Did you know there's a fun new lip color trend that's started in Korea, and is making it's way here to the US?
Its called an Ombre or "Popsicle" lip effect, and it's done by blurring highly pigmented color in the center of the lips and then lightly fanning the color out to the edges of the mouth - or the reverse- concentrating the color on the outer edges of the mouth, and then lightly smudging it as you bring the color inward to the center of the lips. Here's one of Maybelline's examples, (shown, left).
So Maybelline came up with Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur to both achieve this new look - as well as to use for a classic bold, non-drying matte lip color, (if "blurred" lip color is not your thing).
As you can see, the Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil is a dual sided twist up lip pencil with a creamy lip color on one side and a smudger on the other, which will allow you to do the "blurring". The tip to the lip crayon is flat, which made it very easy to apply quickly and with accuracy. I found that with a few tries and some patience, I could really get some cool looks from shades like Partner in Crimson a bright pinky-red (shown, above). But some days, I just used it like a traditional lip liner/lip color combo product without using the smudger - and really liked the versatility of it.
The pigment in all 10 shades was incredible with the perfect amount of "slip" to apply, a smooth creamy texture and non-drying formula. The finish is opaque and velvety and it never made my lips dry or flaky during the day. I loved how smooth and even the color was with just 1-2 layers. For those of you who don't care for flavor or scent, you're in luck as well! These have absolutely none.
Two more great shades: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur, Plum, Please (for a softer, more nude/rosy look that works with all skin tones) + Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur, I'm Blushing (for a very nude/light pink lip for those of you with lighter skin tones.)
Pick up a few of these ASAP! - RLB
Purchase Here: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur, Partner in Crimson, .04 oz
*These products were provided courtesy of Maybelline PR for reviewing purposes.