NEW Maybelline Makeup Reviews + Swatches

Extra Elle:
I hope you had a wonderful weekend--mine had an extreme lack of snow (boo) but lots of ice (scary) and watching the Golden Globes (fun).

Let's get into what's new at Maybelline! I was sent these a while back, and now that everything is in stores, I had to share it with y'all!

First up, Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon: a scented oil balm with a pop of color. These are very moisturizing, the color stays for a bit, they each smell differently, but I wish they had more shades.

Next up are the Maybelline Brow Precise Highlighters (swatches will be a few pics down). These are essentially stick concealers used to highlight around the brow. They work and I like the rectangular shape to them, but if you're already using something else you love, this isn't a necessity. There are 3 shades.

Also included in my package was the new Maybelline Colossal Big Shot--see the review here.

Speaking of concealer, there are 6 shades in the Maybelline Brightening Creamy Concealer. They're creamy, easy to blend, but definitely more of a brightening concealer than hiding my dark under eyes.

Pictured above are swatches of the Maybelline Brightening Concealers and the bottom three are of the Brow Precise Highlighters.

One of my favorite Maybelline products are their matte lipsticks, so I was so happy to see the Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes line. These are so pretty.

These are fabulous, and I recommend them. They remind me of my beloved Bite Beauty lip/cheek products, and the closest almost-dupes I've found.

I had to mention two new shades from the Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks in daring colors--swatches in a few pics below and see my review on these here. Not the shades I'd choose, but many of you would rock 'em. There are ten new shades total.

And now for more color! I couldn't wait to try these Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadows, since I am so bad at using single shadows. But look at these colors! Twenty shades from matte and shimmer. The mattes I liked, the colors diffused, and the metallics (minus the blue) worked well. Swatches below.

I didn't swatch all of them, but wanted to give you a range--the swatches look blurry, but they are in focus, that's how they swatched. The purple was my least fave, swatch-wise/wear-wise. And the Liquid Lips are up at the top.

I do love a highlighter, so I immediately went on a swatch-a-thon of the Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter. It comes in three shades. I tried this as a primer, but liked it best as on top of makeup as a finishing touch. The middle shade--I had to really work to get a good swatch. It disappeared pretty quickly. I liked the light shade the best.

Finally, the most-asked and searched for query of the new year: Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation. This gives luminous coverage in 8 shades. I will say it's kind of hard to find what shade worked for me. I could easily build this to a medium coverage with a brush (as opposed to the included puff).

This did bring out my lines, and I had to wear a primer beforehand on my super dry skin. And those who who are anti-cushion foundations because of bacteria, I tested one after a month of use for bacteria compared to a freshly-opened one (hence why this is going up in January as opposed to last month when I got all the products) and saw none. I am considering testing it in another month or so.

Would you be interested in a comparison of this against L'Oreal's cushion foundation?

And here I am with everything mentioned above on! I have the Cushion Foundation, the Brightening Concealer (I used shades to highlight and conceal as well), 3 shadows, the brow highlight, Big Shot mascara, highlighter, and the matte lipstick.

I preferred wearing a primer with these. I plan on retaking this pic to give a better idea of the shadows.

And here's my makeup at the end of the day. I switched to the Baby Lips crayon maybe 20 minutes before this pic. The glow is from the highlighter.

MORE new Maybelline releases to look out for:
  • Camo Color Correcting Kit
  • Master Blush & Highlight Kit--1 highlight, 3 blushes per palette
  • Lip Contour Palette
  • 24 Karat Nudes Palette
  • Shaping Lip Liners

What interested you from these new releases?


  1. That's a lot of Maybelleine products! Thanks for sharing all of it. I love the shades of those matte lipsticks. Have a great week Elle!


  2. My daughter used to always buy the Baby Lips. I always loved how moisturizing they were. I've been looking for a new concealer at a lower price point and need to check that out!

    Doused In Pink

  3. I have been looking for a good matte nude that I can try out to see if I like it. Thanks for the recommendation!!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. I'm always so fascinated by those cushion foundations, but have never purchased because they seem to hold less product. I'm ashamed to say I never even considered the bacteria...did your tests show a lot of bacteria on the cushion? I'd like to see the comparison with L'Oréal!

  5. I don't normally like nude lipsticks, but really like a few shades in the matte collection. I'll definitely check it out, especially because I just got a few Bite products!

  6. those baby lips look awesome! i have always loved the baby lip line so the pops of color look right up my alley! and the concealer/highlighters look fun - will have to try! and boo on the ice instead of snow! the worst.

    xoxo cheshire kat

  7. amazing make up dear,i love your skin..all these products seem so good

  8. i love the colors in the baby lips line! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  9. Loving all of those colors in the Baby Lips line! That color you have on in the last picture is so pretty on you! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  10. The Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes look like something I need to check out asap.

  11. Man! I wish I look that good at the end of the day....even the beginning:D
    And I want all those Inti-Matte shades! They look so freaking awesome!

  12. Oh those Maybelline colors are so bright and vivid, such a variety too! I'm sorry about the lack of snow, ice is definitely scary!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  13. I LOVE the baby lips line and was just looking at the soft cushion foundation-thank you-you've helped with my buying dilemma.


  14. Hmm...none really excites me to be honest, maybe the lipsticks but that's it. :-(

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. I am excited about all of these.
    Baby Lips is turning into a big brand & lots of fun products. They always feel so good on my lips

  16. Looks all really good!




  17. I want to try the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara and also I LOVE the Maybelline Mattes. I will have to see what new ones are at my local drugstores. The concealers look good too! Thanks for sharing these new products!

  18. So many new goodies! I love Maybelline lip sticks too so all those new ones are exciting! I also am interested in their new blush and highlight palette!

  19. It sounds like Maybelline has a ton of really good new releases! Those highlighting liquids look so pretty, as do those matte lipsticks! I'm glad that you stayed safe with all the ice!

  20. Wow so many things! :) I really like Maybelline, they do have some great products and their prices are really nice too, because they're not too expensive :) I'm always looking for a beautiful eyeshadow, so I should definitely try out those mattes :)

  21. I feel like all the colors are so pretty! It sounds like the lipstick was the best, and worth a try. I usually don't wear any, but maybe I will have to pick some up for a special occasion!

  22. The dream cushion looks like a cushion! Lol! I would love to try that. I've never highlighted around my brows, so that would also be nice to try. Wow! A lot of great products!


  23. nice.. these are some great products.. love the variety of shades.

  24. You look beautiful in the make up! I definitely want to try the highlighter for around the brows and the matte lipstick! Thanks for the great review. Sorry your snow was ice instead :(

  25. Those matte lipsticks are gorgeous! Even the baby lips shades are pretty! Loving all the new products in store right now!

  26. So much goodness in this post-- I never cared much for the original babylip line, but the colors of those look so pretty! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for the Maybelline line of lipsticks- they also look so pretty. You look gorgeous in those last shots!

  27. So many fabulous products rounded up, and how pretty are those nude lipsticks?! I love the Baby Lips line, so I'm excited to see they have some lip crayons now too <3
    Green Fashionista

  28. Ohhh all those lipsticks look so pretty!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  29. So many amazing products! I really like Maybelline and think I might try those cushion foundations. Great review!

  30. hmm i am intrigued by the baby lips color balm crayon, i love the baby lips chapstick or whatever it's called. so moisturising. but i prefer the colours/shades of that inti-matte nudes line. gorgeous!
    sorry about your lack of snow - ice is terrifying!

  31. Your makeup looks flawless! I love the swatches of the nude lip colors!


  32. What fun products, the baby lips color crayon looks awesome. I loved the balms because they are so moisturizing and gave a nice hint of color.

  33. Wow what an amazing haul from Maybelline! The lipsticks are my favorite. I love trying new shades.

    xx Yasmin

  34. I haven't tried the whole cushion foundation trend...mainly because of my hella oily skin.
    Loving all of the new lipstick shades! I picked up Brown Blush and I see a few more than will have to be mine.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  35. The cushion foundations sound awesome! It looks amazing at the end of the day too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  36. You got some fabulous products to review from Maybelline. The Baby Lips crayons sounds amazing since my lips are dying in the cold temps. Lip color + moisturizing is definitely a favorite of mine.

  37. I am loving all the vibrant colors for those matte lipsticks! I should try them!

  38. I do like cushion foundations though am not using that at the moment.. Ooh, I like the highlighting cream..!

  39. wow I am loving all the bright colours, great review as always :) You must have so many products, what do you do with them after the reviews, I find sometimes my office is more storage than anything else haha xx


  40. I liked how it was by the end of the day and I loved all the products! baby lips in Strawberry Pop is my favorite, then the eye shadows, the cushion foundation and the "shimmering" concealer (I would like that :) I am very pleased to know that you tested the bacteria of the cushion foundation and I am now free to wear it :) I would like a comparison between Maybelline and L'Oreal, if you can, but please, don't worry, I know that it takes time and I don't want you to feel any pressure!

  41. That make up looks great on you. I'd like to try the illuminating highlighter & the Intimatte lipstick. I love colors like that. I love Baby lips, but haven't tried this type. I don't love any of these colors, so I hope they come out with some new colors. So I can try it.

  42. Hi Elle, how are you?! You want me to send you some snow from Michigan? We have plenty of it today. Happy 2017 first of all! I will try to be more social and commenting this year. The last few months have been a blur, they went so fast and I was so busy and tired.

    I have been meaning to try the Baby Lips and the creamy concealers. Looks like they are both worth trying. The baby lips have the cutest names too but yeah they need more colors. I also need to add one or two nude lipsticks so I need to try the Inta-Matte ones. As far as the Colossal mascara I have it and it is so-so in my opinion.

  43. I am so going to have to try the Baby Lips Crayon!!

  44. Really can't wait to try the new baby lips out! The cushion foundation looks great too, love the l'oreal one!


  45. I saw where those Baby Lips balms were pigmented, but holy cow they are way more than a tinted balm. I definitely want to get one of the brow highlighters, but I haven't seen them in any stores near me. I love their matte lipsticks, but their liquid lipsticks left a lot to be desired in my opinion. I am loving that purple though, I have a thing for purple lipstick and I rarely wear it, but I just find myself wanting all the purple lipsticks haha I love the glowy look you created and that is a great picture of you! I wish a brand would come out with a natural or matte finsih cushion foundation. I want to try one, but I can't do glowly foundations.


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