Review: Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils

4 January 2015

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2014 seemed to be the year of the lip crayon and with good reason. If like me, you’re rubbish with lip liner and lipstick but still want to look like you’ve at least made a bit of an effort, lip crayons and pencils are your friend.

When Maybelline released the Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, I was so excited to see a drugstore matte pencil that I bought five of them completely blind. We’ve got In with Coral (a neon coral pink), Red Essential (a blue toned, deep red), Fab Orange (an orange-red), Nude Perfection (a brown toned nude) and Berry Much (a deep reddish purple). I think there are 10 shades in the collection so you are guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy.

These pencils are easy to apply and extremely pigmented. I’d say that In with Coral is almost too pigmented – to the point that it’s a bit too intense and creamy. It covers absolutely every trace of your natural lip line so you’ll need a steady hand otherwise you’ll end up with clown-face. I get a few hours of wear with these but I would recommend you moisturise well before putting these on otherwise they do drag a bit and look a little dry. But with a little lip balm on underneath, these pencils are creamy, comfortable and a joy to wear. The finish isn’t completely matte – there’s a little bit of sheen which stops your lips feeling like the Sahara but it’s by no means glossy.

A lot of people moan about these needing sharpening rather than being twist-up but personally I like that as it means you always have a sharp end – and with such intense pigmentation, you need it. Yes, you do end up wasting a bit of product but at less than a fiver each can we really grumble?maybelline velvet lip pencil reviewmaybelline velvet lip pencil reviewMy most worn shade is, unsurprisingly Nude Perfection. It makes me look ‘done’ but isn’t over the top. If you’re after a nude that isn’t pink – try this one. My favourite one however is Berry Much which I whip out on the weekends – it’s striking and sexy but I don’t feel too self-conscious wearing it. As for the other three, I tried them for the first time taking these photographs and I was flabbergasted at the loveliness of Red Essential. To me, it’s basically a much easier to wear version of Ruby Woo. A darker, blue toned red that will look good on literally anyone. The only one I don’t like is In with Coral – I’m sure it would look absolutely hot on other people but for me it just looks wrong. It’s far too bright on my skintone and the texture like I mentioned above is far too intense. Weirdly, I quite like it in the photo but in real life it’s a no from me.

I’d recommend these in a heartbeat, especially if matte lips are your thing. It’s nice to see the high street taking matte lips more seriously – well done Maybelline.

Has anyone tried any of the other colours? I’d love to see what they look like on.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are available from Boots and Superdrug at £4.99.

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  • I love these, great quality and so affordable! I have the Red Essential and keep It Classy which is my favourite of the two :) Berry Much looks stunning on you! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Bee

      Thank you! Just had a look at your review on these – loving Keep it Classy – think I’m going to have to invest in that one! x

  • Stefanie Meier

    The berry much shade is absolutely gorgeous on you, stunning x

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

    • Bee

      Thank you, I love this one! x

  • Oh my gosh the coral and orange ones!!! I cannot wait for summer. I am going to wear these pencils down to the nubbins!


    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  • Bee

    I really don’t think I’ll be brave enough to wear the coral one but the I’ll most definitely be whipping out the orange one! x

    • Bee

      They are, really want to get my hands on some more! x

  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

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  • I have nude perfection and it’s really nice. I love the look of red essential on you. :)

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • Bee

      Thanks! I think it’s a great universal red, I can’t imagine it looking bad on anyone x

  • Jyo

    Thank you for the review. But my concern for the lipstick is about digesting.
    Please let me know about the contents in this.
    Is it ok if we digest?

  • BellezaXO

    Do you have other brand matte lipsticks with similar shades? Loved the colours!