Beauty Review: e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick

I really don’t know why I do this to myself. Cheap/lower price point cosmetics tend to be a hit or miss. Other than Colourpop Cosmetics, and some Korean brands such as Etude House and Innisfree, I really try to steer clear of “cheap” cosmetics. Cheap doesn’t always mean lower quality as the brands I mentioned above are awesome, but in the case of my recent e.l.f. purchase, I’m leaning towards cheap=low quality for some brands.

Left: Beautiful Berry, Right: Runway Pink


I had good experiences with their mineral yellow face powder so I was hoping the mineral lipsticks would be a great find. Their mineral line boasts no parabens, and when I read the ingredient list on iherb.com it seemed to check out for me. Unfortunately, when I received the lipsticks it was one disappointment after the next.

Strike one: I read the ingredient list and there it was in big old letter: Mineral Oil (pariffinum liquidum). Now mineral oil might work for some skins, but for me it is something I try to avoid as my skin breaks out and I just don’t like the petroleum ingredient (the fact that it is a by-product of crude oil used to make gasoline, well that is a whole different post!) It was not listed online in the ingredient list for these colors (it was listed under some other colors, so that’s why I chose these). That should have been my first warning.

Nice color but not very “berry”

Strike two: The lipstick was smashed! Really?! I don’t understand why you send out smashed products. It doesn’t magically roll up in the shipping box. Quality control, folks.

Smashed Runway Pink

Strike three: The pigmentation sucks. Plainly speaking. Swatched below, no edits. One swipe, almost nothing comes off. I actually wiped off the first swatch and tried again, thinking it was user error. Nope. Almost no pigmentation on one swipe. I had to go over the swatch 4 or 5 times to get any color payoff. You can see the top swatch on each hand has many swipes, the bottom swatch is one swipe.

I haven’t even worn them yet, so I can’t tell how they will wear. By the swatches I’ve done, I’m going to go out on a limb and say they I’d have to reapply these a lot during the day. Oh well. I’ve learned my lesson. I’m glad I only picked up two (under $5 a piece). I will save my money and stick to Colourpop when I want a $5 lippie with an awesome color payoff, or Mac when I want a luxe splurge!

Have you had any luck with cheap lippies? Share your love it or leave it suggestions in the comments below.

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