Here are swatches of the second group of $6.99 Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. (Click here to see pics and swatches of the first batch.)
Just as a recap, here are my thoughts on the formula overall…
First, these are incredibly vibrant, and almost all of the 10 available colors are completely opaque, even after a single layer. Unlike the name suggests, though, I didn’t find them to be particularly matte. I’d describe them more as satin, with some appearing a bit glossy. Also, they don’t ever completely dry down, and they aren’t nearly as transfer resistant as the liquid lipsticks by Kat Von D, ColourPop or Sephora, for example.
That being said, they aren’t as drying either, so there’s the big trade-off with this formula.
I love the color range and how comfortable these are. But, I don’t love the incredibly strong scent or how easily they smudge and transfer.
If you’re sensitive to fragrances, be very careful about these. Upon application, there’s a strong floral/powder scent (maybe freesia?) that I can still notice after 20 minutes (though it’s weakened by then).
I also feel a bit of a tingle on my lips after I apply them. I’m not sure if it’s a reaction to the scent or an ingredient in the lipsticks, but it isn’t painful and doesn’t make my lips red or swollen or anything like that. Just something I thought I should note.
Overall, if you’re looking for intense pigmentation in a comfortable and affordable liquid lipstick, these are worth checking out; however, if you’re looking for long-lasting lipsticks, you may be disappointed. And be careful if you’re sensitive to fragrances!
Here are swatches and details of the last five shades (the reds and purples) — Fuschia Ecstacy, Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Vivid Violet and Possessed Plum.
Swatched on my arm, this looks like a pink/red, but on my lips it looks much redder.
I really like this color.
This orange has serious red undertones, making it my favorite orange lipstick ever. Most oranges tend to look very Halloween on me, either because they’re just too bright or have too much yellow, but this has enough red to make it very wearable, and yet you can definitely still see the orange.
It applies incredibly smoothly too. This is a gorgeous color that I definitely plan to wear this summer!
This great candy apple red has more of a matte finish, which is nice. It leaves a stain as it wears off, which makes it seem longer lasting.
I think this stunning bright violet is really pretty, but it’s also the one color that I probably wouldn’t wear. Perhaps if it dried to a completely matte finish I’d feel more comfortable wearing it, but it’s just too bold for my taste.
Nonetheless, it applies opaque and smoothly, so if you like the color, it’s worth trying, because it’s very unique.
As often happens with lip colors as dark as this deep burgundy, the application is patchy and uneven. This one is a very high-maintenance color, and I have to carefully layer it to get an even finish.
I actually like dark lipsticks, so I’m a bit disappointed by how this one performs.
Also, here’s a closeup of the flat doe-foot applicator:
All 10 shades of the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors are available now at Target for $7.
Have you tried these yet? Which one’s your favorite?