These Maybelline Color Elixir lippies have created quite a stir for the last 2+ years. I remember first seeing them in a YouTube video back in 2013 and thinking: “Please let them come to South Africa…”
With descriptions like “incredible pigmentation”, “YSL Glossy Stain dupe”, “buttery smooth & creamy”, you can imagine why I highly anticipated the arrival of these glosses in SA. I eventually noticed 2 shades tucked away amongst other Maybelline lip products in my local Clicks store in November of last year. I immediately grabbed the 2 shades and also picked up 2 Color Drama Intense Velvet lip pencils (I mentioned 1 of the shades in this blog post). As soon as I got home, I sent the Maybelline Brand Communications Manager an email asking when these had been released as I didn’t see a special stand or anything like that. I was very surprised to hear that these had already been launched back in October 2014 as part of a Radiant Orchid collection (so I would imagine they’re limited edition BUT I am still seeing them on the shelves). The Color Drama Intense Velvet lip pencils are permanent, though.
Described as a type of hybrid product – they give the shine of a gloss, the colour pay-off of a lipstick and the hydrating feel of a lip balm. The first time I applied these glosses (which was as soon as I got to the car after my shopping trip…who else does that?), I slapped on ‘Rose Redefined’ (the lighter shade) and was like: “Oh…” I then wiped it off and applied ‘Raspberry Rhapsody’ and thought: “Hhhmmmm…okay.” I’ll explain later on in this blog post.
Although the packaging would suggest there might be a lipstick in the tube, it’s actually a balm-like lip gloss. The spade-shaped applicator is pointed, angled and flat, which means it applies gloss with both precision and efficiency.
The Maybelline Color Elixir glosses offer a wash of subtle colour that can be built up to an extent but still remain sheer for the most part. If you like the idea of a slightly balmy, non-sticky & utterly hydrating lip product , then this is the product for you. They feel comfortable on the lips and I find they fortunately don’t smudge or bleed, nor do they accentuate lip imperfections (which can sometimes be the case with a lip product that is this lightweight & glossy).
I’ve worn both shades on quite a few occasions, and must admit: They’re not very longwearing. I managed about 1 hour, and then had to reapply.
♥ Rose Redefined – a soft rose pink shade. I really, really like this colour and think it’s perfect for someone who likes a subtle lip. It’s the type of lip colour that enhances the natural shade of your lips.
♥ Raspberry Rhapsody – for some reason this pulls a bit more pink, than purple on me. In the tube it looks like a bright purple shade, but on my lips it’s more of a vivid fuchsia shade. In the photo above I applied quite a few layers to intensify the shade. Once the gloss has faded, it leaves behind a slight pink tint on the lips.
Although they are extremely comfortable to wear, there is one thing that really bothers me about the Color Elixirs – their scent & taste. Granted you’re not supposed to eat your lip gloss, but one can’t help but lick your lips every now & again (especially if you’re drinking or eating). They smell very perfume-y, and it’s not really a scent that is appealing to me personally. Because of the intense scent, the gloss also has a slight perfume-y taste too.
At the end of the day, I need to answer my initial question: Are the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Lacquers worth the hype? To be quite honest, based on my experience with only these 2 shades…I don’t get what the hype is about. The slightly unpleasant scent and the fact that they’re not very longwearing, make these a bit of a disappointment for me. There must be a reason why these have been raved about overseas, so perhaps we received 2 of the more sheer shades (but the the fact that these glosses have such a strong fragranced scent, still bothers me).
It’s all about preference, I guess. If you’re looking for a gloss that is suitable for work or casual wear, that is quick & easy to apply, and you don’t mind reapplying it throughout the day, then I would suggest you check out the Maybelline Color Elixir glosses. BUT if you’re looking for a gloss that is super saturated and longwearing, then you should probably give these a skip.
The Maybelline Color Elixir glosses retail for R 109,95 at Clicks stores (I haven’t seen them at Dis-Chem or any other store for that matter).
Top Tip: You can wear a lipstick or lip liner underneath the Color Elixirs, this will ensure there is still a bit of colour left on the lips once the top layer of gloss has faded.
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