Review: Maybelline's The Jewels by ColorSensational in Amethyst Ablaze

24 June 2013

Lipsticks are my favorite makeup item so now that I have started to make these beauty reviews more regularly, I guess reviews of lipsticks and other lip products will pop up the most.

So anyway, I've been so obsessed with finding the perfect purple lipstick for months now but I couldn't bring myself to buy one because I was afraid the bold color wouldn't suit me. After Jen of Make Up Factory did my makeup and transformed me into a Purple Faery, I realized I shouldn't be afraid to try unusual colors every once in a while. She used a Make Up For Ever lipstick on me but the brand is no longer available here in the Philippines, and so the search continues.

But then I remembered the lipstick Kira gave me months ago from Maybelline's The Jewels by ColorSensational line in Amethyst Ablaze!

From Maybelline:
Why You’ll Love It
ILLUMINATED COLOR only from our deep jewelucent pigments.
CREAMIER FEEL only from our nourishing honey nectar
A captivating jewel collection in 8 deeply provocative shades

The tube looks really lovely, yes? I also liked the packaging because it doesn't feel cheap.

Here are some swatches:

One swipe, two swipes under natural lighting
Two swipes on my lips

I'm not sure if you can see it, but the lipstick has micro-glitters that refused to budge from my arm and lips even after I have wiped them off. They look really pretty and the color is gorgeous.

What I liked:
  • Buildable. The color goes on sheer on the first swipe but appears more translucent and almost opaque after one or two swipes more.
  • Glides smoothly on the lips with very minimal tugging.
  • Non-drying. It didn't dry my lips, no lip balm necessary!
  • Inexpensive. The lipstick was priced P399 only.
  • Another point for the color being really pretty, please. ♥
What I didn't like:
  • The staying power sucks. It stays on my lips for less than an hour before it disappears. Such a shame since I don't really want to touch up all the time. I mean, I can do that, sure, but why would I want to keep on retouching my lipstick when it should stay put for at least three hours, right?
Would I buy any other shade from Maybelline's The Jewels by ColorSensational again? No. There are other lipstick brands who can offer better staying power. Even Maybelline's lipsticks from other lines are better! And even if I wanted to buy again just because of the pretty color, I couldn't because this lipstick is Limited Edition and was phased out already.

Too bad as I really wanted it!
Have you tried Maybelline's The Jewels by ColorSensational line? What color did you try and how did you find it?

In the meantime, I am happy to say that I have found the right purple lipstick for me! I am going to reveal the brand and share a review soon so watch out for that ;) Thanks for reading!


  1. wow looks very hydrating and moisturizing on the lips! i guess that's why the staying power isn't that long. ohwell, lovely color anyways. :D

  2. I've tried this before, it has nice natural colors but it doesn't last very long on my lips either.


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