Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops Review, Swatches

I am big fan of red lipsticks and if you are too. You probably know finding that perfect red shade that best complements your skin tone, can be quite a task. But, I did not put any hard work to find this one;  simply because this was a gift from my sister. When my sister handed this cherry red shade to me, she told me that she bought it almost on impulse, thinking that it will actually look good on me. 😀 It’s quite funny because even though she was so confident about it, I sincerely wished that it does. Ofcourse, you can see how it looked on me, but to know what I really think about the shade, you have to keep reading.

Price :

Rs. 120 for 4.3 g
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My Experience with Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops :


I absolutely love it. 😀 This is like the most amazing red and if you have a lighter skin tone . This shade will just complement you so beautifully. It is indeed a very bold red. I just love how this shade looks super cool and complements my OPI Big Apple Nail paint! 😀

Pigmentation :

So rich! I am honestly amazed with the lipstick’s pigmentation. For the price, it is available in the market (which is only for Rs. 120), the pigmentation is just so SO amazing! It is a very opaque shade and you will achieve a very rich shade of Cherry Red in just 2 swipes.
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Smooth. The fact that the lipstick is enriched with Cocoa Butter really helps. Can you see that white dot between the red in the pictures? (Yes, that is the Cocoa butter), which runs throughout the length of the lipstick and ensure an even and smooth application. It just works like some really amazing high end lipstick. Also, the color does not settle between the fine lines.

This could be a concern for some. Even though I like the stain initially, it somehow gets ugly as it starts to fade away.
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Moisturization :

Well, due to the presence of cocoa butter in it, neither your lips will look dehydrated nor will you feel that way while the lipstick is still on. However, post that you might feel that it did actually had a drying effect on your lips. (At least that’s what I felt.)

Staying Power :

Even though the shade is absolutely beautiful, the staying power is actually not that good. So if you are wearing it for a party, where you might be present for more than 2 hours. Carry your lipstick along.

Fragrance :

Initially fruity/floral (very addictive smell). Later on, it irritated my nose.

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Pros of Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops :

  • Pocket-friendly.
  • Enriched with Cocoa Butter.
  • Creamy texture.
  • Smooth creamy finish.
  • Cute packaging.
  • Amazing pigmentation.
  • Does not settle between the fine lines.
  • Does not bleed.
  • Expiry, 30 months from the date of packing.

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Cons of Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops :

  •  Smell. Though initially when you smell it, you will actually like it. (So did I;  It’s very fruity/floral sorts). But I hate how the smell stays during the entire duration of the lipstick application. Also, it smells and tastes soapy after a while.
  •  Does not last more than 2 hours on me.
  • Dries off lips eventually (You might feel this once the lipstick is off).
  •  Ingredient list is not mentioned.

IMBB Rating:


I would have given it a higher rating, but low staying power and smell are the major factors that swirled as a con in my brain.

Would I repurchase Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops ?

No, the smell bothers me.

Would I recommend Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops ?

If you are currently loving the L’Oreal Pure Reds, but really do not want to spend that much, go for this shade;  especially if you have a lighter complexion.

Till we meet next; stay beautiful!

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19 thoughts on “Elle 18 Cherry Red Color Pops Review, Swatches

  1. Elle18 lipsticks have a distinctive smell which really irritates me too, and that’s the only reason why I don’t buy them. I LOVE this colour though so I may just buy it, and wear it along with strawberry lipbalm or something. 😛 😀

  2. Absolutely love the shade and the lip swatch Mridu… It will look great specially on people with lighter complexion I think.

  3. Such amazing pigmentation and this red indeed looks amazing. Might as well give it a try. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing Mridu.

  4. the color is such a red perfection!! Looks gorgeous on you. I dont mind the fragrances in my lipsticks until they are nice yummy ones…good review and lovely lip swatch 🙂

  5. Hahaha. Thanks Anubhuti. 😀 I love yummy fragrances in my lipsticks too; like Rati and you. Unfortunately, for me Elle 18 lipsticks are not that yummy. 🙁

  6. Wow mridu! Nailed it! Totally love the colour and you’re swatches are just too tempting! 🙂 Even i hate that typical Elle 18 lipstick smell! :/

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