21st July 2016
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid.
With Summer finally making an appearance in the UK and the temperature going a little tropical, I've been feeling a little more colourful and looking for some brighter lip shades to add a holiday feel to my outfits. I'm really into the liquid lipstick craze at the moment, it took me awhile to get interested but after trying the Bourjois Velvet Matte lipsticks, I've really been craving more! The addition of an applicator brush means neater and more precise application and generally (depending on brand) they tend to last a little longer than regular lipsticks. Luckily I had a birthday recently (Happy Birthday to me!) and received a Boots gift card to spend on a little something for myself - which is makeup, obviously! So with gift card in hand I headed into Boots to do a little browse and find some gorgeous summer shades to get me feeling seasonal.
Vivid Matte Liquid from Maybelline comes in 10 different shades ranging from a blush nude to dark plum and market at around £6.99 for 8ml. They are Maybelline's contribution to the ever growing trend for liquid based lip products that dry out to a matte smudgeproof colour with none of the sticky hair magnetising quality of a typical gloss. It's a good capsule range of colours, as there are colours to suit every preference whether you like your lipstick neutral or loud and the lack of extensive choice makes decision making easier! Nobody wants to be stood in Boots for an hour looking at one makeup counter, that's what MAC is for!
As I said above, I was looking for something that was brighter than my usual lip purchases that really brought that sense of summer to my usually monochromatic wardrobe. Not to mention, colour pops are so on trend at the moment! I was drawn to Orange Shot instantly as I love red tone lipsticks, but aside from Russian Red I tend to stay away from bright colours and orange is certainly bright! This lipstick has a red base with a hint of orange to create almost a brick red hue which looks rich and glowing against the skin. It's a great tropical cocktail colour, perfect for beachy holidays and accentuating a deep sun kissed tan.
My second choice was the shade Electric Pink, which pretty much speaks for itself in it's name - it's a shocking neon delight! Irritatingly, my pictures make it look a little bit more purple than neon pink, but you can see from the swatch that it really glows. It is perhaps a more daring colour as it certainly stands out more than Orange shot or your average pink, but daring and in-your-face was sort of the idea here. I wore it most recently with a pale pink sweater and the contrast was beautiful - it toned down the vividness but added an extra punch to my look. Once again it's the sort of shade that pops against tanned skin, so add this to your holiday kit if you're more of a pink hue kinda gal!