I’ve heard a lot about E.L.F. over the years but surprisingly didn’t purchase anything from the brand until recently. I always knew they were a “budget buy,” but I didn’t realize how cheap they were until I looked. These matte lip colors ring in at just $1.49 a pop, a quarter of the price of its drugstore competitors like Maybelline and L’Oreal. The shade range and matte finish drew my attention and I picked up 4 from Ulta.com. Check out my full E.L.F. matte lip color review below!

E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors

Shades from left to right: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red

 

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color - Sharpener

Handy pop-out sharpener on the end!

Formula:

I have to admit, this formula doesn’t compare to more expensive brands. I don’t hate it – I just don’t love it. It’s super waxy and feels a little too thick and occlusive on the lips for my liking (and I wear standard drugstore matte lipsticks all the time, so I’m no stranger to the matte lip feel).

That being said, the waxy formula means it’s not as drying as other matte lipsticks on the market. Of course, the flip-side of that is that it’s not as pigmented either. That may not be a bad thing, depending on your tastes.

I’ve mentioned this before – but there seems to be a trend, or rather, a misconception in the beauty world right now that high pigment = high quality. This isn’t always the case and for everyday use, I tend to prefer sheer finishes in a lot of my cosmetics because they’re easier to build up and I’m less likely to make a mistake.

But I digress – I like my lipsticks fully loaded, pigment-rich, and matte as hell. Yes, they’re trickier to apply, but it’s the one makeup item that I like to go all-out with (hence the name of this blog). These E.L.F. matte lip colors are not as pigment-rich as I’d like them to be, but they are matte and I enjoy the shades that I tried.

Speaking of the shades…

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color Swatches

Swatches from top to bottom: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red

Wine

A deep red/mauve hybrid true to its name.

E.L.F. Wine

Mulberry Maven

A cool-toned plum, a softer alternative to the vampy lip.

E.L.F. Mulberry Maven

Cranberry

The least pigmented of the bunch – swatches like a dark red but applies like a sheer pink.

E.L.F. Cranberry

Rich Red

Not exactly “rich” but definitely red – pulls slightly pink on me as most cool-toned reds do.

E.L.F. Rich Red

In terms of wear, these lipsticks don’t last any longer than your typical bullet lipstick nor any less. I’m not too bothered by it as I’m used to reapplying lip products after lunch anyway. On the plus side, I’ve noticed that these E.L.F. matte lip colors fade evenly without patchiness or dryness. I suppose that could also probably be attributed to its waxy formula.

The Gist

Overall, I’d recommend these lippies to anyone on a budget who wants to try a matte lip. They won’t be ones I reach for every day, but I have found myself getting a fair amount of use out of them this past holiday season.

I personally prefer the Maybelline Matte Lipsticks or the L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks for their formulas. They’re a bit more drying on the lips but pack way more pigment. If you have a few extra bucks and are a die-hard matte lipstick girl like me, maybe try those instead.

Hope this was helpful! If anyone has tried E.L.F. and has any recommendations from the brand, comment below. I’m a newb so I’m eager to try the best the brand has to offer.

 

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For those of you who have seen my last post on the Lancome Matte Shakers, you know how obsessed I am. The formula is so unique – it applies like a sheer fluid but dries down to a matte wash of color.

As the name implies, you have to shake these to get real color payoff. The pointed sponge-tip applicator makes them easier to apply than your average liquid lipstick, (even easier than my beloved Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick).

My only gripe is that I don’t think the shade names or descriptions on the Sephora and Ulta websites are very accurate. It’s not a valid complaint about the product itself but if you’re shopping online, it makes picking out the right shade kind of tricky.

Regardless, I took a gamble  and purchased the best-selling “Beige Vintage” and the less popular, “Plum Plum Girl.”

Lancome Matte Shakers in Plum Plum Girl and Beige Vintage

Beige Vintage

Lancome Matte Shaker in Beige Vintage

I can see why this shade is so beloved. Again, this is not even remotely “beige” but rather a very neutral, flattering medium rose.

For me, this is like Tarte Exposed Blush – not alike in its shade, but in its usability. Tarte Exposed is my go-to blush for just about any makeup look. It goes with every kind of lipstick shade and every kind of eyeshadow look.

Similarly, this shade of lipstick works well with smoky eyes of any shade, and blushes in peach or pink undertones. However, my favorite way to wear this color is with a neutral, shimmery eye and glowy pink flush on the cheeks.

Either way, I think I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this shade as we move into the spring/summer months. (#Arewethereyet?)

Plum Plum Girl
Lancome Matte Shaker in Plum Plum Girl

Freshly applied…

Lancome Matte Shaker in "Plum Plum Girl"

Dries down matte!

I own a lot of berry-toned lipsticks. This one is different – slightly cooler in undertone, yet a true purple in shade. Unlike some of the other shades, I think “plum” accurately describes the color of this lipstick.

Now let’s be honest, if you don’t like cool-toned lipsticks, you WON’T like this lip color. But if you’re like me and love the 90s grunge look with its greyed-out nudes, you may like this lipstick. It’s as if those cool nudes married a dark, vampy lip and gave birth to “Plum Plum Girl.”

If you’d like to see my review of the other shades, click here.

Other Makeup Worn In These Pictures:

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palette – Earth (Row 2, gold and peach shades)
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in “Natural Buff”
Becca Apres Ski Highlighter Palette – Shade 1
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black

Have any of you tried the Lancome Matte Shakers? What are your favorite shades? Let me know in the comments!

It’s almost fall which is not only my favorite season but also considered to be the official season of lipstick (source: me). I buy a crap ton of lipsticks year-round because I love to experiment with new shades but I find that the best releases come this time of year.

The latest crop are these little beauties from L’Oreal. When I first caught sight of them in my local Ulta, I knew I had to try them out.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

 

Hold onto your hats, girls, here come the swatches…

Mattes

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paints
L’Oreal Matte Lip Paints – Shades from top to bottom: Festival, Velvet Pout, Cinna-Bomb

These matte shades are probably my favorite. It’s not a big surprise considering that I love a matte lip and feel most comfortable in lip products that dry to a matte finish. The shade Festival is obviously the most wearable of the bunch, but I was surprised how wearable the lavender-toned Velvet Pout was.

The vampy, rich color of Cinna-Bomb was on point for me for fall, but because it was so dark, I found it a little tricky to apply.

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Festival

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Festival

 

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Velvet Pout

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Velvet Pout

 

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Cinna-Bomb

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Cinna-Bomb

 

 

Matte Metallics

L'Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paints

L’Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paints – Shades from top to bottom: Bronzed Burgandy, Bronze Statue, Brick Metal

I don’t think I’ve ever worn a metallic lip product before but given that it’s a major trend for the season, I thought I’d try it out. I’m surprisingly into it – I find these liquid lippies pretty easy to apply despite how shaky I am from one too many coffees. The metallic shimmer is definitely there but I find the matte finish gives it a cool, modern vibe. The color payoff on certain shades wasn’t as expected – but the pics below are all with one coat.

FYI, the color payoff on certain shades was a little disappointing – but the pics below are all with one coat.

L'oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Bronzed Burgandy

Bronzed Burgandy

 

L'oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Bronze Statue

L’oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint – Bronze Statue

 

L'Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Brick Metal

Brick Metal

 

Metallics

L'oreal Metallic Lip Paints

L’Oreal Metallic Lip Paints -Shades from top to bottom: Galactic Foil, Liquid Venom

These were my least favorite. I don’t generally love a glossy lip on me anyway, but because these were pretty pigmented, they were incredibly messy to apply and just felt tacky.

L'Oreal Metallic Lip Paint - Liquid Venom

Liquid Venom

 

L'Oreal Metallic Lip Paint - Galactic Foil

Galactic Foil

 

The Verdict

Overall, I’d give this collection a C+. There are certain shades that I’ve already worn several times (Festival, Velvet Pout and Bronzed Burgandy). The staying power is great, and lasts through most meals but I find them tough to apply perfectly and certain shades require several coats to build up intensity (which might be fine for some, depending on what you’re going for).

What about you guys? Comment with your favorite fall lipstick shades below and let me know if you’d rock a metallic lip this season.

 

When I think of my favorite makeup – my desert island, must-have, can’t-live-without-it product – I think MAC lipstick. No matter how tired I am or how little time I have to do the rest of my makeup, a swipe of red lipstick will always save the day.

Although I wear a variety of brands, MAC is really a staple in my lipstick collection. The formulas are great and the shade range is massive. Many of their lipsticks have reached cult status and I can see why – when I need a pick-me-up, I find myself turning to the same 5 shades over and over again.

My favorite is usually a red lipstick but really, any of the following lipstick shades make me feel instantly more put together and ready for the day.

To note, I am a nw 25 skintone but many of these lipsticks are famous for their ability to flatter any skintone.

Swatches from top to bottom: Twig, Whirl, Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Retro

Swatches from top to bottom: Twig, Whirl, Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Retro

  1. Twig (satin) – a cool-toned, rosy taupe
  2. Whirl (matte) – a classic 90’s supermodel brown
  3. Ruby Woo (retro matte)– vivid, super-matte, cool red.
  4. Viva Glam (matte) – rich, neutral-toned, brick red.
  5. Retro (satin) – neutral brown, a little 90s, a little now.
MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

Minimal makeup, messy hair and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

 

As you can tell from the swatches – I tend to prefer cooler tones at the moment. Honorable mentions include Lady Danger and So Chaud.

What are your favorite MAC lipsticks? I love discovering new shades – and there are so many “unsung heroes.” Share in the comments below!