After weeks of stalking my local drugstores, I finally found a display for the new Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks! I picked up six of the ten shades to show you guys–Touch Of Spice, Lust For Blush, Mesmerizing Magenta, Craving Coral, Siren In Scarlet, and Divine Wine. Let me just preface this review by saying that these may be my favorite matte lipsticks ever!
These lipsticks are in the standard Colorsensational packaging, except that it is a matte purple tube instead of the glossy one. They smell deliciously like vanilla candy to me. As you can see from these swatches, they are very pigmented and very smooth!
Here are some close-up swatches. Ignore the fact that my arm is paler than a dead fish. =P
This is Touch of Spice (below), and for me, it’s a really good MLBB lipstick. It’s a rosy brown color, and looks very similar to the 90’s lip color that’s so trendy now (I refuse to call it the Kylie Jenner color–everyone was using dark nudes back in the day; it’s not a new thing.)
This is Lust for Blush, and it is a very cool-toned smoky mauve. I LOVE this color, but it washes me out since I have warm-toned skin. However, I think it’s a beautiful and unique color, and it reminds me of two high-end lippies: the Nars Audacious in Anna and the Lorac Alter Ego in Goddess.
This is Mesmerizing Magenta, a mid-tone pink with an interesting blue duochrome effect. This is the only color in the bunch that has a different finish; it’s only slightly matte, and has a subtle blue tone to it in certain lights. It’s like a more matte version of NYC’s Blue Rose lipstick.
This is Craving Coral, and it’s a bright orange-red shade that has slightly less pigmentation than the others; I had to build it up a bit more, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s such a bright color.
Here is the beautiful Siren in Scarlet, a classic blue-based red. It has great pigmentation and would be perfect for pin-up looks.
And lastly, here is my favorite of the bunch, Divine Wine. This is a gorgeous blackened red, a true oxblood, and I adore it. It can be built up to be much darker than what you see here.
As for the performance of these…they’re excellent. They glide on smoothly and don’t feel drying; I have never had a lipstick with a texture quite like this. It just seems to melt into my lips for the perfect matte finish, and the wear-time is wonderful. I wore Divine Wine for hours, and I ate and drank while I had it on and it didn’t budge. There’s no need for touch-ups with these lipsticks. The lighter colors also stay on just as well, and unlike MAC’s Ruby Woo, my lips don’t feel parched when I take them off. These also make very pretty stains when blotted on. Everything about these lipsticks is just perfect. The texture, the feel, the colors, the weartime…I absolutely love these, and honestly, I like these so much better than my MAC lipsticks. Maybelline, you have really impressed me. =)