Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick (201) is one of the Color Show Lipsticks that had been released earlier this year. I think this line is only available in Asia because I couldn’t find it in Maybelline New York’s (US) website. I wouldn’t have noticed them if they hadn’t been on sale. But after I’ve swatched them on my arm, I was really surprised at how the colors and texture of the lipsticks got me interested.
From hot color to brilliant season it-pieces, Color Show offers only the hottest fashion colors & all the most convenient and advanced formula. The Color Show line contains 4 categories of just the right mix of shades to complement anyone’s skin tone, being: Reds, Pinks, Plums or Nudes.
☆ Intense Color – highest concentration of stain pigments
☆ Hot, Rainy, Humid Proof – Most stable color from 20-45°C
☆ Fragranced Lip Color
Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick is a true red with a cool undertone. In the arm swipe below, it is very obvious how cool-toned it is. The finish of Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick is already semi-opaque even with just 1 swipe. Although, it is recommended to apply 2 to 3 swipes for a more opaque and even color, especially for those with pigmented lips.
Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick looks like it would work with most skintones and undertones. It has a beautiful sheen that can be toned down by blotting the lips with a clean tissue paper.
The texture of Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick is creamy and smooth. It glides easily on the lips and does not tug at all. I could wear it even without a lip balm or lip liner underneath and it doesn’t smear nor feather. Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick is not drying on my lips but is not moisturizing either.
After eating and drinking, there was just a little amount of color left on my lips. Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick doesn’t last very long and doesn’t leave any stain at all. It only lasts around 3 to 4 hours on my lips before reapplication is needed.
Color and texture comparison swatches (photo above)
A – Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick
B – Chanel Pirate Rouge Allure Lipstick
C – NARS Annabella Lipstick
D – MAC Sparks of Romance (Matte) lipstick
I bought my Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick for Php145 from Maybelline in Robinsons Department Store, Manila. It was on sale because the regular price is Php165. The package looks cool enough and is very light because it’s just plastic. But still, it’s not so bad, considering that the price is fairly cheap.
Unlike Maybelline Crushed Candy, Downtown Red seems to have a much better scent and taste. Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick has a sort of candy smell and taste which is just okay for me, but will probably not be acceptable to those who are more sensitive.
Do you like red lipsticks? Have you tried Maybelline Color Show Downtown Red Lipstick or any of the Color Show lipsticks?
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“