Saturday, 1 June 2013

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick Swatches - Designer Blossom, Blush Couture, Vibrant Pink

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick

Hi lovelies! These Max Factor Giant Pen Sticks have recently hit Australian stores, and I picked up a couple to try, because they are a super affordable $9.95! Actually Priceline is currently having a buy one get one promo, so that's even better :)

I haven't tried any of the other big lip pen products from other brands yet, so I can't compare, but I am really liking these Max Factor ones - they're fun looking, fun to apply, and the colours are super-duper cute.

There are 6 colours in the range, ranging from soft natural colours to very vibrant colours - a good mix to choose from overall. 

The packaging is fairly simple, with clear plastic lids and a coloured end representing the colour of the lipstick. These pen sticks require you to sharpen them manually - a small price to pay, considering the retail price of these! 

Formula wise, these pen sticks are a bit balmy so they glide onto the lips pretty effortlessly. The pigmentation is excellent, as good as regular lipsticks I'd say, and probably more comfortable to wear too. They don't have any fragrance that I can detect, so that's nice.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick
Left to right: Couture Blush, Vibrant Pink, Designer Blossom

The formula doesn't feel drying or sticky, it lasts at least 2-3 hours, and the brighter/deeper colours tend to leave behind a pretty stain instead of disappearing.

The only thing I dislike about these pen sticks is that it requires some effort to have perfectly even lips, and it takes more than one coat to have the same layer of colour over the whole area. The first time I tried these, I decided to outline my lips before filling in, and the outline ended up much darker and obvious than the inner lip area, which was not a good look. So just take care to make sure the colour is even everywhere when you apply them!

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick Couture Blush
Couture Blush

Couture Blush is definitely a colour that I can see will be very popular - it's a really wearable soft pink colour that's perfect for daily wear. This tends to wear off more easily compared to the two other colours I have, and won't leave much of a coloured lip stain effect. 


Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick Vibrant Pink
Vibrant Pink

Vibrant Pink really scared me at first because I'm not used to wearing very bright coloured lips but I wanted to challenge myself, and I ended up really liking this colour! It's not something I'd reach for often, but I love how almost neon pink it is, and it's a really fun colour to wear~

I'm actually surprised by how much I love this colour!


Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick Designer Blossom
Designer Blossom

Designer Blossom is also a colour I was unsure of at first, but I'm definitely trying to be more open to new colours in my make-up collection, and I thought it was a pretty colour when I swatched it in-store, so I gave it a chance. It's more pigmented on my lips than shown on the arm swatch, so this colour can be worn sheer or heavy depending on your preference. I had to apply it heavy because I needed to get the colour even, so I ended up doing a few layers ^_^

I think Designer Blossom looks more glossy on the lips compared to the other two colours. And also it leaves behind a hot pink stain instead of a peachy-red stain, which is kind of interesting! 

These Max Factor Giant Pen Sticks actually exceeded my expectations, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these - they're so affordable, and have a really nice texture that makes them a breeze to apply. And who doesn't like a lipstick disguised as a crayon!

Have you got any pen/crayon lip products in your collection right now? Or do you prefer the traditional lipstick shapes? 

Thanks for reading!







37 comments:

  1. I really like Designer Blossom on you. Together with the black eyeliner, it becomes a classic look.

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  2. i love Couture Blush & Vibrant Pink lovely colours

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  3. Ooh I think Designer Blossom looks the best on you! Love a red lip :)
    I still prefer lipsticks as I've tried pencils/pens before but they always felt dry on my lips but I might give this a try!

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  4. Oh really lovely colors my favorites was Couture Blush is really soft and cute!
    xoxo´


    www.sakuranko.com

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  5. Why don't we have these in Holland??
    They reminds me of coloring crayons :P
    I like the Couture Blush c: xx
    http://icepandora.blogspot.com

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  6. I love Designer Blossom on you also, it really stands out, and goes great with your eye make up! I can definitely see myself wearing Couture Blush on a daily basis! I don't own and lip crayons or lipsticks D: Just some tints. Planning to get some soon :3

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  7. ohh they look so pretty!! We have max factor here in germany but I rarely look at their collection! now I will take a look at these lip pencils.
    I love lip pencils especially those with balmy texture.. Vibrant pink is my fave on you! ^^

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  8. I found these just slipped off my lips after an hour which I didn't like. The formula was nice though :)
    sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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  9. Woah, looks nice! The colors are really vibrant! :'D Designer Blossom looks like a color I would absolutely LOVE. xD Thank you for sharing! *A* I need to look into this~

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  10. These look great! Vibrant Pink is so barbie and looks nice too :)

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  11. ive never tried a pen lipstick too and all the colors u pick up gorgeous! but you look the most lovely with the couture blush, so cute and pretty ;)

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  12. awesome colors!!! :D

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  13. Bottled Beauty2 June 2013 at 15:10

    I love these!! I bought 2 more colours this week at Priceline while it was buy one get one free!

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  14. I have the Revlon Lip Stains and I absolutely love them. These remind me of them haha. Couture Blush definitely is a wearable shade, and it's quite pretty!

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  15. i never tried pen sticks before, but reading your review makes me wanna try #couture blush, the color looks very cute :D

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  16. Ever since the heir of Max Factor being in the media as a rapist I don't see this brand in stores anymore. They used to sell it at walmart. The swatches are lovely though. ^_^

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  17. Designer Blossom looks nice *_*

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  18. you look like a doll! <3 love all the colours on you.glad they glide on so smoothly too!

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  19. Thank you! I rarely wear red but I think I like this look a lot too ^^

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  20. Thank you! I don't wear reds often, but I think I will from now on ^^
    It's worth trying if you can get them on sale!

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  21. I think Couture Blush is the most wearable :)

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  22. The crayon packaging is cute - not very elegant, but still cute ^^

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  23. Thanks Chee ^^
    It's a lovely colour that I'm not used to, but I think I'll wear it a lot now! I like tints, but they never colour evenly on my lips, so I stopped buying them!

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  24. I rarely look at Max Factor as well, but I saw them promoted in a catalogue so I'm glad I decided to try them ^^
    Thanks Pam!

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  25. Pity they didn't work for you Sarah! I found the hot pink and red colours lasted a really decent time for me. At least they're inexpensive :)

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  26. The colours turned out more vibrant than expected :) I think Designer Blossom would look fantastic on you!

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  27. I agree with you - Vibrant Pink is definitely a barbie colour! :)

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  28. Pen lipsticks are a pretty fun item to have ^^
    Thanks Janet!

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  29. They're such good value! And the Priceline deal made it an even better bargain :)

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  30. I think I'd like to try the Revlon lip stains next! Thanks for reading!

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  31. Couture blush is definitely a sweet and cute wearable pink ^^
    Glad you liked the review!

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  32. Really! Wow, I hadn't heard that before! That's kind of creepy now -_-

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  33. Yeah if you google it you will find the old articles about it lol. T_T

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