Maybelline ColorSensational VIVIDS x We Are Handsome – Review, Photos, Swatches

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In conjunction with MBFWA (Australian Fashion Week), Maybelline teamed up with uber-cool design duo We Are Handsome to release a limited edition Color Sensational Vivids Lip Color range.

Maybelline Vivids 1

The We Are Handsome edit has 3 shades in total – 904 Vivid Rose, 906 Hot Plum and 910 Shocking Coral. The limited edition range comes presented in beautiful blister packs bearing some of We Are Handsome’s trademark graphic prints, however due to a mishap in transit, the packaging on my lipsticks was in no fit state to be photographed.

904 Vivid Rose

904 Vivid Rose 1

904 Vivid Rose 2

904 Vivid Rose 3

904 Vivid Rose 4

904 Vivid Rose 5

This shade is a bright, but still very wearable fuschia rose shade. The texture was smooth and creamy with good slip, making it very easy to apply. This shade is not fully opaque on the first swipe, but is easily buildable. I wore this shade to dinner on Saturday night, and it stained my lips nicely. This meant that the need for me to touch up was minimal, as it wore off evenly. I applied it at midday, touched up at 6pm, and felt no need to touch up again after dinner.

Where to buy?: In the US; In the UK; In Australia

906 Hot Plum

906 Hot Plum 1

906 Hot Plum 2

906 Hot Plum 3

906 Hot Plum 4

906 Hot Plum 5

906 Hot Plum is a bright, almost neon mauve – an almost purple pink. It was relatively opaque on the first swipe, and I once again found the texture to be smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of slip for easy application. It leaves quite a strong stain on my lips, making it another one of those lipsticks that wears off evenly and in a most dignified manner.

Where to buy?: In the USIn the UKIn Australia

910 Shocking Coral

910 Shocking Coral 1

910 Shocking Coral 2

910 Shocking Coral 3

910 Shocking Coral 4

910 Shocking Coral 5

910 Shocking Coral is a mid-toned, white-based coral. In the tube the colour is very clean. Of the three shades I have talked about today, it is the least pigmented, requiring quite a few layers to achieve full opacity. This makes it very easy to apply “on-the-go” or to touch up without a mirror – even if you don’t do the neatest application, it still looks good. Being winter, my lips are a little dry, and I felt that this particular shade highlighted the dry patches on my lips. It left a subtle pink stain on my lips, and didn’t wear off in an undignified manner, in large part, I think, because it is not too bright and not too dark.

Where to buy?: In the USIn the UKIn Australia

Anything else worth mentioning?

These lipsticks are quite strongly scented. I ADORE the smell – it reminds me of coconut essence, but if you’re sensitive to smell, it’s probably worth having a sniff before you buy these.

If you love these shades, and want to grab them in the LE packaging, get thee to a Woolworths or Coles before the end of May 2013. If you just love the colours and want to pick them up, I’ve included links to a number of retailers under each shade.

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