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I would not recommend in any circumstances that you buy this product.I recently went on an emergency search in boots to find a black lipstick and the closest I could find was this Maybelline lipstick in a deep grey called "cyber".It promised moisture and long lasting hold so I decided to give it a try. The packaging was appealing in navy blue and silver slimline tube and was obviously meant to be easily applied directly ,rather than with a makeup brush.It is easy to apply thinly but I found it hard to cover my entire lips accuratly and had to smudge it in with my fingers. I applied the product under electric light and was fairly satisfied with the shiny deep grey color yet when I examined my apperance under daylight I realised my lips were a shiny blue green color and nowhere near the dark grey I imagined.The other colors in the range may be better but unless you want to look like a mermaid I'd stay away from cyber! As for its lasting properties I noticed after a can of coke that the weird blue pigment had entirely vanished from my lips,never to visit them again.
Oh dear. Well, let's start at the beginning. I like the "colourhold" type of lipsticks which are meant to stay put, no matter what, for most of the day and my favourite is Rimmel's "1000 Kisses" but unfortunately it has become hard to find my favourite shade or it has been discontinued. Anyway, as a result, I'm still on the endless lookout for "second best" - I can tell you one thing - this Maybelline HydraStay Long-lasting lipstick sure ain't IT! I splashed out on it on a whim a few days ago and used it for the first time today. It cost £3.99, looks classy in a slim blue and silver tube and the colour I chose was perfect - a shade called "Star" - a true red/scarlet which I usually opt for. Then came the downfall. OK to be fair a make-up artist will tell me to apply it using a lipbrush but I'm a straight-from-the-container girl and the lipstick's shape is designed to be used that way - it's slim and wedge shaped. I have many, many golden years experience of applying lipstick and I normally get it just right straightaway. This time it was like something off "You've been Framed!" On my first attempt I ended up looking like Robert Smith from The Cure! Now I have full lips and like a definite line - I did not get it. I cleaned it off and tried again. This time I appeared to be Mrs Doyle from "Father Ted" - a strange wobbly line overlapping my lips. This lipstick was impossibly sticky and hard to apply, dragging on the delicate lip skin then suddenly letting go to leave a very unbecoming splodge. Eventually, after a very slow third attempt I got it!! But the lipstick did not live up to it's claims, it was messy and sticky to wear and wore off, apart from the outline, after one meal. Yet the outline had to be scrubbed off. Hardly satisfactory! So, unless you're very patient and only want to wear this lipstick for a short tim
e, I'd say steer clear!