Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in Rebel Red & Nude Flush

The Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors have been on my radar for a while now, so I was glad to get the opportunity to try a few shades through Influenster.

Maybelline Vivid matte Liquid Lip Color Review

The Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors is a collection of vivid colors that prove “subtle just doesn’t cut it.” The creamy formula glides easily onto lips resulting in full color coverage with a velvety finish. The Vivid Mattes are available in 10 shades ranging from nudes, to reds and deep plums. I was sent Rebel Red and Nude Flush.

Maybelline Vivid matte Liquid Lip Color Review

The Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors comes in a simple rectangular tube with a doe foot wand for easy application.

Maybelline Vivid matte Liquid Lip Color Review

Maybelline Vivid matte Liquid Lip Color Swatches on Dark Skin

Rebel Red, Nude Flush

Maybelline Vivid Matte Rebel Red Dark Skin

Maybelline Vivid Matte Rebel Red

Intense vivid red

Maybelline Vivid Matte Nude Flush Dark Skin

Maybelline Vivid Matte Nude Flush

Blush toned nude

Both shades are extremely pigmented and universally flattering, but that’s where the compliments end. I have a serious problem with the Maybelline Vivid Mattes- they are not matte at all. Nor are they demi-matte or satin. Nope. They are straight up super saturated lip glosses. For best application Maybelline suggests applying one thin layer following the contours of the mouth,  then kissing a tissue and allowing to dry for an ultra-matte finish. First of all, a thin layer is not enough as the color is not opaque so you need a second coat. Secondly, no matter what you do the lip color does not dry down to anything near a matte finish. This is an epic fail in my book. On a brighter note, the Vivid Mattes feels good on the lips, are non-drying and are also very long wearing.

If these were marketed as vivid lip glosses they would be right on the money! Available at Walgreens, Target, Ulta, and Drugstore $6.99-$7.99

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When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.


  1. Nyomi
    07.17.2016 / 12:23 pm

    Ok yea they definitely don’t dry down to anything remotely close to matte! However they do come in pretty colors and are comfy to wear, but the floral scent can be nauseating… I’m on the fence with these myself and have returned all but one of them because the color was so pretty and unquie for drugstore lippies.

    • Erica
      07.17.2016 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much for reminding me about the scent. Ugh I can’t stand it! You’re right though, the colors are pretty.

  2. Sapphire
    07.18.2016 / 11:40 am

    Just discovered your blog while looking for some Big Chop ideas. I want to commend you on this post. All over the internet, I see reviews from people who were given products for “their unbiased and honest” review. About 99.99% of the time 5 stars and glowing reports are given. It just doesn’t seem credible. But here you are actually reviewing the product fairly which I very much appreciate. Thank you.

    • Erica
      07.18.2016 / 6:52 pm

      You’re very welcome. I do my best to give my honest opinion at all times while making it clear that just because something doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work you!

  3. Kachi Elsie
    11.19.2016 / 11:44 am

    Hey Erica, I love your sunnies! Where did you get them from? Link please? 🙂

    • Erica
      11.20.2016 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you. I got them from a street vendor, but a similar pair is available here 🙂

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