I saw these bright, bold lipsticks all over the US beauty Youtube and when I spotted a few shades in Boots I had to pick one up - they are the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipsticks (£7.19) and I got mine in the shade Neon Red. There are 10 shades available in the US, but as far as I can tell only 5 in the UK -as usual we get a raw deal as far as shade range goes.
I actually really like the packaging of these, even if it is a touch bulky. Like the Revlon lip butters, the packaging is coloured (although I don't think to match the shades). It looks a little cheap, but fun and summery - reminiscent of a lollipop I think. Also, i know it's sad but I like the font on the little sticker.
This lipstick is incredibly pigmented (the arm swatch? One swipe!) It's easy to apply, with not too much slip which is perfect for something this pigmented. The finish is very glossy! Neon Red is a bright, orange-based red that packs a serious punch.
By two hours, the gloss was gone but it still looked balmy. The colour was less intense, but still bright and opaque. By hour four, the colour was faded but had stained my lips in a really pleasant, fruit-eating kind of way.
I love this colour! I've been leaning more to orange-based reds recently, probably in some desperate grasp for summer weather. This is bold, bright and beautiful, with a super glossy shine. It may not be the most longwearing, but it's not too bad either for something that doesn't promise ultimate wear. It also leaves behind a nice, even stain.
Have you tried any of these? Thoughts?