I'm cheating on lipstick, and Staff is so peeved -- about semantics. "It doesn't belong in Lipstick Diary if it isn't lipstick," she insists. "This isn't even lip gloss!" But Maybelline Color Elixir liquid lip balm has so many gorgeous shades that it's managed to lure me away from lipstick for days -- that's a Lipstick Diary entry as far as I'm concerned. And look, I have a friend: that's Maybelline makeup pro Grace Lee on the right, wearing Color Elixir in Caramel Infused. I'm wearing Color Elixir in Raspberry Rhapsody. And I have plans for a bunch more shades.
Maybelline Color Elixir -- Maybelline New York Color Elixir if you're a name stickler -- stole my attention at first with its colourful palette. Not a boring shade in the bunch. Even the neutrals are super pretty. But it's keeping my focus with enough pigment for a demi-sheer finish, and its light, hardly sticky texture. I have ingredient details to add as an update at the end of this post. Right now I just want to geek out about all the colour.
Maybelline Color Elixir 005 Breathless Apricot, 010 Celestial Coral, 015 Mandarin Rapture and 020 Signature Scarlet.
Maybelline Color Elixir 025 Mauve Mystique, 030 Raspberry Rhapsody (I'm wearing this in the opening photo), 035 Dashing Orchid and 040 Vision in Violet.
Maybelline Color Elixir 040 Vision in Violet: I'm so into this one next.
Maybelline Color Elixir 045 Amythest Potion, 050 Caviar Couture (gorgey burgundy), 055 Glistening Amber and 060 Nude Illusion.
Maybelline Color Elixr 060 Nude Illusion: It's the opposite of bold colour, but I actually want to try it. Really. Nude Illusion is one of the shades makeup artist Grace Lee used a lot for the World Mastercard Fashion Week Spring 2014 shows. So many designers wanted natural makeup for the models; it's going to be a nude Spring. (In January, Maybelline is releasing a Color Sensational line extension of eight nude lipsticks called The Buffs.)
Maybelline Color Elixir 065 Caramel Infused (Grace is wearing this in the opening photo), 070 Intoxicating Spice, 075 Fuchsia Flourish, 080 Captivating Carnation.
Maybelline Color Elixir 075 Fuchsia Flourish: Yep, this is another I need to wear soon. Look at that colour.
Maybelline Color Elixir 080 Captivating Carnation: And I need to try this one, too. It's just so pretty. (See why the lipstick hiatus?)
Maybelline Color Elixir 085 Hibiscus Haven, 090 Rose Redefined, 095 Blush Essence and 100 Petal Push.
Maybelline Color Elixir 085 Hibiscus Haven: Basically, I've spotlighted every shade I want to wear. Come to me, Hibiscus Haven.
Maybelline Color Elixir 090 Rose Defined: I can't tell you the last time I wore a simple rosy shade of lip colour. But I can tell you the next time I'll wear one: as soon as I get my mitts on Rose Defined. It's so pretty!
Maybelline New York Color Elixir liquid lip balm ($11.99, drugstores) hits counters in November. Anything catch your eye?