So here is the lovely tube itself - I like the fact that you can actually SEE the color, since, being Maybelline, there are no testers available at WalMart (where I found mine at a great price which I cannot remember now, but, trust me, it was in the seven/eight dollar range, which is not bad for a lipstick these days), or Walgreens, or any of the other spots you will find Maybelline products. Guess there is a trade-off for getting a bargain. (Cheaper price = no testers to make sure the color looks good on you!) I'm not actually sure it's worth it, though, since you are more likely to come home with a product which is not the right color for your skintone, but I guess that's another issue altogether, isn't it? (And, no, it's not nice to rip the little plastic protectors off the product when no one's looking to be able to slide the cap off and see the actual product, ladies! But I might have done it once. Or twice. When no one was looking. Or not.)
And here is the product with the cap removed:
Dang, you are going to have to REEEAAALLY ignore the blurries on that shot - so sorry. As you might not be able to see from the picture, the tip of the product is slanted, which I personally like, as that is the shape my lipstick normally takes......(have any of you ever taken that quiz that tells you all about your personality by what shape your application method makes your lipstick? It's kind of silly, but if you ever have a spare moment, it's entertaining. I'll trust you all to have the computer skills to find it yourself.) The lipstick itself has a raspberry/candy type of scent which does translate into a bit of the same flavor on your lips, but it's not overpowering. If you hate raspberries, though, just skip this product, as you will NOT like the scent/taste. There is also a little bit of glitter in this lipstick, or perhaps it was just in the color I chose, #055 "Keep Me Coral". (One thing I hate about the product is that the name is written in extremely small letters on the bottom, reminding me of my Old Broad status....in fact, even with my magnifying glass, I first thought that I was wearing the MUCH more fun "Kiss Me Coral"......Why, oh why can't these companies make the names of these products larger so that when we want to recommend the color to a friend we are not forced to go looking for magnifying glasses???? Don't they know they are losing sales because of this?) Getting back to my glitter comment, though, don't let that stop you from trying one of these lipsticks...it's very subtle, I promise. Think of it as shimmer on steriods, and you'll be fine.
Finally, a SWATCH of this lipstick, taken indoors with no flash, as with the flash totally wiped out the picture - guess the flash doesn't work all that well when it's two inches from the object? I need to consult with my photographer daughter on that one......
One negative about this product is that it doesn't appear to come in all that many shades (or maybe I'm just exceptionally greedy and need more than only one or two shades of a product that I think are right for me?), and most of them are more on the bright side. Of course, I personally feel that most of us Older Beauties are flattered by a brighter color on the lips (NOT a slash of purple-red, ladies, just a brighter pop, please!) I know that some of you would be frightened by the thought of a brighter shade on your lips, but, honestly, I don't think I've ever seen anything less attractive than a brownish/nude/nothing shade of lipstick on ANYONE's mouth. I don't care how young you are, some of the lipstick shades out there should NEVER be worn. They are just not pretty. Or flattering. Or worth the price you paid for them. Phooey!
On to the 'stay' aspect of this lipstick.......I'm not going to flat out call the Maybelline people liars, but I WILL say that on ME, this lipstick is not wearing for 14 hours. (Heck, when am I even wearing makeup for fourteen hours? You?) Maybe 14 MINUS 10. You do the math. I tried this lipstick because Lisa Eldridge said that it was not as drying as most long-wear lipsticks, and I do agree with her on that, although the texture is a tad on the dry side. However, that is a PLUS for us Older Broads.....uhm....Beauties, because guess what, girls? That means it's not gonna bleed into the lines around our Lovely Kissers. Yippee!!!! For that alone, I recommend this product. It's getting pretty hard these days for me to find a lipstick or gloss that is not going to make a beeline for the hills, so to speak, and that is sad, because a lot of pretty colors are off-limits to me due to Crevasse Lips. And I am a sucker for color. If you find the formula a bit dryer than you like, add a dab of gloss to the center of your bottom lip. It will give a totally different look/feel to the product.
So get out there and see if one of these Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick colors could be right for you! You might be pleasantly surprised. Oh, and just FYI, the Lisa Eldridge video I was watching was her suggestions for a red lip for a variety of skintones. I did not purchase the shade she recommended, as my Feeble Old Brain could not RECALL what shade she had specified in her video. Maybe next time. :)