7/13/2015

100 Years of Maybelline



I'm sure many a teenage girl+teenage girl at heart has memories of Maybelline products. Back in the days when blogging didn't exist (dark, dark times..), it was magazines that had me wanting their fruity scented lipglosses and wondering if Great Lash mascara was as cult as it seemed to be. Side note: I have still never tried that mascara. Believe it or not but Maybelline have actually been around for one hundred years now. How crazy is that!? Recently I was invited along to their party celebrating Maybelline's birthday where aside from enjoying a delicious Cosmopolitan, we also admired their array of new releases, and even left with little black bags of makeup treasure*. Today I thought I'd talk you through some of their new products which seem to be gradually appearing on NZ shelves this month and let you know what I think of them...

The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette-Now this neutral palette has to be one of the most hyped products from the new range. I'll be honest, I hadn't heard a lot about this palette but given purse-friendly neutral eyeshadow palettes  seem to be a bit of a rarity I was intrigued. At $30 for twelve eyeshadows I think this is such great value. I like how the colours have all been arranged so you can use them as duos or quads if you want too. The colours, especially the shimmery shades have strong pigmentation and last well with primer underneath. The matte browns work great as crease colours too. Is this a must-buy? If you're not short on the eyeshadow front I wouldn't race out to buy this specially but if you're looking for a great, versatile neutral palette for travel or on-the-go use you might like this one.

Master Sculpt Contouring Palette-Forgive me for being picky but can this really be deemed a palette when there's only two colours? Aside from that minor qualm I have I love this product. Seriously, I've been raving about this to everyone who can tolerate enthusiastic makeup banter. I also love the little brush that comes underneath this duo too. Usually I discard those brushes but this one actually works really well with the contour shade for a bit of cheekbone action. This contour colour is warm but it's not too intense or orange so even us paler ladies can work with it. The highlight is lovely too and isn't too glittery so it's much more wearable than some of the sparklier offerings out there.

Rebel Bloom lipsticks in Blushing Bud and Orchid Ecstasy-I had some of the Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks last year but I think during one of my ruthless culls I may have parted with them. I'm not sure why I did though because the formula of these lipsticks is great. They're very similar to Mac's Cremesheen lipsticks in terms of formula and the colour payoff you get. Blushing Bud, featured in this post, is a gorgeous rosy pink and Orchid Ecstasy a more vibrant purple. I wore Orchid Ecstasy to a birthday party last week and was amazed at how well it lasted through meals. The colour faded slightly but it was still noticeable at the end of the night. I can see myself getting more of these once I find them out and about.


Brow Drama in Medium Brown-Unpopular opinion perhaps but I was not that excited by the launch of new brow products from Maybelline. I'm very much an Anastasia fangirl but I reluctantly willingly put them aside to try this Brow Drama shade. My brows are quite dark so I'm always wary putting colour in them as if it doesn't match well then they tend to look very weird. Medium brown works fine for me though. I liked Brow Drama but I don't feel like it sets your brows in place so I'd recommend following up with a clear brow gel afterwards to set them. 

Baby Lips Candy Wow in Peach -Last week I received these to celebrate the 4th of July and I was really curious because I've not seen these in any US or UK magazine advertising. I wonder if they're exclusive to here and Australia. Anyway, these are essentially Maybelline's version of a chubby stick. They're longer, wind up versions of their Baby Lips balms and from the ones I have tried seem to have stronger colour payoff. This peachy shade is my favourite but the Raspberry colour is stunning too.

Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara-This was another product I had heard a lot about and it did not disappoint. It's been compared to Benefit Roller Lash and it is very similar but not as volumising. I love how easily this layers though and it does hold a curl really well in the lashes. It's not too tricky to remove either which is always a plus for a waterproof mascara. 


This post is already nearing essay-length but I wanted to show you some of the other products I received. These are ones I've not had a chance to try properly yet so let me know if you are interested in seeing reviews of any of them and I will get onto that. Maybelline also have a new matte version of their Fit Me foundation coming out which I did try but the lighter shades are all a bit too dark for me at the moment so I may have to try them again in Summer.

-Have you tried any of these products before? If not, which are you looking forward to trying?

*PR samples. This post is in no way sponsored nor am I being compensated by Maybelline for my views. I know a lot of you are Maybelline fans so I wanted to share their new releases with you and let you know which ones I really loved! x


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