Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color lip color is extremely similar to Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, which I already reviewed. It makes the same claim of (up to) 24 hour color, and needing to be removed with an oil-based makeup remover. It goes on smoothly, and feels tacky for a lengthy dry-down, but eventually becomes smooth, if a little drying, on the lips. And then they wear for a ludicrously long time. I never leave makeup on for twenty-four hours, but in my tests they last at least twelve, through eating and brushing my teeth. They also don’t transfer – not even a trace. This new lip technology is just amazing stuff.
One note: the Maybelline comes with a balm in the other end of the tube, and instructions to apply it after letting the gloss dry for two minutes. I did this on my first test run, and it was a disaster. The lipstick faded after three hours. The next day, I let it dry for more like eight minutes before applying the balm, and then it wore just as well as the Revlon.
Since it’s so obviously in competition with the Revlon, and many of you will have a choice of either to buy, it makes sense to compare and contrast a little.
- Dryness. Long wearing lip colors are always at least somewhat drying. I found the Maybelline gloss slightly more drying than Revlon, but as I said before…
- …the balm. The Maybelline comes with a luxurious-feeling lip balm that keeps your lips feeling moist and comfortable. The Revlon doesn’t come with a balm, but you can apply balm over it (just avoid oil-based balms because oil is what you use to remove these). With the balm, the Maybelline feels nicer, but without, the Revlon does.
- Quantity. You get more color product with Revlon – 0.1 ounces of gloss versus 0.077 of Maybelline. That’s a 23% difference. As much as I like the Maybelline balm, I feel like I have lots of great alternatives to it in my collection already. So unless you feel like the balm’s worth paying for, the Revlon is a better deal.
- Color selection. Here’s where Maybelline wins hands down. It offers 30 colors to Revlon’s 20.
Shade swatch: “So Pearly Pink”
The shade I bought was So Pearly Pink, and it’s just how it sounds – a pale pearlescent pink. It’s reasonably opaque. It’s a bit lighter than my lip pigment, so I was concerned it would just add glossiness (like Smashbox’s lip glosses) without changing my lip color. But it did actually make my lips the color it is in the tube, and the finish is smooth – no lines or weird streaks (see “Pout” in the Smashbox article).
A couple of important tips
I’ve seen people say they only got a few hours’ wear out of these products, and that happened to me the first time with the Maybelline. There’s definitely a method to getting long wear out of any product of this type:
- Exfoliate your lips. Just go over them with a toothbrush to get off any dead skin that may be sticking up.
- Nothing underneath. I apply lip balm frequently, so I have to make a point of wiping my lips clean before applying this stuff. These products need to go straight onto naked lip skin.
- At least a 5 minute dry down. Maybe some people can get dry in 2 minutes, like the Maybelline suggests, but I sure couldn’t. Wait at least 5 minutes before applying a balm, or drinking, eating, etc. I even try to avoid licking my lips during that time. You’ll know it’s dry when it stops feeling tacky/sticky.
Another note: no matter what balm I use, wearing these more than two days in a row starts to chap my lips. That may not be true for everyone, and it may depend how many hours you wear it. Just back off when you realize your lips are starting to get dehydrated.
Which will I re-purchase?
This is really hard to say! If you compare the Revlon and Maybelline finishes without any gloss or balm, the Maybelline finish looks a little duller. If you don’t want to wear a gloss, then I would recommend Revlon, no competition. But if wearing a gloss is fine with you, then they’re both viable contenders.
I lean toward the Revlon, but I would repurchase from either line, to be honest. I’m very pleased with both products. The color you get on your lips is very close to what you see in the package, too, which is really helpful when you’re looking at drugstore products you can’t test. So I guess for me it’ll come down to what’s on sale or which line has a color in stock that I want.
‘Bout darn time, too
Can I just say it’s really nice to have found not one but TWO drugstore lip products that really are super long wearing without making you feel like they’re eating your lips? Long-wearing lipsticks in the past were such drying, painful things, it just wasn’t worth it to me. Yay for drugstore products!