Color Sensational Lip Stain (Discontinued)

by Maybelline New York   Color Sensational
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$6.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Lip Paints/Stains > Lip Tint/Lip Stain
Last Updated:
4/10/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes
This is a terrific and affordable lip stain option for those who prefer this type of long-wearing lip color. Maybelline’s version has a felt marker–style tip, which makes application as easy as putting pen to paper. Most impressive is this stain’s smooth, effortless application, which unlike many lip stains, does not grab unevenly to lips. While this fragranced stain does have a dry finish, it works very well as a base under lip balm or as a sheer gloss for those who prefer more moisture. The color selection is impressive, and very true to what you see on the packaging. I was extra impressed with the mauve shade Blushing, which would flatter most skin tones. The only drawback (and this is true of most lip stains) is that it will feather into lines around the lips if your application isn’t pinpoint-accurate.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).

The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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