A punch of colour: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids (photos, swatches, and more)


So if you are a long-time reader of my blog, or know me personally, you would know that I have an obsession with baby pink lipsticks.  Whether it’s MAC’s Saint Germain, Illamasqua’s Liv (which I sadly had to return because it broke), or any other Barbie pink there is on the market, I’m attracted to it like a fly to a light.

A couple weeks back in December I was in the States at Target and saw that Maybelline put out a new collection of bright lipsticks.  I think this may be my first foray into Maybelline lipsticks, but I quickly grabbed a few colours and then dragged my mom back to the display where she grabbed two more (she has my same obsession for baby pink; what can I say, like mother, like daughter).

The collection, called Color Sensational Vivids consists of 10 shades and are all either pinks, reds, oranges, or purples.  There’s everything from bright fuchsia to baby pink to vibrant orange, and more.

Telling myself that I really didn’t need another baby pink, I picked up Fuchsia Flash (865) and Shocking Coral (870).  My mom picked up Pink Pop (860) and Hot Plum (900).  I was tempted to buy Electric Orange (880), because I love the way Kourtney Kardashian pulls off an orange colour, but then I remembered how orange lipstick makes me look like a clown, and the fact that my skin tone isn’t nearly as close to Kourtney Kardashian’s.

four lipsticks

Clockwise from top: Pink Pop, Fuchsia Flash, Hot Plum, and Shocking Coral.

Being my first two Maybelline lipsticks ever I was very surprised and pleased with the results.  The colours go on similar to MAC’s amplified lipsticks, as in, one swipe is enough.  The colours are very vibrant on, but I find they aren’t true to colour, as in the colour doesn’t look exactly as they do on the stick.  Regardless, I still love every shade.

Pink Pop (860) pink pop pink pop swatched pink pop model shot

When I originally saw Pink Pop, I thought it was going to be like Saint Germain, a porn-star pink.  It’s not quite that bright, so I would say it’s closer to Joe Fresh’s Bubblegum lipstick.  If you want to try out a baby pink, but want one that isn’t too “club makeup”, then I would give this one a try.

Fuchsia Flash (865) fuscia flash fuschia flash swatched fuschia flash model

Fuchsia Flash is the hot pink of the bunch. I have a few similar colours, but nothing spot on.  It’s more vibrant that MAC’s Quick Sizzle, but not as neon as MAC Candy Yum Yum.  I believe this is the colour the model is wearing in the promo shots for the line.  It definitely adds a pop to any look.

Shocking Coral (870)

shocking coral Shocking coral swatched shocking coral model

Shocking Coral is my favourite shade out of the ones we bought.  Maybe it’s because I don’t really have a similar colour to this one in my collection, or because it’s a shade I can pull off that has orange undertones in it, but I find myself reaching for it often.

Hot Plum (900) hot plum purple plum purple plum model

Hot Plum is a magenta shade that packs a punch.  I was actually surprised on how flattering this colour is when applied.  It reminds me greatly of MAC’s Dish It Up from the Shop MAC collection last spring.  In fact, my mom has Dish It Up and recently ran out so she picked this one up to replace it.  It’s a gorgeous vivid purple shade, much prettier applied than it looks in the tube.

All the colours last quite a while when applied, however, I did have to reapply them after lunch or after a coffee, but for the most part, the colour was still there.  They aren’t as long lasting as MAC’s matte lipsticks, but on the plus side they are more moisturizing and glossy than that MAC formula.

The collection officially launched in January but I did see it in some stores in December, but haven’t even spotted it at my local Wal-Mart yet.  I paid $5.49 USD at Target for these, but in Canada I have seen them for $7.49 and up, depending on the store.

If you love vibrant, bright lipsticks, I highly recommend these.  MAC is my fave when it comes to bright colours, but Maybelline has stepped up to the plate with this collection.

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