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Monday, January 4, 2016

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks

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The first day back to 'real life' and I'm all over the place. I had big plans to start off super organized, but didn't quite get as much done as I'd hoped. Isn't that always the way? I did get some time to test out the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks though. With the matte lip look still holding strong, it was only a matter of time before drugstore brands jumped in with their own options. I, like most everyone else have been patiently waiting for these to launch, but are they worth the space in your makeup bag? Read on for my thoughts.

In response to my last question... maybe? The Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks likely aren't going going to perform how you expected. If it's a bullet-proof, fully mate lip you're after, skip these. If it's a semi-matte (with some work) then these could be for you.

Housed in chic looking square tubes, the lipstick has a creamy, mousse-like texture that applies via an elongated sponge tip applicator. The texture is comfortable on lips and stays that way through wear without feeling dry or tight, which is partially because the formula never dries down. Most liquid mattes dry down to a velvet or fully dry finish, but these stay creamy and on the glossy side. When applied lightly you can achieve a semi-matte finish, but when normally applied, you get a fair bit of shine. I found blotting or dabbing can help achieve a more matte finish, but these really aren't matte on their own.

maybelline vivid matte liquid lipstick 05 nude thrill

maybelline vivid matte liquid lipstick 10 nude flush

maybelline vivid matte liquid lipstick 15 pink charge

maybelline vivid matte liquid lipstick 20 electric pink

The shade range is currently home to ten shades with a variety of nudes, pinks, reds, and purples. I've been testing out Nude Thrill (tan nude) Nude Flash (rose nude) Pink Charge (vivid candy pink) and Electric Pink (bright fuchsia). I like the shades and that the formula is easy to apply, but I've found there is an aftertaste when wearing these. The scent is fine, a bit of an artificial fruity blend that is fairly light, but when wearing them, it turns into a perfume-y meets chemical taste that isn't all that pleasant.

Overall, these aren't for me. I would have liked a true matte finish, but even as they are, the taste just doesn't work for me. If you're looking for a creamy, pigmented gloss, these could be for you, just don't expect a true matte finish. Have you tried these? Thoughts?

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