Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils | Swatches and Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

It's seems like such a long time since I had a good rummage and browse of the shelves in Boots, its not something I do very often, but I always seem to find something new and exciting when I do. A few bits caught my eye, two being the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils. I thought these looked like great dupes for the NARS jumbo lip pencils which I absolutely love and I'm constantly lusting over, so I was eager to try them out.
Left - Light It Up | Right - Minimalist - both £4.99

When I swatched both these colours in boots they were creamy and glossy and just looked all round amazing - but then I got them home. I was so excited to use Minimalist, I unravelled the reams of sellotape from the packaging, to start applying it to my lips with great difficulty, only to see it was a chalky, hard glittery mess. It clung to every minuscule dry patch on my lips and exaggerated it, the glitter pieces looked ridiculous and the best bit, I could not rub my lips together because the formula is that dry. I read much about these pencils, but I'm not sure if I got a dud or if the lights in the display at Boots had warmed the product up and made it softer...who knows but it swiftly got cast aside.

I then reluctantly applied Light It Up to happily find it was the complete opposite, it was soft, buttery, glossy and moisturising. The colour has minimal orange undertones which I love, it is a stark letter box red, perfect for cool toned skin and fair complexions. I found it fairly easy to apply to the outline of my lips, although it tends to smear if you try to wipe away any mistakes. It didn't stain my lips like a typical dark colour would, it soon wiped away with my Garnier Micellar Water. The staying power is surprisingly good, I found it had minimal transfer and didn't fade - I wasn't expecting this as it removes so easily, so you get the best of both.

For the price Light It Up has completely blown me away, it has the feel of a luxury lip product, but Minimalist was a complete and utter waste of my money.

What are your thoughts on these Lip Pencils?



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