|Brazen Berry in #905; had to really look for this collection before finding it at Kmart|
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!
|(L) Swatched once on bottom, twice on the top - color becomes more purple when applied heavier (R) Brazen Berry lips!|
|Maybelline Vivids "Brazen Berry" with Color Club polish in "Peace out Purple"|