Lip Stain Review - Maybelline Color Sensational

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Today I'm going to review on the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain. 

I need to warn you before we go any further, I had a bit of an incident the other day. This involved a jagged finger nail and a pot of lip balm and resulted in me looking like I've been mugged. The big scratch on my lip is evident in the before/after pics so I'd be happy if you pay no attention to this ... :)

The first lip stain I had was the Revlon 'Just Bitten' Lip stain/balm in 'Gothic'.
 I fell in love with the look but my lips had to be constantly
 re-balmed (is that a word?) because the formula was quite dry. 
Maybelline lip stain review

Although I caught the lip-stain bug, I wanted to shop around. I love that lip stains give the colour on your lips, without the obvious lip stick effect. And the 'stain' part means staying power - even better! When I saw this one going for £7.00 in Asda, I thought I'd give it a go.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Stain Review

I was looking for a specific colour in a lip stain. This is the colour that my lips go after using a lip scrub. (Lush Popcorn Scrub .. *MMM*)

 It's that natural, rosy kind of colour that fades after a couple of minutes..

 I picked the colour 'Blushing 350' which, for me, was quite a natural looking pinky plum shade but dark enough to notice the difference.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain Swatch

The lip stain is basically like a felt-tip pen that you draw onto your lips. I really liked that I've used this A LOT over the last 2/3 weeks and the pen hasn't dried out one bit. 

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain Swatch

And the colour is exactly what I wanted it to be. 
As you can see from the first picture, my natural lip colour is quite pale and if I forget to apply lip products throughout the day, I end up looking quite 'corpsey' in the lip department. This product gives me a 'rosy-cheek' effect on the lips. 

In terms of staying power, I would say this last around 3 hours max before needing topped up - which I think is really good!
 I don't think its realistic to expect a lip product to last any longer.
I didn't notice any drying effect from this product either. 

The only negative thing I could say is that the colour range isn't great. There are currently only 4 shades available in the UK and I'd love to see more. 

The four shades are all natural pinks so if you are looking for the same kind of look as me, I'm sure these 4 shades would match most skin tones. 

 I'm now on the hunt for a similar product with a wider shade range!

What's your favourite lip stain?


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