Wednesday, 19 October 2011

e.l.f. Studio Lip Stains

These come in 8 different colours and I have already purchased 6.

What e.l.f. promise:
Achieve full coverage that lasts for hours with this long-wear formula. Enjoy silky matte color or layer on the moisturizing clear gloss for a shiny look. With key Vitamins A & E your lips stay smooth all day long.

 (Top to Bottom: Heartbreaker, Lucky Lady, Birthday Suit, Fashionista, First Date, Red Carpet)


(L-R: Heartbreaker, Lucky Lady, Birthday Suit, Fashionista, First Date, Red Carpet)

Packaging:
These glosses come in typical studio style black/clear packaging. Each tube is approx 13.5cm, double ended with the coloured stain 'Stain' part in one side and the clear gloss 'Gloss' on the other, and separate doe foot applicators for both. It's simple but it's effective, each colour is clearly identifiable from the next if you own more than one.

Product:
I have six different colours of this product and overall, I have to say I prefer the darker colours (Fashionista, Red Carpet, First Date) to the lighter colours I own (Heartbreaker, Lucky Lady, Birthday Suit), but I am a bit biased in that I prefer a nice strong, striking lip. The consistency of the gloss itself is quite thin, and many people have complained that the product is drying on their lips, but I pretty much always slick on a bit of Vaseline or Carmex and allow it to dry in before I apply any lip colour so I haven't had this problem. They are not the longest lasting lip stains I have ever tried but I don't mind reapplying once every few hours to keep the colour nice and strong. You have to leave a nice bit of time for the stain part to dry before you apply the gloss or else you will really dirty the doe foot applicator, inevitably it will probably get a little dirty anyway. 

Verdict:
I really like these lipstains, especially Fashionista, First Date and Red Carpet and I'll definitely repurchase those three when they run out. As for the other three I have, I like them and I'll continue to use them.

Star rating:
****
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