18 May 2016

Beauty Products On Trial: Maybelline Edition #1

Early last week I had quite possibly, the most exciting and unexpected parcel arrive at my door. At the time I had no idea what it was, till I opened the box and everything made sense. Back at the start of April I received an email from Maybelline, thanking me for a review I did on their Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara. First off, just to be acknowledged by a brand is huge, but they also asked me if I wanted to be a part of their #Maybellinesquad? Hell yes, honestly at first I thought it was an Aprils fool, I've never worked with such a huge brand before and I was literally floored that they chose me to be a part of it. Back to the parcel, inside was a gorgeous beauty case, filled with a whole host of their new makeup releases. I had no idea they were going to be so generous, it was one of those"pinch me" moments. I'm such a lucky girl, so let's go through them shall we.

A picture of newly released Maybelline makeup products
I couldn't quite believe they had sent me the whole Vivid Matte Collection. We all know I love a good liquid lipstick and I had been eyeing these up online only a few weeks prior, so to receive all the colours was beyond exciting, I mean just look at them. I've only tried the shade "Nude Flush" (the second shade in) so far which is a lovely mauve, but I can't wait to crack open the neon shades (hello summer in a tube). For me these don't necessarily fall under the liquid lipstick category, which isn't a bad thing. I think people who struggle wearing lipstick with long lasting formulas will be a fan of these. Look out for a more in-depth post with swatches coming soon.
Every makeup collection needs a matte, warm toned bronzer with matching highlighter, and this one is no exception. It is quite orange toned, so I do have to use a light hand otherwise I start to resemble Dale Winton, but it just adds a nice warmth to my complexion, especially when teamed with the Contour Stick.
As I've mentioned many times I'm sucker for a new mascara and this one has found it's way into my everyday makeup bag. I'm not familiar with the original Lash Sensational Mascara, so I can't comment on how they compare, but I can say that this formula is very black and adds a tonne of volume. I'm normally very particular when it comes to volumizing mascaras, especially as my eyes are really prone to smudging, but so far this one is performing well.

A picture of the Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo
Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Crayon Duo in Light & Medium*
Out of everything they sent me, this contour duo in "Light" is without a doubt my favourite, my round baby face was crying out for a product like this. One side is a gorgeously creamy, cool toned contour shade, the other, a matte highlighter. Now, I'm going to be honest, the highlighter side didn't really blow me away, but the contour is absolutely beautiful! I have a post already in the works to showcase just how amazing this contour stick is, so until then I'll have to keep you in suspense, but I will say, girls of a paler disposition are going to love this!

A picture of Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks
At first I thought these were cheek stains, thank goodness I sniffed them first haha. I haven't tried them on my nails yet, but they look like an interesting concept, "Neon Translucent Tints". We know I like Nail Polish (that's an understatement) so I can't wait to give them a whirl.

Just by swatching these glosses on my had I can already tell they are really smooth and pigmented. I was expecting them to be quite sticky but surprisingly they feel more like the NYX Butter Glosses (which you know I love) so I'm looking forward to trying them out properly.

You can never have enough lip balms and these ones have a hint of colour, so they make the perfect low maintenance summer lip essential. Plus the packaging is adorable, I love the bright turquoise one, it's my favourite colour if you didn't know.

I know for a lot of bloggers receiving PR Samples is pretty standard and considered normal, but for me, this really was a huge moment, one that I never imagined would happen, so thank you Maybelline for genuinely making my day, I am so grateful!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know which you would like me to review first.

                                                                                 *PR Sample/Gifted
         XOXO Claire           


  1. The Vivid Matte lipsticks sound really lovely xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin | Instagram

  2. Thats so cool you've got to work with a brand like Maybelline I'm so happy for you - the master crayon v shaped contour looks right up my street!

    Lucy | Forever September

  3. I honestly feel so happy and excited for you just reading this! How amazing to be recognised by such a huge brand. It's lovely that even though Maybelline are a big brand, they value their blogger relationships xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  4. Can't wait to see your swatches of the Vivid Mattes - have been curious about these myself! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  5. They are so pretty, the colour selection is spot on too :)

  6. Aww thank you Lucy, it so gratifying knowing that such a big brand noticed my little blog, even though I've been blogging for 6 years, I'm still a very little fish, in such a big pond :)

  7. They are such an interesting product, definitely one for the people who want the look of a liquid lipstick, but not the uncomfortable lips that come with them ;)

  8. I got the same parcel! I also thought it was an April fool at first! My favourite products are the contour stick, the mascara and the baby lips nude gloss atm!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  9. It was crazy, I really thought they had made a mistake haha. I'm obsessed with the Contour Stick, it's so creamy and just melts into the skin! :)

  10. amazing that you got sent all of this! I really want to try their vivid mattes!


    (I'm also doing a giveaway right now too!)

  11. I was honestly blown away, still am actually :)

  12. Ah that's so amazing Claire, well done! And why wouldn't they want you to be part of their #squad, your blog is fabulous! All these products sound incredible I can't wait to try those lipsticks for myself! x

    Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

  13. These maybelline products look stunning! Especially that contour highlight stick!


  14. Ahh that is amazing! Congratulations, girl!!! Hard work pays off ;). Also, I need that contour crayon and I need to try the liquid lipsticks. I'm kinda liking the fact that they're not a super matte liquid lipstick like you said!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  15. It's amazing, I already have a post in the works because I'm so impressed :)

  16. Awww thank you, I'm still pinching myself haha and I've fallen head over heals in love with the Contour Duo, it's amazing! I'm currently writing up a post all about it, which should be up next week :)

  17. You lucky thing, I love it when brands get in touch, well done you!

  18. Thank you, I'm so thankful, I never thought I would be email by such a huge brand, it's so exciting! :)

  19. Aww that's amazing. well, yes you're very well deserving of it. Love your photos, reviews, and recommendations :) Keep it up!

  20. Awww thank you Zunaira, that's so sweet of you to say. I'll definitely keep my posts coming :)


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