Tested on animals:Yes
Maybelline's Color Blur Matte Lip Pencil is a product designed with a particular trend in mind (more on that in a moment). While the trendy aspect of it doesn't quite work as intended, it has a lot going for it, which is why it earns a good rating on Beautypedia!
Color Blur Matte Lip Pencil comes in a dual-ended twist-up tube. On one end is the product itself, on the opposite is a "blurring" tool (more on that in a sec). Though this is called a lip pencil, it's actually a lipstick, and a good one at that! Starting things on a positive note is that this is fragrance-free, and things only get better when it comes to application. This lipstick is incredibly smooth and lightweight, and glides across lips with ease (not always the case with matte products!).
Color Blur Matte Lip Pencil has strong color quality, imparting bold color in just one swipe. The finish is an attractive soft matte that isn't drying and still feels pliable even after it's been on a while. Though it wears off in three or four hours (even quicker if you have a meal), it fades to an attractive stain and comes off easily needing a makeup remover. It also comes in a pretty range of shades, from soft pinks to strong, true reds.
Now back to the blurring tool. It's essentially an angled piece of hard white plastic attached to the end of the lip pencil. It's supposed to help lips achieve a particular trendy look: Having color concentrated right at the center of the mouth, with it blurring at the edges until there is no color near the edge of the lips.
It's a pretty look, but you don't need this tool to get it; in fact the tool doesn't blur the color much at all. The effect is more of an uneven smudging instead of the more deliberate trend look, which is easier to achieve with a tissue or a finger than with this tool. The tool also can become messy over time, requiring frequent cleaning.
Though the tool is billed as a major selling point, it's really the lipstick itself that shines when it comes to this product. Because it is so good, despite the gimmicky applicator, Color Blur Matte Lip Pencil definitely gets our recommendation as one of the better matte drugstore lip options.
- Twist-up lip pencil doesn't require sharpening.
- Feels smooth and lightweight on.
- Strong color quality that fades to an attractive stain.
- Attractive soft matte finish.
- Blurring tool is gimmicky and messy.