Maybelline Vivid Matte – Nude Thrill

…aaaaand we’re back with another liquid lipstick, but this time, it’s from the drugstore.

A while ago, I stumbled across a display of the (somewhat) new Maybelline Vivid Mattes and instead of going for my regular bright reds or pinks (which look gorgeous as well by the way), I went for 50 Nude Thrill, a darkened peachy brown nude that is spot on with the whole nineties lip trend but not to garish or dull to look strange on the lips.

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It seems that I am getting more and more into nude lip colors these days, which is strange but really much more practical than having to precisely paint on a striking red early in the morning and having to touch it up throughout the day.

The formula of the Vivid Mattes is unlike most of the liquid lipsticks I have tried before. It is much more hydrating and thus very comfortable on the lips. Also, it doesn’t completely dry down but leaves a bit of a subtle sheen and – unfortunately – a tendency to smear.

The best way to apply this and get a bit of longevity out of it is to apply a thin layer, blot and repeat. This way, you end up with an opaque but subtle lip color that will last for a good while (not through drinking or eating though). I am actually very glad I picked up a nude shade from this range as it lends itself to clandestine touchups when it has faded whereas I think that you would notice any fading much more with the bolder colors.

One thing that is a little bit strange and that I know has put a lot of people off of this product is the scent. It is the usual, highly artificial floral scent that Maybelline has weirdly chosen to give its lip products. It takes some getting used to, especially if you are  as sensitive to scents as I am, but it dissipates pretty quickly and doesn’t tend to irritate the lips, at least in my case.

Even though I wouldn’t rate this a classic liquid lipstick, I think these are worth giving a try as I have been wearing the shade I got almost everyday these past few weeks.

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