Color Whisper by Color Sensational
Category:Makeup > Lipsticks > Sheer Lipstick
Last Updated:03.18.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This unique lipstick has a slick, cream-gel texture that glides smoothly across lips and has a wet-shine appearance. The shades impart a good amount of color while still having a sheer, gloss-like finish, and there is a gorgeous array of hues to flatter a variety of skin tones.

This lipstick doesn't have much staying power, but the more vibrant shades leave a stain of color so your lips remain pigmented even after the moisturizing feel has worn off.

The slick texture may be an issue if you're prone to lipstick feathering into lines around your mouth. Otherwise, it's a great option, especially if you like the shine of gloss but want a creamier feel and more color than most lip glosses provide!

Note:This product contains a small amount of the potential skin irritants alcohol, linalool, and fragrance, but they're present in small amounts and so are not likely cause for concern.

  • Glides on smoothly and moisturizes lips.
  • Gorgeous colors, with options for every skin tone.
  • Vibrant shades leave a stain of color.
  • Slick, creamy texture can feather into lines around the mouth.
Brand Overview

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Some of the foundations with sunscreen lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients; disappointing lip balms; the Great Lash mascaras tend to be mediocre to downright bad.

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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I love it!

Really great price for a sheer, shiny lipcolor. The color is not super bold - more subtle but you can definitely tell it's there because there is a nice tint. It isn't greasy or waxy and it does bleed a little bit but it's not that noticeable since it more of a sheer, hint of color lipcolor. It feels very nice and moisturizer when it's on and there is a nice selection of colors. I have already bought three.

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