Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils | Review & Swatches



Maybelline is a brand I want to take a moment to appreciate. I think we often take it for granted because it's such a staple on the aisles of Boots and Superdrug, but I think their products are really killing it at the moment. I must admit I've had these for a while but I thought it was time to share my thoughts on the Colour Drama Lip Pencils (£4.99 each).

From what I gather from other bloggers and from swatching shades in-store, the formula and finish of these can really depend on the shade you choose. However the three I have are quite similar in texture and finish. They're definitely a satin look as opposed to a true matte; there's a bit of a sheen to them. All three that I picked up are shimmer-free and have a creamy, easy-to-apply formula. Despite them being quite soft I didn't find them hard to sharpen and also though they are quite small I find a little goes a long way. 

Due to the sheen, you will probably get a bit of transfer, however I find them to be pretty long-lasting. I picked up three shades: Nude Perfection (a darker, brown/terracotta nude), Keep It Classy (a dark pink) and Very Berry (a bright cool-toned berry). They're all seriously pigmented!


Whilst they are very lovely, I do think there's a lack of wearable shades in the line. The only on I find myself reaching for in the daytime is Nude Perfection. I know you're paying a fraction of the price you would for a Nars one but some more colours would be nice. Also they're too large to use as a lip liner, so it's definitely not a 2-in-1 or anything.

I like Nude Perfection a lot however as for the others, all in all they're nice and well worth spending a fiver on but I just didn't love them as much as I'd hoped.

Hearts (Out of 5):

 Nude Perfection 

  ♥  ♥  

Keep It Classy 

  ♥  ♥ ½

Very Berry 

  ♥  ♥ 

Have you tried Colour Drama? Do you like lip pencils or prefer a lipstick formula?

 


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69 comments

  1. These are my absolute favourites although I recently noticed that I get a little bit of transfer especially with the darker shades like Keep it Classy and Red Essential which I love anyway...lovely post as always!!..xx

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  2. I have one of these, not sure of the shade but it might be the very berry and I love it, not that it last forever on my lips but it is a dream to apply and looks stunning on. It does last a few hours and doesn't dry out the lips, so all in all for the price I think they are great :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. Yeah the formula does apply really well :) xx

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  3. These look gorgoeus, especially Very Berry - right up my street.

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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    1. Glad you can see one you like the look of :) xx

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  4. I've not tried the Maybelline Colour Drama Pencils but have heard the NARS comparisons from other bloggers too. I must get round to them because like you say z it's easy to overlook Maybelline. I really don't need any more lip products but Nude Perfection looks pretty nice!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
    Xx

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  5. I really enjoy using the berry shade I own but minimalist (peachy pink) has a much worse formula. I might try out another shade from the line, haven't used these in a while :) x

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    1. It's a shame the quality seems to vary so much! xx

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  6. I've been meaning tor try these out for a while now, I love the look of the colour Keep it Classy. It looks as if it would be perfect for summer x

    Blushhx

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    1. Yeah it's actually a pretty bright shade despite being a darker pink xx

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  7. I've really wanted to try one of these for a while, but like you I've never swatched a shade in store that I thought would be amazing. Hopefully they'll make more colours, but I do really like Maybelline overall! I'm using their colour tattoo's and mascaras on the daily right now.

    PS. You are really killing it with your photography lately! xx

    Alice Red

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    1. I use the Colour Tattoos and mascaras daily too! And thank you so much :D xx

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  8. Loved this post, the swatches really helped show the true colours and nude perfection looks like an amazing 'kylie jenner' shade. I've never tried lip pencils so I might give these a go, just wish they were matte!

    CLOTHING CONSCIOUS// FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOG

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean - the formula is very creamy but I think they would last longer and have less transfer if they were true mattes xx

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  9. I own very berry which I love :) I keep meaning to pick up a few more shades (I really like the other 2 in your post)...might use the Boots 3 for 2 offer on at the moment to get some new ones... xx

    Brenda BusyBee

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  10. I adore these, they're just so beautiful and the pricetag is incredible! I only own three shades but I think I may need to go and purchase a few more...

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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    1. Yeah the price is so amazing, and there's the 3 for 2...xx

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  11. I haven't seen keep it classy before and although it's super bright, it's definitely my kind of summer shade :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Yeah it's really different as it's bright but also dark - great for evenings in summer xx

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  12. I completely agree, Maybelline gets it right 99% of the time, and I love their lip products. I don't think I've seen these lip pencils around though. Could be that they haven't arrived to us yet which is typical. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Aww well I hope they do as these are definitely worth a look! xx

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  13. I have been keeping an eye for this for so long but have yet to see it here in Canada! I am really tempted to get it from online. :-/

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Aw no - you could probably order them from the US! xx

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  14. I have Nude Perfection and I really like the colour and the creamy texture. I have to say I don't reach for it as much as I thought I would, though. And I agree... they don't have many wearable shades. Hope they bring more colours out for S/S. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  15. These look amazingly pigmented! I love the look of Nude Perfection :)

    Rebecca Coco

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    1. It's a really nice everyday shade :) xx

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  16. I do love the look of these, but I find for my skin tone Maybelline's lip products are often way too strong!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I know what you mean - they so bold, which is why I don't often wear the darker 2 :( xx

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  17. I haven't tried these but I LOVE how pigmented they are-and for such a low price, too! I may have to pick up the Keep It Classy one very soon! The berry one is right up my alley too, and I'm not sure if I'd really wear the nude one. Nice post!
    xo Kiki
    https://colormekiki.wordpress.com/

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  18. I've been wanting to try these lip pencils out, however, I can't seem to find them in the stores here, it could be they aren't in Canada yet. But they seem like they're worth the (affordable) price!
    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Aww well definitely keep an eye out for them :) xx

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  19. Thank you very much for this post! It’s really interesting!
    Fell in love with your blog! You did a great job!

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  20. I definitely like the look of Nude Perfection! I'll have to keep an eye out for that one!

    She Likes to Shop

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    1. It's really great if you want a darker nude :) xx

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  21. I found I had the same problem just didn't really like any of the other shades available apart from Berry Much. I have seen the shade Minimalist being reviewed before but haven't found it in store so might pick that up next when I do find it as I do love the formula x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Yeah it's such a good formula, shame there aren't more colours! xx

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  22. I constantly rave about these, they're fab for a lip pencil product :) I agree about the textures differing, I've found Berry Much to be a lot creamier and have more sheen to it than Red Essential. Totally on you with the lack of shades too - they're the only 2 I picked up.

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    x

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  23. I really love the shade Minimalist, looks super glittery but is actually just a pretty pink on the lips. I do really like them but they can be drying, but overall, a great budget product. Great post lovely :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Yeah it seems to really vary shade by shade! xx

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  24. I agree that the shade range on offer are limited, in most stores the colours seem to be out of stock most of the time as well. Keep It Classy and Very Berry look absolutely lovely though.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

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    1. Yeah it's very hard to get shades and ones that haven't been splodged all over the display :/ xx

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  25. I really love the look of these shades, and the slightly shimmery finish. I've really warmed to lip pencils and lip balms recently, as I find they don't transfer as badly as lipsticks but do a similar job so I may have to check these out.

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I love, love Maybelline products. I've never been disappointed before and it's definitely my go-to brand when it comes to affordable makeup! xo // Naomi in Wonderland

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  27. Ooo I'm loving Nude Perfection, I've actually never tried a lip product from Maybelline. Definitely want to try these though!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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  28. Really like the look of these, especially 'keep it classy' :)

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

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  29. Love the look of Nude Perfection. I will be keeping an eye out for these as I love the Nars lip pencils!

    Vanessa // VNSX x

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  30. The nude colour looks gorgeous, and I'm obsessed with chubby lip pencils at the moment. Think I need to have a look at these on my lunch break this weekend! You're definitely right about Maybelline, such a great brand overall.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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    1. Yeah I'm loving lip crayons and pencils too at the moment! xx

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  31. I have to try these! The Keep It Classy shade is fabulous but then I am a sucker for pink.

    Samio
    www,samio.co.uk

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    1. Yeah I think it will be great for summer :D xx

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  32. Nice, review. I'm currently obsessed with with these kinds of chubby stick/crayon makeup thingys lol... I really find them quicker and easier to apply than powders. I especially like the combo ones. Will check these out too.
    www.anythingbeautygoes.com

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    1. Yeah me too - they'll be great for summer :) xx

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  33. I have two of these and I love them. I would love to pick up Nude Perfection though, it looks great.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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