See Maybelline's Insanely Pigmented Lip Glosses on Different Skin Tones
From volumizing mascaras to hydrating lip balms (Baby Lips, anyone?!), Maybelline is the one drugstore brand that will get the beauty job done. Earlier this year, the brand expanded its roster of winning drugstore-aisle staples by introducing a 12-shade range of Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Glosses. Now it's time to try them for ourselves.
To discover why these high-impact glosses have been causing so much buzz, we asked three editors to see what happened when they put these highly saturated colors to the test. Keep reading to hear their full first impressions and see swatches on different skin tones.
"I'd definitely swipe this on for a night out!"
Her Shade: Royal, a vibrant grape
Her Review: If you couldn't tell by the hints of purple in her hair, Meki Pierre, associate social media strategist, isn't one to shy away from experimenting with fun shades. When it comes to lips, however, she stays in her comfort zone. "This was so different at first! I tend to stick to my dark lipsticks, so it was crazy to see myself in such a bold color," she said. "The pigment was so vivid, though, that it honestly convinced me to wear colors like this more often. I was surprised by how much I liked how it looked on."
Final Thoughts: This gloss is perfect for those fun, unpredictable nights. "I would definitely wear a shade like this when I'm feeling really audacious. I think it takes spunk to wear bold colors and it shows your daring side, so I'd definitely swipe this on for a night out!"
"What sets this gloss apart for me is the creamy texture. It's smooth and seamless!"
Her Shade: Charmer, a peachy nude
Her Review: While there were a handful of unique shades to try, Kelsey Garcia, assistant trending editor, kept it practical and opted for a wear-anywhere nude. "I chose this because it's the perfect color to wear to work. It's appropriate and professional while also being pretty and a little bit fun thanks to the shiny element," she said. A work-wear test proved it was not only the perfect option for everyday wear, but hassle-free, too. "Wearing it all day felt surprisingly natural! Though it's a shiny product, I didn't feel like the gloss was just sitting on my lips all day. After a while, I kind of forgot I was wearing it."
Final Thoughts: "What sets this gloss apart for me is the creamy texture. It doesn't have that goopy feeling a lot of other glosses have. It's smooth and seamless!"
"The colors were so fun and bold — even the neutrals stood out!"
Her Shade: So Hot, a bright and fiery red
Her Review: Besides the sleek black and clear acrylic packaging, a punchy red shade caught audience development associate Zareen Siddiqui's eye. "The colors were so fun and bold — even the neutrals stood out! I chose the red because I don't normally wear such bold colors on my lips and wanted to try something more daring," she said. "I felt out of my comfort zone, but in a good way! It went on evenly and was super opaque and easy to apply because of this fine-tip applicator. That really helped."
Final Thoughts: "I definitely see myself wearing this to a holiday party! It's so pigmented and a such a festive shade."
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Shop all 12 sensational shades here.
Photography: Diggy Lloyd
Art Direction: Shanna Greenberg
Stylist: Sharon Frances
Hair and Makeup: Carrie LaMarca
Production: Kerrie Cline and Sasha Bar-Tur
Models: Kelsey R. Garcia, Meki Pierre, and Zareen Siddiqui