When it comes to budget-beauty, e.l.f. comes in at the top of my list for not only being super affordable (we’re talking $1-$4 products), but also 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
I reviewed their Moisturizing Lipsticks a little over a year ago, and have since added their brightest reds to my collection – Velvet Rope and Orange Dream – two perfect shades for spring and summer!
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipsticks in Orange Dream (left) & Velvet Rope (right)
Orange Dream is a vibrant orange-red. It’s quite pigmented, and builds up to opaque coverage in just 1 (pretty heavy) swipe. Orange Dream is very warm, with a yellow base – I imagine it would look great on medium to deep warm/olive-based skintones.
Velvet Rope is a medium coral-rose. The formula starts off semi-sheer, then builds up to opaque coverage after 2-3 swipes. It’s not as bright nor as warm as Orange Dream, making it slightly more wearable and also compatible with a wider range of skintones (even those leaning on the cooler side). I personally prefer Velvet Rope over Orange Dream, only because I find it suits my light-medium neutral skintone a whole lot better. It also has more of a glossy finish compared to Orange Dream.
The e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipsticks are available on elfcosmetics.com, as well as from Target, Walgreens, and Amazon.
Have you tried e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipsticks? Have any favorite shades?