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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks- Vivid’s part 2

It’s been more than 6 months since I posted part 1 of the these swatches and I’m finally getting round to posting part 2. Sorry for the delay but hopefully they were worth the wait! I’m not going to review the formula again because I’ve already done that in my initial review and also in Part 1 of the vivid’s range.



The shades I’m swatching in this post are Fuchsia Flash, Vivid Rose and Hot Plum. As with the shades in part 1, all 3 of these shades are very opaque and packed with pigment which means that they do stain the lips.


From left to right: Fuchsia Flash, Vivid Rose, Hot Plum

First up is Fuchsia Flash which is blue toned bright pink. I don’t mind this shade, I actually thinks it’s quite pretty but, as it has a white base, I find that it isn’t as wearable for me as other pinks in my collection.



I compared it to some other blue toned pinks in my collection below. It’s cooler and a bit lighter than NARS Schiap. It’s quite similar to MAC Pink Pigeon except that Fuchsia Flash is glossier.


From left to right: Nars Schiap, Fuchsia Flash, MAC Pink Pigeon

Vivid Rose is a gorgeous bright pink which leans slightly red. I love these shades of pink and find them really flattering against my skin tone.



Vivid Rose is quite close to YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Rose Culte but slightly lighter and not as glossy. I thought it may be similar to MAC Girl About Town but Vivid Rose is quite a bit warmer toned.


From left to right: MAC Girl About Town, Vivid Rose, YSL Rouge Volupte Rose Culte

Last but not least is Hot Plum and that’s the perfect name for it! It’s a bright plum colour that treads the line between lavender and pink perfectly. Even though this also has a white base, this depth of the shade makes it much more wearable for me than Fuchsia Flash.



I love these kind of shades because they have a blue iridescence running through them that just adds so much dimension. Hot Plum is the shade that would result if the other two lipsticks swatched below were mixed together. It’s cooler toned than Revlon Colorburst in Lollipop but warmer toned and more opaque than MAC Style Curve. It also doesn’t have as much of the blue iridescence of either shade but you can add some by using something like the MAC Reflects Blue glitter.


From left to right: Revlon Colorburst lip butter Lollipop, Hot Plum, MAC Style Curve

I really like the shades that I’ve swatched in both part 1 and part 2 of these reviews but I do find myself reaching more for those in this post. I’ve also got 2 more lipsticks which I picked up while travelling in the States but, seeing my track record, you’ll probably see those in another 6 months 😉

What’s your favourite from the Vivid’s range?

~5 Minute FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge


This weeks challenge is the 5 minute face which to me means quick (obviously) and simple. When I’m low on time, I try to spend what little time I’ve got on those things that matter the most. For me, that’s even skin, concealed dark circles and brows. I feel like focusing on these things makes me look put together even when I’m short on time.


Generally, a five minute face shouldn’t involve a lot of products and the more multi-tasking products you have, the better. My five minute face does involve more products than some but they’re products that are quick and fuss free to apply.


As I didn’t have time to mix foundations, I used the Make Up For Ever HD foundation (in #153) which I know is the right colour and finishes nicely. I used my usual under eye concealing routine which I talked about in my last post here. I finished up my skin by setting it with some MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark and some bright blush in the form of Smashbox Radiance Blush.


For the eyes, I applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Taupe on the lid and then blended out the crease with MAC Cork eyeshadow. I also curled my lashes and put on some Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. I then filled in my brows with MAC Brow Crayon in Stud.


I finished up the look by applying Burberry Lip Glow in Rosewood. This is such a lovely, easy to wear my lips but better shade. It feels great on the lips and isn’t sticky like some other glosses. The shades vary depending on the day, but I always end up using a gloss or sheer lipstick such as something from the Rouge Coco Shine range.

What’s your most important makeup product when you have 5 minutes?

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Lisa made me do it: dark Lips

I was watching Lisa Eldridge putting on makeup as I did my makeup this morning and was inspired  to rock a vampy lip. The video for Elle magazine was on how to wear bold lip colour’s and she used some great dark lipsticks. I’ve already done a post on some of my tips for pulling off dark lips here. 


I really wanted to wear my new Guerlain Rouge G Jewel lipstick in Gigolo so I paired it with NYX Cola lipliner to get the darkness that I was after. The liner is on its own is on the left and Gigolo on its own is on the right. Seriously, how amazing is Gigolo?? I love it! I bought the NYX lip liner for the purpose of creating a dark base to layer lighter lipsticks on top. As you can see below, wearing it on its own doesn’t really do much for me.


I am in love with the combination of both shades together. They create this really lovely vampy plum shade that’s intense yet flattering.

What do you think? What’s your favourite dark lip shade?