New Lip Colors by Maybelline: COLOR ELIXIR by COLOR SENSATIONAL
Caviar Couture, Amethyst Potion, Mystic Mauve, and Signature Scarlet...
Intoxicating Spice, Caramel Infused, Raspberry Rhapsody, and Rose Redefined...
Signature Scarlet, Mystic Mauve, Amethyst Potion, and Caviar Couture...
Caramel Infusion, Raspberry Rhapsody, Rose Redefined, and Intoxicating Spice...
The first time I heard of these new Maybelline's Color Elixir lip colors was on Nouveau Cheap and Musings of the Muse (my favorite blog, motivation, and inspiration). I was waiting eagerly for these to arrive at my local drugstores. Some people, who live near a Bed, Bath, & Beyond, were able to get their hands on these fresh out of the "makeup release" oven. However, I don't live near a BBB with a beauty department, so I have been waiting almost two to three weeks since I first heard of these. I finally was able to buy my first round of these at a Walmart ($7) and the second round at Walgreens ($8.99 - BOGO). I cannot express the extent of my admiration for these amazing lip colors. I love these Color Elixirs.
So, what are Color Elixirs? Maybelline Color Elixir is described by Maybelline as a lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm, three in one product. Do I agree with Maybelline's description of the Color Elixirs? Yes!!! In my opinion these Color Elixirs have a gel-like formula. What do I mean by gel-like formula? These lip colors are richly pigmented and opaque, yet appear "glassy" on the lips. Yes, glassy as well as glossy. Color Elixirs do not feel heavy or sticky. These lip colors are non-drying and feel pleasant on the lips. I am not sure whether or not this lip product can heal chapped lips like a traditional balm, however, this product definitely does not take the moisture out of your lips. In fact, my lips feel pretty smooth, with a slight balmy feeling, once the color wears off. The color selection is great as you can see above. Of course this product is not long-wearing like a stain, but Color Elixir is not a staining product. I definitely do not feel the need to continuously reapply these, unless I eat a proper meal. So, you can expect the butteriness and pigmentation of a creamy lipstick, subtle shimmer and/or intense sheen of a gloss, and balmy feeling of a not-so-overbearing lip balm. Lastly, the more this product "absorbs" or "sets" into your lips, the better it looks as the glossiness subdues and color becomes richer.
Although I would never purchase a high-end nail polish and only own drug-store/salon brand nail colors, I am sort of a snob when it comes to lip products. I mostly own high-end lip products because drug-store lip products have been a disappointment most of the time. If you feel the way I do, I encourage you to try a Maybelline Color Elixir. I think this lip product meets and exceeds the standard of almost all of the high-end lipsticks I have tried. For example, these Color Elixirs are far better than the Chanel's lacquer glosses, Bobbi Brown full color glosses, Lancome's lacquer glosses, Marc Jacobs full color glosses, etc. Shall I say more? The just feel and look excellent.
Color Range/Selection: 5/5
Staying Power: 3/5
Affordability: 5/5 (Almost thought 4, but then again these are most definitely worth every penny!)
Sunscreen: n/a (If this product contained sunscreen, it would be a miracle product!)
I have two last comment on these amazing lip colors. They have surpassed my admiration for Rimmel's "Show Off" Lacquers and my only gripe is that there should be a deeper red berry or port-wine shade, somewhere in the middle of Caviar Couture and Signature Scarlet. I think Signature Scarlet is more suitable for lighter skin-toned gals.
I might update this post if I purchase any more shades or think of more wonderful things to say about these new lip products. I was too eager to post these and let y'all get a sniff of the goods.
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