Maybelline ColorShow Lipstick in Orange Icon: Review, Swatches and FOTD

For me winters are all about dark lips so just like animals and insects go into hibernation in these months so do my bright and neon lip shades. Now that finally the temperature has started rising, I dug up my pinks and oranges and the first summer/spring shade I wore this season was Maybelline ColorShow Lipstick in Orange Icon.

Price: Rs 299 for 3.9 gms.
The packaging is pretty basic. It has a plastic body with a pale orangish pink partition in the middle. As I mentioned, I am using this shade very often these days so its in my handbag most of the times and the packaging has proved to be quite travel friendly. At the risk of sounding repetitive, I would say again that I don’t like standardised packaging as they don’t help when you buy more than one shade however I can’t really expect a company to spend to much money in personalising the packaging of a product they are planning to retail at 300 bucks.

The shade as the name suggest looks like a perfect bright orange in the bullet however I have noticed that it appears more coral than orange on the lips. I did feel a little disappointed as I wanted a bright in your face kind of orange but I like this shade as well. It’s a very flattering shade for most Indian skin tone as well as very easy to work with as compared to a neon orange.

In terms of the texture, this lipstick is quite moisturising and creamy. I had almost forgotten what it’s like to wear a creamy lipstick without being worried about moisturised lips however I think if you go for a bright shade its always advisable to give your lips a quick scrub to get rid any dryness as lighter color always always accentuate fine lines and flaky lips. 
The lipstick is moderately pigmented and you need 3-4 swipes to build up the color but with each application the orange starts shining through. The lipstick has a glossy finish and stays on for a good 3-4 hours. It does transfer alot but that is a common issue with every creamy lipstick I have used.

The only thing I don’t like about this lipstick is that it doesn’t leave any tint or stain behind so once it fades, it almost like you were not wearing anything on your lips :(. I don’t get the chance to touch up my makeup very often during the day so I always appreciate a lipstick that leaves behind a stain and that’s why this is something I am highlighting in the review.

All in all, I think it a good budget friendly lipstick and I don’t have any major complains in terms of the quality, pigmentation  and staying power. One of the reasons behind picking up color show lipstick was because the nail paints proved how pocket friendly makeup can  give any high end brand a run for their money and these lipstick have re-asserted my faith in the same philosophy. The issue I have is not exactly a major issue and can be addressed with a quick touch up every few hours. Definitely a big thumbs up from my end and I am looking forward to picking up a few more shades.
Any suggestions what shade I should pick next?
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