1.17.2013

New Drugstore Lipstick Round-Up.

This past month or so has been an exciting one in terms of drugstore beauty products, particularly in the lipstick/stain realm. Although I'm often hesitant of new releases in the drugstore because I've tested my share of dud formulas, there was simply too much (positive) commotion surrounding these new collections that I couldn't resist.

First up is Maybelline's Color Whisper range, and I have the shade Who Wore It Red-er


These lipsticks did not come sealed in any way (not the best news for those of us who may be part of the Hygiene Police), but as a result, I was able to open them up to take a look at the actual color of the lipsticks since it's impossible to tell through the translucent red casing. I chose Who Wore It Red-er because it looked like a gorgeous terracotta red that was unlike any red I currently own, but much to my dismay, it applies like any old generic pinky red on my lips :(

Despite my disappointment in my shade selection, the lipstick itself is smooth, hydrating and balm-like, and the color is sheer yet buildable. 



Next, I purchased two lipsticks from Maybelline's Vivids collection in the shades Vibrant Mandarin and Hot Plum.


I'm in love with these. They are 100% opaque, and the formula is the perfect marriage of creamy and dry - as in, it's creamy enough to apply easily and evenly, but dry enough to last and last on the lips without budging. These also leave a mean stain, so if a several hour commitment to your lipcolor isn't your thing, you may want to think twice about these ;) 

Vibrant Mandarin is a bright, warm orange, and Hot Plum is a bright purple with pink undertones. Both shades apply true to color and are unlike anything else currently in my collection. LOVE.

Vibrant Mandarin

Hot Plum

I wore Hot Plum out the other night!

Last up are probably the most talked about drugstore lip products since the Revlon Lip Butters due to their uncanny resemblance to the YSL Glossy Stains (which I haven't tried, by the way), and they are L'Oreal's Caresse Shine Stains. I have the shades Infinite Fuchsia and Berry Persistent.

Infinite Fuchsia (left) and Berry Persistent

These look like lip glosses but have a unique gel texture that dries down to something reminiscent of a coating on your lips. There is little to no transfer once the product is dry, unlike the traditional lipstick formula. And as expected based on the name, it has a wet, shiny finish and leaves quite the stain underneath.

Although I haven't tried the YSL Glossy Stains, I have tried Maybelline's Super Stay 10Hr Stain Gloss before, and while those apply just like these L'Oreal Shine Stains initially, my main issue with Maybelline's version is that it looks horrific as it wears off since it fades from the center of the mouth out. With L'Oreal's version, I notice that it wears off evenly. Phew.

Infinite Fuchsia applies more like a red berry shade on me, while Berry Persistent is a bit darker and more purple in comparison.
Infinite Fuchsia

Berry Persistent 

L to R:
Maybelline Color Whisper in Who Wore It Red-er
Maybelline Vivid in Vibrant Mandarin
Maybelline Vivid in Hot Plum
L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stain in Infinite Fuchsia
L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stain in Infinite Fuchsia (stain)
L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stain in Berry Persistent
L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stain in Berry Persistent (stain)

Overall, I'd say my favorites from this slew of new releases has to be the Vivids. The two shades I have are ridiculously bright and pigmented, the lasting power is fantastic, and the collection as a whole is just an exciting change of pace for the drugstore. And I apologize for not noting the exact prices I paid for these, but since they're from the drugstore, I believe all were in the $6-10 range :)

What are your thoughts on these new releases? Yay or nay?


33 comments:

  1. Ooh, you're making me want to try the Vivids! I did try one Color Whisper and didn't like the texture, it was too oily feeling to me. I actually bought all the L'oreal Shine Caresse glosses (my excuse is that I wanted to swatch them!), and I love them - Berry Persistent is my favorite :)

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  2. Berry persistent is gorgeous

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  3. Awesome post! I love hearing about all of these, since I want to try all of them! :)

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  4. I need to go pick up those Maybelline Vivids asap. Those are soooo ME. ;)

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  5. I need to haul all the L'Oreal's Caresse Shine Stains!!

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  6. The Maybelline Color Whisper lippie also fades from the center, it is a pet peeve for me. I want to try the Loreal gloss stains because I love YSL glossy stains, I would love to save some money with Loreal.

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  7. I'm in love with both of your Vivid picks!

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  8. I unfortunately don't have much luck with Maybelline or L'Oreal lip products. They tend to severely dry my lips. But I need to find a dupe for Vibrant Mandarin pronto! That's right...duping a drugstore shade :)

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  9. I have 2 vivids in shocking coral and on fire red - I am so in love with both, the formula and shade range is awesome. I think I want to try the YSL dupes next.

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  10. Oooh, that vivid in hot plum! I like that! In fact I like the look of all of these but that one definitely stands out. x

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  11. definitely YAY for the L'Oréal stains, they look absolutely lovely :) I love your picks! These are exactly the shades I would have gone for haha I cannot wait to compare those to my YSL glossy stains (which by the way, you should really try ;) lol ) have a great weekend dear xxx

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  12. Loving the look of these lip products! xx

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  13. I actually thought about picking up one of the YSL glossy stains a few weeks ago, but then I chose to get one of their new Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks instead. The L'Oreal stain shades I have would look SO gorgeous on you!

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  14. I hope they come out soon for you guys!

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  15. You should! I was pleasantly surprised :)

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  16. Aww, that's a bummer :( I think I read on twitter today that you found a dupe??

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  17. Thanks, Vita! :)

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  18. Oh, really? That's a shame. Luckily, the Color Whispers don't do that to me. Such a pain. I'm not sure how the L'Oreal stains compare to the YSL ones since I haven't tried the YSL, but let me know what you think!

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  19. Yes, you do! Let me know how you like them :)

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  20. They're sooo pigmented too! I love them.

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  21. Let me know if you do! I'd love to know what you think :)

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  22. Thank you! I think so too :)

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  23. Oooo, you have all of them?! Lucky girl! :)

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  24. These all look great! I bought one of the l'oreal shine caresse glosses in the red shade and I really like it! I had the same issue with the Maybelline release (ended up returning it)...happy these fade evenly :) xx

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  25. wow! Those are all such fun colors!

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  26. Thanks, Suzy :)

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  27. Glad to hear you've been liking yours too, Lindsay! :)

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  28. Thanks, Miranda :)

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  29. Very true, but I actually thought it was going to be a terracotta red, which was what I wanted...not pinky :(

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  30. I'm really impressed with some of the drugstore brand releases. They are doing so well the last couple of years! I can't wait till Maybelline releases their lipsticks here, they look hot!

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  31. I agree! Drugstore products are so much better than they used to be!

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  32. Uhm...how have I not heard about the Maybelline Vivids before?? They look like what's been missing in my lipstick drawer. xx

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