Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Beauty Review - Maybelline Superstay 18 Hour Wear in 510 Red Passion

Red lipstick - it is one of the cornerstones of a vintage look and there is no getting away from it.  While I dabble with Coral and Rose and Pink and Plum my heart belongs to Ruby...

The problem however, with such a strong colour, is that it is more obvious when the colour transfers to your cup, cigarette, lover...and thus also more obvious when it has worn off your lips.  Not a good look.

Following a recommendation from one of the most perfect looking vintage gals around I recently invested in Maybelline's 18 Hour Superstay lipstick in Red Passion (colour 510).  Its one of those double ended (phnar) things with the colour in a lip gloss type pot with a sponge applicator on one side and a clear gloss on the other.

The packaging is quite nice actually, not as cheap looking as similar products from L'Oreal and Max Factor, despite Maybelline being a cheaper range.

I tried it first on Saturday afternoon, I was heading over to a friends for 6pm and so got ready at about 4pm (I like to faff, so tend to get ready early and then have plentiful faffing time after).  I used a lip liner (MAC Cherry) just around my lips and filled in with this.  The colour is a perfect match for the MAC pencil.  Once the Maybelline was dry I applied a very light amount of the gloss, let it settle and then used my usual MAC Ruby Woo over the top.  I then headed our the door for funtimes with the Vintage Mafia.

Luckily, given I didn't take any lippy with me, it lasted a good 12 hours, through eating and a lot of drinking.  And I really do mean a lot.  This is me, very drunk at about 3am, posing about and still with my lippy on.  Huzzah.  And around 40% of it was still there when I crawled from my bed some 10 hours later...

Yesterday I tried it without the Ruby Woo on top.  The pic below shows my lips just after applying, not a great photo as my camera is useless but you can see that its a strong, clean red.

It lasted a good 12 hours again, even through the eating of a very greasy pizza.

Sadly I haven't given it the kissing test, but when I do I'll let y'all know.

I have to say I'm very impressed with it, great colour, not as drying as expected and it does last very well!  A bargain at between £6-8 (cheaper online, as all things are!).  I might even give some of the other colours a go...

Below is a silly I took while trying to get a lipstick image - just for your amusement n'all.


  1. Well, with a thumbs up from you and Fay both, time to invest, methinks!

  2. Methinks Hannah uses it too...but I could be wrong.

  3. Hmm, I may have to try this! I usually don't buy Maybelline (I'm a Revlon lady ;D), but a lovely red that really lasts would be grand!

  4. I have given it the kissing test, and yes, it will not transfer! The only way to get it off is with make up remover. I LOVE the long wear lipsticks now and find the less expensive drug store kind are better than Mac.

  5. Oooh great tip, I'll be buying this one for sure (I usually get Ruby Woo EVERYWHERE. Lipstick klutz) x

  6. Hannah recommends it too, yes she does! It's an absolute beast to get off though - several applications of cold cream work best for me but Fay swears by baby oil.

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  8. Wow! Sounds good. Wonder if I can get it here? Thanks for the review =D
    -Andi x

  9. went to bed with it on last night after a night of red wine drinking and its all still there this morning and it didn't smear over the silk pillows. Genius. I find Ponds cold cream gets it off. I'm a total Ponds convert.

  10. The last photo is amazing. Nice colour of lipstick!

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