Maybelline New York Color Elixir by ColorSensational
0 fl. oz. for $8.99
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This hybrid lip stain/lip gloss is one of the best available at the drugstore, and holds its own against other comparable options from designer lines, proving you don't have to spend a lot to get great makeup.

This buttery, richly pigmented lip product does it all, and does it well! As claimed, Color Elixir does indeed provide the color of a lipstick, the moisture of a balm, and the shine of a gloss. The doe-foot applicator is perfectly shaped for coloring inside the lipline, and because the texture doesn't have the slip of traditional gloss, there's less risk of color bleeding. Actually, this gloss does a great job of staying put!

The hydrating formula relieves dryness and softens lips with continued use. As with most creamy lip products, the rich glossy finish doesn't stay on the lips quite as long as the moisturizing ingredients do. You'll need to touch up after about two to three hours to keep the color looking glossy; however, Color Elixir does provide a gorgeous stain so when the gloss fades, the color doesn't.

Color Elixir is available in a generous selection of shades, and the range includes everything from nude peaches to bold berry red and purples. The wet shine finish does not include any shimmer or glitter. Note that this lip color product is fragranced.

  • A beauty bargain.
  • Buttery, hydrating gloss texture.
  • Moist, glossy finish.
  • Generous shade selection.
  • Fades evenly to a lip stain.
  • None.
Last Updated:09.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybelline’s formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company L’Oreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you money—without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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