Never Judge a Lippie by its Cover

I’m a creature of habit. I’ll admit it.

Especially when it comes to beauty products. When I find something I like, be it powder, mascara, lipstick, etc., I tend to stick with it forever, only moving on to another brand or product if I somehow become allergic or it is discontinued. No joke.

After (apprehensively) submitting to a mini-makeover at mall cosmetic counters a couple times in the last couple of years, I learned my lesson about thinking I know everything there is to know about makeup and how to apply it. I walked away with a new technique that transformed my eye makeup, and I realized just how much I was missing by not occasionally trying new products, particularly ones outside of my comfort zone.

So when Refinery29 asked if I’d like to sample Maybelline Color Elixir™ by Color Sensational® gloss, I knew I had to; I’m already a fan of Maybelline lip products. I haven’t been into gloss in the past several years, but sometimes a gloss is just the perfect hint of color for the gym or just running errands. Y’all no I NEVER go bare-faced or bare-lipped! Not even to the gym.

Here’s what they sent: Maybelline Color Elixir gloss in Raspberry Rhapsody, Fuchsia Flourish, and Signature Scarlet

Maybelline Color Elixir gloss in Raspberry Rhapsody, Fuchsia Flourish, and Signature Scarlet

Opening the package, I was positive Fuchsia Flourish would be my favorite, since pink shades are my default lip color. I also thought that purple-y Raspberry Rhapsody would be a no-go with my pale skin (makes me look super goth).

Imagine my surprise when Raspberry Rhapsody turned out to be my favorite of the three shades…a perfect-for-fall, very flattering berry shade. Deep plums and berry colors can be a bit much in lipstick form; this gloss is a very happy medium, especially for a daytime/work look.


Wearing Maybelline Color Elixir gloss in Raspberry Rhapsody


In fact, all of the shades were lovely, slightly muted versions of the colors shown on the outside of the tube. Being a die-hard lipstick girl, this is the kind of gloss I prefer: not too sticky, runny, or sheer. And since the cold weather us upon us, the extra moisture of a lip gloss is not a bad idea.

So, I stand corrected, again. Never judge a lippie by its cover! Often, what’s on the inside is quite a pleasant surprise…



This post is sponsored by Refinery29, in partnership with Maybelline. Maybelline kindly provided me with product samples, and I was compensated for the time it took to prepare this post, and share my unique perspective and genuine thoughts about Maybelline Color Elixir.


  1. Saw these at the drugstore and wasn’t sure what to think about them. Glad to know they’re good. The color looks amaze on you! The only thing I can say I don’t like about this product without ever trying it is its size. It’s about half the size of typical drugstore lipglosses yet it’s about the same price. Maybe it’s supposed to be more like a liquid lipstick instead of a gloss? Not sure!

  2. “Never go bare-faced or bare-lipped.” That reminds me of my sister saying, “a woman should never have chapped lips in public!” haha! I really do want to try these, and have only recently been into wearing more lipstick colours than lipgloss. I thought I’d never depart from my faithful Dior gloss until I was introduced to matte lipstick … I saw the light! 🙂
    Saw this on your Instagram and was completely sold! /Madison

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