Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick in Midnight Merlot (790) review and swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Maybelline (owned by L'Oréal)
  • Availability: part of the Color Sensational collection; available at drugstores, all-in-one stores (Fred Meyer, Kohl's, Target, et cetera), etailers
  • Color Range: deep cool red creme
  • Cost/Amount: USD$9.99 for .09 ounces / 2.55 grams
  • Would you purchase again: yes
All of the entries for the year 2020 were completed before March 2020. Most items were bought in, or before, 2019. And so, despite the pandemic where buying makeup is definitely a lower priority, I'm still publishing these posts.
Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick in Midnight Merlot (790)

I wanted a deeper, richer red…I got a deeper, richer red! This is extremely cool, it’s almost purple in some lights. It also does slightly stain my lips, so when I want a richer color with a little less oomph I can blot most of the color away and still have a whisper of wine. This one does okay without a liner - no bleeding, and it doesn’t apply patchily so I don’t feel like I need to go back and fill in.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

A montage of three images: top left, close-up of the lip color in the tube; top right, the color applied over bare skin, to better show the shade; and below, the color applied to the lips.

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