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.