Monday, February 18, 2013

Maybelline Color Whisper "Cherry On Top" Lip Color Swatch + Review

Agh! I have finally got my hands on one of the new Maybelline Color Whispers! It was a belated Valentine's Day gift from my little sister (along with a One Direction cup and pink fuzzy cat socks). Only more proof that my sister knows me so well.

Maybelline describes the Color Whisper line as "truly translucent gel color" that gives the lips "sexy, soft, see through color" with "no heavy waxes or oils...just a kiss of shine". To begin with, Maybelline released twenty shades ranging for a soft nude to a bold plum.

The color my sister chose was "Cherry On Top". As you can see, it s a bright, bold, deep pink color. The packaging is elegant and yet at the same time equal parts youthful. I think the cursive design on the front was an excellent choice. I also love that the color of the lipstick's lid corresponds to the lipstick's color--similar to the how the Revlon Lip Butter's packaging was designed. But this wouldn't be a complete review if that was the last mention of the Revlon Lip Butters.

And while the Maybelline Color Whisper has a thinner bullet (but the same height) than the Revlon Lip Butter, the Maybelline Color Whisper has more product--.11 oz to .9 oz. They retail for around the same price so Maybelline is actually the better deal if you look at it strictly from a monetary stand point. But what about the Maybelline formulation? Does that hold up to the test?

Maybelline Color Whisper Lip Color in "Cherry On Top"
 Maybelline is advertising these as sheer but as you can see from this swatch that it is surprisingly pigmented. It is possible to apply it with a lighter hand and get a less dramatic finish but it doesn't last very long (an hour and half max) before it needs to be retouched. I haven't tried any of the lighter shades and cannot say whether they are any less pigmented.

The formulation is magnificent. It slides on like a dream. No tugging or pulling. If I closed my eyes, it would honestly feel like I'm putting on a smooth, lightweight lip balm. It feels outstanding. I was so impressed when I first applied it.

Maybelline Color Whisper Lip Color in "Cherry On Top"
Here is what the color looks like on the lips. Still bold but not quite as vibrant as it looked on the hand. please excuse my dry skin. I forgot to moisturize before taking pictures--rookie mistake. I mentioned earlier that it feels wonderful on the lips but unfortunately this wonderful feeling does not last long. After about an hour or two, my lips feel dry and cracked. I wore this lipstick for this first time to a play. It only last about an hour and a half but by the time I arrived home, the color had stained to my lips in a uneven and very noticeable manner. Most lipsticks begin to fade at the two hour mark (some gracefully and others not so much) but the Maybelline Color Whisper looked a bit like a lip stain gone wrong. Also, be wary that it isn't something that can be easily removed with the swipe of a well-meaning tissue. This stuff will need makeup remover to get off.

In conclusion, I am still a little torn about this product. I love it when I first apply it but the Maybelline Color Whispers fade quickly and ungracefully. I love the vibrancy of the product and I also adore the packaging. With it's unimpressive staying power and bright color, I would probably keep this tucked in my makeup drawer until summer arrived. It is a lovely product but it definitely has quite a few cons that might make it a horrible product for certain people's lifestyles.

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  1. You are living fabulously. I love it!

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  2. Love your setup! I don't know how I feel about this product yet but I guess I'll have to try and see
    Keep on doing what you're doing!!!
    -Maria magnolia

  3. The color is gorgeous, however I'm not really into sheer type of lipstick because my lips is so pigmented. I don't know how will it register to my lips. :)

  4. We certainly have to come up with a matching powder.
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