Friday, 17 January 2014

Maybelline Color Elixir in Captivating Carnation

L to R: Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice, Captivating Carnation
Just as L'Oréal released their new Colour Riche Extraordinaire lipgloss/lipstick hybrids (reviewed here), Maybelline introduced the Color Elixirs. It's really a toss up as to which I prefer. Both the Extraordinaires and the Color Elixirs have a definite gloss finish but both feel almost creamy on the lips. Available in 20 shades, I picked up two of the Maybelline Color Elixirs, in Intoxicating Spice (a plummy brown) and Captivating Carnation (a bright rosy pink).

Captivating Carnation
The Color Elixirs feature a flattened doe foot applicator that is on an angle, making application a breeze. The two Color Elixirs I have seem to be less pigmented than the L'Oréal Extraordinaire I have (in Rouge Allegro) but both really have extraordinary textures. They are glossy, but not sticky (as I said above, they feel almost creamy on the lips). I don't know if either actually give my lips any moisture, but they definitely have not dried out my lips.


Captivating Carnation is a beautiful shade that can be worn everyday. I'm sure I will get a ton of use out of this during the spring. It's less 'in your face' than a lot of the bold lips I wear during winter, yet it gives a fresh pop of color. It had pretty good lasting power for a gloss, as well! I went a few hours without needing a touch up. 

Captivating Carnation
When swatched, Captivating Carnation seems like a warm-leaning rosy shade. On my lips, it is a bit cooler and a bit brighter, which I happen to love. Because it is not fully opaque, this will probably look a bit different on everyone. If you are a gloss lover (or if you love the look of lipgloss, but hate the sticky feeling), it is really worth picking up one of the Color Elixirs--they rank up there with the best lipglosses I've ever tried...and I've tried a lot. Maybelline is also running coupons for $2 off of the Color Elixirs, so be sure to use one on your purchase.

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1 comment:

  1. thank you for the review and the heads up on the coupon! you look lovely in that shade. i think i'll pick it up next time i see it (:

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