Elf Moisturizing Lipsticks (NEW SHADES)

elf moisturizing lipsticks

Hey beauties,

It’s Monday.  The day that many dread. If you have the Monday blues and you’re wanting something to read, what’s better to read than a review on some newly released products? Better yet, new lipstick. I know it’s not Saturday, but I did swatches of some things from Wet n Wild this past Saturday. Two swatch posts in a row is okay, right?

Anyway, I have some swatches today of 4 out of 8 of the new Elf (eyes lips face) moisturizing lipsticks. I snagged these during a not so “secret” release. I’ve honestly not tried many lip products from Elf outside of the Matte Lip Crayons, so I was happy to add some of these shades to my cart. I also found a free shipping code and ebates always has cash back for elf, so I paid less than $12 for all 4 shades in the end.

elf moisturizing lipsticks

First off, the packaging is really cute.Personally, I like simple packaging. It’s very chic. The color blocks are on the bottom, which makes these easier to store and organize so you’re not left guessing which shade is which. The price is $3 a piece, and I believe that Elf said these would be limited edition.

The smell of these is a very light vanilla scent. I did find that these apply very smooth and because they have Vitamin E in them, they are indeed hydrating.

However, I am not impressed with the pigmentation of these. I guess because these were so hyped I was expecting more, but these are more of a sheer formula. I know that many people prefer sheer formulas, but I do not. Especially with darker shades. I opened up “bourdeaux beauty” expecting a lush dark red shade, and instead I got a sheer red shade. It’s lovely, yes, just not for me.

I wanted to be upfront about that. I am not saying these are bad, they just probably won’t get much use in my own collection, which means I will probably pass them along to my mom.


Because I did not spend a lot on these, I am not totally heartbroken. I was expecting more, and I feel this might be the last Elf lip product I try for a bit. I love my matte lip crayons, but these just missed the mark for me. Am I the only one that feels this way? I’ve seen people on Instagram raving about the pigmentation of these, and I can’t figure out if they’re being nice, or if I got a bad batch or something since I did order these as soon as they were released. Maybe I’m a bit spoiled on liquid lippies at the moment.


From left to right: Marsala Blush, Berry Kiss, Bourdeaux Beauty, Black Berry

These are what the swatches looked like after I passed over it twice. So, the color is buildable. For $3 each I think that these are awesome if you like a more sheer finish, but I personally like more pigmented formulas of lipstick. These are quite hydrating though, and remind me of the Revlon lip butters. So, if you’ve always wanted to try those and only shop cruelty free, you may be a fan of these.

What do you think? Am I being too harsh? Chat with me in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Elf Moisturizing Lipsticks (NEW SHADES)

  1. I like sheer finishes so these would be right up my alley! It’s kind of the trade off between pigment and moisture, I find. That’s why I can’t do mattes! I guess with a name like “moisturizing” lipsticks, it’s to be expected. I like the shades Marsala Blush and Berry Kiss. Maybe she should have named them lip butters instead of lipsticks.

  2. I was so looking at these and thinking of you just this morning! Firstly, I’m surprised you didn’t buy the whole collection, haha. And secondly I’m sorry to hear the pigmentation sucks 😦 I have most of the lipsticks in this collection and feel that the majority are REALLY good. I can see from the swataches though that these are lacking… I suggest swatching them a few more times though. I have had one or two that were really sheer at first but after being worn/swatched a few times they became more pigmented… not sure how that works, haha.

  3. Haha! I’m trying not to buy the whole collection of things and only buy the shades I will use! Key word being try. I will try to swatch them a few more times, thanks for the tip! I really want these to work, because the shades themselves are gorgeous.

  4. I’m really liking that Bordeaux Berry shade! Even if it is sheer, I like sheer with darker colors sometimes. Sorry that these didn’t seem to work so well for you. I would do what Kaily suggested though and keep swatching them. Can’t hurt right? 🙂

  5. I just read your review, and it’s refreshing to know that I am not the only one that feels this way about them! I’m also very all or nothing when it comes to lipstick. I don’t wear many tinted balms or lip butters for this reason.

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