Friday, May 24, 2013

Product Review and Swatches: Maybelline Color Whispers in Nudes, Pinks, Reds and Plums

It's Friday, it's the end of May and it's freezing in SF.

It's so cold, I contemplated getting out of bed, putting on a winter coat and climbing back into bed...

So much for global warming...! :)

Then I realized the amount of energy I'd waste by climbing out of bed, so I asked el hub to turn on the heater.....

Now that I'm toasty and sipping my hot cuppa coffee --I take it black as night and sweet as sin--I figured I'd write the review I've been penning in my head all week...

If you follow my blog and I'm sure you do (right, right?), you'd have seen my last review on Maybelline's Color Whisper in Mocha Muse.  I've been testing all the other shades I bought this week and am finally ready to spill the beans..


The shades I bought and tested are:
  • Some like it Taupe (#15) - Similar to Mocha Muse except that there's no pink to this shade.  It's a warm, light brown with tiny gold, micro shimmer.  The shimmer is very subtle, pretty and not gritty.

  •  Lust for Blush (#25) - This one's similar to Mocha Muse except that it's much pinker.  It's a light, pink rose with more pigmentation and depth than Mocha Muse.

  • I Crave Coral (#260) - One of my new favorites, it's a bright tangerine that instantly brightens the face.  Don't be put off by the bright color in the packaging, it goes on sheer and you can build it up to get the intensity you desire.

  • Cherry on Top (#50) - Deep rose pink.  This is a cooler shade because the pink has blue undertones to it.  

  • Who wore it Red-er (#45) -The name of this shade reminded me of the TV segment, "Who wore it better"!  If you've never seen it, it's basically a segment comparing celebrities wearing the same outfit and judging who wore it better.  This is a beautiful shade that makes my teeth look so much whiter.  I'll be buying 2500 of these as backups just for that.

  • Rose of Attraction (#75) - This is a rosier version of Lust for Blush with silver micro-shimmer. The shimmer is not over the top or gritty, you won't look like a disco queen from the 80s'.

  • Berry Ready (#85) - Intense berry shade.  I was surprised at the pigmentation and richness of color in one swipe.  This one's great for nights out on the town!

  • A Plum Prospect (#100) - A light, purplish plum, less intense than Berry Ready



Some Like it Taupe

This shade slightly muted the natural tones in my lips but that's about it.  If you have highly pigmented lips, this may not show up on you.

Bare Lips

Some Like it Taupe on Lips

Lust for Blush

This came off as a cool pink with very light lilac undertones on my lips.  My natural lip color has a slight purple hue and this shade emphasized it ever so slightly. 

Bare Lips

Lust for Blush swatch
Lust for Blush on lips


I Crave Coral

This is a beautiful shade that swatched a warm coral peach on my lips.  I'll be wearing this a lot this summer.

Bare Lips

I Crave Coral swatch
I Crave Coral on lips

Cherry on Top

Bare Lips

Cherry on Top swatch
Cherry on Top on lips

Who wore it Red-er

This particular shade was more strawberry pink than red on my lips.  Still, quite pretty!

Bare Lips

Who wore it Red-er swatch
Who wore it Red-er on lips

Rose of Attraction

Bare Lips

Rose of Attraction swatch
Rose of Attraction on lips

Berry Ready

Bare lips

Berry Ready swatch
Berry Ready on lips

A Plum Prospect

Bare lips

A Plum Prospect swatch
A Plum Prospect on lips


These aren't touted as long-wearing shades, see my review on Mocha Muse for more info. on that.

That being said, the lighter shades- Some like it Taupe, Lust for Blush, I Crave Coral etc.- wore for an average of 2 hours whereas the deeper shades- Who wore it Red-er and Berry Ready- slightly stained the lips and lasted for about 3 hours.

Overall Rating

4 out of 5 stars

I found the Color Whispers to be very hydrating and buildable with the exception of Some Like it Taupe.   The texture on these is phenomenal and my lips didn't feel cakey or heavy during the entire wear time.  There are lots of beautiful color options in this range especially given the price-point and I'll be wearing them this summer and fall.

Where to buy

Check your local drugstore, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid or visit Maybelline.

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