I’ve been reading some reviews of Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolor around the internet, so my interest was piqued a little. I hadn’t tried a new makeup product in a while, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
I’m not “all in” on this, and let me explain why.
First, the color selection leaves much to be desired for women of color. There’s a handy little Shade Finder, that includes shades for women with a darker skin tone as well as light and medium. And then it breaks it down further into Naturals, Pinks, Plums, and Reds. Sounds like a great setup, right? Not so much.
I took a look at the selections for Dark skin tones and picked out the ones I thought would compliment my skin tone. I’m not what I’d consider light-skinned. But I’m also not really dark. I’d say I’m a medium in the chocolate spectrum; think Gabrielle Union 😉 I picked out Plum Paradise (Plums) and Get Nutty (Naturals).
I tried Get Nutty because it was what looked like the darkest available Natural available. All it did was make my lips the exact same color as the rest of my face. It was really weird because it looked like it’d give me a little reddish tint. It did not. Disappointed.
Plum Paradise ended up being perfect, but on accident. It was that perfect purplely color I gravitate towards. It was lighter than I thought it’d be and I chose Plum Paradise, much like Get Nutty, because it was the darkest from the Plum family. I went back to give it another shot, and got Crazy For Coffee (Naturals). This color was very close to Get Nutty, so I thought I might get a better shade from it. Wrong! I had read MUA and YouTube reviews about a batch of these lipsticks that went out that was bad and smelled like Pay-Doh. This must have been part of that batch. This tube was absolutely terrible. It crumbled and balled up on my lip right as I was applying, making it hard to see the color. And when I did manage to get some on there, I saw that it was too light as well.
While I was in the store, I tested a couple of the pinks and reds and they ended up too light as well.
So, if these shades are the darkest this line gets, color me very disappointed. Out of their 48 shades, only one fit me. Maybelline’s idea of “Dark” must be a women with the same skin color as Alicia Keys or lighter.
You have a great product, Maybelline. The one shade that worked for me felt great and looked great, but 1 out of 48 is ridiculous. Either stop claiming to have shades for women of color or do better. It’s as simple as that.