February 20, 2013

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick in Petal Rebel (REVIEW)

When I laid eyes on this lipstick, I knew it was love at first right.

Or perhaps buy at first sight...

Maybelline calls it Color Whisper in Petal Rebel ($7.49 at select retailers), a soft, nourishing lip color that reminds me of Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butters.  For unforgivingly chapped or dry lips, this lipstick is a charm worker--smoothing over your lips with "sexy, soft, see through color."

For low maintenance color coupled with the hydrating effects of a lip balm, Petal Rebel is a must have.

Oh, and that color, that's a color that needs to stay in my life.  Forever.

Color Whisper in Petal Rebel, my must have.


Unlike traditional lipsticks, Color Whisper is a more of a lip balm and lipstick hybrid, meaning it's more forgiving on the lips.  There's no drag or tugging here--it applies smoothly with semi-opaque coverage.  Bright lipsticks emphasize my lip imperfections, but the creaminess of Petal Rebel helped mask them.  Its moisturization is unbelievable, almost watery on the lips.

Because of its semi-opaque, smooth coverage, lip liner isn't necessary; it applies evenly without bleeding or feathering.

Left: Bare lips.  Right: Color Whisper in Petal Rebel applied.  Ooh, so pink.


Because Petal Rebel isn't a true lipstick (it's better described as a tinted lip balm), expect the wear time to be short.  On average, I get around 1-2 hours of wear without eating or drinking; if I get the munchies, this lipstick rubs off easily.  I don't expect tinted lip balms to have a long wear time, but even Petal Rebel ran a bit short in this department--with other tinted lip balms, such as Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butters, I get a couple of more hours of wear time.

The effect it creates once it wears off is lovely--it leaves a slight stain and moisturized lips.


This color is the quintessential Barbie pink.  On pale skin, the pinkness brings out the fullness and suppleness of your lips without looking too noticeable; on darker skin tones, it's like a toned down Nicki Minaj (if that's even possible).  I think this color is universally flattering and easily works as an everyday lip, since the color isn't too bold.  When my lips are too parched to handle traditional lipstick, I usually reach for this--just apply and go.

As you can tell, I am terribly excited over this lipstick.

Would I Repurchase?

Yes--in fact, I already have!  I somehow misplaced Petal Rebel after a quick shopping trip in Coon Rapids, so I bought a new bullet yesterday.  I truly love the color and ease of use of this lipstick, though I'm a bit disappointed with its lackluster wear time.



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