E.L.F Mineral Lipsticks [Product Review]

prime plum, natural nymph, rich raspberry, pouty petal, runway pink
prime plum, natural nymph, rich raspberry, pouty petal, runway pink
prime plum, natural nymph, rich raspberry, pouty petal, runway pink
prime plum, natural nymph, rich raspberry, pouty petal, runway pink
From L-R: Pouty Petal, Runway Pink, Prime Plum, Rich Raspberry, Natural Nymph
prime plum, natural nymph, rich raspberry, pouty petal, runway pink
From L-R: Pouty Petal, Prime Plum, Rich Raspberry, Natural Nymph, Runway Pink
As a huge fan of the E.L.F Mineral Range, I decided it was about time I tried their lipsticks. Feeling optimistic, I picked 5 shades up and honestly, I think that was a bit of a silly move really! Don't get me wrong, they're not horrid lipsticks, I just have a few issues with them and I much, much prefer the two essential £1.50 lipsticks I picked up instead. The shades I decided to purchase were Runway Pink because, well, pink, Pouty Petal because I love the name of it, Prime Plum as I thought it would be purple which I was really into at the time, Natural Nymph because I thought it'd be a cheaper alternative to one of my most worn lipsticks, Lime Crime Coquette, and finally Rich Raspberry because I thought it would be just that.

As you can probably tell from the images above, I'm a little disappointed with the colours. First of all: Prime Plum is brown. There is no two ways about it, whether I swatch it on my arm or wear it on my lips, it is obviously a brown and not the purple I was hoping for. So, immediately, that's one product I'm never going to use. Secondly, there's Natural Nymph which just looks like I've shoved concealer on my lips. Not a good look. It looks ok with a lip gloss over it but still way too pale for what I was wanting. Rich Raspberry is somewhere in the middle - I think I need to give it proper go as I've never worn it properly but in all honesty the colour wasn't as "rich raspberry" as I'd hoped.

Thankfully, this review isn't all negative. I do wear Pouty Petal and Runway Pink a fair amount. Although they look incredibly similar in my swatches, there is a difference in real life. Runway Pink is more natural looking, a semi matte and a "my lips but better" shade. Pouty Petal has a shinier finish to it and is slightly lighter, quite comparable to the Essential Lipstick in Classy. (I've linked to this above). Thankfully, these two shades were what I was expecting and wanting.

Disappointments aside, the lipsticks themselves have a quite good formula. Being mineral I know they're much better for my skin than other products are and these a quite moisturising lipstick although I do recommend balm or reapplication after a few hours. They're not as long lasting as I'd like either but you can definitely get around 2 hours wear out of them. The packaging in nice and simple and feels quite sturdy so I don't mind these hanging around loose in my handbag.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend these unless you're happy with whatever colours you get because the website is just so inaccurate. I wish I'd looked at swatches before I ordered!