I’ll be honest – Max Factor is a brand that I have probably never bought any products from in all my years of makeup buying. However, receiving some of the Max Factor Colour Elixir lip products in the first ever Influenster UK VoxBox has been a revelation!
*SWIPE LEFT* 😉 Still a nerd at heart 🤓… A nerd who loves lipstick 💄 Lips: A matte burgundy outline with Max Factor Colour Elixir in Mulberry – I'm loving the metallic sheen of this deep pink- cherry red combination 💖 Received complimentary from @influensteruk #maxfactor #complimentary #influenster #influenstervoxbox #influensteruk #lipstick #colourelixir #mulberry #MaxFactorMakeup, @maxfactor @Influenster
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Inside the box
I received three Max Factor Colour Elixir products in this cute little box: the Universal Lip Liner, the Lipstick in Mulberry (685) and the Honey Lacquer in Honey Nude (5).
I’ve been using both the Mulberry Lipstick and Honey Lacquer non-stop over the summer, so here are my thoughts!
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Mulberry (685)
Let me start by saying: I’m a sucker for deep reds. And with this colour, it was love at first sight. Now, this is not quite a deep red colour – it’s more deep pink combined with cherry red. But something about the undertone and metallic sheen really strike me whenever I see this lipstick. I particularly love combining this lip colour with one of my favourite lip liners, Nightmoth by MAC, for a more sultry and slightly ombre look.
The formulation is much more moisturising than I’m used to – and glides on very easily indeed. The metallic finish adds just a little extra dimension that makes your lips stand out that you wouldn’t get from your more even-toned lipstick. Here’s an instance where I used this colour to compliment a burgundy top with my high bun look:
Max Factor Colour Elixir Honey Lacquer in Honey Nude (5)
I did not expect to be as obsessed with this product as I am. Especially since most products labelled ‘nude’ tend not to mean ‘brown girl nude’ at all. But, to my surprise, it has been dominating my neutral everyday looks ever since it arrived in my hands!
I admit, I did have to do some tweaking – a dark brown lipstick had to save the day by outlining my lips and making the product wearable for my skin tone (I used L’Oreal Color Riche in Oud Obsession, 703.) But you can definitely see my pleasure in the Instagram post below:
2017 has been the year of more neutral makeup for me – so I've been loving the @maxfactor Honey Lacquer in Honey Nude from the first ever @influensteruk VoxBox! This colour initially appears a little too light for my lips but I add some brown lipstick to outline my lips and Hey Presto! The perfect neutral pout for Caramel Queens like me! The texture is somewhere in between a lip gloss and a lipstick, moisturising with just enough colour to create an impact. Thank you @influensteruk for the complimentary makeup! #MaxFactorMakeup #contest #complimentary @MaxFactor @InfluensterUK #makeup #makeupforblackwomen #lipstick #maxfactorlipstick #honeylacquer #honeynude #influenstervoxbox #voxbox
I have been glowing in bronzed and caramel tones all summer, so this product showed up at exactly the right time. It goes on pretty much like a lip gloss but with more of a womanly shine to it, and more intense colour too. And not sticky! I feel like if teenage lip gloss had a slightly more mature, sexier older cousin, it would be called Honey Lacquer.
Sometimes it’s great to try something new – in the case of the Honey Nude shade, I’d probably have never reached for it on the shelf of my high street shop. But I’m glad that I did try it, the results have been beautiful.
And the Mulberry colour has added a more unique option to my warm, berry-toned colours for summer. I’m looking forward to how it will perform going into Autumn, when I plan to pair it with my favourite burgundy shades. Thanks to Influenster for the complimentary Max Factor Colour Elixir products!
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