Nude lip products aren’t something that I get excited about, but the new Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss collection called Nude Pomade are pretty awesome.
This limited edition release was created by an amazing MUA Caroline Barnes, and they actually are a homage to Mr Max’s first ever lip gloss, Lip Pomade, which he created in 1920’s.
There are four shades, and here is Caroline’s inspiration behind each one, and also her tips. Plus my comments.
10 Pristine Nude
Caroline: “This is an ultimate nude lip colour and it should be part of every woman’s make-up bag. Suiting all skin tones, it’s my make-up staple. It will perk up your look and create a natural, healthy look when you’re feeling lacklustre.”
Actually, this lip gloss is now a part of my makeup bag, too. It is sheer enough so that my natural lip colour shows through plus it is not a concealer like “dead looking” dated nude. It has pretty mauve/pink undertones, and should look amazing on a lot of women. My personal favourite.
15 Radiant Rose
Caroline: “This shade conveys an expensive lips – with accents of champagne it’s the most subtle gloss in my collection. It will have an incredible lip shaping appearance with its gold flecks and will suit all skin tones.”
This is a beautiful warm-toned shimmering lip gloss, which I personally love paired with matte eye makeup and a liner, it adds just the right amount of glow, plus it makes the lips appear fuller.
10 Pristine Nude and 15 Radiant Rose, they may look pinkish because my lips naturally have a rather strong pigment. They may look nuder on you.
20 Glowing Peach
Caroline: “My supreme summer shade – peach continues to be on trend for SS14. The perfect holiday gloss it will enhance and flatter suntans and look really fresh. Day or evening, it’s a staple for your SS14 cosmetic wardrobe.”
This milky peach is the lightest shade out of four and should look great with intense eye makeup. I would love a cool toned pink version of this.
80 Lustrous Sand
Caroline: “This gloss compliments warm skin tones and will go perfectly with a tan. Wear with a soft brow, rose gold on eyes and Lustrous Sand Gloss will create soft caramelised lips.”
I absolutely love Caroline’s description of this shade, I find it very accurate! This should really look wonderful on warm toned/tanned skin, so I will definitely try it again in summer.
As for the formula, it really is amazing, moisturizing, smooth, creamy and not sticky or gloopy at all. It doesn’t feel heavy on the lips and looks glossy and shiny.
The only downside for some women, may be the relatively strong sweet (caramel?) scent, but I personally don’t mind it.
I think for the price – it’s a great option. The formula is lovely and the shades are amazing. Well done, Caroline, I really hope to see something else from you in the near future 😉
And, as I’ve already said, I can’t wait for a cool-tone baby pink shade or a glass-like punchy fuchsia. Oh, yeah.
The great news is that the full range of Colour Elixir Glosses will be available from July 2014.