I’ve had these for such a long time, can’t believe it took me this long to finally write up a review! This review is for the highly coveted Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, which are basically jumbo, oversized lip pencils meant to be used like lipsticks.
These are smaller than lip crayons in size, which makes it the perfect balance between lipstick and lip liner.
Shades: My first impression of these were that the colors are soooo bold, and if you’re looking for a pinkish-nude, MLBB shade, there sadly isn’t any in this collection. The majority of colors are on the darker and brighter side and color payoff and pigmentation is incredible!
I have five of the ten available shades, which are as follows:
Love My Pink is a bright, cool-toned medium pink.
Minimalist, my personal favorite color, is a warm-toned shimmery pink and is the odd one out for being the only shimmery shade out of the whole range. Sadly, as much as I love this color, it’s ironically the one I use the least.
This is the only shade that is drier in formula. It tugs on the lips upon application and feels rather sticky/tacky and dry once applied, unlike the others that have a creamier, smoother formula. The only way I could comfortably wear this is by applying a thin layer of lipbalm beforehand.
Another thing that bothers me about this shade, although beautiful, is the fact that the shimmers are chunky. It’s pretty obvious that there are chunks of glitter on my lips when I wear this, especially under direct sunlight. So, although I love the color, I rarely wear this because I don’t like how it feels on the lips and I also dislike the chunky glitters, not shimmer. Some people will love this, but I personally can’t stand lip products with chunky shimmers or glitters.
In With Coral is a gorgeous, bright neon coral. Such a summery color! This is a bit tricky to apply because it somehow slides around during application, especially when I purse my lips, as most of the color would gather around the edges of the lips as you can see in the swatch above. Although it’s a bit difficult to get an even application, the longevity is still incredible after it sets.
Fab Orange is a bright, warm-toned orange red. This and Light It Up, a bright true red, have the creamiest formula and are the easiest to apply.
All of these, with the exception of Minimalist, have a very long wear time and is rather difficult to remove. They last for about 6-8 hours (depending on our activities, of course) and the stain would actually last all day until it is removed. It is best to remove it with an oil based eye and lip makeup remover.
Formula: These have a very creamy formula, which is probably why the tips of the pencils can be very fragile and prone to breaking.
It’s so creamy that the pencil is somehow soft and malleable.
This isn’t the first time this has happened! A chunk of the tip just broke when I was applying this color. This would’ve been easier to fix if they came in a smaller, twist-up form.
Packaging: …which brings us to the packaging. I like that they’re sized in between a lip pencil and a lipstick, but I would much prefer having them in a twist-up lip-crayon packaging. Having to sharpen them every few uses wastes the product and the tip would sometimes break while being sharpened.
I don’t think these are available in the United States yet.
Price: These retail for AU$9.95 at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, and other chemists and department stores. However, these often go on sale for as low as AU$2 or AU$3! I got mine for about AU$2.50 each at Chemist Warehouse.
Final Verdict: All in all, I love these jumbo lip pencils, with the exception of Minimalist. I just kinda wish they come in a twist-up form and have more wearable, nude or MLBB shades. The fragile pencil tip also bothers me a lot.
The shade Nude Perfection is on my wish list, though. I just wish they weren’t sold out everywhere I go!
- Very long lasting
- Most are creamy and easy to apply
- Incredible color payoff – very opaque and pigmented!
- Minimal color variety
- Pencil packaging – have to sharpen after every few uses
- Pencil tip can be very fragile
I’m giving these a 3.5/5 – and recommend these for those of you who love wearing bright lip shades!
Have you given these a try yet? Let me know what you think of them!