Video Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner

I’ve been on quite a little beauty product kick lately, haven’t I? Please indulge me a little longer, lovelies. I promise to return to OOTD posts very soon.

In Lipstick: Faves, Tips, and Tricks, I shared my love of Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolor in Are You Red-dy—a luxurious, long-lasting red that finally put my hunt for the perfect red lippie to an end. I also confessed that although red lipstick tends to bleed more than any other color, I do not use lipliner with it because I’ve never liked the way liners change the color of my lipstick.

Well. Thanks to star commenters Ashe of Dramatis Personae, and Courtney of Those Graces, I learned of a lipliner that could potentially solve the issue of “bleeding” lipstick, with no change to lipstick color whatsoever. Yes, darlings it is true. Finally, in the 21st century, our lipstick prayers have been answered with the invention of clear lipliner.

This is my review/demo of the one-and-only lipliner you’ll ever need: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipliner in #10 Clear. I just streamlined your cosmetics drawer—no need for five different shades of lipliner anymore!

You can also watch on YouTube if you have issues watching here!

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. The products used in my review were personally purchased by me and I was not compensated by Maybelline in any manner for this post.

PS: I shot, edited, and uploaded this video all via my iPad 2 (and iMovie). How freakin’ cool is that?!

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. May 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Oooh, a drugstore brand too! The only version I know of was a Sephora purchase, and I just couldn’t justify spending $20 on lip liner when I don’t wear lipstick so often….

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm — Reply

      Yes…so thank you for the tip! I accidentally discovered it after you mentioned it, and I think there are so many of us that are glad it’s low-cost.

  2. May 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    Ahhhh! Love that! I’m so worried about bleeding when it comes to darker lipstick, so I think that product is fantastic. SOLD!

    Love the video…great demo V!


    • June 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

      Thank you Cyrillynn…it is soooo good with any lippie. You’ll love it!

  3. May 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Oh no! I can’t watch the video. It says embedding was disabled by request. I’ll head over to You Tube and try it there.

  4. May 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    This is my first time watching a video of yours. I have no idea what I thought you’d sound like, but it so wasn’t what you sound like! lol You even have a bit of a Southern accent :-).

    Anywho, this seems like a great product as I plan to venture in some bold lips this Summer!

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm — Reply

      Haaaa! Thanks, Rocquelle! Yes, I was raised in the gorgeous southeastern US, so I have a hint of a southern accent.

      Go for the bold lips! It’s so much fun!

  5. May 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    I have never heard of a clear lipliner! How absolutely brilliant, and I love that it’s Maybelline (translation: fits perfectly into my skimpy make-up budget). I’ll certainly check it out.

    P.S. Have you done a post about your hair routine/fave products?You’re rocking some seriously gorgeous locks in that vid!

  6. May 31, 2011 at 10:48 pm — Reply

    ur an ipad2 genius, still waiting for you to share it with me 🙂


    Le Kiss Kiss- Click Here!

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm — Reply

      HAAA! Dang, I forgot about that. But I’m really not that good at it yet. Maybe I should try to do a little iMovie tutorial one day. Hmm.


  7. May 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    I always use a lip brush to apply my red lipstick but you’re right – not the most practical for re-applying. I’ve heard people mention clear lipliner for years but after a rave review I need to run out and get one!

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm — Reply

      Let me know what you think if you pick one up!

  8. May 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm — Reply

    I ‘ve heard you before V, but this vlog is truly adorable. I now want to try the clear lip liner & possibly buy a new lipstick… hmmm, I may be switching over from glosses to lipsticks… I wonder if I can buy online as well?
    I’m also loving all of these great beauty tips, findings, shares. -xxoo

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Madison! I think you can buy this liner online through

  9. June 1, 2011 at 12:19 am — Reply

    How exciting! I’m glad the clear lipliner worked for you. I just ran out of mine a few weeks ago and have been on the hunt for a Revlon replacement, but it’s been hard to find one! I don’t personally use Maybelline due to their animal testing status, but, that aside, I don’t doubt that the product is great.

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm — Reply

      Thanks again for the tip, Courtney!

  10. June 1, 2011 at 1:29 am — Reply

    You are such a fox. And now I want invisible lip liner. And to hang out with you in your bathroom.

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm — Reply

      HAAAA! You are one of my very best cheerleaders, babe. Thank you! And you know what? I bet you and I would have a smackin’ good time, even just hanging out in my bathroom!

  11. June 1, 2011 at 1:50 am — Reply

    I’ve had a clear liner for years that I only ever wear with red. Mine isn’t Maybelline but it really is a great product – an essential in every girls’ make-up bag! 🙂 Love seeing you on your VLOG’s as well – so nice to hear you as well as see you!

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm — Reply

      Thanks, missy! I appreciate your support and comment, as always!

  12. June 1, 2011 at 1:58 am — Reply

    Thanks @msfemminista & @ashemischief for inspiring this post! Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner

  13. June 1, 2011 at 2:07 am — Reply

    RT: Fantastic Review by @gritandglamour: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner

  14. June 1, 2011 at 5:09 am — Reply

    Loved your video, V! I don’t ever wear lipliner, but I’ll definitely pick this up if I can find it and try it out. It sounds like a great product!

    Also, I like the look of bare nails sometimes. I think it’s a refreshing change once in a while, even though I’m addicted to doing my nails! 🙂

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm — Reply

      Hi Leia, thank you! It is great, it really is.

      Bare nails are refreshing sometimes, I agree. I supposed I like them polished not just for the color, but for the extra protection polish provides against tears and breaks. Funny, while I waited for the video to upload to YouTube, I got them all polished again!

  15. June 1, 2011 at 7:06 am — Reply

    I join Bella, I want to hang out with you in your bathroom. I can watch you for hours, heheheh.
    Mil besos, GUAPA!!!

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm — Reply

      Come on over!

      Gracias y besos!


  16. June 1, 2011 at 7:53 am — Reply

    Awesome! I’ve known clear lipliner existed, but I could never find an affordable brand. I’m so excited to know this is inexpensive and works great! I might have to stop at the drug store on the way to work and look for some. 🙂

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm — Reply

      Thanks Stacy! Apparently it’s been out for longer than I realized. But this one is great, even for a drugstore brand!

  17. June 1, 2011 at 10:23 am — Reply

    LOVE IT!! I’m going to out and get some because lip liner is something I never had any luck with because I’m always trying to match the color with the lipstick and it tends to be very drying. But a clear lip liner?? That’s perfect! I also have the clear mascara that Courtney put me on too awhile ago that I have to try!

    Thanks for the vlog V!

    • June 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm — Reply

      Awesome! And you WILL love it! It really is very good. Not dry like so many liners. Let me know what you think, OK?

  18. June 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    And just like that… SOLD!

    I usually try to use a nude lip liner that is a similar color to my lips to achieve the “naked” effect, but this – this is GENIUS!

    Thanks to Ashe and Courtney for recommending it, and thanks to YOU for putting together the awesome vlog.

    Also – I want to steal your ring. 🙂

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm — Reply

      No worries, love, and thank YOU for always leaving me such lovely comments!

  19. June 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    I loved your vlog- so cool to get to hear your voice! =) And this product sounds fantastic and bonus that it’s affordable- I must have it! 😀

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm — Reply

      Thank you, Nnenna! Glad you liked my vlog!

  20. June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    You are so lovely, and so glad I got to see a video of you. 🙂

    This lipliner sounds pretty amazing, so guess I have another store to stop by today! 🙂


    • June 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm — Reply

      Hi Mel, thanks much!

  21. June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Wow! Vahni – you are so beautiful! I am always amazed when I see you in motion! Love your videos and what a great product! I too hate dry lipliners and long-wearing lipsticks always seem to be really dry too. Your nails looked fine – like someone mentioned before> it could have been a French. We viewers wouldn’t have known the difference!
    Thanks for taking us into your bedroom and kinda behind the scenes! You did a great job!

    • June 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm — Reply

      Thank you Yvonne…you’re so sweet! I still find it so surprising when people like my videos. I literally turn the camera on and just go. It’s nice to know you all appreciate them and me!

  22. Metsy
    June 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    You are so adorable. Love the video. Was iMovie on the iPad easy to use? Now you’re gonna make want an iPad 2! 🙂

    • June 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm — Reply

      Thanks, sugar! iMovie is fairly easy. It has its limitations, but it is far better than anything else I’ve used in terms of producing short vids quickly and easily. It takes a long, long time to upload to YouTube from the iPad, though. Next time I may try to get it onto my PC and then upload.

  23. June 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    Love this post! I am going to try that clear lip liner for sure. Also, it was nice to see you and hear you. I feel like I just met you in person. Hope to meet up in September!

    • June 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Jill! Yup, that’s me. You’ll see I’m the same in person when we meet in September!

  24. June 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    Desperately seeking the perfect lipliner? I found it! Watch my review of @Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner

  25. June 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Desperately seeking the perfect lipliner? I found it! Watch my review of @Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner

  26. June 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    Awesome!!! I agree with you about how liner changes the color of the lip color. I am definitely going to give this liner a try!

    p.s. bare nails, bare lips… honey, you are just stunning! 🙂

    • June 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm — Reply

      Thank you Eboni! I appreciate your sweet comment.

  27. June 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    Thanks! Yay! RT @stylishhwife: Can't WAIT to try "clear lipliner"!!! Thanks @gritandglamour!!!

  28. June 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    Video Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner great review, but i was really only focused on that GORG ring!

  29. June 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    We all gotta get us some of this! Video Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner via @gritandglamour

  30. June 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    We all gotta get us some of this! Video Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner via @gritandglamour

  31. June 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    That is so freaking killer. I will absolutely be purchasing that liner. You just made life a whole lot easier for me lady!

  32. June 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    OMIGOSH!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!! And it’s drugstore!? Ah!!! So funny when you said in your vlog “Yes, it is true” in my head I was literally saying this can not be true. Going to CVS immediately!!!

    P.S. you are awesome on video and wow ipad!

    • June 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Jamillah! Yes, it’s drugstore! I’m not a snob…I’m totally equal opportunity, for anything. No one could part me from my L’oreal mascara, either!

  33. June 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    I love this video! You are too beautiful for words, V. I seriously need to go and check out this product (and maybe get some new lippy too!)


    • June 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm — Reply

      Aw, thanks, babe! You’re too kind!

  34. June 2, 2011 at 1:57 am — Reply

    so it looks like i’ll have to pick up some liner! and the ipad 2?! that is insanely cool
    sorelle in style

    • June 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm — Reply

      Hi J, thanks! I love the liner AND my iPad2. Both are revolutionary!

  35. June 2, 2011 at 10:19 am — Reply

    The only American with an “aussie” touch!
    Oh my for those red lipies.. x

    • June 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm — Reply

      xoxo from my red lips to you!

  36. June 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    Great post, love tutorials….V you make the rest of us want to step our blogging game up! Thanks for this post and the constant inspiration!


    • June 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm — Reply

      Aw, thanks, Veronica! I appreciate that!

  37. June 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    I love Maybelline Lip glosses since they’re so reasonably priced and yummy so I’m thrilled to add to my stock from this brand. I tried my friend’s iPad a while ago and have to say it was addictive; the apps, the size and the clarity was superb. And now I see it takes great movie clips too. I’ve started working on the advice you gave me and the left-justified rule does make a BIG difference! Thanks Vahni and have a great weekend.

    • June 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Kavery! The iPad isn’t perfect, but it is a fab complement to my workhorse laptop, I must say. Popping over to see your changes now…

  38. June 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm — Reply

    I’m intrigued!

    • June 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm — Reply

      And I’m intrigued to hear your review if you try it, Wendy. Do tell!

  39. June 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    LOVE This video!!! You are sooo fabulous babe! And I gotta say, that mint candy nailpolish below is our TOP fav of the summer for SURE!!!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    • June 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm — Reply

      Well thank you, dolls! I know you know your way around some red lipstick!

  40. June 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm — Reply

    Love this clear liner idea!!! I sported hot pink lips without a liner one day and I wasn’t even a hot mess, I was just a plain old MESS! Thanks for sharing!

  41. June 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm — Reply

    I have an iPad 1, bought it the day it came out. It goes everywhere with me. I also own two iPhones. Do I need two iPhones? No. Do I have two iPhones anyway? Yes.

    Sorry, I have nothing useful to add on the subject of lipliner.

    • June 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm — Reply

      You may not have anything to add to the lipliner convo, but I loved your comment anyway, Kionon. I get the Apple love, believe me I do. I have had three iPods, two iPhones, and now the iPad. I pass my older technology on to Hubby so I feel a little less a guilty about being a greedy consumer.

      • June 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm — Reply

        I tend to sell my old iStuff on ebay. I take really good care of my stuff, so I get a pretty high return. Elsewise, I do what you do- pass them onto the parents. My parents still have dumbphones, so I am considering passing the iPhone 3G onto my mother or father, so they can get with the times.

        My father bought an iPad 1 a few months ago, and I was like…. SAY WUT. Not common for my “we only use microsoft office” parents.

  42. June 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm — Reply

    V you are just stunning! And can I just say that after watching this video you have got me running to the closet store that sells this lip liner. Love it and those red lips of yours! xo

    • June 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm — Reply

      Thank you sweetie!

  43. June 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    I use iMovie for ALL of my vlogs. I’m telling you — Apple products are MAGICAL.
    P.S. Totally excited to see you in action. And by action, I mean speaking and moving as a live person. Not just reading words.
    I’m so awkward. All the time.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

    • June 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm — Reply

      Aw, thanks, Bonnie! You and Kionon above…we all love our Apple products! I’m actually a PC girl, but all my mobile devices are Apple. I do wish I could have the full-blown iMovie on my PC though. All the vlogs others do that I love are iMovie productions.

  44. June 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    I will definitely remember this if I ever wear lipstick (it’s amazing if I actually make the effort for gloss, so we’ll see…). Perfect for people who are new to lipstick wearing! Thanks for the video.. you’re so nice to have made it (even without your nails done, which looked fabulous anyway!!) xx

  45. June 4, 2011 at 1:08 am — Reply

    Why did it take me so long to watch this video? I saw you had posted it on twitter! LOVE it! How cool is that? Beauty guru’s are going to be all over that one.

    That red looks awesome on you btw.

    • June 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm — Reply

      Thanks, doll! Glad you enjoyed it!

  46. June 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    I am so sold! Now you have me clipping some maybelline coupons for that liner. Thanks for sharing.

  47. June 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    I really wanna try this! x

  48. June 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm — Reply

    Thank you all so very much for your comments. Ladies, those of you who were intrigued, please let me know what you think if you end up trying this product!

  49. Metsy
    June 6, 2011 at 10:48 am — Reply

    I bought the clear liner yesterday, so I’m testing it out today with a new red lipstick. I’m so not used to wearing red lipstick, so I feel a lil naughty. 😉

    • June 7, 2011 at 8:58 am — Reply

      Haaa! Let me know what you think!

  50. June 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    Clear lipliner? Yes please! I will definitely be purchasing this product!

    P.S. You have beautiful hair!

  51. June 7, 2011 at 1:08 am — Reply

    I purchased clear lip liner from Sephora years and years ago but didn’t really like it. I haven’t tried the Color Sensational lip liners because I like the kind that twist up (Revlon’s liner is really nice that way.) but I do like the Color Sensational lipsticks to I think I’ll have to try that liner!


  52. June 7, 2011 at 5:05 am — Reply

    Video Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Clear Lipliner

  53. June 7, 2011 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Thanks again to all of you who took the time to comment…and compliment! Very much appreciated!

  54. June 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm — Reply

    @stylishwife thks for RT of @gritandglamour w/o would have never known how great clear lip liner is. already got mine

  55. June 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    @stylishhwife thks for RT of @gritandglamour w/o would have never known how great clear lip liner is. already got mine

  56. June 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm — Reply

    OOOOOOO! I am going to get some of that this weekend!! I usually use lip liner so that the lipstick doesn’t bleed but no more brown for me!! AMAZE-IN, thanks for sharing V!


    • June 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm — Reply

      No worries…it really is a killer product!

  57. June 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm — Reply

    How cool! I usually wear brown lip liner to avoid the lipstick from bleeding but it of course makes the red lip no so red anymore! Love the idea of clear liner … I am definitely headed to Walgreens this weekend! XOXO


    • June 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm — Reply

      I always hated that about liners…no more worrying about it anymore. Thanks, love!

  58. June 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    Look at you! Next Michelle Phan? I think yes….

    • June 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm — Reply

      HAAAAA! You’re funny. And sweet. But I doubt it! I’m really not that into makeup!


  59. June 11, 2011 at 1:09 am — Reply

    Great video. I really like using the lip liner over all of my lips instead of lining because if my lipstick comes off there’s no line around my lips because all of my lips are covered. My go to lip passions have been from Bare Escentuals. Love Buxom and lip naturals.

  60. June 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm — Reply

    This is great! I often stray away from a red lip just because I have to apply liner, this is very encouraging! I definitely will give this a try, love the video btw it wasn’t horrific!

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