By now, I'm sure that most of you have seen the PERMANENT Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick collection at your local drugstores. And if you read my blog last week, you know that Maybelline just released some Limited Edition shades in the Fashion Week Spring 2013 Color Goes Electric Collection.
I've been hearing various reports about these LE shades. Some of you have said that they're a bit more pigmented than the permanent collection shades, while some of you have said that the colors in the LE collection are so similar to those in the permanent collection that you probably don't need both. I've also heard that the LE shades have a different flavor/fragrance, so I finally just said to myself, "I need to do a comparison and get to the bottom of this!"
So I purchased the permanent shade Red Neon, and a very similar-looking shade (in the tube at least) from the LE Color Goes Electric collection called Pop of Cherry. Here's a comparison for you:
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids in Neon Red
Maybelline ColorSensational Limited Edition Vivids in Pop of Cherry
(retail: $7.99 each, 0.15 oz)
Keep reading to see the comparison...
Neon Red (left), Pop of Cherry (right)
Looking at these shades in the tube, it's clear that Neon Red looks like more of a true red, while Pop of Cherry looks like more of a tomato red.
But as they say, DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. Because as you're about to see, the tube shades are far from representative of the shades you'll see on your lips!
It turns out that Neon Red (the shade that looks like a blue-based red in the tube) is actually a tomato red on the skin, while Pop of Cherry (which looks like a warm tomato red in the tube) is more of a blue-toned pinky-fuchsia! What a mind-scrambler, right?
Today was a minimal makeup day for me but I wanted to show you a quick, end-of-the-day pic (most of my makeup has already worn off) wearing Pop of Cherry:
Gross, end-of-day face made tolerable with one swipe of Pop of Cherry!
The reason why I'm showing you this yucky pic of myself is to illustrate that just the one pop of color you get from Pop of Cherry is enough to wake up my entire face. The shade is even prettier in person--I can't really put it into words, but YOU KIND OF NEED THIS LIPSTICK.
I'm actually not that crazy about Neon Red, but only because I have so many other shades in my collection that resemble this color. But Pop of Cherry? That shade is really something special--you MUST try it on to see what I'm talking about. If you spot it at your drugstores, I would seriously consider grabbing it while you can since, once again, this one is Limited Edition.
OK, enough raving...let's get back to the comparison:
The Maybelline Vivids are known for their intense, one-swipe pigmentation. But as for the opinion that the Limited Edition shades are a bit more pigmented than the permanent collection shades, I actually think this may differ on a case-by-case basis. For example, I find that Neon Red (permanent) is actually a touch more pigmented than Pop of Cherry (Limited Edition). That's not to say that Pop of Cherry is weakly pigmented--no, no, no! Pop of Cherry is crazy pigmented, but Neon Red is just a touch more pigmented.
As for the flavor of the permanent vs. Limited Edition shades, I think they actually taste identical. However, the fragrance of the LE shade that I own (Pop of Cherry) is noticeably stronger and has a more dominant vanilla note. Smelling them side-by-side, it's almost as if the permanent shade (Neon Red) doesn't have any fragrance at all, because the vanilla fragrance of the LE shade Pop of Cherry is so dominant.
Do you need both Neon Red and Pop of Cherry? Well, if you love bright, bold shades and you love both tomato reds and blue-based pinky-fuchsias, then YES, you do need both. These lipsticks are all kinds of amazing and the pigmentation is stellar (bonus: they wear down extremely evenly and leave a beautiful, soft stain behind). But if you normally gravitate toward one or the other (warm reds vs. blue-toned pinks) then at least now you'll know exactly which one to grab if you spot these at the drugstore! I personally wish I could buy each and every one of you reading this right now a tube of Pop of Cherry. That's how much I love it. But that's just me...
Do you own any permanent or Limited Edition Vivids lipsticks? I'd love to hear which ones are your favorites!