Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks review + swatches, and an innovative use for them.

How cool do these jelly-like popsticks from Maybelline look?

Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks
Maybelline Colorsensational popsticks. FLTR: 060 Citrus Slice, 020 Tropical Pink, 040 Crystal Pink
Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks
Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks

They have amazing tropical, fruity smells – Tropical Pink smells exactly like the red rope non-liquorice liquorice. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed with the colour payoff. When I looked at the product it made sense – it’s pretty much a solid wax balm – but I think Maybelline created heightened expectations with the Coloursensational branding.

The colour is subtle rather that sensational, take a look:

Maybelline Colorsensation Popsticks swatches
Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks swatches. FLTR: Crystal Pink, Citrus Slice, Tropical Pink

That’s the best shot I could get, and you should bear in mind that my inner arm is even paler than the rest of me. When tried on the lips, Citrus Slice disappears, Crystal Pink is difficult to see, and Tropical Pink was the one with the best colour payoff, though still very subtle. Disappointed as I was, I really wanted to like these guys because of how cool they look and smell.

Next thing you know, I had a light bulb moment and I started colouring in my cheeks with a popstick. Because all the things I felt that it lacked in the lip department, ticked the boxes of what I want in the cheek department: Sheen, not shine, and only a wash of colour.

Maybelline colorsensational posticks used as cheek balm
Look at the balmy wash of colour – I might ditch powder blusher for a Tropical Pink popstick this summer. The idiotic grin is because The Man walked past my office while I was taking the shot, and mocked me for taking a selfie.
Yet another colorsensational popstick used as blusher
Turn the other cheek… Because I used the Crystal Pink Popstick on this one – it’s more subtle. That’s Tropical Pink Popstick on my lips, btw.

Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks are available in 6 shades at R100 each for a limited time only.

C xx




  1. Nov 15, 2012 / 10:22 AM

    was also rather disappointed with these which is why i decided not to write a review on them. Waste of money

    • Nov 15, 2012 / 10:37 AM

      I wasn’t going to either, till I figured out the cheek balm – try it 🙂

  2. Nov 18, 2012 / 7:36 PM

    Yep, it’s not bad as a li’l ol’ cheeky stain-ish number, but I do actually like the lipbalm factor, cos I’m always in the sun! and wind…so I zip through lip balm in no time, and the slight lollypop colour keep me looking at least a little bit lively.

    • Nov 18, 2012 / 7:50 PM

      Yup, one went into the handbag just for the smell, and I love the sheen it gives my cheeks!

  3. Nov 18, 2012 / 7:46 PM

    Missing your pretty face x x x

    • Nov 18, 2012 / 7:52 PM

      Miss you too old bag, let me know the next time you have a joburg trip and a couple of spare hours xx

  4. Nov 20, 2012 / 1:06 PM

    Now I know what to do with mine 🙂

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