I’ve had this lip product for a while and it only occurred to me that it reminds me of the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms (sans the minty feel) now that I’m writing this review. I’m talking about the e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural ($3). I’m not too proficient with e.l.f. products but I’ve had good experiences with the ones I’ve tried so far. By the way, you can find e.l.f. product at Target, Kmart or their U.S. Website. They also have an official Australian and U.K. website.
I found the e.l.f. Natural Matte Lip Pencil to be really creamy. Almost balm-y feeling but without the actual benefits of a balm. It’s nicely pigmented, although this color is fairly pale so it can accentuate dryness a bit. The staying power is average, about 3-4 hours. Not as good as typical matte lipsticks but, like I said, it’s creamier and thinner than a lot of drugstore mattes (especially Revlon’s which I find too dry). I also really like that the pencil is quite slim because it provides a more precise application. It’s very comfortable to wear and I really like it overall. At $3, it’s a total steal and even better for $1.50 if you wait for half off promo codes on e.l.f.’s website. My two biggest critiques have to do with packaging. e.l.f. makeup is cheap, so the packaging is naturally not the best quality. However, I have a particular pet peeve with this product and that is that the color stick rattles when you move it. It seems that the lip pencil does not fit snugly in the plastic. My second issue is that the color on the bottom of the packaging, the one on the cardboard box it comes in, and the actual color of the product are all different. I don’t know if that’s an issue with this particular shade or all of them, but it poses a problem because when you take it home and open it you get something different than what you were expecting.
Bottom Line: Do I recommend this product? Yes!
Have you tried this? What are your favorite e.l.f. products? P.S. To see a full-face picture of me wearing this lip color, see this makeup look.
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