The newest release from Maybelline, the Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are a huge welcome to a market currently saturated with liquid lipsticks and the like. It feels good to go back to good old creamy, matte shades which in my opinion are far more flattering, especially if you're like me and have a chronic case of dry lips! I can't remember seeing any other budget beauty brands doing slim lipstick pencils, I can only liken them to Nars Velvet Lip Pencils but at a quarter of the price, I know which ones I'll be picking up in the future!
The Maybelline Counter had been almost stripped clean by the time I got to it, all that was left was two shades; 'Minimalist' a pink lip colour and 'Nude Perfection' which is basically that, a nude brown shade. I already have a lot of bright shades in my lipstick collection so it's probably good for me that there was only nude shades left. I really like both, they're really wearable colours for day or night and I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of them.
They make applying lipstick incredibly easy to apply with precision, and you can easily cheat fuller looking lips by drawing slightly outside the line! Unfortunately they were a little hit and miss with regards to texture, one pencil glided on really easy (I can't remember which one, sorry!) whereas the other felt very scratchy on my lips and was slightly unpleasant to apply. Of course this could just be down to it never having been used before so I'll keep using it and see what happens.
Considering these are nude shades I think the colour pay off is great and judging from swatches I've seen online, the brighter shades available have even better colour pay off. There's a whole range of beautiful autumnal colours to choose from that I can see being just perfect to start wearing for when the dark nights roll in.
If I were you I'd get to Boots quick and take advantage of the three for two offer they currently have on the Maybelling Color Drama Pencils. There's currently nine shades available so plenty to pick from, I can already see these becoming a staple in many a girls makeup bags including my own!
Maybelline Color Dram Intense Velvet Lip Pencil - £4.99
Have you tried the Color Drama Lip Pencils? Let me know your thoughts below!