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Review: Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick - Cherry Wine

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Cherry Wine Review

ISLM Writer: Sanchita

When everyone is busy buying summer-y lipstick shades like tangerine, corals and pinks, I am busying purchasing dark berry, plums and maroons. Well, I am in love with dark shades right now and has been continuously wearing few shades from the Elle 18’s newest launch - the Color Pops Matte range. I have always rated Elle 18 somewhat average as I found their products okay-ish but this launch was a Read on the review of the lipstick to know more.

Product Description
  • High color pay off
  • Single color lipstick (without the moisturizing core)
  • Matte texture

Price of Elle 18 Color Pop Matte Lipsticks

INR 100 for 4.3g


Elle 18 has retained their old packaging with black glossy bullet tube with a twist up function and only the anime of the girl has been changed. The twist up function work pretty nice although not a very sturdy one. The cap shuts with a click and the lipstick is exceptionally light weight and easier to carry. The shade name is written on the bottom of the tube. I found the packaging decent and quite likeable to the eyes with a cute chic appearance.


The shade Cherry Wine is a vampy maroon with a dark cherry undertone. There are no shimmery particles in the color and that makes it even more beautiful and wearable. This is one hell of a color if you are not dark and bold shades. I see myself using this color a lot in the coming winter. You can also wear in for special occasions or any events for the night. Overall, the color will suit majority of the Indian skin tones.


Pigmentation is amazing. Single swipe deposits a good saturation of color while the second swipe gives a dark opaque finish to the lips. You can either apply directly on the lips or simply use a lip brush. Either way works well with its texture.


Coming to the most important part of the lipstick – its texture. It has a smooth and soft texture but not a gliding creamy one. Having said that, it is a pleasure to use the texture as it never tugs or pulls the lips despite being non-creamy. However, a well-scrubbed and well hydrated lips is surely necessary. Though it is a dark color it will never look patchy or uneven on the lips and hides the discolorations well. The lipstick well moisturized in itself and hence you don’t need lip balm underneath. It never bleeds as well without lip liner and fares pretty well. If you apply on rough and parched lips, it will accentuate on the dry patches.


Although the range says its “matte” but the finish is more of a velvet-matte. I have no complain in this regard as it is a boost for my dry lips. I simply apply on the scrubbed lips and let the lipstick hydrate the lips. Generally when cream lipsticks turn full matte it looks powdery but this one has a soft sheen which looks very good.


The color has a nice longevity of around 4hours with small munching and drinks. However, it largely depends on the food intake. It never disappears completely from the lips and leaves a maroon-berry stain and only fades from the lower lips mostly. To elongate the staying power, you can use lip liners as well.

What I Liked About Elle18 Color Pop Matte Lipsticks

  1. Chic and light weight packaging.
  2. Beautiful berry wine shade with warm undertones.
  3. Amazing pigmentation.
  4. So non-creamy texture that glides smoothly.
  5. Doesn’t bleed at all.
  6. Finish is velvet matte.
  7. Feels comfortable on lips.
  8. Longevity is around 4hrs.
  9. Effective price tag.

What I Disliked About Elle18 Color Pop Matte Lipsticks

  1. I wish they launch some more shades, including soft MLBBs and corals. (Greedy me!)
  2. Lips need to be well scrubbed.
  3. Missing ingredient list.

Overall Rating

I would surely recommend these lipsticks are they are dirt cheap and delivers a fine quality. The range has more reds and dark colors and if you like them, you just can’t be satisfied with one color at all.


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