Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Frosty Goodness? Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Lipstick in "Twinkle" & "Pearly Pink"

Repurchase: No
Price: $7.49 @ CVS (0.15 oz)
Product: 6.8/10
Packaging: 8.5/10
Value: 10/10
Overall Grade: C-
I haven't yet tried any of the lipsticks from the original Maybelline Color Sensational line but when the new The Pearls Collection came out, I was eager to try a few pale, frosty shades.
The Packaging: The tube is squared with a transparent pink cap. The actual tube is silver. I actually think the packaging is charming and cute -it stands out from other lipstick tubes.
The Product: Although $7.49 is a bit pricey for a drugstore lipstick, the lipstick contains a whopping 0.15 ounces which is a great value.
Most frost lipsticks tend to accentuate dry flakes and lip lines and this is no exception. It does do better than most frost lipsticks though -it looks good from a distance but up close, you can see that the lipstick still clings to my dry patches. For me, the formula feels a bit gritty but it's surprisingly a little moisturizing (when I'm wearing it.)
The downside? After about 15 minutes, my lips start to burn. It’s not necessarily a painful burn –more of an uncomfortable, tingling sensation. Even after the lipstick is wiped away, I can still feel that “burn.” As for staying power, it lasts for 2 hours tops. If I eat, drink, or touch your lips, it rubs off immediately. After wiping off the final remnants of the lipstick, a lot of dry lip skin rubbed off with it and my lips are dryer -which is weird because it feels slightly moisturizing when applied. And lastly, the lipstick contains a disgusting artificial perfume-y rose scent that gives me a headache.
Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Lipstick in "Twinkle"
Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Lipstick in "Pearly Pink"
The Color: Frost lipsticks are generally not opaque. These shades are both sheer and give a lot of frost and a light dose of color.
1. Twinkle (705)- Frosty pale, almost white, pink with pink and silver shimmer. On my lips, the color is a frosty pale, white-ish pink.
2. Pearly Pink (720)- Frosty light, sparkling pink with shimmer. On my lips, it looks almost the same as Twinkle but a little more pinkish.
When I tried Pearly Pink on, it accentuated my lip lines a lot more than Twinkle because I tried it on second (these lipsticks really dry out the lips.)
I like Twinkle more -it gives me soft, frosty, angelic lips. The color is very toned down and could definitely be paired with bold or more neutral eyes.

Swatches.. (I'm sorry the lip swatches look so similar. In person, they do both look really similar but Twinkle is more of a white-ish pink while Pearly Pink is more pink.)

Above (no flash) from left: Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Lipstick in Twinkle, Pearly Pink
Above (no flash): Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Lipstick in Twinkle
Above (no flash): Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Lipstick in Pearly Pink

Overall: There are too many cons to this lipstick to make me repurchase it. It makes me lips dry and cracked, the scent gives me a headache, it's not long lasting, and worse of all, it burns! I'm not willing to deal with all of that just because I semi-like how it looks. The value and packaging helped to boost the grade up as if it were solely based on the product quality, I'd give it a D+. I ended up giving these away.

Where To Buy: CVS, Rite Aid, Ulta


  1. I have one of these, in raosewood pearl (I think) an dI love it! I find it lasts very well on my lips! x

  2. Those are the perfect neutral colors. They blend in to your facial tone pretty well.

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  3. Aw, too bad about these :( I thought the packaging was so cute and they seemed promising. But if it burns, no way jose! :P I don't think we have these here... I've been looking for them but never found any. Which I guess was a good thing lol!

  4. @ Lucie.. Oh I'm glad you had a better experience with these. =)

    @ Sydney.. I like the colors but the formula doesn't work well with me!

    @ Erynn.. Well, you might have a better experience -maybe my lips are just sensitive? I liked the color but really wasn't feeling the formula. =(

  5. How sad :( They looked so pretty on your lips! Maybe there's some ingredient in it that you're allergic to?

  6. Gahh I hated these! I returned mine!

  7. My lips are really sensitive too, so there might be something in it that might bother my lips as well :( I have Pink Please from the regular Color Sensational line though and it's great & doesn't bother my lips at all, maybe you would like it since it's bubblegum pink! =)

  8. @ Tiffany.. That could definitely be the problem -plus my lips are sensitive. I do love the color though! =\

    @ PoorCollegeStudent.. I remember reading your review. Sadly, I'm not loving them either. They went straight to my "to give away" pile.

    @ Erynn.. I actually just bought that! I still haven't tried it but I can't wait to. I have so many things to "try".. I still haven't even tried out the ELF blushes & bronzer that I bought like a month ago!