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Maybelline Superstay Lip colour combines two different lip effects, on the one side you have the colour and on the other is a handy glossy conditioning balm which works to really smooth lips and keep your colour looking nice and shiny. I think this is a really interesting little lip colour combination and one that I enjoy using from time to time. I think its a really clever way of combining two different lip effects into one wand and it works well I think.
The lip colour comes in one end of the wand and its only small compared to a regular sized lip gloss but that is not a big problem for me. The gloss comes in a little see thought tube so you can see the colour that you have. I have it in a really nice light pink colour which is perfect when you have a bit of a summer tan and want to brighten up your face. Inside the little plastic tube there is a wand for which to apply this lip colour and at the end of a wand is a sponge applicator tip. I find this works really well in two ways. Firstly it is nice and moist so it retains so much of the lip colour so that when you put it on your lips you get a really nice coverage and no bits that you have missed on your lips. The applicator is really smooth and a bit pointed so it is also really good as going onto your lips and colouring them evenly and well. Maybelline say that this, "Colour moves with you without feeling tight, crumbling, caking, fading or feathering. Superstay stretches the limit and stays on for 24 hours!"
The other side has a thin stick of conditioning balm. This comes away from the wand and then has a twist action at the bottom in order for you to move the stick up and down. The stick has a slant to it so this make it very easy to apply to your lips. This balm is so smooth, its amazing. Its almost like a vaseline consistency except its a bit creamier than that and it leaves my lips feeling really smooth and soft. Sometimes I wear this just on its own as its clear and just gives my lips a bit of moisture which I love. However, if you do want to use both of them at one time Maybelline say to, "apply the liquid colour to clean bare lips and then wait for a full two minutes for it to dry before applying the glossy-conditioning balm to seal in the softness. You can then re-apply the balm as needed. The cool thing about this is that it does work and you do not affect the colour when you apply the balm over it which is nice.
A wand costs £8.99 and is available in over 16 colours.
"Maybelline Superstay Lip Colour gives you lip colour that is long lasting:"
This lip product is a lip colour and balm in one. In boots it retails for £8.19 but can often be found on discount websites, such as fragrance direct, for around £1.50, which is affordable in comparison to other lip products.
As a 2 - in -1 product, the balm and lip colour come apart from the centre in order to be able to use it. The lip colour is contained at one end of the product, in a transparent tube which screws apart, leaving a doe foot applicator. On the other silver end, if you pull on it, the lip balm packaging will come apart and if you twist the packaging, the lip balm will appear. The convenient 2-in-1 saves on carrying two separate products.
As for colour range, I am unsure on how many colours are to offer, but I believe most are that of a more natural looking wearable day to day colour than something more adventurous for a night out. Some colours have been discontinued from Boots for example, are on the discount websites. The colour that I own, 740 Natural Nude, is very similar to my natural lip colour and gives a " my lips but better" appearance.
The idea of this product is that it is versatile. The lip balm could be used alone or could be used on top of the lip colour to prolong its lasting power.
The problem I have with this product is how it looks and what it does to my lips. Initially, when I first received this, I applied the colour ( Step 1) to bare lips and instantly applied the balm (Step 2). This defeated the purpose of the product as the colour needs to dry before the Step 2 is added or the colour will not last. The final result looked as if a 2 year old had applied my lip colour and didn't last at all.
I then did the same, applied the product onto bare lips, let it dry, then added the Step 2. This time I found that the colour all dried into the cracks of my lips and emphasized any dryness I had, even with the Step 2. I also found that even if my lips weren't chapped when I applied this, my lips soon felt dry and I felt the need for lip balm.
I then tried a lip balm under the Step 1, let it dry, and followed with step 2. This made the colour apply a lot more evenly and looked glossier, though it still felt tacky and the finish didn't last at all.
Overall I think that this product can be left on the shelf. Maybelline claim that this would last up to 18 hours. I don't know why you would need lip gloss on this long anyway but I found that this has faded even before 18 minutes on my lips; it is not worth buying for the frequent reapplication and lip balm that is required when using this.