Oh and by the way - I'm LOVING the contrast to my backdrop in this photo. So spring chic!
Hot Plum is a bright, cool toned fuchsia-pink. I feel like it treads into MAC Girl About Town territory, but I haven't been able to swatch them side by side. Hot Plum may be a touch more intense.
I previously reviewed Brazen Berry here, but I did notice some slight differences between the two. First off, Hot Plum had more initial color intensity than Brazen Berry; it didn't need to be built up quite as much. Also, Hot Plum lasted much longer; minus lunch, I probably could have made it 4 hours before I really needed to reapply (and we all know I'm a chronic lipstick applier) which was about twice the time than Brazen Berry. It left a stain that was true to the color on my lips, neither lighter nor darker, and with a little work I was able to get the stain to come off before I retired for the night.
I do, however, have two complaints. Across the board I entirely LOATHE Maybelline's fragrance/flavor in their ColorSensational lipsticks. Its really chemical-y and just...yuck. Thats more of a complaint across the board. Also, I found this shade drying by about the 5-6 hour of wear. It wasn't the worst drying I've experienced, but for being decently hydrated, my lips shouldn't try to peel/chap like that.
- Color intensity.
- Average to long wear.
- True to color stain.
Longevity, pigment and true to "pan" color are, in my opinion, what makes a good lipstick. I can deal with a bit of drying and Maybelline's horrendous fragrance, because in all reality its a really great lipstick. And a definite compliment getter.