1. Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Made-It Mauve and Berry Ready, SRP
I am not a fan of Maybelline lipsticks. I have tried a few from their ColorSensational line and I find the pigmentation to be sheer, with tons of visible shimmer and sparkle, and the texture feels a bit plastic-y. However, I actually do like the gel-smooth, translucent sheer color wash of these lipsticks from their Whisper Lipcolor collection. However, there were only three shades that I could see that offered even coverage and visible pigment. I picked up two of the three: Made-It Mauve and Berry Ready. The third was Plum Prospect but I decided I didn’t need it. All the other shades were WAAAAAAAY too sheer and applied a bit unevenly. Keep that in mind when you try the lighter shades. It may not be very visible unless you are exceptionally fair, and even then, I am not sure that would help as it depends on the pigmentation of your lips, which can ran very rosy, or pink, the lighter you are.
This balmy, sheer lipstick compares well to Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butters and L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Caresse Stick Lipstick, although it is my least favorite of the three. Maybelline’s Whisper collection offers the most gel-like texture, which can be a little uncomfortable on the lips if they are chapped, or a bit dry. Not because it irritates the lips, but because you do feel this gel film on your lips. Unlike Revlon’s Lip Butters and Loreal’s Caresse Sticks though, these have a tendency to shift, or lift, on the lips. When it shifts it is quite visible. You would need to reapply quite often and keep checking your lips to make sure it is on. Revlon’s Lip Butters and L’Oreal’s Caresse are far more forgiving as to fading, or the appearance of shifting (not obvious), and more comfortable on the lips as it seems to sink into the lip. Maybelline’s Color Whisper coats the lip in an even gel-layer that does NOT sink into the lip. The outer layer is smooth and shiny though, in comparison to L’Oreal’s Caresse and Revlon’s Lip Butters, which emphasizes the lips natural creases, but not in an unflattering way.
Maybellines describes the pigment as suspended in weightless gel-texture that offers soft shine without the heavy waxes and oils included in more lipsticks to offer that more emollient feeling. However, if you have drier lips like I do, you kind of want that emollient feeling. These are not that moisturizing because of the gel texture, and it can enhance the discomfort you feel if you have dry lips, unlike the other two lipstick balms.
I think these are worth a pick up if you don’t have dry lips, like the enhanced soft shine of evenly smooth lips, and you don’t mind the feeling of a gel-texture on your lips.
Ingredients: Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl 2 Diisostearate, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Pentaerythrityl Tetra Di T Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, BHT, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Linalool, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Benzyl Benzoate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Fragrance, May Contain (+/-):, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470)