Maybelline Lip Studio Python Metallic Lip Kits [Swatches + Review]

Hello friends! My boyfriend recently treated me to a little Ulta shopping spree (he’s seriously the best), and I picked up a few things to review for you guys. One new-ish product that caught my eye was the Maybelline Lip Studio Python Metallic Lip Kits.

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I really loved the lip looks on the front of the boxes, and I wanted to see if I could achieve similar results. So, I picked up the shades Venomous (a black lip base with an antique bronze lip shadow) and Untamed (a blue lip base with a champagne lip shadow).

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Each Python Metallic Lip Kit costs $9.99. Maybelline is marketing them as an accessible form of lip artistry, and says that the pigmented base and prismatic shadows will create a python (read: chromatic and metallic) effect.

First, let’s take a look at Untamed, the black/bronze duo:

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Maybelline claims that the lip bases are “super-saturated”, but they are patchy. The lip shadows are much better, and quite pretty. In the photo below, the top swatch is the base, and the bottom swatch is the shadow.

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The instructions recommended applying the lip base and the shadow with your finger. I attempted to use a lip brush, but it was a streaky mess with almost no pigment. I was able to pack on a lot more color with my finger, but it made the application pretty messy. It took a while to build up the base to full opacity. I then used my finger to pat the lip shadow all over the base. It had a pretty metallic effect, and it really did remind of of snake skin! However, it didn’t look as stunning as the picture on the front of the box; the colors were more subdued.

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Next, I tried Venomous, the blue/champagne duo.

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The blue lip base was a lot lighter than I expected! It looks dark blue on the front of the box and in the pan, so I assumed it would be navy. It was actually cerulean, which is my favorite shade of blue. The champagne lip shadow was also very pretty and had a creamy texture.

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It was just as hard to build up opacity with this lip base. I patted the shadow, and mostly concentrated on the center of my bottom lip. I think this is absolutely beautiful! However, it really looks nothing like the lips on the front of the box. This ended up looking like a medium blue lip with light blue reflect – whereas the box showed dark blue lips with a gold reflect.

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Okay, so what are my thoughts on the Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kits? Well, I really do like the looks they created, but I think the lip base formulas suck. They are NOT “super-saturated”, and they just don’t work with a lip brush. The shadows are pretty good quality, but that means that only 50% of the duo does its job. Honestly, I think you would be better off just packing a shimmer eyeshadow over a dark creamy lipstick. I spent $20 on these two lip kits… You could spend $20 on a nice shimmer palette, and mix them with your lipsticks for endless combinations. I hope you found this review useful!

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Comments

  1. heyhunnyy says:

    Wow $20 just doesnt seem worth it!! great review though!

  2. xoxocb2 says:

    Those colors are very interesting! I don’t think I could spend that much on a lip kit. I barley wear any makeup though so it definitely wouldn’t be worth it for me. Thanks for the review!

  3. Very interesting. I like the blue but I cant say I would ever wear it. Thanks for reviewing it though so I know what I dont like.

  4. Jessica K. says:

    Gorgeous photos!!

  5. These colors are pretty cool!

  6. April says:

    They look nice, but not at all what the packaging shows. The blue is especially misleading, wow.

  7. These colors are so fun! I love that gold shade!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

  8. Love this review! The looks are so fun, but it doesn’t really seem to promise what it delivers.

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