I have been long awaiting the arrival of the Maybelline Colour Elixirs since I heard Estée mention them. These are not a "new" item in the beauty realm but they certainly are new to the UK and moreover, to me. The drugstore has been going gaga for gloss and I have of course tried and tested every new release they have thrown at us, so let's see how these compare?

On first sight we could say that these are packaged quite similarly to the Dior Fluid Sticks. The pigmentation of these are nice but they are not a high-pigment lacquer and lean more towards the glossier, slightly sheerer side. They are quite a thin in texture and on the lips they feel somewhere in between a gloss and balm. Regarding the texture I would say that these are almost a hybrid of the Dior Fluid Sticks and the L'Oreal Extrodinaires in that they have the light weight feel of the Dior but the  slightly cushiony feel of the L'Oreal. I would not put these in the lip lacquer department but I would say that these are perhaps the best gloss release that we have seen. If you love to sport a glossy pout then I would definitely recommend trying these as they do feel beautiful on the lips and are a much cheaper alternative to the Dior Fluid Sticks.

The shades in the collection do run from neutral to vibrant and they do have a wonderful selection of colours to choose from. I would say to swatch the shades first as they can look different in the tube than on the lips. I did find that the darker shades slightly stained the lips however I do feel like the selling point to these are the texture and lasting power of the gloss.

The shades I have are: Nude Illusion, Rose Redifined, Alluring Coral and Fuchsia Flourish

TLDR - These are a balm textured, slightly cushiony gloss that provides a nice pigment without being too bold. They are a comfortable, long wearing gloss that I think would please most people.

I have to say, I am impressed and think that these do rival a lot of the gloss releases from earlier this year.

Have you tried the Maubelline Colour Elixir Lip Lacquers?

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