MaXFactor: Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick: A review and Swatches

MaXFactor: Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick
Designer Blossom 30 & Subtle Coral 20

It seems like every brand is having a go at their version of the Clinique chubby sticks. We've seen similar products from Revlon, Rimmel, MUA (review here) and now MaXFactor has taken their turn with their new release of their Colour Elixir Giant Pen sticks. The Maxfactor colour elixir giant pen sticks come in 6 different shades. I spotted them in Boots last weekend and hadn't really read anything about them - so figured I'd pick a couple up and try them out. All of the shades swatched beautifully, and I couldn't resist picking up Designer Blossom and Subtle coral. 

The Colour Elixir giant pen sticks is a glossy finish lip stick in a handy pen form, the packaging style is much like other pen lipsticks, however unlike the MUA which has a twist up bullet, the giant pen sticks require sharpening. It's not a huge deal, but it can be a bit of a pain. 

The finish is a glossy balm lipstick which is sheer with first application, much like the Revolon lip butters, but can be built up to a more intense colour. The product goes on smoothly and is soft and moisturising, and not tacky at all. The colour is glossy but not shimmery as far as I can see, however I think some of the other shades do have some shimmer in them. The wear time of these lipsticks is pretty impressive, the colour just seems to keep going! Admittedly the gloss does wear off first, but the colour stays put!

Designer Blossom 30 is a beautiful pink toned blood red colour which is really build-able, and looks like you've been sucking on a lolly pop! Designer blossom was the colour that drew me to the collection. A girl can never have enough red lipsticks! haha! The only problem I've had with this colour that it does bleed a little, so I advise a lip pencil. It also stains pretty badly, and leaves a weird pink red on the lips, not attractive at all. I simply use a lip balm before application and it seems to have done the trick.

Subtle Coral 20 however is the medal winner for me in the collection. Subtle coral is a gorgeous peach coral, which gives more of a nude look to the lip. This shade is much more sheer than Designer Blossom giving the lips a hint of glossy colour, which is perfect for summer. The colour being more sheer makes it more manageable and upkeep is less effort, I dont even need a mirror to apply this one! And it goes with everything! I'm in love!

Have you tried the MaxFactor Colour Elixir Giant Pen sticks
What shades are your favourite?!