.
The packaging is the same as the normal ColorSensational range, which has the clear coloured square plastic lid. This range has the same neon orange/red colour for the packaging, but the sticker on the bottom of the tube shows a pretty accurate colour of the lipstick shade. Originally I didn't see why they couldn't just make the tube colour the same as the lipstick shade, but after a while I decided that I like that the same packaging shade makes the range seem more unified. Oh and as a side note, if I were to pick a shade that matched the tube colour the best, I would say that the tube is most like the shade Vibrant Mandarin.
So one thing that I love about this range is that they actually have a lot of colours... sure, we might not have all of the shades that the US has, but we do have eight shades available and they have a baby pink, a neon pink, a fuchsia, a dark pink, corals, oranges, a purple and a red. I think they pretty much covered all the brights that people generally want out of a range... but I think in the US they have another more purple toned shade available and at least another red.
I originally picked just Vibrant Mandarin because it was a really me shade... I love orange lips, but I thought this was a more wearable orange because it has a hint of red. After buying this shade I kept thinking about the Hot Plum shade, because I am also a sucker for a purple, so I went back and bought it... and then I bought Shocking Coral because everyone seems to love this shade.
|l-r Hot Plum, Shocking Coral, Vibrant Mandarin|
Look how lovely they are in the tube! I do think that the Hot Plum and the Vibrant Mandarin is quite true to the bullet colour, but I think Shocking Coral applies much more pink on the lips and does lose its coral tint when applied.
|Swatches without flash |
l-r Hot Plum, Shocking Coral, Vibrant Mandarin
|Swatches with flash |
l-r Hot Plum, Shocking Coral, Vibrant Mandarin
All of these lipsticks are quite pigmented, but they also have a pretty thin formula and they can be applied more sheerly like a stain... definitely not a lipstick that deposits a lot of creamy product onto your lips, however they are really comfortable and aren't drying. My only problem with them is that since they are quite thin and because they don't have any white pigment in them to make the colour really pop, they can fade pretty quickly and can lose their vibrancy within an hour, and almost instantly if you eat or drink wearing these. Other than that, these are really light weight, comfortable, and easy to wear. A great introduction to bright lipsticks if you haven't tried them before.
Hot Plum: I love a purple lip, and this is the most purple shade that is available in the range that has been brought out in Australia. This is a mid toned fuchsia and I love this shade, it is bold and pigmented and not at all streaky. This does have a strong pink tone, and after a bit of wear this ends up looking more dark pink than purple. Nevertheless, it is my second favourite shade of the three that I have.
As a quick example of how well these lipsticks wear... this is a photo of Hot Plum around 1 hour after application, and this is without eating or drinking
Shocking Coral: This is a very hyped up shade, and whenever you hear people mention these Vivids, you often hear people mentioning Shocking Coral. Even though this is a pretty colour, it is my least favourite of the three. This is a bright yellow toned pink, and in person this applies much more pink on the lips than in the tube. This is also the sheerest of the three, and it fades the quickest. When this fades it fades to a more muted mid toned pink. I also think that this isn't as creamy as the other two, and it can cling to dry patches. I still like this shade, but I think I will wear it over a coral lip tar just to keep the colour popping for longer.
Vibrant Mandarin: Ah, this is my baby! This is the first one I bought, and it is my favourite. I bought this shade because I love orange toned lipsticks, but this has a nice red tone and it almost looks like a modern take on a red. This is the shade that keeps its brightness the longest, and it fades into a really nice bright coral shade. This is what I think is the best match for the packaging of these lipsticks.
Vibrant Mandarin reminds me a lot of MAC's Morange (which is my all time favourite lipstick) so I decided to do swatch comparisons below.
|l-r Vibrant Mandarin, Morange|
From the swatches above, you can see that both Vibrant Mandarin and Morange have the same finish and the same intensity, but Morange is more orange toned whereas Vibrant Madarin is more of a neon red. I think Morange is more opaque than Vibrant Mandarin, and must have some white base to it, as the colour builds up quicker and lasts longer. I love both of these lipsticks and I think they are a great statement lipstick for a night out and a great pop of colour for a day time look with a nude eye.
Overall I do like these lipsticks, but I think the quality does vary slightly from shade to shade. They are light-weight, comfortable, easy to apply, and give a nice bright lip, however they do have quite a thin formula that wears off pretty quicky, and the vibrancy doesn't last very long. If you like an easy bright lip without any hassle of wearing a matte formula or applying a product like a lip tar, then this is a good option for you, but if you want a bold lip that will last all night then these aren't what you are looking for. I personally love to throw these in my handbag for when I want to add a pop of colour without any fuss, but I wouldn't reach for these for a night out... unless I apply them over a lip pencil or a lip tar. Are these sensational? Well, they aren't my favourite lipsticks formula, but I do find myself reaching for them often.