I have this product in 5 colours (coral, ruby, lilac, brown, and mauve) because I really like it, especially for the price. They really aren't a gloss, though. I love the applicator; it's the first stain I've had that I have applied with the brush, not my finger. I don't have to worry about how it looks because it fades evenly and prettily. A good range of true colours: the brown is brown, not brownish pink; the lilac is purple, not fuchsia.
Downsides: not glossy/shimmery, and it's hard to tell what the colour is really going to look like because there're no testers and the plastic lid is just an estimate.
These are ok. I like the fruit punch scent and the texture. I also enjoy the applicator. I can't stand stains in the pen. They always stop working on me. The color selection is terrible. I bought the lightest ones that they make and they are quite dark...a lot darker than you would think that they would be by the cap color. They last forever on the hands but not very long on the lips.
I don't feel like this is a gloss at all. Once it soaks into your lips, it feels like there really isn't anything on them. It's not shiny. It is more like a stain. It does fade a bit but not too too bad. I have the color mauve dream. It's not mauve. It is deeper purpley red wine color. I like it. It goes well with my glittery Victoria's secret glosses since they don't have much color payoff and have been sitting in my drawer. I don't wear lipstick much and I hate gloss over lipstick. It feels gross to me. This is perfect for gloss. I will purchase a couple of other colors.
Now, this is a little uneven going on and you will need to give two coats to get it even. I usually like the kind of wand it comes with. It in this case it is a little counter productive.
I have the Luxurious Lilac. I was looking for a purple lip color and this was the closest I could find. Most of the colors I find tend to be more red or burgundy purples.
I like the color once I get it on well. However, it fades quickly and tends to go on unevenly. I have to actually spend some time applying.
The applicator is not that great. It is kind of wide on my lips and picks up the color unevenly. I think a better applicator might make it wear more evenly.
I love the color, but the fast wear and uneven staining will probably keep me from buying it again.
I got this in Pink Plush, love the color. But I personally wouldn't consider this a lipstain. More of a colored/pigmented lip gloss/temp. color. I was highly disappointed after using this product. Will not buy, ever again. Waste of money, I don't understand how it's getting good reviews...
I chose the color Berry Heavenly 120. I love the color, I love how bold it goes on, it smells GREAT, and feels nice on the lips initially. As time goes on it is drying on me, and the color ends up becoming patchy, despite not eating or drinking very much, or being careful.
I do like it with a clear balm or gloss on top, which helps with the patchy-ness issue. The product that gets compared to this item sometimes are the YSL glossy stains. I have a peach color from that line, and I can honestly say that while the YSL does evenly stain your lips and doesn't become patchy, it doesn't last as long as the Maybelline. The only issue I have with Maybelline is the patchy-ness but I am willing to deal with that considering I like everything else about it.
This was my first lip stain. I figured I would try it because I hated the Color of my gloss fading or how my long hair would stick into the gloss if the wind blew it in my face but this dries nicely so that problem is gone. I have the berry heavenly shade and it isn't that much darker than shown. I love it BUT it can look uneven and clumpy on my lips. If you apply it very heavily you will experience that. Overall I like it. I would recommend it, but do not buy if you expect it to last the ten hours. Nothing ever really does that.
I bought this in 130 Refreshing Red and wow is it pigmented. It's a very deep berry red that gives me an almost "vamp-y" look and intensifies any other makeup I'm wearing. The shade is beautiful and I love it when I'm going out to some formal event. It's a bit sticky at first, but it is great looking and isn't too shiny after a while. It stains my lips nicely but doesn't get on my boyfriend's, which he appreciates.
I'm sure it would look more striking on paler skinned individuals than me. The tip applicator isn't a huge problem and the makeup itself feels very wet and watery, but these are all subjective. There is a distinct smell that reminds me of berries, but it isn't all unpleasant to me.
I have the Forever Coral shade, and first thing I have to say is that it is NOT a coral. At the very least, not when using the regular wand, though in fluorescent light it does look orange toned while it dries. Because I am a constant wearer of red lipsticks, I love this for something a little less high maintenence and different.
I love the texture of this. It looks somewhat creamy, though feels gel like, and while it can take a few awkward swipes to get an even colour, it usually ends up well. I do have to leave my mouth open for about a minute or so, or I get a strange uneven-ness in colour between lips. I wear this colour while working out, and while eating and drinking. No, it does not stay on for 10 hours, but if I touched it up a little, I'm sure it would definitely last. Oh, and I absolutely LOVE the scent of this product... so yummy.
I will probably buy this again in different colors, probably in the pink and the mauve. I currently have Refreshing Red.
It applies dark and thick if you use the built-in wand, and it looks like a lip color. I prefer to use a lip brush to put a lighter layer on. The effect using a brush is more of a natural lip. With a brush, I can layer this over a chapstick that's been absorbed into my lips a bit and mitigate future dryness. The color is much more manageable for me with a brush; I'm pale and don't want to rock super dark lips all the time. The gloss eventually goes away and leaves more of a stain. I have to reapply as frequently as a cream lipstick, and that varies day by day. I am concerned about overall appearance rather than longevity, and I like it pretty well.
D/S vs H/E: I am addicted to YSL Glossy Stains. I honestly can't afford $32/pop for the YSL, but keep buying them them. I bought this to see if it's comparable. The Maybelline is the closest thing I've tried, but it's not a dupe or satisfactory replacement. I would definitely buy one YSL over 5 Maybelline.