The other day I picked up the new issue of Fitness magazine and on the back cover was a gorgeous full sized ad for Maybelline’s new Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss. The stylized, colorful ad promises to “lavish lips with a molten hot glaze”, describing the new gloss as “super-saturated color meets ultra-clean shine”. Well, damn if this ad didn’t sucker me right in because the next day I was in Wal-Mart and I thought, I need to swing by the make up aisle and check these babies out!
Maybelline’s Color Sensational High Shine gloss is billed as having more vibrant color, cleaner shine, and a creamier feel. It is the company’s first totally wax-free gloss and is made instead with honey nectar, likely one of the main contributing factors to the gloss’s smooth, velvety texture.
I grabbed up a tube in the shade Almond Crush for $5.50. Almond Crush is an extremely shiny peachy pink shade with a touch of sparkle. Pretty much my perfect gloss formula.
First things first: it does go on beautifully. Equipped with the standard sponge tip applicator of most glosses it swipes on like buttercream from a tube. It has no stickiness whatsoever, which is a major point for winning me over. Nothing spoils an otherwise great lip gloss like that horrible sticky feeling–as if you’d just applied Elmer’s to your lips. This gloss has none of that–the texture really is honey like and very likable.
As for the Almond Crush shade, it is a great every day shade of pink. It is a somewhat neutral color which can be worn with many different makeup looks, and the light shimmery aspect of it somewhat brightens up your face. Not too extreme in any direction, it’s a great blend for an essential gloss: a perfect melding of nude meets rosy pink stirred with Tinkerbell’s wand for a touch of sparkle. It definitely lives up to its high shine billing; it’s a very mirror like shine and as you can see in some of the pictures it really reflects the light.
The wear on this is not bad, either. Although not a long wearing gloss by design, I had it on for about three and a half hours at work before it needed reapplied. Not too shabby for a little more than five bucks, in my opinion.
One thing they don’t tell you about in the ad is the smell. It doesn’t smell bad, mind you, but there is a bit of fragrance to it–it just has a bit of that “makeuppy” smell. Although I really like having glosses I can’t smell at all, you can smell this one when you are applying it, but as you have it on the fragrance wears off. It’s definitely nothing ti refuse buying it over, just something to be aware of.
Overall, this is a velvety smooth, non sticky, shimmery, shiny gloss. Is it a molten hot glaze for your lips? No. But let’s be honest, that just sounds downright uncomfortable. Is it an awesome every day or frequent wear essential? Definitely. And at $5.50, it’s an incredibly wallet friendly high quality lip product which I would certainly recommend.
P.S.: It’s great for kissing puppies
But what isn’t? 😉
Happy glossing, beautynistas!