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Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick + Shaping Lip Liner Review & Swatches

Maybelline Shaping Lip Liner


Why hello there! Maybelline Cosmetics recently launched what they considered to be their most brilliant lipstick yet – the Shine Compulsion Lipstick which retails for $7.99. It’s basically an oil-in-stick lip product that boasts extreme hydration along with a vibrant color. At first glance, it looks like any other Maybelline lipsticks, but it actually has an ultra-shiny finish with a lightweight comfortable feel. There are about 15 wearable shades available from this line, all having a slight buttery vanilla scent. The Maybelline Shine Compulsion lipstick is pretty much easy to find as it’s in most drugstores and grocery stores everywhere, and it comes at a very affordable price tag. The formula kinda reminds me of the YSL Oil-in-Stick (reviewed HERE) and slightly of the Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Color (seen HERE), as well as the Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (swatched HERE) – all of which are a lot more long-wearing than this Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick, but of course, they’re also pricier.


On the other hand, Maybelline also added some new shades to their popular Shaping Lip Liner ($7.99) which has a creamy and waxy feel that sets well on the lips and doesn’t budge. I love how well this particular lip liner lines the lips and there’s no need to sharpen it. For the price and availability, this is such a good deal.


Shine Compulsion Lipstick


Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick


Has a non-sticky buttery feel that melts into the lips easily. It’s so hydrating and richly pigmented with true vivid colors. The dark shades are very staining and very long-wearing, however, the lighter shades may need to be reapplied after 3 to 3.5 hours. This lipstick transfers a lot but the color will still remain on the lips after drinking, but the lighter shades will probably require complete reapplication after eating.


Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick

Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick swatches


075 Undressed Pink – light cool pink

065 Spicy Mauve – mauve rose

060 Chocolate Lust – caramel chocolate

120 Berry Blackmail – violet berry

130 Spicy Sangria – wine-red

090 Scarlet Flame – red-coral


Shaping Lip Liner


Maybelline Shaping Lip Liner review


This defines the lips well and goes on smoothly. It tends to set fast and it’s long-wearing, but it’s also easy to correct. The new shades of this lip liner can be tricky to match with some of the shades of the Color Sensational Lipsticks since this tends to pull off slightly darker than it looks once it sets. I find that this matches well with a lipstick that is one or two shades darker.


Here are three of the new shades.


Maybelline Shaping Lip Liner


132 Almond Rose – muted rose

134 Pink Wink – metallic medium rosy pink

153 Divine Wine – brick red


The Maybelline Shine Compulsion lipstick, as well as the Shaping Lip Liner, are definitely one of the best drugstore lip products I’ve tried. They’re great as everyday affordable and easy to find lip favorites with pretty good pigment and texture, not to mention the hydration and comfort that they offer.


Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick review


The Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick and the Shaping Lip Liner are currently available at Target, Walgreens, Ulta, and in most drugstores and grocery stores everywhere.



Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Review

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Review


Lookie Lookie, look what I got today! It’s been a while since I featured some drugstore beauty finds, but something caught my eye when I was at my local pharmacy a few days ago. I saw these two cute-looking highlighter sticks from Maybelline and I couldn’t resist. With all the highlighter buzz and trends nowadays which are mostly pricey, who couldn’t resist the cheap drugstore Maybelline Master Strobing (0.67 oz: $9.99) Illuminating Highlighter? Let’s take a look at how they compare to other high-end and big name highlighter brands nowadays.


Maybelline Master Strobing Stick swatches


At first glance, I seem to love the shades of these highlighters even if there’s only two shades released. One is a pearly shimmer and the other one is more of a golden nude. Not sure how they applied or what the texture is because you can’t really try them in the store, unlike Sephora or Ulta. They sorta look dry and powdery but NOPE, they’re not. They’re actually super creamy and they apply smoothly.


Maybelline Master Strobing Stick light 100 medium 200


The shimmer of these Maybelline Master Strobing Sticks is very subtle or natural but also very buildable. They’re non-drying and there’s no fallout. They’re so creamy that they’re actually better than some other highlighter sticks out there. In fact, I was really impressed at the quality of the formula. To be honest, they feel like high-end highlighters. I love it.

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Review


Judging from the aisle scenario where I spotted these strobing products, it looks like people seem to love these strobing sticks because mine were practically the last ones left. Hmmm, I also saw the Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid, which may be reviewed here soon. And hmmm, I really need to do another serious exploration of my local drugstore from now on, for sure.


Maybelline Master Strobing Stick


Bottom line, I LOVE these highlighter sticks and I highly recommend them, you better grab one now because the quality is unbeatable, the shimmer is great, and they beat the popular brands, on top of that, they’re pretty much easy to use and easy to find. The only problem is good luck finding them in stock and if you find one, you’re gonna wish them in hundred different shades. Because honestly, you can only wonder why are these so cheap?


Maybelline Master Strobing Stick


The Maybelline Master Strobing stick is available at Target, Walgreens, Amazon, Ulta, plus some other drugstores nationwide.

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick

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Happy Wednesday!


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