February 27, 2013

Maybelline Infra-Red Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick Review & Swatches

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick Infra-Red

Maybelline pops into spring with a new selection of limited edition Vivids Lipstick. Infra-Red is one of three shades released with the Mabyelline Color Goes Electric Collection for Spring 2013.

You know how scared I am with red lipsticks. I typically like warmer shades of red but I find myself venturing out of my comfort zone more and more lately. For example, I adored the reds released with MAC Archie’s Girls and MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Collection.

Infra-Red is definitely a popping shade of red with an impressive texture, finish, and gorgeous pigment. It’s pretty powerful and quite bold and not really a shade I’d associate with Spring but adore it I do.

Take a look!

I have a love hate relationship with Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick Collection. They don’t really have the best formula in terms of wear. I wish they were lighter, more moisturizing, and a little less “Hey, I’m WEARING Lipstick!” It’s just that type of formula that makes itself known.

On the upside the color selection is incredible and there are some real gems to be had here for such an inexpensive price tag ranging from $5-$7 depending where you purchase.

The Vivids Collection was launched for Spring and I was quite surprised so soon after that Maybelline was going ahead and releasing new, limited edition shades.

Maybelline Infra-Red Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick

Maybelline Infra-Red Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick Swatches

Pop of Cherry, Orange Edge, and Infra-Red

As with the original Vivids this formula is super pigmented. A single swipe yields excellent color coverage. Most of the Vivids range (well probably all really) has a creamy texture and a cream finish sans any shimmer or glitter. Infra-Red had a rich, creamy texture that glides onto lips beautifully. It is quite weightless and comfortable to wear surprisingly. The color is a bright, bold true red shade. If you’re looking for a fuller color coverage lipstick on a budget this is a great pick up. You’ll want to be careful with this shade as it does accentuate every single little line or fake. Prep well and avoid applying on super dry lips as the finish won’t look nearly as smooth. They also like to migrate or at least on me they do so a little lipliner would be helpful.

Maybelline Infra-Red Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick FOTD

I love this shade though and can forsake a little migration for it.

If you missed on some of the reds from Archie’s Girls or Marylin’s shades and still want a bold, true red to wear with a perfect nude eye or cat eye I’d say pick Infra-Red up. It provides excellent pigmentation, quite a good formula, and the price is just right for the beauty budget girls (and guys).

Muse Approved.

Anyone try it yet?

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  • Vi

    Whoa. I think Orange Edge is a NEED. Maybe Infra-Red, too…I do love my bright lippies, and that shade looks gorgeous on your lips!! Also, you did put clear gloss on top of that, yes? No way is it that glossy and smooth on its own. πŸ˜‰

  • Suzanne

    I was looking for a red lipstick and picked up Lady Bug by MAC recently and it is great. Looking at your swatch of Infra-Red and the way it looked on you, I think this is likely as good as Lady Bug πŸ™‚

  • Cindy Ramirez

    Only because of the formula, I’m going to pass on these. I’ve got more red lipsticks then I can handle in every shade.

        • the Muse

          sorry xero, little tired, read “swatch” πŸ™‚ yes, I’ll do a review/lip swatch πŸ™‚

          • the Muse

            sorry about that I read “swatch” lol my eyes completely skipped over “lip” πŸ˜€ I’ll have lip swatches live shortly ;D

  • Krystle

    Do you have Maybelline’s other red lipstick from the permanent Vivids collection? On Fire Red? How does it compare to Infra-Red? I have the former and although I want to get the latter, if they’re basically the same, I’ll just skip it.

  • Krystle

    How does it compare to On Fire Red from their permanent collection? Should I still buy Infra-Red or not bother since I have the first?

  • the Muse

    sorry krystle just checked my stash phew I do have it! they are actually very similiar but infra-red is brighter.

  • carrie

    Bought this based on your rec and I am loving it! Thanks so much for the review!

  • Lauren

    I have been EVERYWHERE looking for the LE ones, finally found a display at Walgreens but for some reason they had the full display with all the permanent ones, and then the limited edition display but instead of Infra-Red it had Orange Edge, Pop of Cherry, and Fuchsia Flash. Picked up the first two but I’m DYING for Infra-Red. Apparently living in Alabama regardless of if it’s the biggest city means that you never get any complete displays ever. I’m constantly having to hunt for anything I want, or it shows up like 4 months late haha πŸ™

  • Suzanne

    Hi =) I am not finding this anywhere =( I live in Northern California & since February I’ve checked CVS, Walgreens, & Rite-aid regularly. All of the displays don’t even have a spot for Infra-red =( Please help! TIA =)