Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks | Review


As you are probably aware, if you read here with any regularity at all I am kind of a fan of Bauble Bar and their pretty fashion jewelry. Particularly their Monday and Friday deals and of course, their sale section! Well, I was doing a little sale section splurging, recently and in my packages arrived not only the sparkly stuff I ordered but lipsticks! In all I received six tubes of Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick. Five tubes in Petal Pink; I kept one and passed four along because I don't need five tubes of mod pink lipstick! And one in Lilac Flush. I thought I'd share them with you, today. Tell you what I think of them. 

Let us first examine Petal Pink, shall we? Maybelline calls this line pastel rebels in vivacious shades. I call it a throwback to another era. These lippies feel very late sixties, early seventies, to me. I remember my mother and her friends wearing shades like these and envying them. Petal Pink is a pastel pink creme, almost sugar almond pink but a little richer, slightly more blue toned. 

 Lip swatch. The lighting was a little goofy, that day. I really need to sort out my lighting because the inconsistencies I suffer under shooting in natural light are not to be borne. Anyway, as you can see, this is a very light, cool toned pink. It barely covered my naturally pigmented lips. I should have used a primer to blank them a bit but by the time I got around to swatching these lippies, my lips were screaming at me. Primer wasn't happening.

Yes, I wear glasses. #blindasabat I don't know... I think this shade suits me okay. Especially since I was kind of bronzed up.

Lilac Flush is a bright pastel lilac. This one runs a little more blue than red.

This shade has a nearly neon pastel quality to it. It's very different from any other lipstick I own. 

From my expression you can probably guess that I'm not so sure about this one. I kind of like it, it's definitely different, for me and very outside of my comfort zone but I don't know if it really looks well on me. It's one thing to push your personal envelope. It's another to push it and look like a fool. I can't decide whether this lipstick is helping me do the former or the latter. 

The formula on the Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks is pretty good. They have that typical Maybelline lipstick scent, a little waxy/old school but it isn't unpleasant to my sense and it does dissipate. Application is a bit of a challenge. This lipstick feels stiff and it drags at first touch, it softens and loosens up to the warmth of the lips and gets creamier and easier to apply as you go. Getting a smooth, even coat takes some doing, I had to apply, smush, apply, smooth, apply a little more. 

Wear time is not sensational and I experience a good bit of breakdown at the moisture line with these lipsticks. It isn't all that obvious at a casual distance but even shortly after application, you can see it in my close ups. Happily, touch ups are not as labor intensive at the initial application. I don't have to work as hard for it, when I reapply, as long as I still have some on my lips. 

Comfort is a huge factor for me when it comes to lipstick. I own several other Color Sensational lipsticks and find them fairly comfortable to wear. These are about the same for me. They aren't super comfortable and I don't find them moisturizing but if I prep with a nice balm, first I can get through the day with these quite nicely. 

I'll enjoy these two lipsticks but I doubt I'll purchase any more shades of the Rebel Bloom lipsticks. I don't have a problem with them at all, they just aren't ringing my bell hard enough to make me want to run out and buy more. 

Do you own any Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom lipsticks? What shades did you get? What do you think of them?