Worth The Hype? | Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Lacquer

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Lacquer

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.

Maybelline Color Elixir Review

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.

Maybelline Color Elixir Rose Redefined

♥  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.

Maybelline Color Elixir Raspberry Rhapsody

♥  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.

A Valentine’s Day ‘Get Ready With Me’ video will be up a bit later tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on how fast our internet is.  Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don’t miss out!



  1. Rayne Alexander 12 February 2015 / 16:13

    Pity these aren’t a top-notch product as Rose Redefined looks stunning! Kind of don’t even want to risk buying it :/

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:34

      I so wish they were worth the hype, I’m hoping South Africa will receive a few other shades (and perhaps the scent will be better too). Although, from what I’ve seen online…a few international bloggers have also complained about the scent.

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:33

      It’s stunning! And will suit any and all skin tones in my opinion. 😉

  2. Robyn S 12 February 2015 / 17:04

    Your photos are just spectacular! ♥

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:32

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Robyn. :) x

  3. Leigh 12 February 2015 / 17:25

    Looking mooi chica!

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:32

      Dankie, jou mooi ding! :)

  4. daisyperson blog 12 February 2015 / 18:14

    Both colours look stunning on you. Such a pity it doesn’t last longer and taste better!


    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:31

      Thanks for taking the time to pop onto the blog, Janneke! If the taste / smell was better, I’d probably wear them a lot more often (even if they don’t last very well) but I’m struggling. It’s so sad, because I love how Rose Redefined looks on my lips. :(

  5. Hannah 12 February 2015 / 22:56

    Love your blog so much and you look stunning! I think I’ll give these a skip, I’m very sensitive to fragrances unfortunately. Thanks for the headsup, love your honesty. :)

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 10:17

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog posts, Hannah – I really appreciate it. :)

  6. Lauren Henderson 12 February 2015 / 23:53

    Beautiful photies and a beautiful blogger! 😀 I own Rose Redefined and I quite like the colour, but I agree, the smell of the gloss is weird. x

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:29

      Thank you for being so kind, Lauren. :)

  7. Lulu 13 February 2015 / 13:18

    Love the hairstyle! Make-up done beautifully!

  8. Nousheen 13 February 2015 / 14:28

    Looking beautiful, Lu!

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:27

      Thank you, Nousheen. :)

  9. Kelly M 13 February 2015 / 15:34

    You photos are just brilliant!!

    Rose Redefined looks so beautiful, going to see if there’s a tester to sniff before I pick it up. 😉

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:25

      Aaaah…thanks for the compliment, Kelly. :)

      Rose Redefined is definitely my favourite out of the two shades – perfect for work or play!

  10. Qondiswa N 13 February 2015 / 16:00

    Im very sensitive when it comes to smells, I think I will pass on these ones. :(

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:22

      If you’re sensitive, then I’m 99,9% sure you won’t enjoy these unfortunately… And it’s so sad, because the shades are so beautiful! I’m going to try get past my aversion for the scent because I really like the look of Rose Redefined on my lips. :)

  11. PlausiblePaws 13 February 2015 / 17:43

    I found this post greatly informative. I hate nasty tasting lip products too!

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:18

      Yep, it kind of ruins the product for me (even if the shade of the lip product is beautiful). Thanks for popping by the blog, lovely! :)

  12. Lida Bruwer 13 February 2015 / 19:49

    I love the look of that bright one, will visit Clicks tomorrow to smell the gloss. If it’s not too hectic, I’ll definitely get it. xO

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 09:15

      I think the scent will be acceptable for some people, and if I really wanted to, I could probably get used to the smell. MAC glosses used to bother me too, their scent was just too strong, but I eventually got used to them and wear them quite often now. Raspberry Rhapsody is gorgeous, and will suit any skin tone. :) xo

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