Maybelline Ultimatte Color Sensational Lipsticks [Review + Swatches]

I’m usually a liquid lipstick wearer, because I don’t have the patience and attention to detail necessary to eat more carefully, regularly check for smudging or transfer, and reapply when needed, all of which creamy bullet lipsticks require of their wearers. However, one of the many joys (deep sarcasm) the pandemic has bestowed upon me personally is that after 14 months of wearing FFP2 grade masks for 8 hours a day 5 days a week at work, my usually oily-combo skin is now dry and flaky in certain areas, and my lips, which typically only require lip balm overnight, now freak. the. fuck. out. when I wear long-lasting lipsticks. If I wear my Holy Grail lip product, the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks for, say, a Saturday blog shoot for a few hours, my lips will now feel incredibly dry and perhaps chapped for several days afterwards, necessitating endless lip balm applications until they recover.

Since my skin is now high maintenance, I haven’t been thrilled by the notion of my lips becoming so too, and as such I’ve been eagerly awaiting the UK launch of Maybelline’s Ultimatte Color Sensational Slim lipsticks in the hopes they would give me the matte finish I crave in a lightweight but hydrating formula that my lips would be less mad about. Do they? Let’s take a look.

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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink *Birthday Edition* Swatches

Regular readers of this blog know Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks are my Holy Grail lip product. If you’re a stranger to these parts and found your way here looking for an overall review of the Matte Inks then you can read my original review here, as well as my many subsequent posts containing swatches and shade comparisons from different shade releases. Today I’m swatching the Birthday Edition shades. Let’s get to it!

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Kiss Falscara Review • DIY Lash Extensions

Touted as being reusable up to 3 times and able to last up to 10 days after application, the Kiss Falscara ‘falsies in a flash’ sounds almost too good to be true. Are they? Well, yes and no. Let’s go more in depth. 

Kiss Falscara Wispy wisps applied (Left), One coat of mascara applied to my natural lashes (right)

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink *Spiced Edition* [Swatches + Comparisons]

It’s that wonderful time of year–no, not Christmas, new Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink shades! The Spiced Edition boasts 5 new Matte Ink liquid lip shades and 6 new Crayon shades–well, sort of new. Let me explain.

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon *Spiced Edition* [Swatches + Comparisons]

Update 28th Dec 2020: These shades have recently been included in Maybelline’s Spiced Edition release this December, adding 2 additional Crayon shades into that collection and 5 accompanying Matte Ink liquid lip shades (the latter of which you can find the swatches of here.)

Maybelline’s habit this past year of not widely publicizing new shade releases of their Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks and Crayons seems to have continued recently with the sudden appearance of 3 new Crayon shades that I couldn’t find written up or swatched anywhere online. So if you, too, have noticed 95 Talk The Talk, 100 Reach High, and 115 Know No Limits have appeared online or in store at your favourite beauty supplier, let me help you out with some swatches and comparisons to past shades.

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Perfecting Your Winged Eyeliner

Perfecting your winged eyeliner is one of the most difficult and frustrating things for a new pinup. I first began dressing in vintage styles 7 years ago, but before that my makeup routine only ever included eyeliner when applied as smudged dark brown eyeshadow or very thin gel liner. Needing to master winged eyeliner, therefore, was a whole new challenge for me compared to any other new-pinup who might have been more practised in the skill of applying eyeliner in general.

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Quick and Easy Pinup Hairstyles – Quarantine in Style

For a lot of us right now wearing our favourite sweats and only paying attention to our face and hair for long enough to keep them clean is as much as we can be bothered to do on a daily basis. For plenty of people, though, keeping to their usual daily routine as much as possible or making an effort to put themselves together is the way they best cope during all this weirdness. And then there are people like me, the middlegrounders, who love their sweats 80% of the time but feel sometimes, often suddenly, the urge to do one’s makeup and wear something nice Just Because.

But if you’re like me then you also maybe aren’t that great at making the effort to style your hair. That might be because your skill level means it takes a long time and a lot of grunts of frustration to even get vaguely close to what you were aiming for; maybe it’s because your natural hair means most styles don’t work like they do for those blessed with frizz-free straight locks, and styling always includes an extra pre-step of setting or straightening your hair; or maybe it’s because you just don’t enjoy it and it feels too much like work. All three of those apply to me, and that’s why normally when I’m feeling lazy I cheat with wigs and clip-in pieces as much as possible. I wanted to use my extra at home time to broaden my hair-styling horizons though, so I’ve come up with a handful of options that are quick and easy to do, even for those of us who suffer The Dreaded Three. Let’s do it! Continue reading

L’Oreal Signature Rouge New Shades – Parisian Sunset + EmpoweRED

I discovered the other day, completely by accident, that there has been more than one release of new shades of L’Oreal’s Signature Rouge matte liquid lipstick that I wasn’t aware of. I do most of my online beauty shopping on Superdrug, but they didn’t have any of the new shades I had stumbled upon elsewhere, only the new Brilliant range of Signature Rouge lipsticks which have a glossy finish rather than a matte. Down the rabbit hole I went trying to figure out, almost obsessively, what I had missed, how many reds I was now sorely lacking, and how I could find them. Lucky for you, I’m going to fill you in on everything I found.

According to L’Oreal Paris’s social media accounts their newest release for the Signature Rouge Matte liquid lipstick range is the Empowered Collection, comprised entirely of reds and pinks. I’ve managed to get 4 of the shades from this collection; 136 Armored, 137 Red, 139 Honored, and 139 Adored. I’m not just being weird about those names, they’ve really leaned into highlighting the RED of it all. I haven’t been able to confirm the shade range for certain, but I believe there might be 9 shades in total in this collection.

136 Armored

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayons *Pink Edition* Swatches

Maybelline has followed their stealthy, under-promoted release of new Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipstick shades with a small release of new shades for their Superstay Matte Ink Crayons. This Pink Edition release comprises of 4 new colours, Speak Your Mind, Run the World, Change is Good, and Keep It Fun. I snatched up all 4 recently and have got swatches for you aplenty to help you figure out if any of these new shades are destined for your lipstick collection. Let’s go!

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New Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink shades January 2020

If I was confused by Maybelline’s press silence surrounding their Pink Collection release of new shades of their Superstay Matte Ink lipstick in autumn last year then I’m flummoxed by the fact that they’ve, again, released more shades without any apparent fanfare. This time I couldn’t even find a name for the release; I simply stumbled across the new shades while checking the collection on Superdrug online, as I do every couple months almost absentmindedly, just in case there are new shades, which there usually aren’t. But, lo, there I found 165 Successful, 170 Initiator, 175 Ringleader, 180 Revolutionary and 185 Mover. Let’s get lookin’ and comparin’

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