I passed up this color so many times during my coral craze, mostly because I have so many but also because it's sheer and all that. BUT. I do have a major love affair with L'oreal Colour Riche Caresse in Sunset Angora which is a sheer coral that has an ever so slight white base and leans a little pinker, but is still a shiny sheer lipstick. I would call that one a little butterier too. Since that was discontinued, I looked at and bought like dozens of lipsticks to attempt to replace it and most were too thick or too sheer so it was pretty disappointing. Plus the combo of pink and orange in that one was just perfect.
Fast forward, I was in Target looking at their clearance and thinking of stocking up on a discount back up Maybelline Coral Crush like I need it, and I saw this. I quickly checked on here and saw it had both love and hate, and knowing I don't need a coral since I hardly even wear them anymore, but also knowing that if I was going to add another, it would probably be one of these simple sheer ones. So I got it for a little over $2. I figured it's worth a try.
Personally, I like it. I think it's sliiiiigghhttlly more sheer than the L'Oreal, and also less pink, but applied they feel sooo spot on. Of course I would have loved for them to be dupes, but I didn't think they would be. The difference is more noticeable on a swatch, but I was just hoping that applied I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. And I kind of can't. I mean, I guess *I* could if I really looked, but for the most part it just adds a slight coral sheen that changes a look just that little bit. I don't notice any sparkles either, just light reflecting shine.
What matters to me is the feel too, I really like the finish because that's what I was looking for. I have plenty of mattes and cremes, even ones that are a very similar coral color and it's just a different look and feel. This is probably the lightest finish I own, I'd call it a shiny sheer, and because of that, I don't notice line settling. It also doesn't have that gross slippery waxy feel that some "weightless" white based lipsticks do, so that's a plus for it.
Of course this type of finish does have issues with staying power and so did the L'Oreal and that was even slightly longer lasting. But to me, I can deal with that when it's a sheer, especially because they are so easy to reapply and so effortless. Since I got it for the price of a tinted balm anyway, I'm extra happy about that. If you like sheer and you're looking for a sheer and you know what to expect from them, I don't think this is any more disappointing than any other, and shinier and more flattering than your average tinted balm.