I have a confession to make: prior to this week, I think I've been prejudiced toward Neutrogena's makeup. Don't ask me why, because I love a lot of their skincare products and have historically had pretty good luck with a few of their foundations... and I love their eye makeup remover (liquid and in the form of wipes)... but I have always just sort of shrugged at the eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick, lip gloss, etc. I couldn't help but notice these new MoistureShine lipsticks, though, after seeing display after display in Every. Single. Drugstore. My intrigue was further piqued when I looked them up and learned that even though there are only 12 shades on this common display, there are 20 total - those other eight lonely shades are not as well-loved by Neutrogena, I suppose. I did find and swatch them, though, which I think should prove pretty well that they exist (but then again, after the bizarre situation with the Cherry and Pomegranate Estee Lauder Gloss Sticks, who knows? =p).
What makes this a "confession" is the part where I admit that I was wrong - I shouldn't have discounted Neutrogena's cosmetics so easily. These are really fabulous lipsticks (and they're SPF 20!). I should add, however, that most are not for the faint of heart or those who hate lipliners (check out the Cherry Twist LOTD picture to see why I say this) - almost every single one of these colors, especially the brightest and darkest colors, makes the cut for my "the most pigmented lipsticks I've ever seen" list. The only exceptions: Caramel Kiss, Peach-a-Boo, and (unsurprisingly) Sheer Luck are slightly more sheer than the other colors. Maybe Angel's Blush and Just Whisper as well, but I might just be leaning in that direction because they're lighter colors.
In any case: these are not the most moisturizing lipsticks I've ever worn, but they're not drying either. They do have a scent, but it's not that noticeable in my opinion, and it does fade. It's also sort of inconsistent; call me crazy, but I swear the Pomegranate one smells like... well... pomegranate. But, you know, in a lipstick-y sort of way. The only real criticism I have for these is that a few of them don't stay put very well on the inner part of my lower lip (you can see this in the Cherry Twist, Pomegranate, and Rum Raisin LOTDs). However, I think that may have been some kind of fluke that was more attributable to my lips than the shades, because I tried Rum Raisin on again tonight and did not have that problem with it this time. Anyway - these are available for $9-10 each at most drugstores. (Or, if you live in my area, ALL of them.)
I usually try to swatch in the best possible lighting so I don't have to show flash pics, non-flash pics, etc., but for some reason, the natural light pictures of these don't show the finish of the lipsticks very accurately, so I took pictures indoors as well and have included those. So, to clarify: the natural light pictures (the first two) are true-to-color; the flash pictures (the next two) are not very true-to-color but do accurately depict the finish and texture of these lipsticks. Hopefully the LOTD pictures will also help :) Sorry for the blurry ones; figured they were good enough that it was worth keeping them in the set, but I know they're not perfect.
Oh, and for anyone who's wondering, the 12 shades that are on the displays everywhere are the following: Angel's Blush, Anything Rose, Berry Burst, Coral Dream, Electric Currant, Mauve On, Pinch of Cinn, Playful Plum, Plum Paradise, Rum Raisin, Sheer Luck, and Think Pink. The more hard-to-find colors are Caramel Kiss, Cherry Twist, Just Whisper, Nude Blush, Peach-a-Boo, Pomegranate, Poppy Red, and Tickled Pink.
I do apologize for the somewhat scatterbrained nature of this post; I need to do something that doesn't involve writing for a little while, I think :) In any case, thanks for reading, and as always, comments and feedback are welcome!
MoistureShine Lipstick: Angel's Blush, Anything Rose, Berry Burst, Caramel Kiss, Cherry Twist, Coral Dream, Electric Currant, Just Whisper, Mauve On, Nude Blush, Peach-a-Boo, Pinch of Cinn, Playful Plum, Plum Paradise, Pomegranate, Poppy Red, Rum Raisin, Sheer Luck, Think Pink, Tickled Pink.