Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick The Loaded Bolds collection review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Maybelline
  • Availability: beginning May 2016
  • Contains: 20 lip colors
  • Cost/Amount: USD$8.99 each
  • Would you purchase again: yes, about half of the colors
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 The Loaded Bolds collection

Sometime in late 2018 I went from not being a huge fan of bolder, vampier lip colors to wanting a deep red, a bold wine, a rich deep rose. I turned 50 in early 2019, so that might have been a trigger: I've never been one for 'rules' about makeup, but I just didn't like how I looked with stronger lip colors. But suddenly, I was more willing to try and actually enjoy wearing bolder lip shades. I started getting a few darker purples from other vendors...and then I stumbled on Smoking Red, from this collection. I also picked up three other colors, including Gone Greige. And then I picked up a few more colors. (And then I took a year to swatch more than two of them.)

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Four lip colors, swatched: Berry Bossy, Chocoholic, Fiery Fuchsia, and Grey Over It. Four lip colors, swatched: Gone Greige, Mauve It, Midnight Merlot, and Nude Thrill. Four lip colors, swatched: Raging Raisin, Rebel Pink, Sapphire Siren, and Smoking Red.

These all apply very smoothly and with strong color payoff and even coverage. Berry Bossy is the easiest to apply as a semi-opaque layer of color, but it's definitely not a semisheer lip color. It can just be made to act like it! These are all creme finishes, no shimmers or metallics. Just like other lipsticks, the color does fade after a few hours, especially if you're eating or drinking. I find that if I blot the colors fairly strongly, the initial color isn't the full-on bold but the fade is less obvious.

My absolute favorites are Berry Bossy, Violet Vixen, and Rebel Pink. I do also enjoy Shocking Red and Gone Greige, but not quite as much as those other three shades. Midnight Merlot is almost too dark a purple...for now. (Who knows how I'll feel in another year?) Mauve It is a more pigmented version of so many MLBB shades I've bought. Nude Thrill is good for when I want to wear one of my Buxom polishes and want its color to be more visible. A few of the shades - Midnight Blue, Dynamite Red, Orange Danger - didn't interest me as something I'd want to wear often, so I didn't even pick those colors up. (I ended up getting both Wickedly White and Pitch Black because while I won't have a need for either of these every month, the formula works very well for me and so I'd rather have these available when I do need a white or black lip color.)

The collection has been discontinued, but it's still possible to find scattered colors in different stores.

This collection contained:

  • Berry Bossy
  • Blackest Berry
  • Chocoholic
  • Coffee Addiction
  • Dynamite Red
  • Fiery Fuchsia
  • Gone Greige
  • Grey Over It
  • Mauve It
  • Midnight Blue
  • Midnight Merlot
  • Nude Thrill
  • Orange Danger
  • Pitch Black
  • Raging Rasin
  • Rebel Pink
  • Sapphire Siren
  • Smoking Red
  • Wickedly White
  • Violet Vixen

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