Maybelline recently released the Color Drama Intense Lip Paints in the UK (aka Color Jolt Intense Lip Paints in the USA) and they have quickly become a favourite of mine. The lip paints are smooth, pigmented and feel so light on the lips. I think they are a good dupe for the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks – just as pigmented but at a fraction of the price. Click here to read my post comparing the Maybelline and Too Faced products.
The Color Drama Intense Lip Paints come in a small squeezy tube which can stand upright on the lid.
The colours of the tube match the shade inside, which makes it really easy to spot the shade you want in your make-up collection. The front of the product has the product name, shade name and quantity contained in the tube.
The back of the tube lists the ingredients and also has a message saying ‘No brush needed. Precision tip applicator’.
The tubes are pretty dinky (they contain 6.4ml of product) but I really like that feature. They don’t take up much space and are really easy to store. I quite like having a smaller tube, as it can take a while to get through a lip product. I think the price (£4.99) is a good match for the smaller tube.
Liquid lip products don’t last as long as lipstick bullets and so I like having something smaller which I can get through before the product goes off. There’s nothing worse than having a product that you love, have paid quite a bit for it and then have to throw it away unfinished because it has gone off. As a general note, if you see a change in texture, smell or the product has separated, it usually means it has started to go off and it’s time to toss it.
Unscrewing the black lid at the bottom reveals the applicator you can use to apply the product.
The applicator is firm, sponge-tipped and has a small hole through which the product comes out. You just squeeze the tube gently to release the product from inside and smooth onto your lips. The applicator is excellent, in that it is big enough to fit the lips but small enough to allow for precision when you are going around the edges.
The lip paints are as their name suggests – intense – and so you only need a little to get good coverage on the lips. The colour is so saturated and looks so opaque, yet the product itself feels incredibly light on the lips. It is so weightless that you can forget you have anything on your lips. They last pretty well too and wear down evenly to leave a pretty stain on the lips.
I love the texture of the lip paints as it is really smooth and glides effortlessly on to the lips. It has a slight satin finish – not overly shiny but just a little sheen to make the lips look nice and full. The smell is really fresh and it reminds me a little of watermelon. So the overall experience of wearing these on the lips is so lovely!
I picked up two shades from the collection (see photos of tubes and colour swatches above).
610 Stripped Down is a medium brownish-pinky-nude. I don’t tend to suit brown or beige-nudes but this particular shade has a pinkish hue which works with my colouring. It is medium in tone, so it isn’t too pale, nor is it too deep in hue. This shade is really pretty with smoky eye looks or for when I want a really natural look for the day.
520 Red-dy Or Not is a deep cherry red. I loooove this type of shade as it’s not too scarlet or cool-toned. It has just the right amount of pink mixed in to give it a really beautiful cherry-red hue. I like wearing this type of shade with more neutral eyeshadows or flicked black liner so the lips really stand out. I also like this shade for no make-up days to give my face a ‘pop’ of colour. Just one swipe of colour and I’m good to go.
In the USA, there seems to be a much wider shade range available to choose from. In the UK, there are currently only 5 shades available: Fight Me Fuschia (a bright, hot pink), Vamped Up (a deep, purplish-berry), Red-dy Or Not (shade featured here), Stripped Down (shade featured here) and Never Bare (a pale pink). I really hope they bring out more shades in the UK as I love this product and want to try out more!!!
Price and Stockists
The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Lip Paints cost £4.99 and are available in Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets and various online retailers.
I picked my lip paints up when Boots were selling all Maybelline products on a ‘buy 1 get 1 half price’ deal. Boots and Superdrug often have 3 for 2 deals or other deals on make-up. So if you can wait, you can try out the lip paints and mix-and-match with other make-up products for less money.
Have you tried the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Lip Paints before? What did you think of them? Have you tried any other shades, particularly those not available to UK viewers? Let me know in the comments section below.