I'm sure you've heard about Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks by now, right? You've probably heard a lot of hype about them too! Well, I'm here to add to that hype. I'm a bit late to the party since these released a little while ago but better late then never..!
Before anything else I'll get my thoughts on the packaging over with. While square lipstick tubes aren't my favorite I'm okay with it, but the thing I don't love is the neon orange cap. It's just not my thing. And the caps don't even correspond with the color of the lipstick; the whole line has the same orange caps. Meh. Anyway..
The shade that I have is Vibrant Mandarin which is a part orange and a part red. It's more wearable then a straight up orange and also leans a bit more red, I find. I absolutely love the color - it was love at first swatch!
Speaking of swatches, here's one for you! It might look like an intimidating orange but it really isn't! I also took a lip swatch for you but the photo isn't the best so I apologize in advance!
My camera really didn't pick up just how beautiful and vibrant this shade is! I took a ton of lip swatch photos and this was the best one I could get. Le sigh.
So, the Vivids lipsticks are supposed to have "brighter pigment from exclusive vivid pigments" and a "creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar". Bright? Check. Creamy? Check!
This is actually the first Maybelline lipstick I've tried and I'm super impressed! I have all positive things to say about Vibrant Mandarin! It's really creamy and is comfortable to wear, and it has smooth and even application. It's also totally opaque with one swipe and is pretty true to the tube! Actually the only negative about this lipstick I can think of is that it transfers if you're eating or drinking but that's totally normal with cream lipsticks so it didn't bother me. And the last thing which may be a good or bad thing depending on the person is that this leaves behind a stain. Personally, I'm totally fine with the stain - the color lasts longer! And it's not too much trouble to remove, either!
So the verdict is that I love this. A lot, actually! (So much that I just bought another shade! Look out for a post on it!) I can see Vibrant Mandarin getting a lot of wear this spring and summer!