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Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection

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Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed Collection

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection

Maybelline has some new Baby Lips out right now, the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection.  I don’t jump on every Baby Lips release that Maybelline offers, but this collection looked great for Spring and it caught my interest.  I was at Ulta taking advantage of the last week of 21 Days of Beauty, and stumbled upon this display.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed Collection

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection

Maybelline was BOGO 50% off, plus I had a 20% of coupon, so I decided to pick up a couple of shades.  As you can see by this picture, when I was at Ulta the display was pretty picked over.  There are five shades total in the collection, three of which were available to me.  Luckily, the two shades that I was the most interested in were still there, so I walked out with 120 Rose Rush and 125 Very Berry.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed Collection (L) Rose Rush (R) Very Berry

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection (L) Rose Rush (R) Very Berry

For those who haven’t tried Maybelline Baby Lips yet, they are a tinted lip balm.  The Pink’ed Collection Balms have the same formula as the original Baby Lips.  I find them pretty moisturizing and comfortable on the lips.  They have a lot of shine and generally sheer pigmentation, though some do pack more of a punch of color than others.  I can wear them for a few hours before I feel the need to re-apply, and even as they dry down and wear off, I never feel like they dry my lips out.  As far as tinted lip balms go, I think that they are a great option and I always have one in my purse.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed in Rose Rush

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Rose Rush

Rose Rush is a pink toned coral shade that falls somewhere in the middle of the collection pigment-wise.  The pigmentation is sheer, but still noticeable on the lips.  There is a very subtle scent if you sniff the tube, but it is light enough that I don’t notice it when I apply.  If you are extremely sensitive, you may be able to pick it up.  To me it’s a very pleasing sweet, slightly rosy scent that I like very much.  If you are looking for shine with a touch of warm color, Rose Rush is a great choice.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed in Very Berry

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Very Berry

Very Berry is a sheer raspberry and it’s the most pigmented of the collection.  There is some decent color with Very Berry, similar to Cherry Me from the original line.  Very Berry has a sweet fruity scent that is noticeable during application.  It is definitely stronger than Rose Rush, but it’s still a light scent and it dissipates very quickly.  The wear-time is a little better for Very Berry.  Even after the shine has worn off and the products has faded, there is still a wash of color.  I wouldn’t really call it a stain, but it is enough to squeeze out another hour of wear before needing to re-apply.  If you are looking for a break from your lipstick, but still want some color, Very Berry is a great choice.

Top: Rose Rush, Bottom: Very Berry

Top: Rose Rush, Bottom: Very Berry

Here is a swatch of the two shades.  Rose Rush is on top, and Very Berry is on the bottom.  I’ve seen swatches of the other shades in the line, and my impression is that 110 Pop of Pink has some decent color, but 105 Blush Burst and 115 Mad for Magenta are both so sheer that they are almost clear.  I am very pleased with my shade selection and can see myself getting a lot of wear out of both of these two shades.  Both Rose Rush and Very Berry have a smooth, moisturizing formula that feels great on the lips.  If I had to choose just one, I’d opt for Very Berry, but I actually recommend both shades.  I believe that Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection was released a couple weeks ago, so if you haven’t seen it pop up in your local drugstores, it should be there soon.  Prices will vary by location.

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection?  If so, let me know what your favorite shade is in the comments below.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

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Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush and Bronzer

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

I finally have my review for the new Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer as promised.  The Master Hi-Light Blushes recently came out as part of Maybelline’s Spring 2014 collection along with the Master Glaze Blush Sticks.  Though the Blush sticks look pretty cool, I was immediately drawn to the Master Hi-Light Blushes because of the beautiful basket weave design and gorgeous color combinations.  I am a sucker for pretty products, and these are very, very pretty.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush and Bronzer

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

The Master Hi-Light Blushes are described as: “Light diffusing Face Studio Master Hi-Light blush and bronzer formulas have an expert balance of shade and shimmer illuminator for natural glow. Skin goes soft lit with zero glitz.”  Make no mistake, these are shimmer products.  The name “Hi-Light” is a really good indicator of what you are going to get.  These are illuminating blush/highlighter combo products, which I actually really love.  I like shimmery blushes because it saves me from having to use separate highlighting products that are often way too shimmery for my taste (theBalm Mary Lumanizer, I’m talking to you).  There are four blushes and two bronzers as part of the permanent collection, though Maybelline did release a Limited Edition Master Hi-Light blush and (I think) bronzer in the new Dare to Go Nude Collection.  The LE shade is in Natural, I believe, and it’s a nude-ish champagne shade as to be expected.  I don’t have information for the LE bronzer.  The four permanent blush shades are Nude, Pink Rose, Coral, and Mauve.  The two bronzers are Light Bronze and Deep Bronze.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

I chose to get the blush in Mauve and the bronzer in Deep Bronze.  I loved the shades in both.  Mauve is a warm plum-toned mauve shade with a lot of champagne shimmer.  The blush is finely milled so that the shimmer isn’t over-powering and it blends really well, but not so finely milled that it doesn’t stick to the cheek.  Depending on the brush that you use, there may be a lot of fall-out.  I prefer a duo-fiber stipple brush (e.l.f.’s as a matter of fact) for almost all of my blushes, so I didn’t have much of a fall-out issue, but it really does depend on what you use.  When I swatched the blushes (below) I used the brush that comes in the bottom compartment (it’s the flip up type of packaging) and there was a ton of fall-out, so I definitely don’t recommend using that brush.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Deep Bronze is a warm, golden bronze shade.  Again, the Master Hi-Light blushes and bronzers are quite shimmery, so I wouldn’t recommend Deep Bronze for contouring.  It’s a great bronzer shade, though, especially if you have medium or dark skin.  I can’t wait for summer when I have a little more color because this will be excellent on the cheek as a blush for that golden bronze look that is so popular during the summer months.  There is a lot of red in this shade, so it’s more suited for those with neutral or warm undertones in their skin.

Mauve on the left and Deep Bronze on the right

Mauve on the left and Deep Bronze on the right

Here is an extremely concentrated swatch of the two shades.  Obviously you wouldn’t wear them this heavy on the cheek.  But I wanted to show you what they look like when you swirl your finger across all the shades in each product.  Mauve is on the left, and you can really see the champagne and gold blending with the berry and plum shade to create this gorgeous deep rose gold color.  Deep Bronze on the right looks like a molten copper as the two gold shades mix with the brick and dark brown.  Very beautiful.  You can also see that the shimmer is very fine and not chunky glitter at all.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

Here is Mauve blended out on the back of my hand.  It is such a unique shade in my opinion.  This is two layers, so you can wear it more sheer if you have a lighter skin tone.  You can also build up the shade even more, but two thin layers are prefect for me.  It wears very well, and didn’t fade on me at all throughout the day.  It is a lightweight product and did not look powdery or patchy.  I was a little concerned that the color wouldn’t be even because of the basket weave, but it looked smooth and even with no single shade sticking out more than the others.

Maybelline Master Hi Light in Deep Bronze

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Here is Deep Bronze.  It applied just as well as Mauve, and is a beautiful warm tan.  The only caution I have for Deep Bronze is that it may pull orange on certain skin tones, so I’d avoid it if you have cooler undertones.  Otherwise, it will look lovely.  Again, this is two layers and the shade can be worn more sheer or built up for bolder color as desired.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

Here is a pic of me wearing Mauve so you can see what it looks like on the skin.  I am realy impressed with the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer based on these two shades.  The illuminating sheen that these products provide is simply beautiful, and the cute basket weave design looks pretty in your collection.  I definitely think that you should check them out for yourself.  As an added bonus, as you saw in this post, you can also use these products as eyeshadow palettes.  Both the blush and the bronzer have great shades that work well together on the eyes.  The shades in the Mauve blush are what is on my eyes in the picture above.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer get two thumbs up in my book.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

I am very excited to show the the new Maybelline Dream Winder Powder today.  Maybelline discontinued their Dream Matte Powder and added Dream Wonder Powder to their permanent lineup.  I don’t necessarily think that Dream Wonder is a close replacement for those who loved Dream Matte, but I do think that it’s a good addition to the Maybelline line.  For those of you who like pressed powders, Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is a great new option.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder comes in a flip up compact with a well for the sponge.  Do not use the sponge that comes with the compact.  Take it as a friendly warning.  I don’t know what Maybelline was thinking when they included this horrible item.  It smells so bad.  The sponge smells like oil and rubber and it is a very potent odor.  And what’s worse, is that the smell clings to skin so that you fingers and face will smell as well.  Just chuck the sponge.  You can easily find replacement sponges that don’t smell to use instead, or you can do what I do and apply the powder with a brush.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

The formula of the powder itself is very nice.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is smooth and very finely milled.  According to Maybelline, the “Powder is smooth-whipped with 60% less talc, so there’s no chalky dust to cling to flaws. Our powder glides on smoothly for smooth-buffed perfection.”  It’s supposed to feel like a “powder-less powder” that looks like second skin.  I have to say that I agree.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is extremely lightweight and blends into skin seamlessly to give an enhanced and even look that doesn’t look powdery at all.  Dream Wonder Powder minimizes pores and fine lines, and while it doesn’t give the same soft-focus look that, say, Revlon Nearly Naked does, it gives a smoothed over look that hides imperfections.  With my dry skin, I can’t speak to how well it manages oil, but I can say that it doesn’t cling to dry patches or look powdery, so this is great for those with dry skin or older skin.

There are 16 shades in the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder line.  There is a wonderful selection of light, medium and tan skin tones.  Those who are very fair and those who have very dark skin may have problems finding the right shade.  This is a problem because Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder does have some coverage of it’s own.  I wouldn’t call it a proper powder foundation, but it is not translucent by any means.  It’s a great powder to top off a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for a light, natural look.  If you have really god skin that just needs a little evening, you could probably get away with just using the powder, but the rest of us will need a little more.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder wore well on me and stayed for 6+ hours before needing a touch up.

All in all, I think Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is a great product and recommend it.  It is priced at around $10, but that will vary by location.  Be sure to keep an eye out for sales in the drugstore, and Ulta almost always has a $3.50 off of $10 coupon available to print on the website.  The powder really does look like second skin and blends in flawlessly.  I’d say that it is a win for Maybelline, though people who loved Maybelline Dream Matte Powder may resent the change.  It is not a true replacement, but rather an innovative addition to the line.