25 June 2013

Favourite Drugstore Lipsticks - MAC dupes

A picture of Maybelline ColorSensational Vivds Lipsticks

This year I have found myself in a bit of a love/hate relationship with drugstore lipsticks. I used to adore the Rimmel lipsticks, but after delving more into high-end lipsticks and expanding my MAC lipstick collection, I realised that actually, I didn't like the Rimmel lipsticks at all (although I am besotted with their Apocalips!) There are very few drugstore brands whose lip products I like anymore, and that isn't meant in a snobby 'I only buy high-end' way, as the majority of my beauty buys are drugstore, but I just find drugstore lipsticks lacking. I find drugstore lipsticks to be very drying on my lips and even if I've used a lip scrub and an intensive lip balm or salve before applying, they cling to every last dry patch or crease in my lips. I also find drugstore lipsticks don't usually stay on long, meaning I have to re-apply often. I adore the Revlon Lip Butters, but they aren't really a 'proper' lipstick, are they? I also love the Revlon Kissable Lip Balm Stains, but again, not really a proper lippy. After a lot of research, a lot of Googling swatches and a chat with the lovely Carlyn who runs Smoking Peaches, I decided to take her up on her recommendation and give the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipsticks a go. And boy am I glad I did! 


These lipsticks are blooming fantastic. They glide onto my lips effortlessly, with massives of colour payoff and pigmentation that lasts, and lasts, and lasts. I only have to re-apply if I've eaten and drank a fair amount, other than that these babies last an age. They have a gorgeous creamy formula that doesn't slip and slide on my lips but leaves my lips looking full, supple and I also find these pretty hydrating. They are definitely not the drying formula I am used to from many drugstore brands, in fact I think I am starting to favour the formula of these of my MAC lipsticks, yes, really. For me, the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids are one of the best lipstick ranges I have ever come across in the drugstore and every time I pop in to Boots I can't help but pop over and go a little swatch crazy. I only own three shades from the range so far, but I genuinely want to add every single shade to my collection and I'm just waiting for the perfect 3 for 2 offer to pop up so I can splurge and add some more to my collection. 

Each of the three shades I have in my collection are very, very close dupes for some of my MAC lipsticks. MAC lipsticks start from £14, whereas the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids are just £7.19 and considering Boots always has some offer or another on, that's quite a price difference and saving you can make. 422 Coral Tonic is a very red toned coral shade, not too dissimilar to MAC Vegas Volt but just a touch more depth to it. 912 Eletric Orange is my favourite of the three as it's one of the most wearable orange shades I've found. It's MAC partner is Saigon Summer which has a Cremesheen finish, so you actually get more colour pay off with Electric Orange although they are almost identical in colour. 906 Hot Plum is the latest addition to my collection and an absolute, spot-on, without a doubt dupe for Daddy's Little Girl from the MAC Archie's Girls Collection which was limited edition. So if you missed out on Daddy's Little Girl, Hot Plum is the vivid, bright fuchsia purple you're after! If you can't tell, I'm besotted. I love these lipsticks, from the vivid shades to the dreamy formula and the long lasting power these highly pigmented shades have to offer. I will definitely be adding more to my collection soon, how about you?

A picture of Maybelline ColorSensational Vivds Lipsticks

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52 comments

  1. Great post! I'm always on the lookout for lipstick dupes, I've actually picked these up a few times then put them back again...Next time I'll pick them up and buy them xx

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Emma! I was pretty impressed when I realised they were such great dupes for MAC lipsticks! I hope you'll give them a try xo

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  2. They look amazing. I am always on the hunt for a good coral or orange lippy. Looks like I need to take a trip to boots! xx

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    1. You do! Let me know if you pick any up :) xo

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  3. I love the look of the coral one!

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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  4. Oooh so going to check these out!!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Make sure you do Nicky, they are fab xo

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  5. I couldn't agree with you any more, I LOVE. Maybelline vivid lipsticks! Shocking coral has to be my fave, but since you said Hot Plum is a dupe for daddy's little girl I am defo going to pick that shade up too!
    Great post!
    Megan xx

    www.maybeitsmeganleigh.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. So glad to hear you're also a fan of these Megan! :) I love them and think they are fantastic. Let me know how you get on with Hot Plum if you decide to pick it up :) xo

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  6. I used to always use these Maybelline lipsticks, they're so good! I love the look of Coral Tonic, such a pretty shade!

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. They are fab! I am guessing they aren't cruelty free if you used to use them? xo

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  7. I will definitely be trying one of these, I always, always find lipsticks drying, so these sound perfect!
    www.frecklesandflawsbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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    1. These are definitely the best on the high-street for me! xo

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  8. I love Maybelline lipsticks, so I might have to add that coral one to my collection. It looks gorgeous!

    Emma | World of dilEMMA
    xo

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    1. You should! :) Let me know if you pick one up Emma, would love to hear your thoughts on them xo

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) xo

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  10. I have 5 lipsticks from the Vivids line and I love them! Definitely impressed with this release from Maybelline. I wish Brazen Berry were available where I live though :( I think I need to get the orange one :p

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    1. I wish we had all the shades America does! Let me know how you get on with Electric Orange :) xo

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  11. Great Post! I've been looking for a good quality orange lipstick for a while now and it looks like Electric Orange might just be the one I need! :)
    Ra ♥

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    1. Thank you Ra, I'm really glad you enjoyed the post. I do hope you'll try Electric Orange, it's so lovely and perfect for this time of year xo

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  12. Great post, I'm always on the look out for a good drugstore lippy as my student budget often doesn't stretch to MAC or other high end brands! Will have to give these a go! :) xx

    http://glitterylove.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Catherine, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I hope you'll love them as much as I do xo

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  13. I have most of the vivids collection because that's how awesome they are! One of my favorites at the drugstore. Do you have Milani where you live? They also have wonderful lipsticks with many different finishes/colors.
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    1. Unfortunately we don't have Milani in the UK :( I wish we did as I have one of their blushes from a swap and it's a favourite xo

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  14. Electric Orange is my favourite lip color at the moment, it's amazing quality for the price and the shade works perfectly with my skintone!

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    1. It really is, the quality is so much better than any other drugstore lipsticks I have tried xo

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  15. I have the coral one! I find bright colours a little too daring but this one is lovely. :)

    Olivia xxx
    Missyi's World of Beauty...

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    1. If you apply lightly with a lip brush, I am sure you'd feel comfortable with brighter colours! :) xo

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  16. So many nice colors!!

    www.gwiyomistyle.net

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  17. These sound so lovely! Thank you for introducing me to them - going to pick one up next time I go to Boots :)

    Love the look of Electric Orange! xo

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    1. Ah you so should! Let me know what shade you go for :) xo

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  18. Hey sweets hope you are having a good week so far. The Coral Tonic is one of my personal favourites I absolutely love it - perfect for the summer. I have been experimenting with orange shades, not sure I can pull them off. Love Laura xx ❤ Scottish Lass ❤

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    1. Hey Laura :) My week has been fab, thank you! Great to hear you love these lippies too :) I think your skintone would suit a coral toned orange :) xo

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  19. Check out Fragrance Direct as I bought a Colorsensational lipstick for £1.99 in Cherry Candy (totally legit), it's fantastic. I highly recommend you look at the site for some bargain beauty buys!

    Beautyhunterxo xo

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    1. I'm not really a fan of websites like Fragrance Direct. The products on there are always discontinued and sometimes very old.xo

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  20. I've always loved loved loved Maybelline's lipsticks! Great choices! (:

    The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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    1. Thanks Yuen, they're lovely aren't they? xo

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  21. They are trully stunning! I only own one but definitely want to get my hands on more of those babies!

    toothfairygardy.blogspot.gr
    xx

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    1. I want them all! Like Pokemon haha! xo

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  22. I LOVE these, I have Shocking Coral and it's a almost dupe for MACs Viva Glam Nicki! So moisturising and gorgeous, I think Hot Plum will be next on my list :)
    xxx

    The Beauty Belle

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    1. I hope you do decide to give Hot Plum a go, it's gorgeous and a really beautiful stand out shade :) xo

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  23. I've been eyeing this lipstick line for some time now. I'm not too sure of the orange colors but I'm liking the pinks.

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    1. They have a lovely range, I just like my bright colours :) xo

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