Review: Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipstick in Gunmetal

08 May 2018

I succeeded in not buying a single lipstick for the whole 2017 but I couldn't keep that streak for another year, not when beauty brands are releasing exciting lipstick lines left and right. One collection I knew I couldn't resist was the Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipsticks, but I missed out on getting them online when they were released locally in Lazada exclusively because I wanted to see them in person first. I actually went to Watsons in SM Aura to hunt for them but I was told they won't be available for another month that I promptly forgot about it.

Yesterday, I went to Maybelline in Landmark Makati to replenish my Micellar Water stash and I got so excited when I saw the testers!

Look at these beauties!
*heart eyes emoji*
The heart is very much willing but the budget is weak. I could only get one and I initially zeroed in on Serpentine, a gorgeous green. However, one swipe of Gunmetal and I was captured hook, line, and sinker.

Won't you look at that.

Temptalia describes Gunmetal as a "deep, bluish black with cool undertones and flecks of teal pearl and larger shimmer".

I already have and love the Maybelline Loaded Bold Mattes in Pitch Black but I felt I needed this too because it gives a different drama and dimension to the over-all look due to the shimmers. It applies smoothly and the glitters don't feel coarse at all. One swipe is striking enough but the color is buildable so you can pile it on for more intense pigmentation. It has a slight vanilla scent that disappears after a few minutes, but it didn't really bother me at all. It lasted for more than three hours on me and only started fading when I ate. Most importantly especially since it has a matte formula, it's not drying on my lips although it's not hydrating either.

Pro-tip: exfoliate your lips before applying this lipstick. For longevity you can also use the blot and powder technique. For best results, use a lip liner to minimize bleeding, although it didn't really bleed on my lips.

Indoor photo taken with my iPhone 6S, supported with lighting from my Lumee case
Indoor photo taken beside the window with ample natural light
I probably will not be wearing this every day as it can be too dramatic for everyday wear but I'm sure it will be a staple for special events that call for this look.

Each Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick costs Php299. I think I will still get Serpentine and maybe Hot Lava, too!

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