I like Maybelline products well enough. They're almost dirt-cheap and I haven't had any huge problems with anything I've bought from them. That's why I bought this lipstick on a whim.
Before this, I've never experimented with a bold lip. My go-to lippie was Maybelline Color Sensational Moisture Extreme in Chestnut, which was a relatively neutral red-brown, but I wanted something new and different. Boy, did I ever get it.
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in 645 Red Revival
The tube is square, which is nice because it doesn't roll around in my drawer. This, plus the interior's metal casing, makes it look modern.
It has a weird plastic/vanilla smell which some find distracting but which I find oddly addicting. (What can I say, I grew up sniffing whiteboard markers.)
645 Red Revival is a red with a slightly pink undertone. Despite what it looks like in the tube, it's not a true red, so it's easier to wear IMO. But it's still red enough to brighten up my face and help me achieve a pin-up girl-esque look.
|The application's a little sloppy because I didn't have my lip liner & lip brush on hand. *shrug*|
The color payoff on this is amazing. The pic shows what the color looks like after one coat. One coat and it's already a beautiful, solid application. It's even better with multiple coats. What I love doing is 2 coats on top of lip liner for a bright, bold lip that's as red as the blood I shall draw from my enemies.
The finish is not exactly matte, but satin. It's drying on the lips so I touch up with Baby Lips lip balm. But the wear time is around 4-5 hours, so it's a nice tradeoff.
Can I just say how much I am in love with this?! Even on my ugly days this makes me feel fab. THIS LIPSTICK MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I CAN CONQUER THE WORLD and if that's not what a good beauty product does then I don't know anything anymore.
So, nice job, Maybelline. An affordable, quality lipstick that I want to hoard in many, many shades. One thing, though: I wish they'd have more nude shades available in stores. Seriously, this is the Philippines. You'd think they'd have more nude shades to suit morena skintones, but all I see is goddamn light pink in every tube. But W/E; Red Revival redeems this oversight.