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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Maybelline Lip Flush Roundup Review and Swatches


Yaaaaaay! It's time for the roundup! As you dolls may or may not know, Maybelline recently released an eight shade sheer healthy lip color collection called Maybelline Lip Flush. It's a lot like what is called "melting balm" in the Korean beauty world today. Like a melting balm, it "melts" into the lips and fits in right in place for comfortable wear, nourishes the lips, and of course, makes the wearer happy as it's watermelon scented. It's got a sheer coverage, shiny finish, and gives a healthy flush of color, hence the name. 





This is how it looks like when it's still sealed. It's thinner and sleeker than the usual Maybelline lipsticks. This has its own shiny cathedral window kind of lid. unlike the matte covers they have for their matte lipsticks. 


For the interested folks, here are the ingredients. 

This collection has two reds, four pinks, one coral, and one orange one, as seen here. 

For the full reviews of each shade (with different angles of the product, swatches, lip swatches, my photos wearing them), kindly refer to these links I'll be writing beside the description:
RD01- A neutral red
RD02- Red with bluish undertones
PK01- Light and warm nudy pink
PK02- Less light and browner version of PK01, has some touch of brown, still warm
PK03- Very cool strawberry milkshake pink
PK04- Warm coral pink, leaning more on the pink side
CO01- Looks like red orange, or like the coral as in the precious stone
OR1- A neutral orange 



Here are the swatches for each shade. 




Packaging: Each one comes in a shiny silver case with a red cathedral window lid. This may make it a little difficult to know each shade at a glance as the window is red. In terms of size though, it's sleek and easy to carry around.

Shade Selection: This is one out of eight shades, with the whole collection having two reds, four pinks, one coral one and one orange one. I am a pink girl through and through and you dolls know that so well, so for me this collection having four shades of pink is the best way to go. I feel that the vibrant color spectrum of shades that Koreans usually use for melting balms are well represented here, as these are the colors that they would also turn into lip tints. The concept of this collection is very Asian, so in an Asian perspective this is the right spectrum. But I guess, given the Western world's addiction to mauve and brown right now, there's nothing in this collection for that and you will still have to bear with liquid lipsticks to get a brown shade. One other thing I'd like to note, though, is that I like how they have a lot of sheer creamy shades as with the pinks. Most colored lip balms are purely transparent, so I like that they have more sophisticated offerings with the creamy ones. 

Color Payoff: I think that this has good color payoff for a melting balm because you kind of have to realize that this goes on sheer and goes on shiny. The fact that all these shades can be discernibly different despite going on sheer shows that the undertones of each shade really show up, which is why I think this has a good payoff. I also like that while it's sheer, you can actually pile this on to make the color more intense, or put this on very thinly for a no lipstick #MyLipsButBetter look. The color is very buildable.

Texture: This has a smooth, emollient texture that glides on easily. It feels smooth to the touch, and when you try to smack your lips it does not feel sticky whatsoever. When it is drying up it of course glides less and less easily, but it's still smooth. It doesn't have that sensation wherein when a lip product is drying and it starts to powder and flake up. 

Comfort: In relation to texture, this is a very very comfortable product, and I super love this because there are many shades that look so sophisticated that I can get away with wearing technically lip balm to a lot of occasions now. Continuous use has helped to make my chapped lips less dry (though still dry hahaha), but for someone like me with extremely dry lips, this is already OK. 

Longevity: A lot of people are asking as to how long this lasts on the lips. So this behaves a lot like a lip balm and dries up as fast as one, so you'd need to reapply every 2-3 hours, or more often if you have drier lips. In this collection, not all shades leave tints on the lips. The red ones, the coral one, and the orange one, all leave subtle tints akin to using lip tint. But since the pink ones are also creamy, they don't leave that much of a tint, but they help to improve to make the lips rosier. 

Value for Money: Each one only costs Php229 in Maybelline counters nationwide! This more or less comes in a 1 inch stick with a 1cm diameter, which, based on my experience for similarly sized products, can last for about two to three months with frequent daily usage (i,e.3-4 times a day), but can extend for even longer if you don't use it very often. I think it's very affordable, more so this is the only balm collection where I can get cute shades. 

Overall Verdict: I loooooove this collection overall. Having extremely chapped lips in the middle of the matte/liquid lipstick/powdery lipstick trend is not an easy situation to be in. A lot of the current selections of lip products are too dry for people like me, so this collection is a godsend. I really liked a lot of the shades in this collection and I really see myself repurchasing shades in the near future. 

In each of my shade blog posts, I have these photos, but for compilation purposes, I have them all here:


































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2 comments :

  1. Julie Ann Alontaga11 July 2016 at 08:11

    These are so pretty! :)

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    1. As much as I want to indulge in this new collection, the Babylips variants and In2it's Lip Treat do a better job when it comes to lip care and pigment. Both are much cheaper as well.

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