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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Un-Nudes | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Colour

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I know, we're smack-dab in the middle of a gloss come-back, but I'm taking us back to mattes for a moment. We all know they're truly here to stay anyway, right? So, as much as I enjoy a little liquid lipstick, I can't say I've taken any time to venture into the world of drugstore options. Matte formulas can be drying enough without adding in a cheaper formula. No thanks, right? Well, Maybelline will have you changing your minds with their SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Colour. The range has been on the scene for a minute, but the Un-Nudes have won my matte loving heart.

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I didn't really know what to expect when the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nudes arrived, but I was instantly smitten with the new shade selections. I mean, ten neutral hues that range from pinky-nude, tans and browns, through to the dirty lavenders that I can never get enough of. The ten new shades are all neutral leaning, even if not quite nude and as Maybelline states 'push the limits of a nude lip colour.' 

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The formula is what you're really interested in, so let's talk staying power... These never quit. They are seriously long-lasting, and might just have the best wear time out of any brand I've tried. The impressive wear is paired with an incredible arrow shaped, flocked applicator. It is the perfect shape for lining lips with product and creates a clean, even edge. The lipstick is perfectly pigmented, meaning one coat is all that's needed with pretty much every shade (even the deeper ones.)

The only downside to the formula I've found is that it takes forever to dry-down fully and while do so, has a really tacky feel. It's not the most comfortable feel if you let your lips close before the lipstick dried, but it at least the product does stay in place when pried apart (yeah, it gets that tacky.)

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Of the new Un-Nude shades, you get a handful of more traditional nudes, and a few newer takes on neutral. You'll notice that Amazonian and Fighter are very similar in photos. That's because they are. There really isn't much difference, but Amazonian is the slightest bit more muted with a slightly ashier tone. That said, you likely won't need both shades in your stash. The shades include:

  • Driver: creamy beige nude
  • Poet: baby pink nude
  • Seductress: mauve nude
  • Amazonian: burnt sienna nude
  • Fighter: burnt orange nude
  • Ruler: raspberry-red nude
  • Protector: deep brown nude
  • Huntress: deep grey nude
  • Visionary: lavender-grey nude
  • Philosopher: light lavender nude

Overall, I'm a total fan of these! I could do with a faster drying time, but the shade range and impressive wear time do make up for it. Plus, these don't leave your lips crazy dry! How could I forget to mention that? While these definitely don't add any hydration, they don't strip lips or leave them feeling sandpaper-ish. What do you think? Have you tired these? Are you a neutral lip lover?

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