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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