Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation Lipstick: Swatches & Review

 

Maybelline Lip Gradation lip color is hands down my favorite matte formula. Lip gradation range is around for sometime and I have 3 shades with me which I am reviewing in this post- Pink 1, Pink 2, Red 1.

 

Price: Rs 500 for 1.25 g

 

Maybelline Lip Gradation Lip color Review

Maybelline Lip gradation lipstick come in swivel up retractable crayon packaging with color coded body. It has lipstick at one end and sponge smudger at the other end. The cap for lipstick end is black colored and smudger lid is translucent black color. The lipstick is smaller in width than normal lipsticks and thicker than lip liners, so it is quite convenient and easy to use especially around edges and corners. The twisting mechanism for swivelling action is at the smudger end and not on the body. The shade name is stickered on the smudger cap and manufacturing date is engraved on the body (below the logo).

Maybelline lip gradation lipstick is super smooth and glides like butter on the lips. It is non-drying and applies like a dream. The pigmentation is phenomenal and gives opaque coverage in single swipe. The texture of these lipstick is powdery and different from any other matte lipsticks I have tried. This lipstick is very comfortable to wear. Matte lipsticks tend to dry out the lips after a few hours, but this lipstick neither dries, nor hydrates the lips. This lipstick feels creamy to apply but settles to a perfect matte finish.

When this lipstick came out, Korean gradient lips were in trend and the smudger helps to achieve the look, where maximum intensity of color is at the centre of the lips and the intensity fades out along the edges. I, personally, was never a fan of that trend. The smudger, however, does a great job in blurring and fading the pigmentation.

This lipstick lasts very long. Even after meals, this lipstick stays put and fades only slightly from the inner rims. The pigmentation and color stays intact for a good 7-8 hours! Even after that it leaves a beautiful strong stain. This lipstick doesnot emphasizes dry bits of lips like other matte lipsticks usually do. It doesnot transfer much and does not settle into fine lines.

Everything one wants in a matte lipstick, Maybelline Lip gradation has it!

Only con I could think of is the quantity. The quantity is less than other lipsticks and so it will finish up early.

Pink 1 : soft pink color with warm tones. Perfect shade for summers. This shade will suit fair to medium skintones.

Pink 2 : deep pink color with warm tones. This shade will suit all skintones.

Red 1 : Brick red color with hints of brown. This is a mature shade and perfect for gifting to your mom. This shade will suit all skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink 1

 

Pink 2

 

Red 1

 

 Pink 1

 

Pink 2 (top swatch is smudged)

 

Red 1

 

Overall, Maybelline Lip gradation lipsticks come in twist up crayon packaging with smudger at one end. The lipstick bullet is slimmer than other lipsticks and thicker than lip liners, so this is quite easy to use especially around edges and corners. The smudger is decent and fades/ blurs the color beautifully. This lipstick is non drying and super comfortable on the lips.  The pigmentation and longevity is the best among all matte lipsticks I have tried. It stays put for 7-8 hours and leaves a strong stain after that. Doesn’t budge even after meals. Pink 1 is a beautiful soft pink color which will suit fair to medium skin tones. Pink 2 is deeper pink color which will suit all skin tones. Red 1 is beautiful brick red color with brown tones which is perfect for mature ladies and will suit all skintones.

These are hands down the best matte lipsticks in this price range. I highly highly recommend these!

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick : Vin Exquis ~ Review & Swatch

 

L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique lipstick range was launched in summers this year and I instantly fell in love with this shade. This range is not available in L’Oreal counters and neither is any official information available on L’Oreal Paris website about this range (which is strange btw). So these lipsticks are available only online. Rouge Magique range was launched with 12 shades and I am reviewing a gorgeous pink purple color- Vin Exquis 

 

Price: Rs 650 

 

 L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick Vin Exquis Review

L’Oreal Rouge Magique lipstick comes in attractive black and metallic pink packaging, which looks very vibrant. The metallic pink of the packaging reminds me of THIS nailpolish from Heavy Metal nailpolish from Colorbar 😀 The lower half of lipstick is black colored and matte in finish. The lid is metallic pink in color and glossy in finish. The shade name is stickered at the bottom and the range name is printed at the front of lipstick. The cap clicks shut tight so it does not come off in bags. The lipstick bullet is normal swivel-up and works smoothly. The bullet is quite sturdy and does not break from the base as other lipsticks from L’Oreal (Pure Rouge and Mattemoist) range *touch wood*

 

Formula wise, these are velvety matte lipstick These are more matte than L’Oreal ‘Moist Matte’ lipstick range. These are slightly creamy in finish so it does not settle into crazy dry-your-lips kind of matte finish. These lipstick are very comfortable to wear and looks completely matte at the same time. The lips do not feel parched when this lipstick is on. It glides smoothly on the lips and needs no effort in application like some extremely matte lipsticks.

 

Vin Exquis is a gorgeous plum purple shade with slightly pink tones. This shade instantly brightens up the face. The pigmentation is intense but you need two swipes for even coverage. It is not completely transfer proof and will transfer slightly, specially when freshly applied.  But the color stays put until you eat a full meal or oil based food. When it starts to lighten it leaves a beautiful plum color stain. It stays on my lips for 3-4 hours after which it starts to fade and even at the end of the day I can still see a nice plum color stain on my lips. However, it does get into fine lines of the lips.

This is a gorgeous plum color which is perfect for evening and festive season apart from being a beautiful Fall color. L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique lipstick in shade Vin Exquis is very similar to Nykaa So Matte lipstick in Mischievous Plum. Mischievous Plum is tad darker and more purple and Vin Exquis is more vibrant and has more pink tones. I have swatched them both below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, L’Oreal Paris Rouge Magique Lipstick in shade Vin Exquis is a gorgeous plum purple color with slightly creamy finish. The pigmentation is great but needs 2 swipes for even coverage. It stays put for 3-4 hours and fades into a beautiful plum color stain. The metallic pink packaging is attractive and vibrant. These lipsticks are very comfortable to wear. But they do settle into fine lines. This makes a gorgeous shade for Fall and I already can’t stop wearing it enough. I am in love with this shade and will definitely repurchase this.

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick : Mischievous Plum~ Review & Swatch

Nykaa launched So Matte lipstick range last year in winters and I immediately picked up my favorite shade from the collection. I am reviewing this gorgeous plum purple shade: Mischievous Plum.

Price: Rs 399 for 4.2 g

Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick Mischievous Plum review

The packaging of Nykaa So Matte lipsticks is quite interesting. The lipstick tube is  matte, black and cuboidal with Nykaa logo engraved in silver. The shade name is stickered at the bottom. It comes with magnetic closure and this is the first lipstick in this price range to come with magnetic closure. For the price, the packaging is very chic.

Formula wise, these are NOT matte or semi-matte. These are creamy lipstick and so it does not settle into crazy dry-your-lips kind of matte finish. These have a bit of shine when applied and are very comfortable to wear. It glides smoothly on the lips and needs no effort in application like some extremely matte lipsticks. It has a faint vanilla fragrance.

Mischievous plum is a gorgeous plum purple shade with slightly pink tones. The pigmentation is intense and gives opaque coverage in one swipe. However, it does settle into lip lines after a few hours. Being creamy it does transfer on glasses, cups (*ahem* or your better half  😉 ) but even then the color almost stays put until you eat a full meal or oil based food. When it starts to lighten it leaves a beautiful berry pink stain. It stays on my lips for 4-5 hours after which it starts to fade and even at the end of the day I can still see a nice pink stain on my lips.

This is a beautiful color and if you want to try such deep, purple shade for the first time, start with this lipstick as it has pink tones and doesnot look OTT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Nykaa So Matte lipstick in Mischievous Plum is a gorgeous plum purple color with creamy finish. The pigmentation is great and applies like a dream in one swipe itself. It stays put for 4-5 hours and fades into a beautiful pink stain. The black, cuboid packaging with magnetic closure is classy.  The name of this lipstick is misleading , these are not matte but creamy lipsticks. So if you are looking for complete matte finish, this is not for you. But if you are looking for a bold, purple shade which is wearable and not OTT, this lipstick is the one. This makes a gorgeous shade for Fall.

xoxo, Blossom