Product Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick In Midnight Plum

by Gio

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Name: Color Sensational Lipstick in Midnight Plum
Brand: Maybelline
Size: 4.2g
Price: $1.00

From Maybelline’s website:
Fall in love with color, all over again:
• Crisper color from pure pigments
• Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar
• Lipcolor so rich, so stunning…it’s sensational

What I liked:
– great colour payoff
– not drying
– longlasting
– pretty packaging
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– applies and fades unevenly
– some people may be put off by the strong scent

Midnight Plum was one of the three Color Sensational Lipstick shades in Maybelline’s fall 2013 collection. Now discontinued in the US, this shade can still be purchased in some European countries as well as online. But is it worth the hassle of tracking it down?

In the tube, this deep plum shade looks very tempting for women who are into dark, sultry looks, or those who are looking for a cheap dark lippie for Halloween. The hue would definitely work well to create witch or ghoulish looks that would scare your friends at upcoming parties, but it is also flattering enough to be worn everyday by the most adventurous beauty junkies.

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But the formula… Oh the formula! It really pains me to say this because the lipstick was given me by my good friend Janessa (thank you hun!), but the formula is awful. It is impossible to apply it evenly. I’ve tried everything. I’ve applied it straight from the bullet and with a brush. On bare lips or on top of a base. I even exfoliated my lips. Nothing worked.

Although in real life it looks ok, in pictures every flaw is revealed. Application is very uneven, and the lipstick even settled in lip lines. The stain it leaves after eating or drinking is uneven too, forcing you to reapply it immediately. If you don’t have a meal or even just a snack, you won’t have to retouch it much throughout the day, though. It easily lasts several hours when left untouched.

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But at least it’s not drying (although not moisturizing either). And colour payoff is quite good too. One coat is more than enough for an opaque, although quite tame, coat, but you can always intensify and make it really dark by applying another one. As for the scent, I’m on the fence. It smells strongly of vanilla and wax. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. You can’t smell it once on the lips, so I don’t think it will be a problem for many women.

So, should you buy it? It depends. I’m not a fan because application is too hard and uneven. But, as it looks decent to the naked eye, those who want to experiment with this kind of shade without spending a lot of money may want to give it a go. It’s only $1.00 on Amazon after all. But, frankly, I’d opt for the new deep purple shades from Makeup Revolution or NYX.

Available at: Amazon

Maybelline Color Sensational in Midnight Plum is a pigmented deep purple shade that lasts long. However, it applies and fades unevenly.

Rating: 2/5

Disclosure: the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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Laurie October 27, 2014 - 1:26 pm

This rings pretty true with my own experience of Maybelline lipsticks — the price is right and the colors are beautiful, but they just don’t wear very well.

Gio October 27, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Laurie, it’s a shame, isn’t it? I hope Maybelline will improve the formula soon.

Chic Readings October 27, 2014 - 3:19 pm

I usually don’t have problems with Maybeline lipsticks but haven’t tried this one:)

Gio October 27, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Helena, I’m glad they work for you. They’re not my favourites but I never had such big issues with any of them before.

MonicaP October 27, 2014 - 4:11 pm

The color is beautiful .. I love purple and plumb lipsticks, but as you can see in your photo .. it’s a bit patchy.


Gio October 27, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Monica, it’s very disappointing, isn’t it? I tried everything I could think of to get an even application, but nothing worked. 🙁

[email protected] October 30, 2014 - 6:08 am

it looks patchy on lips..bad performance but beautiful color.. I would skip it though.. nice review dear 🙂

Gio October 30, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Anubhuti, it’s very disappointing, isn’t it? It doesn’t look that bad to the naked eye, but still, a lipstick should perform better.

Annette November 2, 2014 - 10:29 pm

This looks similar to Clinique Black Honey which is more sheer but you can build it up without it become patchy. I think you need a very moisturising formula for darker lipsticks otherwise it sticks to any little of dry skin and or it bleeds!

Gio November 3, 2014 - 6:05 am

Annette, that’s so true! Clinique Black Honey sounds great. I like it that it’s on the sheer side, as that makes it easier to pull off and more versatile.

Hannah October 16, 2016 - 7:59 pm

It could be that way because u may have not gotten the real product. Beware of buying cosmetics off Amazon! A lot of sellers won’t give u the real thing!

Gio December 29, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Hannah, it was a present from a friend. I don’t think she bought it on Amazon, but will check. But you’re right, be careful where you get your cosmetics from.


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