While the color is pretty, Blush Essence, it is the taste of this that is turning me off, preventing me from buying anymore of these. Definitely not vanilla. More like a rose soap.
I got three shades after hearing such great things about them for so long. I heard they were not a gloss but a liquid lipstick and wore like one. I have to disagree. I think they are just a very pigmented gloss.
The Scarlet one lasted a long time and stained my lips bit it bled like crazy. The Orchid one and blushing ones are good and are pigmented but last about an hour and are gone. I wouldn't buy anymore after these because I am not a gloss fan.
If you like pigmented glosses these are great though.
These glosses are unlike any other glosses I've tried. From the moment I first tried it on, it glided on so smooth, I knew this gloss would be great. The texture of the gloss is the key aspect of this product.. What I love is that this gloss isn't sticky like all the other glosses I've tried. I walked around with these glosses on my lips and my hair touched my lips, and miraculously didn't stick to the gloss. Unlike other glosses that attract my long hair and then keep the hair glued to the gloss. My hair went on its way, blowing in the wind. The color range is great, the texture of the gloss is amazing, the staying power is good. I didn't notice a taste for the gloss and strangely, I didn't notice a strong scent either. Maybelline really hit it out of the ball park with the texture of these glosses.
Love, love, love these lipglosses/liquid lipsticks.
Yes, they have a fairly strong scent, but personally I like it and would describe it as a perfumey, almost soap-y floral. I don't notice a taste though, so no worries there.
The texture is smooth, creamy, hydrating, and long-lasting, a rare find to be sure. I typically have to reapply my lipstick and/or gloss after a few sips from my ever-present cup of water, but I do NOT have to reapply my Elixir until after several hours. Even then, it's just to refresh the glass-like sheen, because the majority of the color stays put.
My two favorites are Caramel Infused and Dashing Orchid, which can be layered to deepen the color, or gently blotted for more subdued shade. I'm absolutely going to purchase more colors ~ just waiting for a BOGO deal. (Why not save a little moolah?)
I'm not sure if Maybelline intended these to be dupes of the YSL glossy stain, but if they did, kudos to Maybelline for outdoing themselves and improving on that wretched, over-priced tube of crap. (I tried two of the YSL glosses and HATED them, but I've reviewed that bit of nastiness already, so I won't get into it here.)
Suffice it to say, these are well worth a try. The color selection is fairly large so I think there's something for everyone.
These glosses are right up my alley. I really don't like layering lipsticks and gloss, I like either a moisturising lipstick with a beautiful sheen or shine to it, or a nicely pigmented, well formulated gloss. This falls into the latter category. I purchased my first one in Nude Illusion by mistake and went back to pick up Caramel Infused which was originally the one I wanted. I love them both. Nude Illusion is a beautiful nude, not so light that it makes me looks dead, and with beautiful shine and depth that just provides a really polished look while being completely effortless. Caramel Infused has quite a bit more pink to it on the lips, but it's almost exactly my natural lip colour so it just gives them a really beautiful boost. The formula is thick and glossy and it definitely makes my lips appear a little plumper. The nature of the applicator applies the product a little streakily which is too bad, but I always rub my lips together immediately after applying lip product so it's not an issue. The formula is nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear, and it adheres to the lips quite well although the lasting power isn't amazing. I get 2-3 hours out of them, keeping in mind that all lip products seem to wear worse on me than the average person. The biggest complaint I have with these and the reason why I only gave them 4 lippies is the fragrance. It's strong, floral and unnecessary. It wears away after a few minutes but I would much prefer no fragrance, or at least something softer and less objectionable.
I have been lusting after these for some time and finally bought two while they were BOGO 50% off at Walgreen's. I purchased Dashing Orchid and Rose Redefined. The first thing about these products is that the packaging is stunning. Like an upside-down lipstick suspended in a crystal tube. So, kudos to Maybelline for luring people in with a pleasing aesthetic. The second thing I noticed was the strange doe foot type applicator that reminds me of a mason's trowel. I'm not really sure what transpired in the boardroom the day that applicator was designed, but I fail to see the wisdom in the design process. The applicator tip just seems awkward and cheaply made. The other fail is the scent. I'm not sure how Maybelline managed to concoct a formula that smells subtly of vanilla in the tube, but have it taste like laundry soap on your lips. Seriously, the floral taste is abysmal.
All of its shortcomings aside, I love this product. Why? Because it reminds me - smell, feel, look - of my beloved, discontinued L'Oreal Rouge Pulp. I had a very brief love affair with Rouge Pulp in my early-twenties and was heartbroken when they stopped making it. This is the first time in years I've found a product that even comes close. So, me and Maybelline Color Elixirs have that sort of love/hate relationship that makes me want to keep buying them.
I have two shades so far, Mauve Mystique (light cool plum) and Intoxicating Spice (deep spicy rose). Both have medium amount of pigment and no real shimmer or glitter. I am not a big fan of glittery lips. The formula is very plush and moisturizing. It is very slightly sticky but in a nice keeps your lips feeling soft way. I have very dry lips and in the winter I cannot wear traditional lipstick so I have been looking for long wearing glosses that have enough color so I don't look washed out. I am not a big fan of the nude lip so these give me both the color and the moisture.
Wear time is good. I can go 3 or 4 hours without a touch up even if I have a cup of coffee. I do us lipliner under and that really makes it last even better.
I would recommend these for a great gloss that wears well without getting gritty or disappearing in 10 minutes. Overall a great product.
Well, they are nice. They aren't spectacular. I wouldn't die for one of these, but I was pleasantly surprised that out of all of the new lipgloss/liquid lipstick hybrids, this one was the least offensive smelling and tasting. People who say this smells like vanilla clearly have never smelled vanilla before in their life. It has a very perfume-like smell, which is kind of unsettling when that kind of smell goes on your lips. However, unlike the dreaded Rimmel Apocalips/Showoffs, this doesn't taste quite as bad as it smells. It's off-putting, but I do like the consistency so I bare it. It's basically like a lipgloss on steroids: not as gooey, more pigmented, and quite smooth and comfortable. The packaging isn't super glamorous, but I'm getting used to it. The plastic clear part is quite sturdy, if cheap-looking, and the fake lipstick shapes are clear indicators of the color, which is nice. The wear is as to be expected of such a glossy product, not very long. However, it feels nice and hydrating on the lips, so that's a plus.
It's nice owning two (I own Petal Plush and Sandy Sensation), but I don't want more than that.
Wow, talk about your perfect lip gloss FINALLY!!! Bought this in 5 shades after a reading a few reviews on youtube and I cannot get enough, it's beautiful! long lasting, non sticky, colours are so opaque... can't say enough good things about this product!
I bought a few of these last night, I got it in: signature scarlet, captivating carnation, and petal plush. I love all three of them. The only compliant I have is the applicator, it is a doe-foot cotton applicator. I love the shape but the texture is horrible. It has little nubs on it I guess, so when I go to apply it leaves waves on my lips. I read a lot of reviews on these lip glosses before I bought them and so many people complained about the smell, honestly It doesn't bother me at all, I kind of like the smell. It's like a sweet vanilla. The lasting power of these is ok, it's not the best considering the great pigmentation. But overall I think these are great lip glosses and I would defiantly buy them again.