The Year of the Highlight isn't over.
Maybelline's ColorSensational Rebel Blooms lipstick collection is the perfect antidote for dreary winter weather.
Inspired by the vibrant hues of springtime flowers, the collection features amplified pastel shades, with a white pigment added to the blend to ensure the color really pops. With honey nectar infused into the formula, your lips stay bright without drying out or feeling flaky.
While the lipsticks are brightly colored, you're not going to get maximum payoff in one swipe alone.
You'll have to run the product over your lips a few times to really build up the intensity, which means you can go from a sheer wash of color to creamy, bright, near-opaque coverage.
So, let's have a look at the first four shades I tried.
These are, obviously, the lighter of the shades I tested.
Barely Bloomed is pale and nearly the shade of my fair skin. For this reason, I'm not a huge fan, as I feel it majorly washes me out. That said, it is more flattering than other lipsticks I've tried in this shade because it's not chalky and the moisturizing formula didn't settle into the lines of my lips. If you're into the pale look, go for it.
Blushing Bud, a brownish, rosy-pink, is probably the most natural of the shades I tested. It's pretty, but not overwhelmingly original.
Petal Pink reminds me of something Nicki Minaj would wear. It is Malibu Barbie pink with blue undertones, and glows near-neon on the lips.
Hibiscus Pop is a more toned-down version of the former, as it's a slightly warmer and darker light pink.
Whew, Lilac Flush is certainly a statement shade. It's similar to Petal Pink but much more purple (refer to the arm swatch to really see). The white pigment allows it to apply really opaque to the lips and pop against your skin. It's definitely a fun color, but again, I'm not a huge fan of pale shades for myself, so I wasn't in love.
Rose Rush, on the other hand, is my favorite of all the Rebel Blooms shades. It's a candy-apple ruby hue, and I've been carrying it in my purse for a while now to apply on the regular.
Coral Burst is a semi-pastel, orangey-pink that will be perfect for the first truly warm and sunny days of the year.
Finally, there's Peach Poppy, which you ought to break out in April for the final half-season of episodes of Mad Men, as it totally reminds me of something Megan Draper would wear. It's very 1960s California girl with its warm, light-but-not-washed-out peach hue.
Rose Rush, Coral Burst, and Peach Poppy are definitely my top three. They're shades I can see myself wearing with regularity, especially once the weather warms up.
Blushing Bud is a nice everyday rose-brown to pick up if you haven't got one in your collection yet.
As for what to pass? Barely Bloomed was way too pale for me, and Lilac Flush is a bit too alien-like for my taste.
All in all, I give the collection a solid thumbs up. I'm consistently impressed with how moisturizing Maybelline's lipsticks are. Applying, removing, and reapplying these shades didn't leave my lips feeling dry or chapped, but soft. I also really like the buildable quality of the pigment.
- Which Rebel Bloom shades will you be picking up?
- What lipstick colors are you excited to wear for spring?