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Review: ELF Mineral Lipstick in Pouty Petal

During one of E.L.F's many promotions, I added this to my basket so my order would come to a neat £10, entitling me to free postage.There are a total of 16 colours in their mineral lipstick line and I chose the shade "Pouty Petal" because it seemed safe and unassuming. 

This is what E.L.F have to say:

"Now you can hydrate your lips and get a lasting soft color naturally! This nourishing blend of exotic oils, natural waxes, vitamins and plant extracts create the perfect moisturizing formula. The sleek lipstick has superior color payoff, glides easily onto lips, and is long wearing. Lips stay perfectly hydrated and soft throughout the day for no fuss, lip loving happiness. All our mineral makeup is 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes."

I can't dispute its hydration claim because it is the most moisturising lipstick I have encountered (out of the 5 I own!). Looking at the ingredients, it's not a surprise as to why, for it contains Jojoba oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter. However I disagree that this lipstick has "superior colour payoff" because I find that this particular shade  really doesn't.

Pouty Petal is a very sheer colour with light shimmer and I had to layer it at least 4 times for it to show up in the above swatch. On my lips it looks like I'm just wearing lip balm so perhaps it is better suited to someone whose lips aren't very pigmented, as mine are.

I am disappointed with my purchase because I incorrectly assumed that all their colours were matte as I have seen swatches of other colours on other blogs. There is no mention on their website of which colours are sheer and which are matte and I think they need to rectify this.

At a cost of £3.50, it's not a complete loss but I won't be repurchasing this particular colour again.


  1. strangely enough i bought two of the elf min lippies and they are fab, creamy, opaque and alot of colour payoff, i bought barely bitten and ripe rose, and i luv em :)

  2. Do a post on them? I'd like to see :) Just my luck that I bought the wrong colour! x

  3. In 2006, NY Times warned, "Minerals to watch out for include mica, which is believed to cause micro tears in the skin, and bismuth oxychloride, which gives makeup a pearly look but is thought to cause acne and micro tears" (source). The cosmetics database shows mica as a 3 on the toxicity scale and bismuth oxychloride got a 1. So basically, the warning is mostly to people with really sensitive skin. Other main ingredients found in mineral makeup are iron oxide (for color), titanium dioxide (sun protection), zinc oxide (sun protection), ultramarine (color), and silica (absorbs oil). Compacted powders and liquid foundations have more additives, so I'm looking for loose powders. If you look at a non-mineral foundation/powder, let's take my old Lancome compact for example, the ingredients include butylparaben, triethanolamine, aluminum myristates, and talc, in addition to the oxides listed above and other chemicals. Seem a little unnecessary to you? To me it does... especially the paraben. I also personally want to avoid talc (unsafe for women, read more). Sometimes you'll see that the ingredients are 'nano particles' which according to various sources is a concern. The reason is simple: the powder is cut so small that they can penetrate your skin and potentially make their way to your brain and cause harm.


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