Matte is the talk of the town. Be it lipstick, foundation, nail polish – we crave matte literally everywhere. Every brand has come out with their own version and now its time for the most perky and affordable brand – ELLE 18. They have came up with 20 stunning matte lipstick shades to take on the matte mania and needless to say, they are dripping gorgeous. I have got 5 of the shades from the new color pops matte lipsticks range today which I will review and swatch today. All the shades are beautiful.
Matte lip colors are stunning when they are worn, mostly because of the impeccable color pay off. The new elle 18 range has been blessed with stunning pinks, reds, dark colors but lacks a nude shade. Well, with fall knocking on the door, I am sure all of us would be greatly intrigued by the dark and bold lip colors. So, no point beating around the bush now and lets review the pretty matte lipsticks from the house of ELLE 18
SHADES AVAILABLE: Rose Day, Deep Pink, Prom Pink, Pink Show, Pink Kiss, Rockstar Red ,Code Red, Selfie Red, First Love, Grape Riot, Cherry Wine, Berry Dance, Berry Bestie, Mauve Date, Chocolate Day, Choco Bite, Belgian Brown, Rust Rage, Coral Dose and Lets Tango
My Review of Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipsticks:
Packaging – I am so glad to see that they have changed the packaging slightly. Although the change is negligible, but still better. The elle 18 matte lipsticks are encased inside a sleek black body, that has a flat top and the lipstick has the same twist up body. The anime on top is changed slightly and the shade name and number is written on the bottom. The body of the lipstick is light weight and not very sturdy in general. Nevertheless, the packaging is cute and perfect for the ‘young’ look.
Shades – Out of the 20 shades in the color pops collection, I am going to review 5. The shade numbers come with letters like ‘R’ or ‘P’ which indicate the house they belongs to, like Red or Pink. The shades to reviewed are as follows-
This is a true pink with warm reddish undertones, a very close to rosy pink color. The color is beautiful and would suit every skin tone without making you look weird. This is a kind of pink-red you would love to wear during day time. It is neither too subtle nor too loud hence very easy to carry.
A true warm red which is rightly tailor made for Indian skin tones. Be it a party, event, festive functions or bridal occasion – this is surely going to rock your selfies. The color is slightly bold and stands out on its own. If you love red, get it right now!
Although the color falls into the ‘P’ i.e. pink category, it is a true warm orange. The color has a slight warm coral undertone to it and this is why it will suit Indian skin tones very well. It isn’t a bold and vibrant orange and you can surely call it a safe perky color during daytime. Had it been spring or summer, I would have worn the color all day long and never taken it off.
My favorite of the lot! This is a gorgeous deep pink with slight fuchsia undertone that makes it stand out in the crowd. The undertone is neutral and thus every Indian complexion would rock it. Pink is a color I can wear at all times and honestly, I don’t have such a neutral pink in my kitty. The color is one of the best pinks ever!
The color of the season! We lust colors like this, don’t we? Chocolate Day is a deep chocolate brown with slight berry undertones that give the warmth to the color. It goes on bold and dark with every swipe and this is a color to wear for the fall/winter. Even though the shade looks slightly mature but girls in their 20s will flaunt it like a Diva!
Pigmentation– Personally, what I never liked about ELLE 18 is that you could never get full pigmentation of colors. But this time they are back with enormous pigment and color pay off on the lips. The hand swatches of these elle 18 color pops have only one swipe and see the amount of gorgeous color it deposits! The pigmentation is surely surreal for the price you pay. Single swipe gives almost full saturation of color and two swipes are enough to give you an opaque finish. It covers pigmented lips well and you can surely skip the lip liner in a hurry.
Texture – The texture of the elle 18 matte lipsticks is soft, creamy and smooth. It glides on the lips like a dream and there is no tugging or pulling. Although it won’t hurt dry and flaky lips at all but it would be neat and proper if you exfoliate them beforehand. As the color pops lipsticks are creamy and smooth, you don’t need a lip balm underneath. It hydrates the lips well and won’t dry out over the passage of time.
The texture, despite being creamy, doesn’t bleed or feather on the lips at all. Also, it will not accentuate the fine lines and highlight the dryness. Overall, the texture of these color pops matte lipsticks is surely a wonderful one to work with.
Formula and Finish – The finish of the elle 18 lipstick isn’t exactly ‘matte’ by the definition but a flattering satin matte. Having said that, the color can easily be turned matte by dabbing some translucent powder on top. A lot of girls do not prefer the ‘true matte’ formula and hence, for an affordable variant ELLE 18 did a good job of keeping it between satin and matte finish.
With the weather turning dry, it will act as a lip balm as well as a comfortable matte lipstick. The formula is great. However, being creamy, it transfers slightly. But, if you make it matte with the powder, it won’t transfer at all. Overall, the formula and finish is surely praiseworthy.
Staying power – With such great pigmentation and texture, the Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipsticks stay on my lips for a good 4-5hours. The longevity of the colors depend a lot on the food and fluid intake. It can’t survive heavy meals but a little munching and drinks is fine. If you wish to make the color last long, simply dab with a tissue and layer it again. You can also wear a lip liner underneath. With lip liner, the color will last after a heavy meal.
Price – I am so glad to see that ELLE 18 hasn’t joined the bandwagon of price hiking and kept on with 100 bucks. The lipsticks have definitely notched up the elle 18 game and slay with every color. With such a price tag, I would surely call it a steal.
Price in India: Rs.100 each
VNA RATING: 5/5
Where to Buy Online in India: amazon.in
RECOMMENDATION: The Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipsticks are available in 20 vibrant shades to choose from. With the soft creamy texture, satin matte finish and comfortable formula along with elongated staying power, these lipsticks are surely worth praising. At this price tag, what else can I ask for?
By Contributor: Sanchita
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