These hybrid lip products have been around for a while now, but I still love trying out the “new" versions that come out. The newest being these Maybelline Color Elixirs.
With 20 fun & wearable shades available, there's a colour for everyone. This particular hybrid combines pigmented colour, moisturizing balm & glossy shine into one product.
I picked up a few different shades, but today's post is focused on the four office-friendly, everyday colours I have. They are:
- Caramel Infused (a pinky nude)
- Rose Redefined (a light pink rose)
- Nude Illusion (a peachy nude)
- Captivating Carnation (a pinky coral)
l-r: Caramel Infused, Rose Redefined, Nude Illusion, Captivating Carnation
Packaging & Product QualityThe tube is sleek, compact and fits comfortably in the hand. I like the packaging. The tube is designed to replicate the look of a lipstick (which I love, by the way).
They have a distinct scent. I can't quite pinpoint it, but it's saccharine with a hint of vanilla. It doesn't bother me, but if you're sensitive to fragrances / flavours, beware.
The pigmentation varies between shades. The lighter shades offer nice, albeit sheer colour payoff, as opposed to more vibrant shades that offer highly pigmented colour.
These Color Elixirs have a creamy, balm-like consistency and they offer a lot of shine (of the non-sticky variety).
A few of the shades in the range look really similar swatched & almost identical on, example, Rose Defined & Captivating Carnation.
l-r: Nude Illusion, Caramel Infused, Captivating Carnation, Rose Redefined
Application & PerformanceThe applicator (described as an angora brush) delivers a precise and even application. The pointy doe foot design is really easy to use. I actually really like the feel of it, too. It's applies so smoothly.
Like I said, the formulation doesn't feel sticky on the lips, but there is a bit of tackiness. You can feel it when you remove the lip product -- it leaves a tiny bit of tacky residue after tissuing it off. Also, I usually only apply one coat because when multilayered, things can get a bit goopy.
They are fairly moisturizing on the lips, although, they're not incredibly hydrating. It's not a product that I would apply to relieve dry, chapped lips. If anything, it will actually accentuate those dry cracks.
Now, while they are comfortable to wear, they have poor lasting power. I only get about two hours before reapplication is required. Unlike similar products, like the YSL Glossy Stain, they're not long-wearing & they don't leave a noticeable stain on the lips. Maybelline doesn't make those claims, though, so don't be surprised.
Clockwise, top-left: Nude Illusion, Caramel Infused, Rose Defined, Captivating Carnation
Bottom LineIf you like a glossy lip and if you aren't sensitive to scents, these Maybelline Color Elixirs are definitely worth a swatch. I will do another post showcasing some of the more vibrant colours, so stay tuned! :)
Have you tried any of the Color Elixirs yet? Thoughts? x