Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

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Liquid lipsticks are everywhere! It seems like every high-end brand has one, and more drugstore brands are getting in on the action! Influenster kindly sent me a couple of the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors to try. I received Nude Flush and Rebel Red.

The first thing I noticed is the rather long doe-foot applicator. I didn't think it was going to work very well at first, but because it's at a slight angle I was still able to get a precise application without getting it everywhere.

The product is named Vivid Matte, but I have to say that it's not really matte. Neither of the colors are super glossy or shiny, but they never really dry down to a true matte. The Vivid Mattes are opaque and are pigmented, but I would say these are more like a lip cream in terms of finish. They feel comfortable on the lips, and they don't leave your lips feeling dried out like a lot of matte liquid lipsticks. While there aren't any claims to the Vivid Mattes being long-lasting, these last almost all day on me. The lip color will transfer a little onto a glass, but it stays on very well and leaves a stain. 

While I do like these and have worn them like crazy since I got them, I do have a gripe, and it's not a new one with Maybelline lip products. They have a floral smell and taste! Back when I had only been blogging a few months, I got one of the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Colors and had to return it because I couldn't tolerate the taste. (You can read that review here.) Thankfully, the amount of fragrance in these seems to be dialed in, and I can wear these without gagging. I would prefer if Maybelline stopped adding that awful fragrance to lip products altogether. If you have an intolerance to strong fragrances in your makeup, consider this your warning!

I enjoy wearing both of these shades. Of the two, I have worn Nude Flush the most. It's a pink nude, and it goes with everything. This is a shade that I can apply without having to give much thought. It's a good everyday lip color. I'm a huge fan of red lips, so you know I like Rebel Red. It's a true red; it doesn't pull too orange or pink. If you're looking for an affordable red that will last all day, this is one to try.

Nude Flush                                                               Rebel Red

Find out what's on the rest of my face here!

I was a little leery of these because of my bad experience with the Color Elixir, but luckily, they worked out! What do you think? Have you tried the Maybelline Vivid Mattes, yet?

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