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e.l.f. Cosmetics

Studio Matte Lip Color

for $ 3.00
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This is a twist-up, retractable, fragrance-free lipstick in “pencil” form. It doesn’t need sharpening and the slightly wide but pointed tip makes application fairly easy.

True to its name, this provides a matte finish. Shortly after application, it begins to feel dry and becomes more uncomfortable the longer it’s worn (though it stays on quite well and doesn’t have a strong tendency to bleed into lines around the mouth). Topping this with lip gloss is an option, but the trade-off is you’ll get less longevity.

The color selection is small but workable, comprised of nude and soft pink tones, though each shades applies opaque.

If you’re a fan of matte lipsticks this is worth considering (the price is hard to beat) but it isn’t among the most elegant or comfortable options available.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive and long-lasting.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Provides opaque color and a true matte finish.
Cons:
  • Matte finish feels dry and becomes uncomfortable the longer it’s worn.
  • Most will want to pair this with a lip gloss for comfortable wear, but doing so affects how long the lip color lasts, which basically defeats the purpose of choosing a matte lipstick.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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