Beauty on a budget: Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer

Photo by Lauren Kelly

Photo by Lauren Kelly

Get on board the gloss trend

By Lauren Kelly, Graphics Manager


This spring and summer have brought a new trend in lip wear. Glosses are back, and as a huge fan of making a statement with my lips, I had to jump on the bandwagon and give them another chance. That meant switching out my lipsticks for a few different glosses. I tried three lines: Urban Decay’s Hi-Fi Shine, which was subtle and pretty but didn’t last well; CoverGirl’s Katy Kat Gloss, which did not cover or last well; and Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer, the only one that made a wholly positive impression.

Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer comes in 12 different shades—four nudes, four bright colours, and four deep shades. I purchased it in Too Cute, a light pink; Sassy, a hot pink; and So Hot, a bold true red. The opacity of each of the colours I’ve tried is a big draw for me, as I’ve found many other glosses are quite low-impact comparatively. However, if you don’t want to make such a bold impression, patting your lips with tissue removes some of the shine and some of the colour, creating a subtler look.

Out of the three, Too Cute is my least favourite because the tone is a bit too cool for my skin, but I have gotten plenty of wear out of the other two.

Another big mark in the gloss’s favour is the longevity. With Hi-Fi Shine and Katy Kat Gloss, I often had to reapply after eating and throughout the day to make sure it was still noticeable. I could wear this for much longer, even through eating and drinking, without worrying about reapplying. This was my main concern switching from liquid lipstick to lip gloss, but the line has left me at ease.

If you’re looking to hop on the gloss trend in a bold way, try out this product. Its long wear and high pigment will leave you worry-free throughout the day. However, if you prefer a subtler look, you may have to look elsewhere. I got the Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer for $6.99 each on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart, with a regular price of $11.99, and London Drugs carries them for $10.99


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