Thursday, July 6, 2017

Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquers

Side note: this is one of those photos where I go... hey, wow. I overcame my lighting issues and it looks too sharp. Nice job me! I'm working on getting all of my photos this good.

Just a fair warning: This is a 2-post day because Maybelline has two new liquid lip/lip gloss formulas out on the market. Since they're polar opposites, I thought it would be perfect to pair the reviews. Since I've got 6 products to review, we've got 2 posts after that City palette novel.

This morning, we're tackling the brand new Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquers. I found mine at Target in-store and that's where I purchased them. I also spotted a fresh display of them at my local Rite Aid last week:

Yes, I know... how predictable, QBB picked up the neutrals. At least you know I'm predictable, right? Truth told, I wanted to try shades I'd actually wear.

Let's dive in with the first one- 62 Charmer. It's the brown nude of the two- and it's more of a popular nude.

OK, time to really take a good look at it. It's also got a regular doefoot applicator.

After playing around with it a bit, I'm not mad at it. It's opaque and pigmented- two necessary qualities. I just don't normally reach for this type of color

Well, my pigmented lips are 100% covered. A+. I think you can tell how thick it is though.

I also bought 66 Too Cute. To be truthful, this was the shade in the lineup that I gravitated towards. It's your basic cool-toned mauvey pink.

I have photos of taking this out and about- in the sunlight.

Here's a lip shot inside:

This is in my wheelhouse and it was completely pigmented. I've worn this three times since purchasing and had a good experience with it- although it's really thick.

Now, some swatches:

Now, let's talk some overall thoughts.

At first, I really liked these and found them to be hydrating. (Perhaps this is because I'd been wearing more matte lipsticks as of late.) As time wore on, however, I really started to notice that these are a gloopy, thick gloss.  Don't get me wrong- if a high shine, full-on gloss is what you're looking for, you will love these. But these are super thick. And it's that thick consistency that made me think twice about picking up one of the darker shades.

I think it's a good value at under $10, and better than other glosses I've tried. It's not as lovely as the Neutrogena glosses (but those are sheer), but this will do quite nicely. It's a little too gloopy to be a throw-in-the-purse staple, but I will get some use out of it.

Bottom Line: These are fun, new drugstore glosses. They're really thick and pigmented- and hydrate your lips. I highly recommend finding your favorite shade and giving it a spin.

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