Sunday, May 5, 2013

More $1-2 e.l.f. lip products: Photos, swatches, and reviews of e.l.f. Luscious Liquid Lipstick and e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick

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I recently reviewed the e.l.f. Essential Lipstick, which I like, despite not being a lipstick fan in general. I felt like that lipstick was not your typical lipstick, and now I'm going to review two other products that aren't exactly what they claim to be - but aren't bad, nevertheless.

e.l.f. Luscious Liquid Lipstick ($1)

My bare lips, for comparison.
e.l.f. Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Tart
Natural light.
With flash.
"Cherry Tart" sounds like it's going to be a cherry red, but this is actually a warm, berry pink. The product come sin one of those dial/click tubes, which is probably my least favorite type of applicator, because it's always click-click-click-nothing-click-click-OH SHIT. Anyway, it's fine. This is a little sheer, but with nice, even color. The shade is great. It's not sticky, lasts a decent amount of time, and even stains a little. It's a really, really good product - especially for one fucking dollar. I recommend.

However: liquid lipstick? No, I'd say it's more like a gloss. It's semi-sheer and stays shiny on the lips. It's a pigmented gloss with a much better than average wear time.

e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick ($2)

So just as the Liquid Lipstick is not lipstick, this is not lip gloss. It's more of a sheer balm. It's not especially shiny or glossy. I have expressed my love for lip products in big pencil format, but this is not in the same category as the Revlon Balm Stain. It's not a stain, for one, and it's very sheer. It smells and tastes like unflavored toothpaste. It's kind of weird, but not really unpleasant. It's like you expect it to be minty, but it's not, so it's just toothpastey. It doesn't last for a particularly long time. It feels pretty nice, but it's not moisturizing. The color that you get when you put it on (or at least, that I get) does not match the color at the end of the crayon very well, so I hope these photos will help you to decide if there's something here you like.
Natural light (left to right):
Summer Nights, Tiki Torches, Sangria Starters, and Movie Star.
With flash (left to right):
Summer Nights, Tiki Torches, Sangria Starters, and Movie Star.
My bare lips, for comparison.
e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Summer Nights
Summer Nights: Very sheer pinky-peach with gold glitter. It's slightly gritty.

e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Tiki Torches
Tiki Torches: Bright, sheer orangey-peach with lots of gold shimmer. It has the best application and wear of the four, but feels a little dry.

e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Sangria Starters
Sangria Starters: Looks almost berry-pink from bottom of pen, but it's actually a sheer dusty rose, i.e. brownish pink. This is a good neutral. It has no shimmer at all, and the application can be patchy.

e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Movie Star
Movie Star: Sheer, pinkish, warm red. This on is pretty hard to apply evenly without patchiness, and it settles quickly into lines. I'm not a big fan.

I wouldn't really recommend these Lip Gloss Sticks. I don't like the smell/taste, they don't apply or feel particularly great, and they don't last long. They're only $2, though, so if you really like one of the colors, you're not throwing your money away. They're just not particularly impressive.

Have you tried either of these products? What did you think?

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