When Priceline had their 50% off Maybelline sale last week I took the opportunity (I practically ran to the closest store) to try out the beloved Color Whisper Lipsticks. Every Tom, Dick and Harry (and probably their grandmas) has been raving about these lipsticks, so I thought it would be a good time to jump on the bandwagon and pick up for 50% off. So do theses live up to the hype?
As always I’m going to start off with the packaging - Maybelline gets an A+. I love it when lipsticks are shaped into a rectangle tube, not only does it make storing a breeze, it just all over looks sleek and sophisticated. The matching lid and lipstick shade is also a winner in my books. It makes searching for the right colour quick and simple, I loathe looking through and opening every single lipstick I own just to find one lipstick. The writing on the side of the lid looks a little tacky in my opinion but nevertheless a nice touch. The only fault I did find with the Color Whispers is something I've noticed with all Maybelline lipsticks and that's the cheap, plastic feeling of them. Understandably drugstore brands aren’t supposed to feel similar to the likes of Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks but does it have to feel so inferior? I can already foretell the lids of these lipsticks cracking if I accidently dropped them on the floor..
Moving straight onto the ultimate questions: Is this worth the hype?
If you don't know already, Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks are made with the intention to be used as a sheer but 'buildable' lipstick. Maybelline describes it to be a 'pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel. No heavy waxes or oils. Soft, sexy gel-color'. Although I do think this description is spot on, if I'm going to be wearing a lipstick I want it to be noticeable. I find that the Color Whisper are way too much on the sheerer side of things, even more so than their counterpart The Revlon Lip Butters. I was quite fond of the Lip Butters but I also found them to be accentuate the dry patches I had on my lips as the product was so soft and buttery it would seep into the crevasses. Unlike the Lip Butters the Color Whispers certainly don't do that to me.
When in the tube and swatched the Color Whispers look like the ultimate to die for lipsticks, but when applied onto the lips the colour pay-off is so-so. As you will see in my lip swatches below the opacity doesn't look half bad, but that's because I layered and layered and layered and layered and when I was finished layering I layered 5 more times. I undoubtedly put on at least 6 coats just to reach this pigmentation. On the other hand they do glide onto the lips smoothly and feel quite moisturising and comfortable.
The other factor that is a let down for me is the staying power. Because of their light texture and glossy finish the colour fades within an hour or two of wear. This also causes the product to slip and smudge around your mouth if you're not careful, however it isn't as noticeable as other lipsticks as it isn't as pigmented.
The Maybelline Color Whispers is available in 20 shades that vary from light pinks to smouldering berry tones. The two colours I purchased are Oh La Lilac and Pink Possibilities. I won't go into too much detail on the colour as the name pretty much speak for themselves. But I will mention that I have read other bloggers reviews (they're everywhere at the moment!) and have heard that the coverage of the Color Whispers differ depending on the the colour, in most cases the darker the shade the more opaque it turns out.
Now, there is a big possibility that the two shades I picked up are on the sheer end, so now I'm contemplating whether or not I should purchase more darker shades just to do a comparison. What do you think?
Overall I don't believe the Color Whispers are worth the hype, but I won't be certain until I've tried a few of their darker, proclaimed more pigmented shades. At the moment I think the Color Whispers are great for those on the go individuals who just need to chuck on something quick, simple and don't need a mirror.
These guys retail for $16.95 at Priceline, Big W, Kmart, Target and supermarket stores but can surely be found for a cheaper price as there are always sales on Maybelline.
If you have any recommendations on which shades to try, please let me know!