Monday, 19 December 2011

Review + Swatches: ELF Shimmer Lip Gloss Collection

Evening everyone, I hope your all well and looking forward to the holiday season and hopefully some time off from work! I know I'm excited! Today I have review of an ELF Lip Set that I picked up from TK Maxx for £5 a few weeks ago. Strangely this set isn't on the ELF site and nor are the glosses, but TK Maxx does tend to stock some US ELF items sometimes! Hopefully this formula will be reaching our shores for proper sometime! 

As always I've included a summary at the end. 

The Basics
This little collection comes 5 lipglosses - Houston, Miami, New York City, Pink and Victoria. It does seem strange that 4 are named after American cities and the fifth pink - or am I missing something and theres a city called Pink?! They all come in pretty simple rectangular tubes and have a doe-foot applicator for applicator. Each one has 2.5g of product, which is on the smaller side, but considering the price is pretty reasonable. 

The Formula
When I first applied these to my lips I was pleasantly surprised by the lightweight and completely non sticky formula. Infact rather similar to my favourite - BeautyUK Lip Lusts. They're also really smooth despite the shimmer. I haven't found that they're particularly drying, but they possibly are a little bit - it's a bit hard to tell at this time of year whether it's the weather or the product! Two and a half hours seems to be the average wear time, which is a little on the shorter side. 

Colour & Pigmentation
As is probably rather apparent from the lip swatches these glosses have quite a sheer colour to them, making them all rather similar. This makes them all good for subtle everyday wear, but also pretty nice over a lipstick too! All have a shimmery finish, but this is quite subtle.

Houston -  A pretty standard medium pink. 

Miami - More of a nudey pale pink. 

New York City - My favourite of the 5, a 'bright' pinky red. 

Pink - Slightly darker than baby pink, but being so sheer comes across pretty nudey. 

 Victoria - Yellowy golden in the tube, but only really applies as a shimmer. 

The Good - good over lipsticks, not sticky, smooth, cheap, value. 

The Not so Good - lasts 2.5 hours, all pretty sheer so very similar - don't really need 5 different ones! 
Who might like this? Those looking for a nice light lipgloss for over lipstick. Also pretty good for subtle wear.

Would I buy this again? Debatable! They're nice to have but I wouldn't realistically need more than 2 or 3. 

The Bottom Line - Really nice formula, and pretty sheer, so something you'll either like or not like! 


Being Christmas time I can't really not add that this would make a pretty good secret santa/stocking stuffer as you can give a fair amount of colours for just £5. But anyway if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, but hopefully I covered everything you wanted to know. Thanks for stopping by, H :)


  1. Were these minty? I bought some from ELF UK Studio line with the sames names/colours (the city ones). My personal favourite is Boston - an almost multitoned shimmery deep red/pink. It is sheer like all the others but is the most pigmented of the ones i have.

    1. They have a sweet/fruity kind of scent to them. ELF are pretty good at recycling names though - there's a lot of repeats going on! They do sound familiar though, who knows?!


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