Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Rosewood

Max Factor Colour Elixir in Rosewood has a yummy vanilla scent

Max Factor Colour Elixir in Rosewood has a yummy vanilla scent

I like bright colours. The majority of my personal lipsticks are bright reds and pinks and I don’t tend to wear many natural colours. Yet, for some reason, last year I went out shopping with the express purpose of buying a ‘boring’ lipstick. Those were my exact words to my brother, who was shopping with me – “I want to buy a boring lipstick.”

Rosewood - not boring in the slightest!

Rosewood – not boring in the slightest!

Quite why I wanted this I don’t know, but I ended up selecting Max Factor’s Colour Elixir in Rosewood (shade 833). I got it home and the first thing I noticed was the smell. Most lipsticks just smell like lipsticks – a slightly cheap, synthetic, chemically smell, but this one has a slight vanilla scent which I find delicious.

I was attending a wedding a couple of days later and decided that this would be an appropriate colour lipstick to wear. It’s subtle enough for day, isn’t too trendy and therefore won’t age on photos and if it wears off a bit, with all the obligatory food and drink, it won’t be as noticeable as when a bright red or pink smudges off.

Me wearing Rosewood.  I'm happier about it than I look!

Me wearing Rosewood. I’m happier about it than I look.

Even though I described this as a boring lipstick, I surprisingly love it and have worn it on a regular basis for the last few months. It’s not what I would consider ‘my style’ at all, yet surely only I can decide what is and isn’t my style? It’s moisturising to wear and doesn’t smudge off too easily, but is easily washed off at the end of the day, unlike my favourite bright red Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Lipstick. It’s neutral enough to be fine for daytime and has enough depth to be good for evenings also. It feels light to wear and is comfortable on the skin. I really can’t find fault with it at all.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to eat my words and say I was wrong – this is NOT a boring lipstick after all.

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