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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Maybelline Color Elixirs | Review


Hello everyone! Today I am here to talk about one of the most controversial products in the beauty community. People either love them or absolutely hate them. I, personally, ADORE them and want every single color in the collection: the Maybelline Color Elixirs!!


"Fall under the spell of the elixir effect. Hyper-saturated color, ultra cushiony feel. The new hypnotic lip sensation. A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss. Our exclusive smoothing angora brush delivers a polished, even application and smoothing sensation to the lips."
L: Nude Illusion R: Signature Scarlet
The swatches above are just one swipe of product (let's not focus on how pale I am right now) and as Maybelline states, these are a gel formula that are basically a gloss, lipstick, balm hybrid. Being a gel formula it is a very thick product but not sticky or gooey or gloopy, it just feels kind of thick on your lips (I don't mind it but some people might) .

They didn't dry my lips out, in fact my lips felt softer after wearing this and even though the formula is really thick it doesn't feather or bleed outside your lipline. I've given these both a good test run and am happy to report that I now want every color in the line. 

They do have pretty good staying power since they are technically a glorified lip gloss, around 2-3 hours if you aren't eating and although they aren't marketed as a stain the red (and I'm assuming the other dark colors) does stain your lips a bit.

The product DOES have a strong scent, I don't think it's offensive (like L'Oreal lipsticks-sorry L'Oreal, I love you but your lipsticks stink…in a literal sense) It smells kind of similar to the L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain whatever they were called, kind of floral, but these also smell kind of fruity at the same time. The scent is STRONG when you put it on but after a couple minutes you don't really smell it anymore although I have heard people say they think this smells like burning plastic? Not sure where they're getting that from. I've also heard that it tastes weird, but I got these quite late in the game so it's possible they did a tiny little reformulation to fix the initial problems.


I wanted to show you what the applicator looked like with this picture. It is kind of triangular as you can see in the pictures above which makes it really easy to get into the corners of your mouth, but the fabric it's made of holds a LOT of product so you don't have to dip back into the tube to cover your lips.


The stickers on the bottom are the only place that it says the name of the product (and are kind of hard to see and equally as difficult to photograph) and they also have numbers. So I have the colors 060 Nude Illusion, and 020 Signature Scarlet

I'm not sure when these launch in the UK/Europe but hopefully soon. I personally was not a fan of the Rimmel Apocalips, but these Maybelline Color Elixirs are basically everything I expected/wanted the Apocalips to be. So if you weren't impressed or were disappointed in the hype over the Apocalips but like the idea I strongly recommend these.


All in all, I am completely and utterly obsessed with these Elixirs. They are hydrating, have super intense pigmentation with one swipe and don't go patchy. The color you see in the tube it the color that is going to be on your lips, which I love because I HATE being mislead by packaging.

Because they do have  a really strong smell I would recommend just picking one up first (or if there's open ones in the stores from people swatching them, make sure you smell them and see if it is offensive to you).

But overall, I am obsessed with these and want every color in the collection. I think this is the first lip product where I've felt the overwhelming urge to need EVERY SINGLE COLOR in the collection. (except for the YSL Glossy stains but you all know I can't afford that)

Have you tried these? 

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23 comments:

  1. Uuuu I haven't seen these around yet! Totally excited to find them though! :D

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  2. they're amazing!!!!

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  3. Charlotte MacDonald-GauntMarch 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I'd love to try these - the packaging looks very sleek and the pigmentation seems great too :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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  4. Great post! I am definitely loving that red shade! :) I'm glad you are loving them!!!


    lovelaceybeauty.blogpost.com

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  5. these are really pretty, that red shade is gorgeous :)

    http://princesscandyfloss.blogspot.com.br

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  6. The nude colour looks so pretty, the red is nothing that hasn't been seen before but this post has made me really want to give them a try!
    Holly / Faceldn.com

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  7. yeah! that was one swipe and you can do both lips without having to dip back into the container and they aren't streaky!

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  8. yeah! especially if you're into nudes. i just wanted to test the two extremes to see how they held up. Most nudes go on streaky but this one doesn't at all! I say go for it!

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  9. Wow I didn't know they were THAT pigmented! I thought they were going to be sheer like the glossy satins! Obsessed with both shades you got there!
    xo
    The Beauty Break // http://beautytimebreak.blogspot.com

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  10. YEAH! I did a review of the glossy stains way back when they first came out and HATED them. The one I had was literally clear. These on the other hand are fabulous! and so many shades too. I just wanted to pick from both ends to give the spectrum a good test lol :) I always keep the nude one in my purse in case I forget a lip color

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  11. I have heard some amazing things about these products! Can't wait to get my hands on them :) Great post! xo's

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  12. I don't know if I'm late to the party, but I haven't seen these products around yet. I don't think we got them in Denmark yet always behind! They look great, just like the Rimmel Apocalips, I look forward to trying these after this review :)

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  13. thanks so much!

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  14. I don't think they've hit europe yet, my mom sent them to me. They're like the rimmel apocalips but ten thousand times better. I was kind of disappointed by the apocalips…but these are what I thought the apocalips should have been

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  15. I know it's got that perfect amount of peachy pink undertone to not look like brown nude lips :)

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  16. These look fantastic, I'll be looking out for them when they hit the UK :)
    Amy x

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  17. That sounds great! I can't wait for them to hit Europe then. I had mixed feeling about the Rimmel Apocalips too, but maybe these will be a hit :)

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  18. great shades :) these re called lip polishes here & I love the formula.

    www.primedwithprettiness.com

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  19. I wasn't the biggest fan of apocalips. but these are amazingggg. I'm still waiting for like the bourjois 1 seconde nail polishes and the revlon matte balms to hit :/

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  20. I really need these in my life... As well as in the UK! xD

    http://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

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  21. Lovely post! I love them! I own several a purple & red.

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  22. I've heard nothing but good things about these, soo want to try!

    Would love it if you could take a look at my blog and even follow!:)

    http://candidlychloe0912.blogspot.co.uk/



    Chloe

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