A Pink Explosion with Maybelline’s Pink Alert Lipsticks

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I Pink I’m In Love!

Just when my motivation level was slowly tanking on low, even almost-empty — I receive a lovely surprise from the beautiful ladies of Maybelline Philippines. Who knew a pink lip-shaped bag stuffed with a couple of pink lipsticks as well as some brow mascaras (reserved for another entry) could instantly perk me up and temporarily stop me from wallowing deeper in my misery? *end of emo vibes, promise.* I’ve tried a few Color Sensational lipsticks from the brand before, but since I’m more partial to mattes, I haven’t gone on to exploring other shades. These four new pinks are part of the aptly named Pink Alert collection which is a new addition to the Color Sensational line. These aren’t the sheer, subdued pinks that sit on your lips unnoticed. These are strikingly bold pinks that will ring warning bells and sound off alarms both to lipstick lovers who will probably think “Love it! Wonder what that shade is…” and non-lipstick wearers who may slightly raise an eyebrow at how vividly pop-outish your lips appear. Pink lipstick fans, get ready to fork out the $$$. maybelline2 maybelline4

The Lowdown

These Maybelline Pink Alert* lipsticks are of the creamy slash buttery texture. When applied, they glide on like balms with moderate slip. I actually feel like I’m applying a nourishing lip balm when I put these on only with wham ba(l)m more pigment ma’am than the average balms I’ve tried. The finish is lightweight despite the number of swipes to get even pigmentation on the lips — although the feeling that you’re wearing lip balm is definitely there. They feel very smooth, though and not at all sticky or icky. For pigmentation, I find them of medium opacity when swatched on the arm but highly pigmented once swiped on the lips. On the arm swatches below, I used two-three layers for each swatch (except POW2 that went on more saturated than the others in one swipe).  On the lips, one layer is boldly pigmented that I would probably wear it as such on most days — but for photo purposes and to really show the colors, I did two swipes for each shade below. The most important part of any lipstick for me — moisturizing feature. I have to say that despite my swatch-a-thon, my lips did not peel, crack or bleed in any way (unlike what transpired during one of my MAC swatch-a-thons). I think the 100% honey nectar ingredient in the lipsticks pulled through and left my lips looking and feeling nourished for the rest of the day. I also love how the lipsticks are very forgiving on lip lines (just see for yourself below). As for longevity, these lipsticks dry down to a not-as-sheeny finish as compared to when it’s first applied on. I wasn’t able to time how long it actually sets, but they still leave a bold color on the lips thereafter so they aren’t of the once-touched-disappears family of buttery lipstick. It took a little over 4 hours with eating in between before I noticed the lipstick totally wiped off.

Swatches

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Final Thoughts

To be honest, I am wary of the blue-toned pinks especially on my (I think cos until now I am still confused regarding the warm, cool, neutral, olive lalala) warm skintone. So, POW 1 and POW 3 were the ones I reserved for last during this swatch session. I knew POW 4 would be an instant love considering my attraction to warm coral-y pinks and I was right. However, I was surprised when I found that I actually like POW 2 better than POW 4 – although just a teeny bit more. And then it was time to try on the more cool-toned shades (POW 1 and POW 3) — I think they don’t look too bad, do they? I expected to feel some sort of aversion to them after trying but I wasn’t overcome by the feeling at all. POW 1 appears to pull a bit lilac-y on me while POW 3 looks a bit like how I think MAC’s Candy Yum Yum would look on me. Overall, both wearable and not at all how I expected them to register. And speaking of register, I realized how almost true-to-color the swatches look both on the arms and on the lips. As a final note, I’m very pleased with the outcome of this second encounter with Maybelline lipsticks. They’re not at all fussy with above average color pay-off for a balmy/buttery lipstick and are even quite moisturizing. The price is set at Php 399 each (not too high a mark-up from the US retail price).
Which shade appeals to you most? I’d love to hear your thoughts, guys!

*Full disclosure: This entry contains sample products sent by brand for editorial consideration. I was not compensated nor required to write a review. All opinions are solely my own.

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37 Comments

  1. May 31, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    Now that’s a whole lotta pink! Gorgeous! I’d probably be happy with just one of the four though, since they’re not *that* dramatically different from each other. I think I’d go for number 4.

    • May 31, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      Was this too pink for your life, babe? Sorry!! LOL! If I had to pink only one, it’s a hard decision between 2 & 4!

  2. May 31, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    To a pink freak like me, this post is perfection. I love all four of them on you. And need them all.

    • May 31, 2014 / 9:36 pm

      Awww thanks so much love!! :’)

  3. Raven Ang
    May 31, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Definitely loving POW 2 & 4. The other two seem like the type of colors that would make my teeth look yellow. Pinks in general seem to make my teeth look yellow. 🙁 Can’t wait to hear your thought on the brow mascaras. 🙂

    I hope your weeks get better. 🙂
    “When we are happy, we are always good. But when we are good, we are not always happy.”
    “Do the things that make you happy so you can bring goodness and happiness unto others.”

    • May 31, 2014 / 9:38 pm

      High five, we have the same preferences talaga when it comes to lipstick most of the time! And Rayray, thank you for the motivational quotes – appreciate them tons. 🙂

  4. May 31, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    I say 2 and 4 too!!! They suit you well. Btw, did you just make up the “I Pink I’m In Love”? Pwedeng maging makeup campaign eh. Hihihi.

    • May 31, 2014 / 9:39 pm

      Super winner ng 2 & 4!! ❤
      And for the I Pink I’m In Love, hahaha – yes my dear, I did. My love for (corny) puns is very evident in this blog hahaha :))

  5. driving30_with_2gether
    May 31, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    You can never go wrong with a pink lipstick. I love the second shade!

    • June 1, 2014 / 6:49 pm

      The second one is a stunner, indeed!

  6. May 31, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    Thanks for your input, Olivia! ❤

  7. May 31, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    1, 2 and 4 appeal to me:D oh jeeez, I really needz some more pink lippies now. I think 4 looks the best on you 😉 xxx

    • June 1, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      A few other bloggers also got these four – and everyone said 4 looks best on them. I think it’s THE shade for our Asian skintone!

  8. May 31, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    Why are they sooooo pink! Huhuhu -_- They look pretty on you tho! 🙂

    • June 1, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      SUPER pink! 🙂 LOVE ITTT! Haha. I think you can pull off 2 & 4, V!

  9. May 31, 2014 / 10:58 pm

    You wear pinks so well! Even the cool-toned ones suit you very well! Lilac can be a tricky shade from warm-toned skins but sometimes they do the shade just right! I also looove the pink lipbag, it’s adorable!

    • June 1, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      Aww thanks Teri — too sweet! It was tricky wearing 1 & 3 on my skintone, though! 🙂 And yes, the lip bag!!! ❤

  10. May 31, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    Oh they are soo stunning! I haven’t check to see if these are out yet but I have one barbie pink one like the first shade from the line..it might even be the first shade but I’m IN LOVE with the second and forth although I’d just need one of them and the third one! Beautiful pops like you said, nothing sheer or shy! Love them!

  11. Becoming Sleek
    June 1, 2014 / 12:29 am

    I don’t know what is it with that shade, but those who swatched all four looked the best with POW4, including you!

  12. June 1, 2014 / 1:01 am

    POW2 and 4 are so stunning on you! love it! I am waiting for these to arrive here! You look so pretty as always! 🙂

  13. June 1, 2014 / 3:36 am

    OMG pink overdosed 😀 !!
    POW 2 and 4 suit you the best I think! Maybelline does make great lip products!

  14. June 1, 2014 / 3:45 am

    1 and 3 would definitely work better on me, which means we don’t have the same undertones, hahaha.

    I used to have colors like 2 and 4 but they dim my skin. They all seem to work on you so maaaaybe you’re neutral? Hahahaha. 1 and 3 give you a korean girl group member look (totally stereotyping, but most of them love wearing lilac pinks, right?)

  15. June 1, 2014 / 8:06 am

    Definitely POW4 for me. I prefer warm pinks over cool-toned ones too.

  16. cielo
    June 1, 2014 / 11:11 am

    POW4 is what I liked the most. It does not attract more attention (which I prefer) compared to the other 3 🙂

  17. June 1, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    POW 1 and 3 looks very similar to each other while POW 2 is such a standout! Its so eye catching 🙂 Yan lang ang suot sa face, pwede na haha!

  18. June 1, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    they all look pretty on you. Ito na ang hinahanap ng mga Pink Lipstick addicts! hehe

  19. June 1, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    Thanks Elle — cant wait to see them on you!!! Let me know what you end up getting!

  20. June 2, 2014 / 12:41 am

    Weird, diba? Parang magic transformation! Haha I absolutely detest pinks on myself, tapos parang when I wore these, not so bad naman? Hahaha ganda on you lahat :>

  21. Jae
    June 2, 2014 / 7:06 am

    All of these look quite nice, but I find that Shade number four looks best on you. 😉 I don’t particularly gravitate towards these since they look too neon for my liking (except the fourth shade tho!)

    x

  22. June 2, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Ganda! POW 4 looks best on you. 🙂 I haven’t tried any lippie from Maybelline eh. Macheck nga to sa counters. 🙂

  23. Ava Joanna
    June 2, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    I didn’t know Maybelline lipsticks are that nice pala!! Wow. Thanks for featuring them, Shari! you were able to make them look so luxurious even if they’re just maybelline. Made me want to buy it!

  24. June 2, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Pow 2 looks sexy on you! Pow 3 naman lights up your face. 🙂

  25. Makeup With A Heart
    June 3, 2014 / 9:26 am

    4 definitely called to me but 3 looks really good on you! I wonder if they’ll come to the States soon…

  26. Anna Carmina
    June 11, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    These are ahmazing!!! I am exploring pinks and nude-ish colors right now because I have been wearing too much red lately. I hope they still have this in the stores. Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

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