Rejoice! The Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks will finally be released in Australia in 2016! There will be 8 shades available (the US has 10) and they will retail for $17.95 each at Priceline.
I was lucky enough to be given this set by Maybelline before they are released, so here are my thoughts and swatches.
If you want to see me apply these then check out my video review.
Let's quickly start with the packaging. These have the same shape and design as the lipsticks in the rest of the Color Sensational range, but the outer plastic is a dark grey mauve matte frosty plastic... a bit of a strange colour choice in my opinion. The rest of the packaging is silver and the sticker on the bottom of the bullet shows what the shade number and name is and the colour of the sticker corresponds to the shade of the lipstick.
You can see the eight shades above and the two that aren't being released are 650 Nude Embrace and 675 Faint For Fuchsia. The eight shades are:
655 Daringly Nude - a rosy brown true nude
660 Touch Of Spice - a deep plum nude
665 Lust For Blush - a pinky mauve
670 Ravishing Rose - a bright blue toned light pink
680 Mesmerizing Magenta - a vibrant raspberry pink with a slight sheen
685 Craving Coral - a orange toned red
690 Siren In Scarlet - a blue toned red
695 Divine Wine - a burgundy wine
The formula of the lipsticks overall are great. They are creamy, comfortable, have a matte finish and never set to a dry matte feel. This creamy formula makes them easy to wear all day without drying the lips too much. Because these don't actually set, they can transfer slightly when eating and drinking, but they generally last on the lips for a good 4+ hours with minimal wear. These apply really smoothly and evenly but the pigmentation does vary from shade to shade. You can also reapply quite easily, as they stay creamy, so any further applications blend nicely on the lips. The main negatives I have with this formula is that they can require quite a few layers to get a very bold finish, and the more product you apply to the lips, the greater the likelihood that this will start to feel a little cakey on the lips and may start gathering on the inner rim on the lips. If they start to feel cakey then definitely blot off the excess before it starts to ball up on the inner part of the lips.
I also really love the range of colours and I think they did a great job at offering nudes, wearable pinks, bright shades, reds and a deep wine shade. My two stand out shades are Touch Of Spice and Divine Wine (great dupe for MAC Diva).
Note: this post contains products that was sent to me as a press sample. My review is based 100% on my own opinion