Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave Review

Hello all,

In this post, I would be reviewing a lipstick from Elle 18 – the shade “Red Wave.” Elle 18 is one of the most affordable makeup brands in India. Let’s see how this one fared.

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave Review

Price:
INR 100

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave label

My Experience with Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave:

Elle 18 lipsticks come in a very classic black plastic packaging, it isn’t sturdy. The rotating/retractable mechanism works very well and the cap shuts with a click. The sticker at the bottom displays the shade number and name. It isn’t colour coded so it’s a bit difficult to find the shade you’re looking for quickly in your stash. Also, there is no list of ingredients mentioned anywhere on the packaging.

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave outer packaging

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Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave

The name “Red Wave” is very misleading for this lipstick. It is in fact a deep pink colour with hints of maroon and red. It is no doubt a very pretty shade. This shade would flatter almost all skin tones, but I wish they would have come up with a beautiful pure red shade without any pinks or maroon in it. Just pure red colour! But that’s okay!

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave bullet

This lipstick is nicely pigmented and goes on super smoothly. You only need 2-3 coats for a bold pout. The texture is creamy and very comfortable on the lips. It doesn’t dry out my lips and I can wear this shade for a very long time without using a lip balm. It doesn’t highlight the dry patches or settle in the fine lines of the lips. It is moisturizing on the lips. It settles to a creamy matte finish after 30 minutes of wear.

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave open

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave swatches on hand

The staying power is up to 5 hours. It survives light meals but it fades evenly after dinner/lunch or if you eat oily food. I have been wearing this lipstick since 5 hours now and it looks good. It has faded just a bit that’s because I had my dinner. It does transfer a bit. But overall, I am impressed!

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave lip swatch

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave lip swatches

Pros of Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave:

  • Super affordable.
  • Very pigmented.
  • Gorgeous pink shade.
  • Suits all skin tones.
  • Good staying power.
  • Creamy formula.
  • Extremely comfortable on the lips.
  • Doesn’t settle into the fine lines or highlight dry patches.
  • Goes on smoothly and evenly.

Cons of Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave:

  • Boring packaging, needs to be revamped!
  • Misleading name!

IMBB Rating:
4.3/5
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Red Wave?
Yes! Definitely! It is just too good for 100 INR

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