Thursday, July 27, 2017

Max Factor Colour Elixir Honey Lacquers - photos, swatches, review!


"The pigmentation of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss and the soft feel of a balm" - these are the claims of Max Factor's Colour Elixir Honey Lacquers that don't actually have honey in them.  That's probably a good thing or else I'd eat them and while that'd be a quick way of finishing a product, it's probably not good for you.  This eight strong collection apparently gives a "grown up lip" and as I'm a bridie of a certain age, this intrigued me.  I'm fierce posh and sophisticated when I'm not wearing the hun bun and pyjamas.

True story, I got sent some of the original Colour Elixir glosses from Max Factor a few years ago and for the first time in a very long time, I actually finished two of them really quickly and I know the same thing is going to happen with these.  The formula is sticky enough to make the product last a couple of hours, but not too sticky where you're wondering what you've done to deserve all of your hair sticking to your lips.  They feel so comfortable on and don't go gloopy or patchy as you wear them.  Of course I've been testing them out for the last little while and as I'm nothing if not consistent, I've been gravitating to the nude shades so they've had the most use so far.  I have some hits and misses, so let's get to the swatches shall we?

Honey Rose is a grand shade for those who love their pale lips.  On me it just doesn't work and washes me out, but the formula is still lovely and I felt it was the least glossy shade of the eight on me.  It went on evenly, didn't emphasise any lip lines and would be lovely on someone who's mad for pale pink milky shades.  I am not that person.

Honey Lilac isn't a shade I'd reach for because again, I don't think it suits me, but I can't fault the application.  If pale glossy lilacs are your jam, you'll love this.

I've already decided Blooming Berry is going to be put in the autumn stash because anything in a plum shade works really well on my skin tone.  I always think shades like this one makes my eyeballs look greener and this shade went on evenly, made my lips look fuller and it's a winner for me!

Honey Nude is one of my favourite shades and it looks almost sepia in the photo, but on me in real life, it's definitely more of a caramel nude and less of a brown.  It's perfection for a nude lip lover like me and I guarantee I'll finish this one first.  Watch me on Snapchat to see this looking more true to life.  It's annoying when I can't get a product to look the same in real life compared to on camera!

Chocolate Nectar is a surprise love and it was only when I applied it that I copped how beautiful it was.  Again, this one will be perfect for autumn and I'm already thinking of how gorgeous it'll look paired with a warm smokey eye.  Basically come September, I want it to look like autumn puked all over my face.

You knew I'd be all over Indulgent Coral and I love how almost neon it is!  This is one that requires a couple of layers on me to look even but it's worth the effort.  It's bright, summery, puts a smile on my mush and lifts my complexion while helping me pretend I'm on my holidays.

Floral Ruby is stunning and I feel fierce fancy when I wear glossy reds like this.  The colour payoff is great and it requires minimal faffing about which is always handy for a red.  I'll wear this out of the house someday, I promise!

Regale Burgundy looks really rich and unctuous in the tube and I had it pegged for autumn, but on my lips, it looks patchy and uneven and no matter how careful I am with it, I can't get an even application.  It performs the same whether I apply a light layer, a thick layer or a couple of layers, it made no difference. It's a shame but I'm not ready to throw in the towel and want to see what it looks like over a lip liner.

And thus ends a blog post of you having to look at my mush at the same angle with eight different lip products on!  There are some definite winners in the stash and with the exeption of Regale Burgundy, the formulas are stellar.  These will set you back €13.99 and are well worth checking out if you're a fan of glossy lacquers!

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