So now every company has a lip butter/tinted lip balm/balm color stick/you name it. The object of the game is the same for each of these products: provide some actual color payoff while being comfortable on the lips, and maybe even good for the lips.
Here is Maybelline's contender in this game. They are called the Color Whispers. The official Maybelline description is that they provide pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel without waxes or heavy oils. As of this blog post, there are currently 20 shades that run the gamut from very sheer pinks to deep berry shades. You can check out the full shade range on their site here.
I'm always on the hunt for the next best "your lips but better" shade, so I decided to start off with Pin Up Peach.
|Size comparison: Maybelline Color Whisper on the left|
and Revlon Lip Butter on the right
Color: I loveeeeeeee this shade! It's very fresh for springtime while still being very wearable and neutral for an office environment or a school environment. There is no shimmer in this color. It has a creamy finish. In indoor lighting, it matches up better with its name and looks like a peachy pink shade. In natural light, the pink tones come through a bit more.
|By a sunny window|
Application: I love the way that this applies. You definitely do feel like you're applying some kind of weightless gel. It feels very smooth. I would say that these are actually smoother on application than the Revlon lip butters. The most notable thing about the application is that you can really build up color, which brings me to...
Pigmentation: I think that these are the most appropriately named lip products (based on my one shade experience, anyway). It starts off as just a whisper. With one swipe, you'll get a sheer wash of the color. However, just like a whisper in real life can easily build into a full on conversation, these are super buildable. The more pigmented swatch was three swipes (all in the same direction, so no rubbing back and forth).
|Left = 1 swipe|
Right = 3 swipe
Bottom line: I think what says it all is that I've been wearing this shade by itself every day since I bought it. It's a fresh, spring time peachy pink that is still super wearable and office/school appropriate. It feels great on the lips, applies evenly, and builds up color like a dream. I will absolutely be buying more of these.