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Drug Store Haul

Hi Everybody,

I have to admit, I was spoiled by my New York life. When I lived in Manhattan, it was hard to comprehend why some people made a big deal of sephora or department store hauls. I lived in an area where I was surrounded by abundant Sephoras and department stores and drug stores were more of a rarity. Walking to Sephora was easier than going to walgreens or duane reade. BUT, now that I'm not in New York and it is impossible to walk anywhere, I am slowly realizing how appreciative I should be about going to stores and hauling.

So today, I had a chance to go to Walmart. It took me a while to locate the cosmetics corner, but once I made my way to the corner, I had a chance to look at every single brand sold there. I wasn't really looking for anything specific. I just wanted some fun colors to play around with since all I have at the moment are boring neutral colors. There seemed to be a lot of foundation and lip products, but not much of a variety of eyeshadows. I didn't really like any of the color combinations of the palettes, so all I picked out was Maybelline's EyeStudio Color Explosion in 25 Pink Punch, Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in 515 Coral Crush and Maybelline Lasting Drama 24 hr EyeStudio Gel Liner in Noir Super Intense.

I didn't know until I checked out, but after an intense session of browsing, I ended up with all Maybelline products.

I've heard a lot about the EyeStudio gel liner for quite awhile now. The problem is, I've seen a lot of Asian magazines and blogs raving about Maybelline's gel liner in a different bottle form. I know that Maybelline changes product names and packaging forms in Asia, but I'm not sure if this gel liner formula is the same as the oh-so-great Asian one.

This is how the Asian ones look like.

I didn't review the gel liner because I want to use it before giving it a verdict. Just to give you guys a heads up, the gel liner is a tiny .016 oz size with a brush in the packaging.

Next is the EyeStudio Color Explosion in 25 Pink Punch. I bought the palette because the top color was so sparkly and the colors were all on the safe side (how typical of me :p).

As you can see, there are five colors in the palette and they are all in the pink/purple family. I wasn't impressed with the pigmentation and #1 shade was extremely flaky and crummy. Shade 1, 4 and 5 are on the shimmery side and 2 & 3 are a bit more matte.
I will have to apply them on my lids to give the product a final verdict, but as for now, I'm not in love with the palette.

Next is the lipstick - Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in 515 Coral Crush.

As a lipstick junkie, I have to say I WUVVVVVV ITTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is such a bold, summery color, I can't stop thinking about how much I love this color!
Like all color sensational lipsticks, this one has that thick vanilla scent. The lipstick doesn't have any glitters or shimmers (I like'em plain!), but is moist and glossy enough. The pigmentation is great and the color is exactly like its name - Coral Crush. As a coral and red lips lover, I am willing to repurchase this lipstick over and over again.
I give it 5/5 for everything!

I always had a good impression of color sensationals but never put any effort to keep myself updated with the products. As for now, I am madly in love with my new lipstick and I hope I can find more sensational colors at the drug store!! :)

Todays trip to walmart was a success in my opinion. I had fun and I am content with the products I got ^__^*
I can't wait to go again next time and dig through color sensationals again. I'm obsessed!!!

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  1. love coral crush, it even has spf15. yep the maybelline gel liner is one of the best out there, mine is still creamy to apply and it's been waaaay more than 6mos. the brush that comes with the purchase is nice, too ^_^

  2. That's a really pretty color! Not too striking, and just the right shade~^^ I usually don't get to wear red lipstick, I guess I just haven't found one that I'd really like! But this coral crush looks really really good! I can't wait to check if they have it here <3

  3. So glad you went with the Maybelline gel liner. Don't ever try the L'Oreal HIP ones. They dry out so fast! At the rate you would be re-purchasing it, you could buy a high end one that would last a lot longer.

  4. @Marge: OMG I feel reassured about the gel liner ^__^ do you know if it's the same formula as the Asian one by any chance?

    @Mish: You should! I wasn't sure when I looked at the tube, but once I swatched it my eyes were lit with happiness LOL +___+

    @Tina: yay! I'm happy too :D Good. I was looking through hip products too, but I'm glad I didn't get them gel liners +_+

  5. I love coral crush too! It looks great on you. I just don't like the smell that the lipstick has.

  6. That lip shade is gorgeous on you!! I want to check out that shade tomorrow ^_^

    I have heard good things about the Gel liner in shade Black, so I purchased the one in the shade Egg Plant Aubergine. I loved the shade but I am currently on the fence about the dry texture.

    Looking forward to your review~

  7. heyo
    the maybelline gel liner asian package is packed the same here in germany;;; so yeah i hope the formular is the same - so far it has been doing a good job on me - it fades out at the end of the day and i feel the black one isn't that black... but it's ok i guess XD

  8. Oh we have the same gel liner packaging in europe as well :D hmm dunno how the amercian version is like, but i looove the gel line, it's really smooth and long lasting :D

  9. I have the same lipstick too :] It's my all time favorite. Can't wait for your review for the gel eyeliner.

  10. I have never used a Maybelline lipstick but i will try now. I own about 12 Mac lipsticks and swear by them. Mayberline do fab mascaras!! Please check out my blog :D xxx​/

  11. re: the gel liner, the packaging for asia looks classier.

  12. I love coral crush too! It is my 2nd purchase from CS line after Pink Please and is the reason why I now own 7 CS lippies lol! The color also led me to Covergirl Perfection Fairytale, which is slightly cooler but very pretty too!

  13. holy poop coral crush!!! that's exactly what i've been looking for :o thank you! <3

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  15. i love your blog! I like how you compare Mac lipsticks with (cheaper) Korean brands! I've shown all my friends your blogs too keke

    The lipstick you showed reminded me kind of like the Mac Surf Baby Hibiscus color. I can't find it in Korea, and as you know, it's twice as expensive here >.< do you know a similar color at Korean makeup stores (skin food, tony moly, etc)?

  16. The packaging of the gel liner is the same as here in Italy :) i think the product itself is the same. Nice haul!

  17. I heard that Coral Crush is a good dupe for Viva Glam Cyndi. Is that true, Catalina? :)

    I also love the Maybelline gel liner! It applies so well.

  18. I heard that Coral Crush was a good dupe to Viva Glam Cyndi. Is that true, Catalina? :)

    I also love the Maybelline gel liner. It apples so smoothly and never smudges!

  19. I have been a lurker for awhile and have not commented, =X. Anyway, I have the Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in Charcoal Charbon and I really like it. I think it's even better than the Bobby Brown one, which dries out quick during application and then flakes off. I also think it has good staying power and does not smudge easily once it dries.

  20. Bonjour!
    What a lovely blog. Very pretty coral color lipstick! We definitely have to try that maybelline eyeliner, it looks amazing.. Come stop by our blog and our shop sometime :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Jessica & Holly

  21. @jezebella: no, it's absolutely different. Coral crush is more of a muted neon coral and cyndi is light red

  22. Hey,
    your blog is so great! :D

  23. Wow, that's such a pretty color for your skin tone! Crazy :P

  24. i love the lipstick, the color is absolutely gorgeous! though it looks so wonderful i'm afraid to buy it for myself since it might not suit my skin tone. i do have one from the line and it's the 640 ruby star which i do love. one of the only reds that i think looks decent on me.

  25. i love the lipstick, the colour is absolutely gorgeous! it looks like a sweet, just-bitten-lips colour. though it looks so wonderful i'm afraid to buy it for myself since it might not suit my skin tone. i do have one from the line and it's the 640 ruby star which i do love. one of the only reds that i think looks decent on me.

  26. Do you Like the gel liner? how long does it last? n can i apply it on the waterline? thank you!

  27. i just bought this lipstick the other day, and the only thing i hate about it is the slightly chemical taste and cosmetic-y smell :(


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