Maybelline Color Elixir Color Sensational Creamy Lip Lacquer in 040 Vision in Violet - review


I haven't posted for a couple of days because I've been rather ill. Just coming out of it now thank god. I'm still too sickly to do some writing/paid work, but blogging is a nice and gentle way to ease myself back into things so I'll move through this post slowly. Hopefully it'll help me feel productive : )

You may remember that I picked this product up a while back when Priceline was having a half-price Maybelline sale. It's currently having a 40% off all cosmetics sale, so I thought it was timely to open this product, which has been sitting there waiting for a rainy day. Since I've just finished the (rather similar) L'Oreal Shine Caresse lippie I was using, it was a good time to reach for this one.

I've been having some fun with it - particularly because I'm still going through my crazy purple lips phase. If you do pop into Priceline for the sale, it's definitely worth trialling one of these to see what you think.

Maybelline claims/product details:
  • Hyper saturated colour
  • Addictive cushiony feel
  • Leaf tip, smoothing angora brush delivers a precise, polished and even application
  • A trio of concentrates delivers the colour of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss
  • For best results: apply with applicator wand, starting in the centre of your upper lip; work from the centre to the outer edges, following the contours of your mouth, then glide across the entire bottom lip
  • Available in 20 shades
  • RRP $17.95 for 5ml ($6.79 in the US - don't you hate Australian prices?!), but definitely shop around/wait for sales at the big pharmacies

Such a great colour, and I really like the applicator.

Here it is on my lips, outside in natural light:

And again in direct sunlight, so it looks a bit shinier:


I really love this. I'm glad I bought it half-price, however - I wouldn't have paid full price for it in Australia because the mark-up is ridiculous and for $18 you might as well shop around for a fancy brand online.

The product definitely lives up to its claims: I love the feel of it on my lips; the brush is lovely and the pigment is great. It also wears/lasts better than most, although I wouldn't call it budge-proof (few products are, in my opinion).

As mentioned, it's quite similar in look/feel to the L'Oreal Shine Caresse range - however I think this is the better product. It feels nicer on (not quite so lacquery) and I prefer the look of it on my lips. I also prefer the packaging, not that this really matters in the end ; )

It's definitely hybrid - pigmented like a lipstick, looks like a gloss and wears more like a stain/lacquer. I'm mentioning this because I've come across far too many products that call themselves eg a lip lacquer and they're totally not.

Another thing I like about this product is that it's nicely hydrating. As a lass who's prone to dry lips, this is important - I'm sick of trying lipsticks etc that are so drying, I constantly need to apply gloss on top.

The available colour range is also great and I'm sure that everyone will find at least a shade or two they love. I could have bought quite a few colours but limited myself to just this one because I have far too many lip products on the go at the moment and need to get through a few before I even consider buying more!

A final comment: these are buildable, so if you don't want 'look at me' lips, you can apply them more sparsely. On the flip side, you can layer them to get the level of intensity you want. I like this in a product - I have some lippies that are so pigmented, it's impossible to use them for eg office wear because they're so in-your-face.

Ticks from me!

Have you tried these? Let me know what you think if so : )

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