New Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids - Brazen Berry 905 Lipstick

Brazen Berry in #905; had to really look for this collection before finding it at Kmart

Mackenzie’s Notes:

I was excited to find out that Maybelline was releasing some vibrant lipstick shades as part of their permanent collection.  They are formulated with honey nectar and feel moisturizing on the lips, without feeling sticky (think a mix between Maybelline Baby Lips and Revlon Lip Butters).  I tend to wear bright lip colors regularly but usually applied as a stain that gives a pop of color without being too garish.  I already have oranges, fuchsia pinks, bubble gum pinks and bright orange reds in my collection, but I have been looking for a true purple lip color for a while now. Once I saw the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids line, I knew I had to try “Brazen Berry”, especially with spring and summer around the corner! This is as close as I have gotten to a true purple in a drugstore lipstick line, and I appreciate that; the color is a purple with fuschia undertones, perfectly wearable and lovely on warm skin undertones.

I finally spotted Brazen Berry #905 at a local Kmart priced at approximately $5.50 and decided to pick it up.  Having loved this color, I am thinking about picking up Vibrant Mandarin and Vivid Rose in the near future.

It was hard to capture the neon orange cap, but it’s very pretty and fresh on my vanity
Very sleek packaging; the lipstick has a sturdy base and thin twist up body

Pros: The color is really beautiful and I applaud Maybelline for coming out with such a unique shade. It’s a very wearable purple that I believe lots of people can wear if they wish.  The formula is very moisturizing and not sticky (not as sticky as Revlon Lip Butters); my lips didn’t dry out over the day.  The lasting ability of this lipstick is impressive, as it lasted about 6 hours on my lips, after which it left behind a very demure and even stain. Packaging is very cute, sleek and efficient.  The Vivid collection is a great value, highly pigmented, comfortable and original lipsticks for under $6.

Cons: You have to apply at least two coats of lipstick to get the true color of the lipstick.  That is perfectly acceptable but since I like to wear bright lipsticks as stains to work, I wish this was pigmented enough so I could do that.  Also, while the formula is very comfortable, I wish this came in a matter finish since the color is already so intense; I prefer a higher gloss on nuder shades. Also, these shades keep selling out, so grab one when you get a chance ladies!

Grade: 5/5

(L) Swatched once on bottom, twice on the top - color becomes more purple when applied heavier (R) Brazen Berry lips!

Reader’s Recommendations: Have you tried Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid line yet? What other colors do you recommend I try? What do you think of wearing really bright lipsticks, are you a fan?

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

  • Anonymous

    What color is your nail polish

  • Glampire Victoria McEwan

    You’re right that is a very unique shade. I’m unsure if it has been released in the UK or not, but I’m going to go look. I would love this shade for the summer time.

    Picked your blog up from the #bbloggers chat :).

    Much love: (@glampire_x).


  • Martha Woods

    That’s an amazing shade! I don’t know if I’d dare to wear it myself, but it looks great on you. I love your nail polish too.


    WOW! I love this shade hun! It looks amazing! 😀 x

    Nice chatting to u on #bbloggers tonight!:)

  • Boho Vanity

    What a fun shade! I was surprised at how pigmented this line turned out to be xx - Boho Vanity

  • Vicki

    This is s lovely colour. A pretty deep plum. I am going to pick some of these up. They sound really nice. Oh & your nails look cute too

  • Limes Smiles

    Such a pretty colour!!! Not sure if I could pull it off though!

  • kfc

    i’m tempted to get this shade since i’m a sucker for purple, and i really want to try out the vivid line. is there any problems with the color bleeding off??

    • Mackenzie M.

      If you’re into purples, I say GO FOR IT! haha it’s such a beautiful shade! There are no problems with the color bleeding since it is a pretty creamy, glossy formula, so I feel it holds together pretty well. I say try it and if you do happen to experience any major bleeding try a lip liner or attempt to return it as drugstores now have a wonderful and understanding return policy. Let me know how it goes! :)

  • helen at thelovecatsINC

    this shade really reminds me of a MAC one!

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    • Mackenzie M.

      Sounds great will do! and yes I reallllly wanted to buy Mac’s Heroin but that was a limited edition :( also, I’ve convinced myself that this is a more wearable color anyway 😛

  • GlamorousGirl
  • aly7

    Wow it looks so bright and pretty! It looks great on you!

  • Megan

    Wow it’s so bright! It looks great on you but I don’t think I’d be brave enough to wear it out x

  • Melissa x

    wow this is gorgeous, I love it xx

  • Passing fancy

    We got vivids in our country but not this color :(( (only 5 shades)
    So angry, they always eliminate purples, my favs.

    • Mackenzie M.

      ahh that’s a bummer! I feel like oranges reds and pinks are quite easy to come by while purples aren’t, so it’s a real shame they left it out. But maybe there Hot plum could come close? It’s slightly more fuschia :)

  • Glitter The Rose

    Oh my that is a beautiful colour! I wished they’d matched the lids to the colours though x

  • Coco

    I love how it goes with your nails :) Gorgeous color x

  • Amanda Diesing

    I picked up Hot Plum, Shocking Coral and Fuchsia Flash. Hot Plum is my favorite so fa, and I’m really wanting to try this Brazen Berry color as well. Looks great on you!

    • Mackenzie M.

      Oo those sound great! Hot plum seems to be a favorite, and if you like that one, brazen berry is a touch more purple towards blue, so it will probably look great on you :) I say go for it haha I was also contemplating vivid rose as it seems quite unique but trying to take it easy here lol