When it comes to budget lip ranges, Maybelline’s releases continue to sit amongst my favourites so I was excited to try out the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint* range when it launched in Australia. Any lipstick that smells like watermelon (yes, it is seriously awesome) and has a couple of decent nudes in the lineup has the potential to shoot up my favourite lipsticks list. So I had high hopes for these ones.
The packaging is simple but absolutely beautiful. A simple tube, with the outside packaging reflecting the shade. They look incredibly eye-catching all lining up next to one another. They’re compact and mess-free which is awesome. The applicator is a sponge, with the product dispensing in the center. Although at first, I was expecting it to be messy, I found it quite easy to apply without smudging. What I love about these is that you have total control over the intensity. If you only put a little bit on the sponge applicator, you can get a subtler, lived-in kind of colour. If you add a little more, you can add a lot of shine and pigmentation.
The name ‘intense lip paint’ is actually a great way to describe the formula. It’s quite thick but very emollient on the lips. It feels creamy and comfortable on the lips, a little hydrating but not really overly so. Throughout the day, the initial shine wears down and leaves behind a beautiful stain (for the brighter shades, anyway). It can gather a little around the center of the lips after the initial application, if you apply too much at once. So I like to blot and apply another layer to add a little shine. The shininess does a good job of hiding any imperfections but if you look veeeery closely, it can still pick up dry patches a little bit.
Now let’s talk shade range. Within the eight colours, Maybelline covers pretty much all of your bases. Lots of stunning nudes, a couple of classic reds and a few bolder colours for the adventurous types. The whole range is so intensely pigmented and truly impressive.
Stripped Down is your classic nude – a little mauvey, a little brown and absolutely beautiful. I actually bought this shade ages ago before getting a chance to try the rest of the range so already knew I was a fan. Never Bare is quite a light petal pink but it’s actually much more wearable than I expected. Perfect for Spring. Fight Me Fuchsia is such a gorgeous bright fuchsia. I’ve been pairing this shade with a minimal makeup look and loving it. Orange Outburst is perfect for those that can pull off an orange lip – intensely bright and still surprisingly wearable.
L to R: Stripped Down, Never Bare, Fight Me Fuchsia, Orange Outburst
Talk Back Red is a red with a strong coral undertone, this shade just screams Summer to me. Red-dy Or Not is your more classic, raspberry red with blue undertones. Berry Naughty is a much-deeper, berry-toned red – I absolutely love this shade blotted out on the lips in the cooler weather. And Violet Rebel is an out there, vibrant purple. I’m not game enough to pull this off on the day to day but can appreciate that’s it’s a great budget option for those looking to get into bold shades.
L to R: Talk Back Red, Red-dy or Not, Berry Naughty, Violet Rebel
My favourites are obviously Stripped Down & Never Bare but I’ve been finding myself falling in love with Berry Naughty, too. For a relatively fuss-free, glossy liquid lipstick – these are an awesome starting place and as always, Maybelline brings it on the quality. These aren’t going to be for everyone, especially those who prefer their bold shades to be matte. But it’s definitely worth a look if you’re after a comfortable, glossy lip with a no-mess, simple application.
Have you tried these ones out yet?
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