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ELF Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palette Review, Red & Berry

E.l.f.’s been releasing new lip products every month now it seems – it’s getting hard for me to keep up!  While I’m been loving their Lip Lacquers and Lip Oils, today, I wanted to share my review of something a bit more…fun to play with. 😉  I’m talking about the e.l.f. Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes.  At only $6 each, they offer incredible versatility when it comes to shade customization and finish.  Here’s my review along with some swatches and a demo of them ‘transforming’…

E.l.f.’s Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes allow you to create multiple lip looks using four matte lip colors and a shimmer gloss, all packaged into a sleek, purse-friendly compact.  You can wear the matte colors on their own, or mix them together to create a custom shade.  Not a fan of the matte look, or just want to add some shine and shimmer for a night out?  Layer your lip color with a lil’ shimmer gloss.

To help prevent dry lips (a common problem with matte lip colors), e.l.f. has infused these lip formulas with Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil to help lips stay smooth and moisturized.

The palettes are available in 4 different shades – Berry, Pink, Nude, and Red.  Since we’re pretty well into fall, I thought I’d share the two darkest palettes – Red and Berry.

ELF Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palette Review - Red & Berry

ELF Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palette Swatches - Berry & Red

ELF Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes Berry swatches

First off, the e.l.f. Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes don’t include a lip brush, so if you want a more precise lip look, you’ll need to dig one up from your makeup drawers or purchase one separately.  But if you’re cool with a slightly smudged lip look, the fingers work just fine (that’s my favorite way to apply them anyway).

Each palette contains a nice variety of shades – there aren’t two lip colors that look the same.  For the most part, the Red and Berry contain very bold, deep colors.  If you prefer to wear lighter, more subtle lip colors, definitely check out e.l.f.’s Nude and Pinks palettes.

Similar to e.l.f.’s Runway Ready palette, the lip color formulas in the Lip Transformer palettes feel smooth and creamy, and apply effortlessly.  Once on the lips, they feel weightless and comfortable, and also flexible – you can stretch out your lips without the color cracking.

With the shimmer top coat on, the lips get a healthy dose of shine with a generous amount of gold glitter (it’s nothing too over-the-top, and in my opinion, everyday wearable and even office-friendly).   The top coat also adds a ton of extra hydration, so if you find your lips are a bit too dry to wear the matte, the gloss will solve that problem.

ELF Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palette swatches and demo

Swatches of the lightest shade in the e.l.f. Lip Transformer Berry palette

Pigmentation-wise, about two thin layers of all but the darkest shades in the palettes provides near full coverage.  The deepest Berry and Red shades (i.e. the ones on the bottom right) provide slightly less coverage, and actually come across looking more like stains.  Here are lip swatches of both those shades…

e.l.f. Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes Berry swatches & demo 2

Swatches of the darkest shade in the e.l.f. Lip Transformer Berry palette

e.l.f. Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes Red swatches & demo 2

Swatches of the darkest shade in the e.l.f. Lip Transformer Red palette

The only downside is that the lip colors don’t last as long as your average matte lippie.  On me, with two thin layers applied, I’ll get around 3-4 hours of wear before I have to do a touch-up.  With eating, it’s less.  Fortunately, the color fades evenly, plus the palette is so compact (with a built-in mirror too) and the application is so effortless that quick touch-ups on-the-go are no big deal.

All-in-all, for $6, the e.l.f. Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palettes are definitely worth grabbing, especially if you like the look of matte lipsticks, but want something a little more lightweight and low maintenance, and easier to apply.  Plus, you can really play around with the different lip colors and create completely custom looks.  I’m thinking about picking up the Nude palette next myself, and use it to mix with the Red and Berry palette shades to create more neutral lip looks!

Available at e.l.f. Cosmetics (US & UK)


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