The new Maybelline Color Elixirs

November 6, 2013
Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational in 020 Signature Scarlet and 090 Rose Redefined (around $9/ea)
Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational in 020 Signature Scarlet and 090 Rose Redefined ($9/ea)

I’ve been hearing about people getting their hands on the new Color Elixir lip colors by Maybelline for a while now, but I just found them for the first time this past weekend. The display I found at Walgreens only had three shades available, and I grabbed two of them: Signature Scarlet and Rose Redefined. I’d seen photos online, and had just thought the tubes looked like short versions of the Color Sensational High Shine lip glosses, but when I spotted them in person I realized that they’ve designed the gloss reservoir to look like a lipstick. Cute! This is supposed to be a fusion lip product blending the moisture of a balm, the color of a lipstick and the shine and application of a gloss.

I was really excited to try these Color Elixirs because I enjoy Maybelline’s Color Sensational High Shine lip glosses and loved that they were integrating the extra moisture and comfort of a balm into them. I was also really impressed by the array of colors that Maybelline introduced all at once (20 shades, to be specific).

They have a really interesting and unique texture on the lips. They feel quite thick and cushiony and add a plump and perfected look to lips. I actually really enjoy this about them, but I’ve recently seen a couple of people express a strong distaste for the feeling of wearing them so I suppose it’s really an issue of personal preference rather than a question of quality.

Left: Rose Redefined, right: Signature Scarlet
left: Rose Redefined, right: Signature Scarlet

These have good, strong pigmentation, but the Color Sensational High Shine glosses do as well, so I’m not sure there’s been a noteworthy improvement between the two products. The color of the Elixirs may be a tad creamier, thanks to the thickness of the formula. I also get a wear time of a couple hours like I do with the Color Sensational glosses. They’re certainly moisturizing, but most glosses are and again, I’m not sure I see a substantial difference between the Color Elixirs and other products.

I feel like I’m beginning to make them sound unimpressive, but I really do like them. I guess I see them as an extension of the Color Sensational lip glosses, with (many!) new colors added to the line and a funny texture that I enjoy. They don’t bleed out past my lip lines, and they aren’t sticky in the least. There isn’t much of a scent present and no flavor.

My least favorite part about them is the price. The exact price will vary depending on where you pick them up, but they’re around $9. Ulta offers them for $8.99, while they sell the Color Sensational glosses for $6.99. I would have been a happy camper if these were the same price as the other glosses.

Wearing Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined
Wearing Maybelline Color Elixir in 090 Rose Redefined

Above, I’m also wearing: DreamWorld Hermetica mineral foundation in Rhea II C and clay/silica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review of both here), Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek blush in Carved Rose, CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blasteye shadow in Silver Sky (review here), and Clarins Be Long mascara in black (review here).

Wearing Maybelline Color Elixir in Signature Scarlet
Wearing Maybelline Color Elixir in 020 Signature Scarlet

Above, I’m also wearing: Givency Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation in 4 Perfect Vanilla, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review here), Jordana 12 HR Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in black, and Clarins Be Long mascara in black (review here).

I guess my bottom line is that I like the new Color Elixirs, but I’m not floored. I like the ones I have but I’m not sure how many more I’ll end up grabbing, especially considering the price tag.

Update: I stopped by my nearby Bed Bath and Beyond after work today and saw this display, including more Color Elixir shades and an attractive price.

Maybelline Color Elixir display at Bed Bath and Beyond
Maybelline Color Elixir display at Bed Bath and Beyond

So there’s definitely hope for the budget-conscious! My Bed Bath and Beyond has a fairly extensive beauty department (I’m honestly not entirely sure how common this is), but their pricing is a little funny. A number of products are sold at much lower prices than nearby drugstores, but not everything – some things are inexplicably expensive. So, I don’t know. It’s worth a shot to shop around!

Have you tried the Color Elixirs yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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