maybelline colorblur review

Hello There Chowder! Since we’ve talked about the best drugstore matte liquid lipsticks in the market nowadays, now let’s talk about Maybelline Lip Studio Colorblur Cream Matte Pencil and Smudger, owkie dowkie?

So I’ve seen these lipsticks/lip pencils in my local drugstore, and I thought they resembled like L’oreal’s Infallible Ombre Matte (at least by application) which unfortunately, is only available in Europe. So off I went and tried these lip pencils instead. 

These are definitely different when it comes to packaging. One side is a lip pencil, while the other side has a smudger. They’re meant to create that ombre lip effect, a.k.a Korean lips. You know, that lip application technique where you only shade the middle part or center of your lips, then smudge and smudge outward, to create that “just bitten” lips or “I just had a popsicle” lip effect. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just google “korean lips technique” or simply “ombre lips.”

While the intention of these lip pencils are good, the formulation is a bit of a downer. It is not creamy or pigmented enough to make that real ombre lips. It felt a bit powdery and slightly oily at the same time. There is also light transfer and can make your lips chapped or slightly dry. I prefer a true liquid lip stain like Benefit’s Benetint or YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. Even YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture lipstick works wonder, or any highly pigmented lipstick at all will definitely do the job, as long as you know the technique to ombre lips. 

The smudger is another story. While I like the effect of these lip pencils on my lips, specially the darker shades, as they create a better ombre effect than the lighter or nude shades, I find that the smudger somehow does work, but it feels stiff. I would have liked it to be more of a spongy type, yet you can always use your own finger or a lip brush to smudge the lip pencil on your lips.

When it comes to its matte effect as advertised, it’s definitely quite matte in appearance once smudged, but it won’t make your lips look full, like most matte liquid lipsticks, and the formula is definitely not creamy. It’s more like a lip pencil plus a bit of stain. Still, I recommend these, as I was quite surprised at how cute the effect was once you know how it’s applied.


maybelline colorblur i'm blushing and i like to mauve it swatches

I Like To Mauve It:  It’s meant to be a mauve shade but it didn’t look mauve on my pigmented lips. Instead, it’s more of a coral-nude tone that is quite light for my skin. Also, it’s very difficult to create the ombre lip effect with this, since it’s not that pigmented. Might as well apply it like a normal lipstick as it didn’t really made that much of a difference.

I’m Blushing: Love the pink/fuchsia shade. It is much better pigmented than “I Like To Mauve It“, and it definitely won’t make you just blush because this shade is much deeper than that. The only difference is, once you’ve used the smudger on it, you’ll see a soft ombre effect that’s cute and really interesting.


maybelline colorblur im blushing i like to mauve it swatches


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