When I read about the release of Maybelline‘s new Color Sensational line, the loaded bolds I was SO exited! Unusual colors! There was a whole line of them in the US. It always takes a while for Maybelline products to release over here so I waited faithfully. And when they came – instead of a lineup it was like five measly lipsticks. All stripped of the interesting colors like blue, black, grey. It was only red, pink, berry and the white shade. Boo! Booooring! I had no use for the white so I picked the single interesting color (the reds and pinks were good quality, too, but how many reds and pinks do I need?) which was the berry shade 886 Berry Bossy. And then I picked up two of the matte ones as well, because okay, apparently I did need one more red, 968 Rich Ruby and a nude, 932 Clay Crush.
How to tell the regular matte line and the loaded bolds apart: the bolds have numbers starting with 8, like Berry Bossy 886. The mattes start with 9, like Clay Crush 932. The bolds have a sleek blue packaging, the mattes a grey satiny one. The mattes are much better in this regard, because my Berry Bossy looked scratched very fast, while you can’t see any scratches or lines in the others. The lipstick quality is honestly quite similar. Both lines give a satiny matte finish. Actually I think the matte ones might be creamier than the bold. Both have the vanilla scent of the Color Sensational line.
The bullets: Berry Bossy, Rich Ruby, Clay Crush.
The swatches in shade: Berry Bossy, Rich Ruby, Clay Crush.
Same swatches in direct sunlight. Look how, well, rich Rich Ruby is!
All three colors apply well and last well, too. You can create a thin stain with them or apply fully. I absolutely adore wearing all three.
Berry Bossy is a great berry shade, just dark enough and just rich enough without being too goth or too purple. Goes with everything, really. I tried to get a pic of me with it on my lips but the light conditions were always terrible, so sorry.
Rich Ruby is – I mean I have a lot of reds, but it’s just a really good red! It’s darker than many of my reds (without being a dark red, mind you; it’s just intense) and the undertone is neutral – it’s neither blue nor yellow leaning.
Here’s a terrible phone pic of me wearing it.
Clay Crush is this really good nude without being too pale. Wearing it doesn’t wash me out and it doesn’t look too brown either (something that often happens when a very pale person wears nude – it ends up just brown).
Finally a good lip swatch! The difference between a phone and a high def camera pic, haha! You can see Clay Crush has orangey undertones, so depending on your skin tones that might work or not.
I can recommend all three lipsticks. I am pleased in general with the quality of the Maybelline Color Sensational line, but I am displeased with the fact that here in Austria we only get the traditional shades (and the white which is more of an altering shade than one you would wear alone). Get with the program, Maybelline!!!