October 4, 2013

Maybelline Refined Red Color Sensational Lipstick Review & Swatches

Maybelline  Color Sensational Lipstick Refined Red

Maybelline Refined Red Color Sensational Lipstick is one of two limited edition Color Sensational Lipsticks that launched with the new Maybelline Gilded Gold Collection for Holiday 2013.

You’re safe, this one, I think you can skip!

But if you tried it do give me your feedback, curious minds what you think.

Read ahead for my experience.

Maybelline Refined Red Color Sensational Lipstick has more of an orange undertone in it than a red one so I do suggest tracking down Maybelline Infra-Red Color Sensational Lipstick if you’re looking for a vivid shade of true Holiday red.

Red is a color we seek out for Holiday looks because not only is it timeless, classic lip look but also because it’s festive. Maybelline Refined Red Color Sensational Lipstick is a bit misleading in promo images as it does look quite red. However, this is more of a tomato red with a touch of orange-y and blue undertones in my opinion.

Maybelline Refined Red Color Sensational Lipstick

Maybelline Refined Red Color Sensational Lipstick Swatches

I was disappointed…even though cooler shades of red like this aren’t ones I personally reach for I was still hoping it would make for a nice Holiday lip look but the shade wasn’t the only disappointing aspect here. I find the formula was very drying. Although this is a satin finish lipstick it does tug rather badly during application and feels quite dry on my lips. Thankfully it didn’t feather or migrate and a little gloss on top redeems the dryness. However, those looking to slip it on and go might feel the texture isn’t quite great. It does provide opaque color coverage however, it needs to be built up with about three applications of the lipstick.

Overall, if you’re looking for a festive red lippie this season I think you can probably safely skip Refined Red. There isn’t anything special about the shade or the formula for that matter.

Maybelline Refined Red Lipstick FOTD

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • katrosado

    Hotchaha! That looks amazing and it looks great on you! What a nice surprise it’s so pigmented and vibrant 🙂

  • Majick

    LOVE LOVE LOVE orange reds – this looks pretty on you but then a LOT of reds do. 🙂

  • Smeigel

    I think it looks beautiful on you. Are passing it off so quickly. Is it drying like MAC Retro Mattes? Perhaps trying a different blush would make a difference in the way you think it look on you b/c I don’t think the color you have on goes well with the LS & vice versa. I think it looks stunning on you, truly. Reds are hard to pull off, especially orangey reds & you wear this really well! I do hope you’ll give it another shot.

    • the Muse

      it isn’t a matte finish like retro mattes, it’s a satin smeigel but it has very little give so tugs a bit during application and has a drier feel. Thanks. Will have to try with another blush!