Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils Review

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I spotted these lip pencils whilst on a late night chocolate hunt at my local Tesco store. I couldn’t decide which colour to pop in my basket and ended up buying five. Although I’m wishing I had bought more as these short little chubby pencils are a fantastic find.

The pencils are all in beautiful colours and a excellent formula – semi-matte but still creamy and not too drying. Comparisons to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are obvious – they’re quite similar in finish. Maybelline’s lip pencils tend to wear off without leaving a stain, are smaller and a great low budget alternative. At £4.99 you won’t be horrifically upset if you lost one of these babies on a night out.

They’re lightweight and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. I like the simple black pencil with the colour swatch at the bottom so I can see what I’m reaching for out of my lippy drawer.

The first shade I have swatched is “Light it Up” – a bright pink toned red. My favourite by far is “Nude Essential.” I’ve already had to sharpen this shade as it’s perfect for trying out Kylie Jenner inspired lips. “Keep it Classy” is a surprisingly deep colour, a pinky plum shade that will suit most skin tones. Next is “Minimalist” which is a sheer wash of nude-y pink on the lips. The pencil is slightly shimmery but this doesn’t translate well on the lips. It’s a great colour for Spring. And last but not forgotten is “Berry Much” – the perfect Autumn/Winter berry shade. It’s deep, dark and great for those who enjoy wearing a bold lip colour.

I highly recommend keeping your lips well scrubbed and moisturised before applying these as they will highlight flaky dry lips. I am a big lip product lover and these Colour Drama pencils tick all the boxes.


Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Review & Swatches

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with trying new foundations, so expect a few more reviews of different brands over the next coming weeks.

One of the recent foundations to be trialed and tested is a new launch from Maybelline. The main selling point of the Fit Me foundation range is their vast array of shades and colours – hopefully to provide the perfect match. Stateside reviews have been either hit or miss, some claiming a good match but very poor staying power and that it’s “too oily” or has too light a coverage. Others love it.

The British version seems to be totally different, or at least I have not come across the same problems as our American counterparts.

Presented in a gorgeous glass bottle, it’s sleek and comes with a built in pump. The foundation has a medium to high coverage, in fact it covered my acne and scarring really well to the point where I’d skip the concealer. I used the Real Techniques buffing brush that is part of the Core Collection and honestly couldn’t fault the coverage, which is suprising as it’s quite a runny foundation. Maybelline Fit Me foundation settles to a dewy finsih, without any shimmer or glitter (I’m looking at you Rimmel Wake Me Up!!) and feels comfortable to wear.

Shade 120 is just the tiniest bit too dark for me, and I really should’ve picked up 110 (Any shade ending in “0” have yellow understones, shades ending in “5” have pink undertones) but my local Tesco didn’t offer it and I didn’t feel like making an extra journey to Boots. That said shade 120 is totally workable and it’s barely noticeble, just me scrutinising my face far too much.

Wear time is okay. I can work up to 10 hours a day, and honestly wouldn’t expect any of my makeup to look as fresh as I applied it at 6am. I used my usual primer and powder and found that Maybelline Fit Me foundation wore no differently to the vast majority of drugstore foundations. It didn’t sink into or clog my pores, or melt off (as some American reviewers have experienced some “melting”). For £7.99 it’s not half bad.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

Maybelline are usually pretty good with their new releases. They’re mascaras are all pretty fantastic, and it’s almost a sure bet that you’ll get something decent from the Maybelline stand in your local Boots, Superdrug or supermarket. The recent Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows are available all over the place, and often on offer (3 for 2’s) which make these a superb budget beauty buy.

I bought two of the new shades released in the UK. I have Eternal Gold (above), and On and On Bronze (below). Both work really well to compliment each other. There’s been lots of hype surrounding these products, and I’ve had them in my makeup box for a while but only recently managed to give them a full test on how wearable they are.


Eternal Gold is a beautiful gold cream, and On and On Bronze (above) is a dark, rich copper. The product is creamy and soft, and doesn’t remain wet for long after application. They’re easy to blend, especially as they’re shimmery colours. You can use your fingers or brushes to apply them, and build up colour.

The staying power of these is phenomenal. A good 8 hours. Any longer and I’d have been sleeping in them. They remained true to colour, without fading or creasing. And that’s without a primer. I would imagine they could last much longer if you needed them too.

Overall I really like this range of affordable, long-lasting cream eyeshadows. The formula and price makes these a winner.

Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner pen

I bought this last weekend, which makes this quite a speedy review. I’ve tried Maybelline’s Lasting 24H Drama gel eyeliner and wasn’t really impressed. It smudged, and wasn’t black enough for me. And no way did it last 24h. My love for gel eyeliners has been dampened, but I still adore liquid eyeliners. And this new one from Maybelline even gives my beloved Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid eyeliner a run for it’s money.

Although I bought it at Boots, there is no mention on the website, and there doesn’t seem to be alot of adverts around for this product. I bought it for roughly £6.

Maybelline’s Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner has an ‘ultra-thin 0.4mm brush that supplies smooth, even line. No mess or excess.’ It’s like a felt tip pen, it’s soft and smooth and doesn’t drag or scratch. It’s this tip (or nib?) that makes this liquid eyeliner so easy to use.

When you’ve drawn your line, it lasts for ages. Migrates a litte, but no transferring onto my eyelid. Holds up pretty well against the rain too. I wouldn’t say it’s as stubborn, or budge-proof as the Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid eyeliner, but it’s comparable – at the fraction of the cost. It’s easy to create very thin, or thicker lines and wings are a breeze. No flaking. A big thumbs up from me!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

So I picked this up, along with a few other pieces during a 3 for 2 offer at Tesco. Looking at Beauty products during your weekly food shop is dangerous, something always ends up in my basket. It retails for around £7.99, so it’s cheaper than a usual high street foundation. The shade I picked up is called “Medium” – it’s a tad too dark, but will look fine once I get my Summer tan on the go. Up until a couple of weeks ago I would’ve definately have purchased “Light”.

It claims to be an 8 in 1 product, which would be pretty handy. Who wouldn’t want to skip out on moisturiser, concealer, foundation and instead use one product? The gell based formula enhances skin by;

1. Creates a natural glow
2. Compliments skin tone
3. SPF30 UV Protection
4. Hydrates all day
5. Blurs imperfections
6. Oil-free, non-greasy
7. Looks visibly smooth.
8. Feels fresh

At least that’s what the packaging says. Unfortunately there’s nothing anti-aging, or anything that will help improve your skin (except for the hydrating aspect) and the formula has very little pigment. In all honesty, it’s just another tinted moisturiser that’s been branded as a BB cream. Many “BB creams” in the UK market just don’t live up to the quality of the original Asian BB creams.

If you can get over the fact that this is a tinted moisturiser that’s been mis-labelled as a BB cream, then you’ll be okay. Anything more and you’ll be disappointed.

The gel formula is lovely, very comfortable to wear and hydrating. My skin hasn’t missed my usual daily moisturiser in the morning. It blends well and is great for Summer when a foundation is too much.

Coverage is barely there. None of my imprefections, or blemished were “blurred” as there were still very much visible. Skin has a fresh faced glow rather than any actual coverage. The product does contain SPF 30, which is pretty good. However you need only apply a thin layer of the product, so I’m not entirely convinced you’ll get proper sun protection.

Overall, it’s a nice product. I’ll continue to use it throughout the Summer. If you’ve never tried any of the Asian BB creams before, you might like this one. Otherwise, and you’ll be disappointed.

Maybelline Lasting Drama 24H Gel Eyeliner

I’ve finally finished my little pot of MAC Blacktrack fluidline, so I’ve been searching for a gel eyeliner alternative. After reading many wonderful reviews about Maybelline’s offering, I just had to go out and buy it.

The product comes in a nice, simple, small frosted pot. It also comes with a small eyeliner brush, which makes the £7.99 price tag really appealing. At the moment it’s only available in black, but I’m sure due to it’s popularity that Maybelline will release more colours. They’d be stupid not to.

The eyeliner is soft and creamy, doesn’t tug and dries to a matte finish. I was actually impressed with it. But then I tried wearing it for a whole day, and then it quickly went down hill.

Maybelline claim that this eyeliner is non transfer, but it easily smudges and ended up all over my eyelids. I tried not to rub, applied a primer and left it time to dry but it still insisted on smearing. The colour itself isn’t very intense, it’s almost charcoal rather than the true deep black I’m used from MAC’s Fluidline. The color can be darkened by applying more layers but I think that only adds to the smearing problem.

The only way I can use this little pot of eyeliner is to apply a very thin line at the base of my lashes to make them look thicker. Certainly no thick, winged line for me. Which is a shame, as I had really high hopes for this product. But it’s just too creamy and the lasting power awful (definately not 24H!).

Anybody else having problems with this eyeliner? Any ideas on how to make it stick?