Monday, February 3, 2014

Maybelline Color Elixirs: Budget-Friendly Beauties

Maybelline Color Elixirs in Nude Illusion,  Intoxicating Spice, Signature Scarlet. The packaging is simple but hefty - I quite like these tubes, a lot.
 I was looking for lip glosses that were juicy and non-shimmery, so when drugstore.com had a Maybelline sale (20%), I picked up three of them. I'll save you the suspense: I like them.
I'm not sure why this one has such a wonky applicator. The other two have flat applicators. 
Swatches, L-R: Nude Illusion, Intoxicating Spice, Signature Scarlet
I think they're really pretty - they give lips a juicy wash of color - and they feel pretty good; they're kind of cushion-y. They remind me of Becca lipglosses or MAC Cremesheens, and I like both of those formulas. It's scented - some kind of vaguely sweet floral scent - that doesn't offend me and that gradually fades away. I actually originally wanted to buy Becca Fallen Angel and Autumn Punch, and I think Nude Illusion and Intoxicating Spice make up for these, respectively. They're not dupes (and I obviously don't own the Becca lipglosses), but they squashed that lemming - I got three Color Elixirs for less than a single Becca gloss. Not bad, right?

On lips:
Signature Scarlet. Gorgeous, sheer red.
Dennison is not impressed. Whatever, I am.
They are glosses, not liquid lipsticks. I don't find them drying. They get tackier with wear, but if you reapply every couple of hours or so (you'll need to, at least with the lighter shades - Signature Scarlet does stain, even though the gloss wears off), you can avoid much of the tacky feeling.
Nude Illusion. 
I love this nude! It's great with a smokey eye or more intense eye look. Perfection.
Intoxicating Spice.
If you prefer a rosier lip - this is a good one. Ugh, the color is so pretty. Excuse my eye bags and what not. I live dangerously. (HA.)
Overall, I like these a lot, and the prices are great, especially if you can pick them up on sale (I think I paid roughly $6.49 each?). There are a lot of other shades, too, which is nice to see. There are some shimmery/glittery ones, though, so I'd look up some swatches first to be sure about what you're buying. Thumbs up from Larie!

Have you tried these?