Hot Plum is part of the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids collection which promises brighter, more vivid color and a creamy moisturizing texture. This formula contains honey nectar which is supposed to help keep lips nourished. This shade is permanent although there are some limited edition shades available in this formula. Out of the four shades I’ve tried so far, this one has been my favorite.
Price/Quantity: About $6 for 4.2 grams
Availability: Maybelline.com, Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Amazon.com
Color Range: 10 Shades
Color/Finish: Hot Plum is a bright pinkish plum with a semi-glossy finish. I think the name is perfect for this color because it is obviously a shade of purple but it has a very strong, almost radiating, fuchsia undertone.
Packaging: The packaging is the same as the regular Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks except that the lids are all the same neon orange-red color. Very eye-catching when you are browsing the beauty aisles! The lid stays on securely and the tube twists up smoothly.
Smell/Taste: The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks have a distinct smell to them that is fairly strong. If you own any of them, you know what I mean. I wouldn’t describe it as a fragrance. It’s more like toffee except it is not sweet. Keep this in mind if you are sensitive to smells. This did not taste like anything to me.
Application: The formulation of this shade seemed the same as Fuchsia Flash. You could get away with just one swipe of this as it applies very evenly and smoothly to the lips though it will only be semi-opaque. I added another layer just to increase the opacity. It felt moisturizing, creamy, and didn’t slip or move around on the lips. It did get slightly drier as the day wore on but it did not make my lips feel dry.
Pigmentation: This was nearly-opaque and after the lipstick wore off, it left behind an intense stain, perhaps even more so than Fuchsia Flash. When I swatched it on my arm, the stain was there for over 24 hours.
Texture: Hot Plum is semi-glossy and remains that way for a couple of hours. The texture was thick and creamy and adhered well to the lips.
Longevity: It lasted about 5 hours on me. At that point it had faded a little but it faded evenly. It did not get patchy or dry out my lips over time.
- Truly vivid color
- Excellent pigmentation
- Applies evenly and smoothly
- Adheres well to the lips
- Does not dry lips out over time
- Long lasting
- Fades gracefully
- Leaves an intense stain on lips (or anything else it touches)
Worth buying? Yes. If you are into vibrant lip colors in general but don’t like department store prices, this one is definitely worth checking out.