e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color {Review}

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars ★★★☆☆
Price: $3 USD
Shades Available: 6 shades
Where to Buy: At big box stores like Kmart or Target, eyeslipsface.com

I thought I had managed to snag the whole line of e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Colors through Dollar Tree, but it appears I am still one shade short. On that note, be sure to check all of your local dollar stores for the Matte Lip Colors.


The Matte Lip Colors are packaged in a matte black tube. The packaging works well and precisely places the lip color on the mouth.

e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color

The tube has a twist bottom to push up the product. The twist part is colored to match the shade with varying accuracy.

So far I have not had any problems with the lip color breaking.


Overall, the formulation is good and I like it. The Matte Lip Colors have a creamy, albeit matte, consistency.

I know these are a matte lip product, but they too drying and I don’t wear them often because of it.


There are currently six shades available. I have all but Natural.

Swatches of e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude, Coral, Tea Rose, Praline, and Rich Red

Nearly Nude

This is kind of like a cross between the e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph and Runway Pink.

Even though I have fair skin, I apparently have moderately dark lips and Nearly Nude does not work for me. It’s like putting concealer on my mouth. However, if you can wear the e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph or Runway Pink, you should be able to wear this shade.


Coral was the first Matte Lip Color I purchased. I found it at Kmart and is the only one bought at full price.

Even though it is called coral, it’s more like a neutral pink with peachy undertones.

Of the five I own, I like Coral the best.

Tea Rose

This is an accurately named, dusty rose shade. It’s a little on cool side for me to wear easily.


Praline appears as a coral shade on the e.l.f. website, but is anything but. It’s a darker version of Tea Rose, a dark raisin shade.

Rich Red

I always feel compelled to explain what’s going on with e.l.f.’s reds. They are often a very dark hot pink, dark wine, or orange-y. The reason e.l.f doesn’t have any true reds is because the company only carries vegan shades. You need carmine (derived from dried, female beetles) to obtain a true red.

Rich Red falls into the very dark, hot pink category. The packaging helps to apply the lipstick evenly and minimizes the dreaded color bleeding.

If I’m ever brave enough, I think I’d like to wear this out in public.


Final Thoughts

Pros: Nice shades, good packaging
Cons: Drying formula, needs more shades, prone to breakage

I’m not too enamored with these Matte Lip Colors. They are drying on my lips and most of the colors are not a good fit with my skin tone. However, if e.l.f. every decides to make a non-matte version, I’m definitely on board.

If you are interested in this product, be sure to check your local Dollar Tree to score them for a buck instead of paying full price elsewhere.