Maybelline Limited Edition Queen of New York 100 Years Collection
Colorsensational Lipstick in Purposeful Mauve
(retail: $7.99, 0.15 oz.)
My full review, after the jump...
Made in USA
I love the special limited edition NYC skyline art on the packaging, don't you?
One swipe vs. three swipes
I've reviewed many Colorsensational Lipsticks over the years, and I'm guessing that if you're reading this, you've probably owned your fair share as well. So this review is just going to cover this specific color.
But just in case you are new to Colorsensational lipsticks, I find them to be very creamy and hydrating on the lips. The staying power can vary depending on the shade, but for the most part I can usually get up to about three hours of wear (this is not including the Moisture Mattes; we're only talking about the regular Colorsensational lipsticks here) before I feel the need to reapply. The fragrance and flavor of Colorsensational lipsticks have always caused some debate here on the blog--some of you can't stand the way these smell and taste, while others (like me), don't mind the flavor or fragrance at all. I do get the slight "Play-Doh" scent and flavor that some people say these have, but again, it doesn't bother me at all. I'm probably in the minority here, but I rather like the fragrance and flavor!
So on to the color of Purposeful Mauve. This one's hard to pin down. I was drawn to this color in the tube, because it looked like it could be a good warm, midtone pinky-brown. You know my love of pinky-brown lippies ("buy all the pinky-browns" is my motto), so I was actually surprised to find that, on my lips, this color turns into a light, pinkish nude. It is far lighter on my medium-pigmented lips than I was anticipating. I wasn't looking for another nude lippie, so this was a bit of a letdown.
I so badly wanted to show you a lip swatch of this color so that you could see how different it looks in the hand swatches vs. my lips, but I could not for the life of me capture the color accurately on my lips in photos. I would rather show you no lip swatch at all, than show you a completely inaccurate photo that will give you absolutely no idea of what this color really looks like. So I think the important thing to take away from this review is that this color looks pretty true-to-tube on my hand, but on my lips it's a whole different story. This is obviously going to vary depending on the pigmentation of your lips, but I just don't want anyone to be surprised if they're hoping for a midtone pinky-brown shade and end up with a light, pinkish nude. You've been warned.
FINAL VERDICT: Not what I was hoping for, but it's a pretty color nonetheless. I think that, for most people, this lip color is probably going appear as a warm nude with pink undertones or a Your Lips But Better type of shade at best. If you were hoping for a deeper, more midtone shade, I'm not sure you'll get it here, unless your natural lip pigmentation is very fair.
Do you own any of the lipsticks from the Queen of New York collection? If so, please do share your thoughts with us below--I would love to know how you're liking this collection!
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