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Maybelline Powder Mattes by Color Sensational: First Impression + Swatches


Disclaimer: I don’t typically write makeup reviews. Go read at your own risk. ✌?

So Maybelline did it again. It recently came up with this beautiful line of lipsticks in powder matte finish. As usual, women can’t get enough of them! Maybelline Powder Matters by Color Sensational (wow, what a mouthful) has a total of 15 different shades, some of which are not yet available in stores (as of this writing and so I heard). If you’re a frequent buyer from Beauty MNL, you’re in luck because they just got ahold of these new lipsticks from Maybelline. They’re currently on sale at P199 from February 20-24. So hurry!

Before purchasing two of these lipsticks, I bumped into Ate Greta’s product review. Let me tell you that I kept coming back to her blog post to check on the colors again and again. It was really helpful, but I couldn’t find other equally helpful product reviews that I could check before buying. Often times, my problem is the shades. I’m the kind of girl who cares more about the color than the formula (provided that it’s already a good brand), so when I check lipstick reviews online, I usually go straight to the swatches.

It’s one thing that frustrates me (why do some women pick bizarre colors?), another is that some women are not very detailed enough. So that’s what I’m going to do with my own product review. I’m gonna bombard you with photos so brace yourselves!

Let’s start with the description. These lipsticks should leave a powdery matte finish so it’s nothing sticky or creamy. They’re super lightweight as well, so who doesn’t love that, right? The moment I read Ate Greta’s blog post, I knew I had to buy one (or two) from this new line while it’s still on sale. I really love how they came with three categories: Nude, Pink, and Red. I think that’s really helpful for women who tend to zoom in on a particular shade. Like if I’m into pink lipsticks, I would stay away from the Red category. Something to that effect.

I was so indecisive with the colors so I just made my boyfriend pick them out for me. I’m not a huge fan of pink lipsticks (I actually try to avoid them because I’m tan), but I trust my boyfriend’s taste since he was also the one who picked Clay Crush for me, which turned out to be my favorite! Not just in terms of color, but out of the many lipsticks in my stash, it’s the one I always have in my go-to purse.

The result? I got Barely There and Mauve It Up. To be honest, I didn’t have a nice first impression with these colors. I thought Barely There was too girly of a pink while Mauve It Up was too loud. I later learned that I just need to do my full face for these colors to blend well with my skin tone.

Aesthetically, I like how the lipsticks differ in the tube colors. It makes it easy to grab a tube when you’re in a rush. And you won’t go wrong unless you have, say, two colors from Nude. In which case, you’ll just have to look at the bottom of the tube. I noticed how Maybelline’s lipsticks have secure covers, too, which is always a plus. I dropped my lipstick earlier but the cover didn’t break. It detached a little, but only by a few millimeters.

Mauve It Up / Barely There

I just noticed this small label on the lipstick tube and I think it’s a nice touch. I wonder if all of Maybelline’s lipsticks have that stamp.

Let’s start with the swatches. These were taken outdoors (left photo) and indoors (right photo) just so you can see the difference in the colors.

As with the face shots, I took the initiative to take several photos while wearing both colors just so you can also see the difference of the shades in different settings. It’s a lot of effort, I know, but I think it would serve as a handy guide (and you don’t have to go to different places to see how the colors look because I already did that for you).

Some pictures are pretty gross so let’s just get them over and done with.


Taken indoors with lights 

Taken indoors in front of the window 

Taken outdoors with direct sunlight 

Taken in a dark room with flash (IDK why my photo for Barely There looks weird, but anyway)

Taken in semi-lit room with flash

But, Bae, how can we see the colors properly if you’re not wearing any makeup?

Chill, I gotchu, fam.

Barely There with full-face makeup

(Press powder, eyebrow pencil, cheek tint, mascara)

For comparison:


Mauve It Up with full-face makeup 

(Press powder, eyebrow pencil, cheek tint, mascara)

For comparison:


Barely There vs. Mauve It Up



Barely There & Mauve It Up after removing with tissue 



I’ll be honest. I already tried these lipsticks before I took these photos so this is actually my second time “testing” them. I can say Barely There is definitely harder to apply than Mauve It Up. I’m not sure if it’s because of the lightness of the color, but I had to reapply Barely There to get a pigmented color. It also helps to blot your lips with a tissue and apply a second coat to get more color.


I was surprised that neither color transfers easily when you eat or drink. My lips still had some color even after eating an oily food. But of course, don’t expect them to stay on all day. After all, these are not magical lipsticks. Let’s be practical, girls.

(Just a little rant because I notice how some women complain when a particular lipstick does not stay put all day or when it budges quickly when you drink. Really, what did you expect?)

Apply and re-apply this all day and you would definitely get chapped lips at the end of the day. But I can only speak for too many ladies because I personally have dry lips. I don’t know how well (or not) it would work on women with moisturized/normal lips.


I can’t say these lipsticks have a powdery matte finish but they’re definitely not creamy. So none of those “OMG I have hair on my lips” first-world problems. I would say the “powder” feel is more apparent WHILE you are applying the lipstick – not after. I guess this is why it’s kind of hard to apply? You’re not gonna get an instant pop of color because of its powdery formula. I didn’t blot my lips after applying either lipstick so what you see is what you get. Although I applied each lipstick about three times before I finally got the proper color.


No, it doesn’t. It’s not cement-like like Colourpop. However, it might be safe to say that it leaves some stain on the lips so you’re not gonna rid of the color as soon as you eat or drink something. Just be careful about applying this lipstick several times a day. You don’t want to have dry lips, trust me.

Those are my main concerns about these lipsticks. If I missed something, just let me know! Comment below. As with the color, I definitely prefer Mauve It Up on me. I’m tan so light colors do not suit me well unless they lean on the brown or peachy side.

What do you think? Have you tried any Maybelline Powder Mattes lipsticks so far? If yes, what do you think of them? Otherwise, what colors are you eyeing?

Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

Latest posts by Bae Milanes (see all)

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