Maybelline Colorsensational Red Revival

This is a more detailed review for Maybelline Colorsensational Red Revival. This is a thick and very pigmented near true red lipstick, it leans very slightly to the blue end I think. It’s got a texture that you don’t find much in lipsticks anymore, very heavy and a bit waxy. It’s got a retro feel with packaging, and the smell is slightly old fashioned too – smells like old lady.

maybelline red revival

red revival

The colour is fun though and makes me think of those songs about lipstick on your collar. This is the sort of lipstick that will leave a mark on your husbands collar is you lean on him. I wear it for burlesque because it’s so vivid, but also gets me in that retro glamour mood.


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Red Lipstick Comparison

I am comparing Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato, Illamasqua Sangers, Revlon Matte in In the Red, MAC Ruby Woo. Maybelline Colorsensational in Red Revival, and Dior Rouge in Red Icon.

The most pleasant texture is the Dior. This is a true red and has the second best pigmentation.

The best pigmentation is the Maybelline Red Revival. The downside is this is really waxy, it’s a really old fashioned ‘nanna-ish’ style formula to me as it has that old school lipstick odour. I mainly use this as stage makeup as it’s so thick and vivid it wears well as stage lipstick.

Best wear is the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick. You can try feathering this and it just does not move. It’s great for work wear as a result. But it’s drying as heck so I usually it as a lipstain with a lipgloss or less wearing lipstick on stop. It’s got a nice shimmer that subtly lifts the matte finish.

Revlon Matte and MAC matte lipsticks have a similar level of moisture and pigmentation. Illamasqua lipsticks are a bit disappointing on the pigmentation front but do have good wear so I usually layer these with a lipgloss. In the Red leans to a brick red, and Sangers is a beautiful true red.


Red Icon lipstick by Dior

This is Red Icon by Dior Rouge. I’d called it a brick red aka a true red. This is more flattering on my sallow complexion and the formula is lovely, with heavy pigmentation and buttery texture. Unfortunately this doesn’t bode that well for wear time and I find myself doing multiple touch-up’s a day with this lipstick. I love it as I wear it, but for the price point I wish I wasn’t reapplying quite so often.

dior red icon lipstick

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Ruby Woo by MAC

I have a lot of red lipsticks. This is Ruby Woo by MAC.

It is a blue-ish red, which I do like because it makes your teeth look whiter 🙂 The formula is very matte though, very drying and that’s not flattering.  Image

I thought I’d do a week of red lipsticks to do a compare and contrast of all of my red shades. Might help me work out which I should repurchase and hopefully reminder me that I have a huge backlog to get through before I do repurchase any! hahah


Just a reminder that the comparison swatches are here.