Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss
There are some great aspects of Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss, but some major performance issues mean this "hot" lacquer is more of a hot mess.
This gloss comes in standard packaging; a clear plastic tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. The gel-like formula feels moisturizing and true to claims, it provides bold, opaque, high-shine color in a single swipe. It wears well for about four hours before fading to an attractive stain.
The issue with this product, and why it doesn't get our recommendation, is twofold. First, it is very tacky, and feels that way throughout its wear time. That tackiness also means that if you wind up getting this on your teeth, it stays. This formula never truly dries down, and continually gets stuck to teeth.
We tried every method we know to keep lipstick off teeth, and this still wound up getting on them throughout its wear time, and it doesn't come off just by swiping your tongue over your teeth. You have to take a paper towel and rub it off manually. Essentially, you should check your teeth in the mirror every few minutes, which makes this very inconvenient!
Second, this contains an initially-strong fragrance that can irritate lips. It does fade after about the first half-hour of wear, but it can still cause irritation.
Despite the attractive colors this line features, the lack of convenience and potential irritation means you're better off with one of the alternatives you'll find on our list of Best Lip Glosses.
- Provides bold, opaque, high-shine color to lips.
- Fades to an attractive stain.
- Gets stuck on teeth (a lot) throughout its wear time.
- Contains potentially-irritating fragrance.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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