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Matte It Out! – e.l.f. Matte Lip Color review

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As you probably already know, my makeup obsession is quite big. I have many different products in many categories. There are some products I’ve been able to cut down on and tell myself “YOU DON’T NEED ANYMORE!!!”, but there are other products that I just can’t get enough of and I continue on buying more and more of them – lipsticks an eyeshadow palettes. So if you’ll see that many of my post revolve around these products, don’t be surprised.

And so today I will tell you about some of my favorite lipsticks – the e.l.f. Matte Lip Color line. I’ve previously written about a few e.l.f. products I own (in my Pushed Aside Products post) and the company has a wide variation of products – some are fantastic and are easily compared to high end brands, some are less than fantastic and some are plain awful (and have quickly found their way to the nearest garbage). But their Matte Lip Colors are probably my favorite product of all.

e.l.f Matte Lip Colors
e.l.f Matte Lip Colors

The lipsticks come in form of a jumbo pencil and remind me of the Colourpop Lippie Stix in shape and size, they both twist up so there is no need to sharpen them every time. The packaging is black and sleek while the tip is colored and indicates the shade of the lipstick (although it isn’t always accurate). By the way, I recently discovered by accident that this colorful tip actually comes out and it is a sharpener! Super cool. When first using the lipsticks the bullet has a a pointed tip which allows an easy application and it also works as a lip liner so there is no use for a separate liner…it’s two products in one! With time the sharpened tip obviously gets more rounded but it is still easy to apply without having to sharpen (since I’m too lazy to use the built in sharpener).

Most of the lipsticks are smooth, easy to apply and don’t dry the lips. But as much as I love these lipsticks, they aren’t perfect. The lighter shades are quite drying, don’t apply evenly and require a few layers to get an opaque color and generally don’t look as good as the darker shades. They really emphasize lines and dryness of the lips (you can see in the images below). The medium and darker shades are however much friendlier. They look, feel and apply nicely.  These lipsticks aren’t the most long wearing, the longest wear time I’ve had with one of them is about 5 hours. When eating the longevity is much shorter.

e.l.f Matte Lip Colors
e.l.f Matte Lip Colors

According to the official website the lipsticks contain vitamins A, C and E which are supposed to moisturize the lips, but as I’ve mentioned above the lighter shades don’t feel moisturizing at all. In the website there are 15 available shades, while each shade contains 0.05 oz (1.4 grams) of product and a single lipstick cost only $3. The official website ships only within the USA, however there are a few other sites which ship worldwide (though they don’t sell all 15 shades): At BeautyJoint there are 11 available shades ($4 a piece), at Blue Scandal there are 7 available shades (with the high price of $5.25 a piece) and at iHerb there are 5 shades available ($3 a piece) as well as a set of 4 shades (which costs $10 for all four).

I own 8 shades of the range:

Nearly Nude

Nearly Nude
Nearly Nude

This is the brightest shade of the bunch, and the worst one in my opinion. It is the least opaque and it does not apply smoothly. A few layers are required if you want to get anything near an even application and the main issue is that the formula is just dry and emphasizes lines and dry skin. It is important to use a lip balm with this one. As much as I love these lipsticks, this specific one is a bust. The color is pretty though, as the name suggests it is a light nude one with a bit of peachy undertones. I’m glad my lips are naturally pigmented, they show a bit through this shade, since it is so close to my skin color without my pigmented lips it would probably look like I’m quite dead.

Nearly Nude lip swatches
Nearly Nude lip swatches

Praline

Praline
Praline

Unlike the previous shade, this one is perfect. It applies easily and evenly, is opaque and moisturizing, and is just flat out fabulous. It is a mid toned nude with orange and brown undertones and I really think it would look beautiful on anyone, whether on fair or dark toned skin. This is my most used shade, since it is a perfect day to day shade.

Praline lip swatches
Praline lip swatches

Rich Red

Rich Red
Rich Red

A classic red shade with a cold blue undertone. Honestly I used to feel like red shades as these don’t suit me, until I realized I just need to find the right red for my skin tone. This bright red is one of those shades I now constantly wear (along with Dose of Colors shade Scarlet Lace – which I wrote about in a previous post), it is opaque, smooth and easy to apply.

Rich Red lip swatches (do you like how my face suits my shirt? ;)
Rich Red lip swatches (do you like how my face suits my shirt? 😉

Cranberry

Cranberry
Cranberry

Another red shade, except that this one is a medium warm toned burgundy (same as the name suggests), the type of reds I’m more used to wearing. This shade as well is opaque, even, easy to apply and moisturizing.

Cranberry lip swatches
Cranberry lip swatches

Berry Sorbet

Berry Sorbet
Berry Sorbet

This is the purple shade of the bunch, a magenta with pink undertones. This is another favorite of mine – I love purple (I believe I’ve mentioned this fact in a previous post) and this also applies to my lipsticks (I have countless purple lip shades). And yes, this shade is also opaque, easy to apply and moisturizing.

Berry Sorbet lip swatches
Berry Sorbet lip swatches

Dash of Pink

Dash of Pink
Dash of Pink

Dash of Pink is a beautiful coral pink which I think is perfect for this time of year, as well as for the upcoming summer. The shade is moisturizing and easy to apply, but unfortunately on me it emphasizes all the lines and cracks on my lips. Oh well. By the way, I’m completely aware of the fact that this lip color does not really go with my eye makeup. Next time I’ll do lip swatches I’ll keep in mind that I need more of a neutral eye look 😉

Dash of Pink lip swatches
Dash of Pink lip swatches

Natural

Natural
Natural

Another nude shade, which is a tad darker than Nearly Nude and is more on the pink side. This shade is a My Lips But Better kind of shade. Although this is a shade I really love, it also emphasizes my dryness and lines, and it is a bit dryer so the color needs to be built up.

Natural lip swatches
Natural lip swatches

Tea Rose

Tea Rose
Tea Rose

The last shade I own also happens to be my favorite. It is a perfect nude-pinky-mauve shade, it is super moisturizing and doesn’t feel matte at all. It’s only downfall, like all the other bright shades, is that it emphasizes what shouldn’t be emphasized (yet not as much as the other shades I’ve mentioned). Regardless, I still love this shade so so much.

Tea Rose lip swatches
Tea Rose lip swatches

e.l.f. Matte Lip Color - swatches
e.l.f. Matte Lip Color – swatches

And those are all the shades I have. I really do love these, and even though they aren’t perfect, I still think they are great, especially for what you pay. e.l.f. is yet another brand that proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get good products. I have no doubt I will be purchasing more shades from the range (ehm..one is already on it’s way to me!).

e.l.f Matte Lip Colors
e.l.f Matte Lip Colors

Have you tried these lipsticks? What are your thoughts? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments!

Yours truly,

Maya ♥

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