ELF Matte Lip Color – Rich Red Review

by Nafisa on December 1, 2012 · 27 comments

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ELF Matte Lip Color – Rich Red Review

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ELF Matte Lip Color Rich Red Review

I am a firm believer of the beauty fact that not every red suits everyone, but there is a red lip color out there for everyone. We should just be lucky enough to find it. I love the Faces Canada Go Chic Poppy Red on me. It is orange based and suits me very well.  Another red that I find suits my yellow toned, NC 40 skin is this red rich lip color from ELF’s studio range.

ELF Rich Red Matte

Product Description:

This convenient jumbo sized lip pencil creates exact color application with twist up ease so you never have to sharpen. The pigment rich color glides on effortlessly and easily to provide long lasting matte color. The enriched Vitamin A, C & E formula moisturizes and hydrates lips for beautiful healthy looking lips. Apply to lips and blend in color. Re-apply as often as desired. Use alone or layer with your favorite lip gloss shade for a glossy effect.


Dimethicone, Polysynlane, Mineral Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Cerifera (Carnauba)Wax. Silica, Mica, Methylparaben, Tocopherol Acetate (VE), Retinyl Palmitate (VA), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (VC), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491 CI 77492 CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake(CI 42090), Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410).


$3 ~ Rs. 165/-

ELF Rich Red Matte


The matte black studio packaging of ELF is very chic. It feels sturdy when holding it. The cap comes on and off easily and even clicks shut, which is always assuring, but what I do not like is the way it twists up and down. The rotatory motion is not very smooth, it feels like something will break inside and it will not work well after that. I have been using this color for over 4-5 months now. There has been no damage to it, but it still feels very uneasy to rotate it.

Rich Red Matte


It is a cool-toned deep red; it is pink based. As a general rule, one would assume that cool-toned lipsticks look better on cool-toned skins, but there are exceptions to every rule and this lipstick does look good on my warm-toned skin. I think that is because it is not too dark. In the following image, the lower swatch shows just one light handed swipe of the color and the upper swatch shows multiple swipes. You can hopefully see how deep it is with just one swipe. The left is without any flash and right is with. The flash highlights the pink in the color more.

Rich Red Matte


ELF lip products have a very nice fragrance to them generally, but this particular product barely has any. Whatever I do smell is pleasant. I can’t exactly place this one as it is very faint. Only for the sake of this review, I smelt it closely, so I felt it; when applying it, one hardly notices anything.

Texture/Stay-on Power:

The texture is very creamy.  For a matte lipstick, I was not expecting such a creamy payoff at all. It does not feel dry on application. It helps to have well-moisturised lips anyway, but this does go on very smoothly. The downside is that it stays creamy for around 2-3 hours and no more. The color does not budge, but the product starts to feel dry. I just swipe my lip balm over it to moisten my lips again. I don’t touch up with the lipstick again and again as the color stays put and it will keep getting intense with more swipes. This is a much pigmented product. Since it is such a dark color, I guess it has more color pay off. I have other lip colors from this range which are lighter than and not as pigmented as this Rich Red at all.

This is a lip swatch without any liner or primer under it.

Red Lips

For a matte color, it does have a very creamy look. To see how it looks with a red gloss over it, you can check out the lip swatch in this article.


Pros of ELF Matte Lip Color – Rich Red:

  • Very creamy, moisturising.
  • Deep, beautiful red color.
  • A cool-toned red that looks good on warm toned skin.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Good quality for the price.
  • A matte lipstick that is not at all drying.
  • Decent quantity of product.
  • Color lasts for a good 5-6 hours.

Cons of ELF Matte Lip Color – Rich Red:

  • The twisting up action is not smooth.
  • It will feel dry after 2-3 hours.
  • It is available in India but only online.

Will I Repurchase ELF Matte Lip Color – Rich Red?

I love this red color.  I wish I can repurchase it, but if I find dupes of this available easily in India, then I will go for the dupe.

Do I Recommend ELF Matte Lip Color – Rich Red?

The color is gorgeous and would look good on a lot of skin tones, so yes, I definitely recommend it if you are buying it in US or UK, where you can get this at the store at its regular cheap price, but if you have to pay the online taxes plus shipping and all, I recommend going for a dupe.

IMBB Rating:

4/5, deducting as its only available online in India at a higher price.

Also, check out this great article on wearing red lipsticks  by Visha, it should help you in picking out a good red color that looks good on you. This is the perfect time of the year to find a red lip color. Every girl needs at least one in her arsenal. 😉

Hope you found this helpful and happy Makeuping! 🙂

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

neetu lohani December 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Omg so pretty features u have nafisa!! Loved dis lipcolor on u, stunning lotd must say!!


Nafisa Ali December 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

thanks Neetu! 🙂


Tinkerbell December 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

your lips are to die for nafisa!! you’re a lucky lady! love the LOTD..the color definitely suits you.


Nafisa Ali December 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

*blush* thanks Tinkerbell! 🙂


Parita December 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

OMG you have such gorgeous lips n this lip color suits you perfectly!


Nafisa Ali December 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Thanks Parita! 🙂 i love this color so much!


suchitra December 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

wow… a lip swatch without a primer or liner?? looks so very perfect..


Nafisa Ali December 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

its so creamy & easy to apply! & i always use a brush to get precise lines 🙂


Aarbee December 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

OMG! This is one of the most perfect red pouts that I have seen! Totally gorgeous Nafisa!


Nafisa Ali December 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Thanksu Aarbee! 🙂


sreya December 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

perfect is the word 🙂 🙂 from which online store u got dis??? 😀


Nafisa Ali December 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Sreya, My mom brought this when she had gone to US 🙂


Vini December 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

This is lookin gr8 on u …
Perfect red hawt …!!!


Nafisa Ali December 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Thanku Vini! 🙂


Chhaya December 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Your lips looking awesome…..btw please tell me what is dupe


Nafisa Ali December 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Thanku Chhaya 🙂
Dupe is a product that is closest to another in color, consistency, look, pretty much everythin…I don’t yet have a dupe for this, I hope I find 1 soon too, it is such a gorgeous color!


Nupur December 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

whate preeeetty lipsss nafisa <3


Nafisa Ali December 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thankusss Nupur! ♥ 🙂


Sweta December 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

Lovely lips and lovely colour nafisa 🙂


Nafisa Ali December 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thanku Sweta!! 🙂


Abeer Mubarak December 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

This color is sooo heavenly…hehehe and u have carried it sooo well…ur lips looks sooo gorgeous


Nafisa Ali December 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Abeer! 🙂


sandhya December 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

nafisa generally i am not a fan of mattes but this one looks very nice on you and you can carry it soooooooo well! nice pick nafisa


Nafisa Ali December 9, 2012 at 1:02 am

Thanks Sandhya 🙂


Natasha (Nats) December 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Perfect lip swatch Nafisa… yeah i have heard abt these matte lip colors… sad we dont get them here…. love elf and the shade!!!


Nafisa Ali December 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

🙂 thanku Nats! hopefully we get it here soon! i just love ELF products!


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