Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick - Tantalizing Taupe, photos, swatches, review

Whilst perusing Boots a couple of weeks ago "for a look", I came across this nudie lipstick from the Maybelline ColorSensational range.  You know me, I do like a good nude and lads, this one is a blahddy cracker.

I don't know anything about the collection of nudes other than there were four shades on display and I can't even remember the name of the collection due to excitement.  I know that Maybelline released a collection in the states recently called The Buffs, so maybe this is our filtered down version of it.

Of the four shades on display, Tantalizing Taupe was the second lightest shade.  The lightest one was for those who like concealer lips, but this one, oh I had a good feeling about it.  I could feel it in my tubes.

Tantalizing Taupe is one of those wonderfully wearable nudes.  A classy nude.  A non concealer-y nude and one of my favourite nudie shades in ages.  It'd make the perfect accompaniment to a smokey eye without washing the rest of your visage out.  It has a slight pinky brown undertone to it and before you think it's going to transport you back into the 90s, fear not, for you shall not be using it with a brown lip liner.  If that's your thing, have at it, I ain't mad at you.

When I wear Tantalizing Taupe, I feel put together, sophisticated and ladylike.  On the outside anyway.  On the inside that's a completely different story *ahem*.  Like all of the ColorSensational lippies I've tried in the past, this is creamy, pigmented and feels lovely and light on the lips.  It doesn't dry out my already Saharian lips and that always gets bonus points in my book.

When I looked at it properly at home, I thought I'd bought an exact dupe of Rimmel's Notting Hill Nude, but you'll be happy to hear that it's paler and pinker than Notting Hill Nude, and doesn't have the almost matte finish that NHN has.  Well I'm happy to hear that as it makes me less of a crazy person for having the two in my collection.

If you haven't tried any of the ColorSensational lippies from Maybelline, then get yourself into your local chemist and start swatching.  The brights are simply stunning and Tantalizing Taupe is a beauty.  Totally one for carrying around in my handbag for everyday use.


  1. An actual nice nude, yeah! Packaging reminds me of those Revlon lippies.

  2. Looks gorgeous on you Karen, will have to check it out!

  3. This is a really nice natural shade!

  4. Looks lovely on you Karen. Great to see nudes that don't equal corpse lips!

  5. I have Brazen Beige and I'm in love with it!
    This one is very nice too, and it looks just gorgeous on you.

    Greetings, Berry

  6. That's gorgeous on you! May have to try it myself, most nude lipsticks just don't suit me with my red hair and freckles :(

  7. ohh, never been one for brown nudes but this one looks worth a go! very sultry looking lady :D xx

  8. Looks lovely! Not a huge fan of these concealer coloured nudes, this one looks nice & natural! It's probably just me but I don't like the word "taupe" in lip product names... it reminds me of something powdery and slightly ashey... but like I said, it's probably just my craziness ;) love the lippie!

    alex @

  9. I love this nude colour Im a huge nude colour fan :)


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