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. 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 :/

    • 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.

    • 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! ♥

    • 15 February 2015 / 09:32

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Robyn. 🙂 x

  3. 12 February 2015 / 17:25

    Looking mooi chica!

    • 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!


    • 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. 🙂

    • 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

    • 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!

    • 15 February 2015 / 09:28

      Thank you, Momma! 🙂

  8. Nousheen
    13 February 2015 / 14:28

    Looking beautiful, Lu!

    • 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. 😉

    • 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. 🙁

    • 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. 13 February 2015 / 17:43

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

    • 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

    • 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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