I mentioned the Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Simply Nude in my favourites post for March, so I thought I’d better follow-up with a more comprehensive review so I can share with you why I love it. Firstly, the Colour Elixir Lipstick formula is gorgeous – creamy and lubrication on the lips, yet no so slippery that it heads off into balm territory nor forgoes pigment. Instead it’s just a very hydrating lipstick that feels firm on application.
The Simply Nude shade is nude with a hint of pink (although it looks like a deep, rosy pink in the bullet) making it warmer and more forgiving than traditional nude shades. It’s a very pretty shade that looks great either dressed up with a smoky eye in a traditional strong eye/nude lip combo, or dressed right down with barely there make-up to add just a hint of warmth and colour to the lips. Unlike a lot of nude shades, it doesn’t need a lot of make-up around it to make it work.
Whilst my opinion of nude lips has certainly changed recently – especially last year when nude lips were having their comeback moment and they were absolutely everywhere – I’ve still always favoured brights or pretty pinks over nude shades. Simply Nude bridges the gap for me as it’s a pretty pink nude, making it a shade that I absolutely love and have reached for more than any other lipstick since it arrived. It’s difficult to put into words how it works as a lipstick; if it were a person it would be charismatic – it has je ne sais quoi! I can’t imagine there would be many skin tones this wouldn’t work well with, although I think the paler you are, the prettiest this’ll look as it might go a bit ashy on darker skin tones, but don’t quote me. It’s a bargain at £7.99 here – link – and as there’s currently a 3for2 that includes the Colour Elixir Lipsticks, it’s safe to say I’ll be adding some more shades to my collection during my next trip to Boots.