maybelline colorblur review

Hello There! Since we’ve talked about the best drugstore matte liquid lipsticks during my last post, now let’s talk about Maybelline Lip Studio Colorblur Cream Matte Pencil and Smudger.

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

These matte pencils are definitely different when it comes to the packaging and design. The 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 you smudge the colors outward to create that “just bitten” 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 look. It felt a bit powdery and slightly oily at the same time. There is also some color 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 any highly pigmented lipsticks can definitely be used for the ombre lip technqiue, as long as you know how to do it.

The smudger is another story. While I like the effect of these lip pencils on my lips, (especially the darker shades because they create a better ombre effect than the lighter ones), I find that the smudger barely works and it feels stiff. I would have liked it to be more of a spongy type, but anyways, you can always use your own finger or a lip brush to smudge the color on the lips instead of the smudger.

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, somehow I recommend these simply because I was quite surprised at how cute the effect was on my lips once it’s applied, and also for the fact that you can’t beat the price.


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 shade, 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 when trying to do the ombre effect.

I’m Blushing: Love the pink/fuchsia shade. It has much better pigments than the “I Like To Mauve It” color, because the shade is a deeper tone. Once you’ve used the smudger on it (or have applied it with a brush or finger), 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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