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Skin tone: medium tanned
My undying love for lipsticks became way too passionate this month. 😀 I had already reviewed all the variants I owned from this range, and then I met Ahana and picked up a few more shades. Today’s review is going to be on Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick in the shade Code Red. Let’s get into the review.
• High color pay off
• Single color lipstick (without the moisturizing core)
• Matte texture
INR 100 for 4.3g
My Experience with Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Code Red:
Elle 18 matte lipstick comes in a cute black packaging with a lovely girl’s face printed over the cap. But I prefer color-coded packagings as they make it easy for me to spot the shade I want. The cute tube is easy to carry around. But, the twist mechanism isn’t very sturdy. Otherwise, I really like this super affordable, cute and girly packaging.
Code Red is a beautiful bold red shade with a hint of maroon. It looks bright and bold on my lips. I am very choosy about reds. I mostly prefer deep red shades as such shades look quite gorgeous on my skin tone. This shade is more of a pink toned warm red lipstick which absolutely looks stunning on Indian skin tones. It looks different under different lights. Under natural daylight, the shade looks like a pure red and at night it appears to be a maroon-red shade.
But it complements most of the skin tones well and I feel it’s a nice party shade. It doesn’t have any shimmer in it. It instantly makes my skin look brighter. It looks so flattering even on my tanned skin. Like all other shades, this one is also well pigmented; maximum two swipes are needed for the true color to show up. It can hide pigmented lips well. In fact, I am happy with the pigmentation.
They call it a “matte lipstick” but I prefer to call it a creamy-matte lipstick. Its smooth and soft texture glides so easily on the lips and it provides an even application. This shade has a nice soft velvety-matte texture. Its non-drying formula keeps the lips soft and moisturized for long. After a few hours, it settles down to a nice matte stain. My lips turn dry after a meal, but this issue can be solved with a lip balm.
Otherwise, it is a really a hydrating lipstick which doesn’t highlight dry patches. It does transfer, but not crazily like other creamy lipsticks, still I wish it behaved like a matte lipstick. But, as it is a dark shade, even the stain it leaves looks good. Also, it doesn’t mess around the lip area and it never creases either. I am really happy with the quality.
As it is a deep shade, it stays for nicely around 5 hours. After that, it starts to fade and then it leaves a nice stain on the lips. This variant can survive a lunch but not properly. Reapplication is required after 4 hours, though. It is also quite easy to remove the color with a remover wipe.
It is the most affordable matte lipstick available in the Indian market and it does its job perfectly with a nice staying power. It gives a nice, non-drying, semi matte finish. Overall, I love this shade gorgeous red shade. But, the only problem is that these lipsticks are not easily available everywhere.
Pros of Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Code Red:
• Cute, travel-friendly packaging
• Super affordable
• Huge range of shades
• Code Red is a beautiful red shade
• This shade flatters Indian skin tones
• Nice shade for parties
• Good pigmentation
• Has a mild scent
• Soft, smooth texture
• Has a velvety-matte finish
• Non-drying texture keeps lips soft
• Nice staying power
• Can survive a lunch and snacks
Cons of Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Code Red:
• Color fades after 4 hours
• Not 100% matte
• Needs to be reapplied after 4 hours
• Not easily available
IMBB Rating: 4.2/5
Will I Recommend/Repurchase Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Code Red?
Yes to both. It is such a pretty red for all skin tones.
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