Maybelline recently released their new Color Sensational Pop Sticks to a great big hooray from me. I was so excited when I found a display of these at my local drugstore and to add to the boon of that discovery they were also marked at $4.79 each! Yay budget find!
Visions of a better budget versions of DuWop Iced Teas danced through my head.
Were they any good?
A limited edition translucent lip balm in fruity flavors from Maybelline!
The packaging, the price, the general idea of Maybelline Color Sensational Pop Sticks is enough to get any beauty junkie quite excited.
Each balm is housed in the traditional Color Sensational tube packaging with a shock of clear neon pink as the top. I find the packaging fun, funky, and perfect for Summer. It’s too bad that Maybelline released this so late in the season as I’d probably be in all kinds of fits of delight if I found them in say June.
These are visually very pleasing to look at. Each shade is a translucent neon with a single fruity flavor or at least that’s what I got from them as each shade did not appear to taste any different than the next. Personally I thought the flavor was very subtle so you’re not going to get a punch of sweetness here in the least.
I purchased all four shades, as hey, looking at them on the display, I couldn’t help myself!
- Raspberry Ice
- Citrus Slice
- Fruit Punch
- Pink Lollipop
Is just as disappointing as DuWop Iced Teas, maybe even worst. As cute as these are they don’t really have a super moisturizing base and for the most part are indeed simply just a balm with a balm-y feeling when applied. I find the don’t have a really great glide nor do they supply a ton of color (perhaps just a little bitty tint). The idea and concept is rather brilliant but the actual outcome of the product isn’t nearly as great. If they had a better glide, a little bit more pigment, and perhaps a flavor that was less subtle they would live up to my initial excitement but overall, they just fail on all accounts here.
- Those who like lip balms with a balm-y texture and feel.
- Those expecting a hydrating, good gliding lip balm.
- Those wanting a dash of flavor, tint, and moisture.
Maybelline got the idea down right, they did up the packaging swell, but they failed to work on the formula and somehow forget that the idea and packaging is as important as the actual climax. These build things up in a major way with the promise of a hint of taste, a bit of flavor, and moisture but it fails to deliver anything but really cool packaging and a cool concept that doesn’t actually live up to its own idea. I expected a hint of shine, a little hydration, some flavor, and a bit of tint but I ended up getting a really poor quality balm with an awful glide, little taste, and hardly any tint….but hey at least they are visually very pleasing right? Points for that.
Note: I swatched but ended up tossing the swatch photos as it didn’t appear on my arm at all, nothing to see in the photo sadly.