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I bought two of these Maybelline Great Wear Lipsticks a while back from a local drugstore. They were just 99p each so I bought two as there was only two different colours in stock.
They are both purpley coloured shades called Dazzling Violet and Outrageous Purple.
~ Price and availability ~
The product seems to have been discontinued by Maybelline, but you can still pick these up in some drugstores or you can buy these lipsticks online at www.amazon.co.uk and www.ebay.co.uk for around £4.00.
~ Appearance ~
They aren't your typical lipsticks. They come in long thin tubes about 4.5 inches long and about 1 centimetre in diameter.
The tube is black in colour and there is a gold band where the lid meets the tube. The lid has two stripes round it. A grass green coloured stripe and a pink coloured stripe. These colours made me recognise this as a Maybelline product straight away.
Their Great Lash mascara range come in pink bottles with green lids so these colours, to me, represent the Maybelline brand.
The bottom of the lipstick has a small sticker on it, which is meant to be the colour of the lipstick the tube contains and it has the name of the shade, the name of the lipstick (Great Wear Lipstick) along with the Maybelline address in tiny white lettering.
~ Use ~
Removing the lid, the first thing you notice is the plastic tube containing the lipstick is angled and when you twist the bottom of the tube, the lipstick twists up. The lipstick is also angled this way.
The Outrageous Purple shade that I have is not too outrageous. It is a shade in between pink and purple, whereas the Dazzling Violet shade is rather outrageous. It is almost a Cadbury's purple colour, which I doubt many people could pull off (I can't pull it off either).
The Outrageous Purple is a much more acceptable colour to wear.
Applying the lipstick it feels quite moisturising on my lips, but then once it is on it doesn't particularly feel moisturising. It feels natural as if you aren't wearing any lipstick, but the colour is still present and looks good.
Even without lipliner it doesn't smudge or bleed. It stays put and doesn't budge at all. If you are eating or drinking it does wear off and needs to be topped up or reapplied, but I find this with all lipsticks.
Otherwise it is impressively long lasting.
~ Overall ~
Overall I think this is a great lipstick. I would definitely buy it again, but would probably buy it in red or pink shades next time.
At 99p each I think they are a real bargain.
I think it seems to last longer than other lipsticks I have used. I love the way that once it is on your lips it feels as though you aren't wearing lipstick at all as it can be annoying when you are constantly aware of the product being on your lips.
I like the long tube that the lipsticks come in as well.
I would recommend these lipsticks. I think they are really good quality and if I had these lipsticks in different shades I would use them a lot more regularly.
Lipsticks are a bit of an obsession of mine if I'm truthful. I love them and I own over 150 now and still going strong! I own far too many for one pair of lips but it's like this... I see them and I'm like a magpie and buy them for the sake of it. I have them scattered all over the place! I don't have a favourite brand or colour and if I'm going anywhere I just grab one because I only have ones I like anyway! It's like lucky dip!
Maybelline is not really a brand I know much about to be honest. It's not one of my favoured brands but I saw a load of these in a range of colours, 2 for a pound so I bought 10 of them lol Typically me I'm afraid but I cant walk past a bargain!
Long thin black lipstick like a plastic pencil which you twist the bottom half of the lipstick to reveal the colour and twist back up when finished using it. Gold writing on it telling me who it is by and that's it on the information front. Nice looking lipstick. On the bottom I have a colour coded label on telling me my colour (saucy) a plum colour and that it's number 33 in the range). The colour is like a stick of colour and it is slanted when you first use it.
Well it's a lipstick so you apply it as such. As you apply you can feel it's thickness but not in a hard way. It comes off the colour block really easy, fuss freeand even.. It is moist and applies easily as I've said but you do need your lips in really good condition because as it's quite thick in consistency if you have any dry skin the colour would clump up and stick to flaky bits and highlight them to the world. Because it's quite dry when applying though it does go on smooth as silk you can apply it further into your mouth than most lipsticks and it stays there which means you do use a bit more colour and it does make the lips appear fuller and more pouty.
Once on the lips it kind of drys on but still doesn't feel dry though this isn't that shiny it's more of a lip stain. It doesn't smell and doesn't taste and it actually looks really expensive on the lips.
The big question is does it stay put? Well if you apply and go you can expect transfer but not a gooey one and it's fairly minimal compared to a lot of leading brands. If you apply, blot, apply, blot then the transfer is so minimal it's not worth mentioning really. It does stain the lips really well and doesn't crumble or bleed and it stays on and looking good for about 4-5 hours depending on what you do of course! The colour simply fades rather than you just lose the lot and it fades nice rather than patchy and unsightly. If you do want to remove it a tissue on it's own isn't enough. Yes it does remove most of it but you get a bit of lip staining so you need to use a bit of make up remover and I find when I've took it off my lips I do need a bit of moisture put back into them so I use a bit of lip butter.
Do I Like It?....
It is a little sticky on the lips and does feel a tad drying after a while but I have to look at whether the colours stays put and in my view it does that really well. A way to help with the drying feeling is to apply a little lip gloss or balm over the top and in doing this you don't lose the colour or get messy. It's a hard working lipstick but if you suffer with drying lips I wouldn't advise this and me, I wouldn't use it everyday as I do feel it would damage the overall condition of my lips but it's ok for big nights out. It doesn't go crusty or grimy after a while and stays colouring in the lips. This is not a gloss it's simply quite a dry lip colour so I advise people to test this before investing in it unless like me you can get it at 50p per tube! lol
I got this lipstick because it was on special offer at Island Trading in Brighton (see my review of their discount website if you want to know more) of two for £5. I'm not sure I would have got it otherwise - I've had nightmares with 'stayfast' lipsticks before. They tend to be very drying and far from staying put, come off on everything, from wine glasses to men's faces. Well, you have to test them, y'know ;-) I'm very glad I tried this lipstick from the Mabelline range, though. I chose the colour 'Maroon' which gave me the bee-stung pouty 20's film star look and reminded me very much of MAC's 'Film Noir' colour (which I also love). It went on well, didn't feel too dry or powdery and was very comfortable to wear. It also lived up to its staying power reputation - it was, indeed, great wear. By the end of the day it had smudged a teeny bit and if I was going out again I'd probably re-apply it, but on the whole the colour had stayed very well - particularly difficult for as dark a colour as this one. I'm a convert, then, and will continue to allow Mabelline to make me (dream I) look like a pouty film star. Bring out the cocktails and a foot-long cigarette holder....