Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review: e.l.f. Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink

My first review of 2016! I'm trying to get back into the swing of things around here when it comes to reviews and I have a TON of products in my review queue right now, so expect many, many reviews in the weeks/months to come. I wanted to kick things off with this e.l.f. product for you today, since it's been in my queue for a while now (I purchased it several months ago when it first debuted on the e.l.f site).

e.l.f. Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink
(retail: $6, 0.11 oz.)

The e.l.f. Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink retails for $6 and can be purchased on the e.l.f. website HERE. It has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 on the e.l.f. site, with 112 reviews. I haven't yet seen this product in-store at Target, Walmart, etc. but if you have, please comment below and let us know!



I wanted to review this for you back when I first purchased it, but I was holding out hope that I would eventually get the Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink ($33), which has been compared to this product. Sadly, I never did get that product, so I cannot compare the two for you. But I HAVE owned quite a few "mood" lip colors in my life, so I do have some basis for comparison.


First, let's talk about the packaging. I like it! The plastic case feels nice and thick, and I like the sleek, minimalist design. 


I've seen some complaints about the lid falling off easily, but I actually haven't had that issue at all. The lid on my tube snaps firmly into place, and there's an audible "click" when you close it. I haven't had any issues with the lid falling off in my purse or makeup bag.


As you can see, the stick itself is a light pink shade (similar to the Dior). 

Two light swipes

The pic above was taken after I applied two light swipes onto the back of my hand. I've heard that this lip tint goes on clear at first, but for me it instantaneously turns pink. After a few minutes, the color deepens to an even warmer, brighter pink, which is what you see above. Obviously this is going to vary a bit depending on your natural lip color, but I think it's safe to say it's probably going to be a warm pink on my most people, varying in intensity depending on your skintone.

Here's what it looks like on my hand after an hour:


After the shine wears off, this product does leave a stain behind--on my hand. But now let me tell you how it wears on my lips.

First of all, the product itself feels like a slick lip balm. The texture is very slick, and it glides onto the lips effortlessly. It almost feels like petroleum jelly on my lips in terms of slickness, only lighter (not heavy like straight up Vaseline). There is no flavor or fragrance to this lip tint. In terms of hydration, I find that it feels moisturizing while I'm wearing it, but I don't feel any lasting effects after application. I have heard that some people find this formula a bit drying, but I haven't experienced any dryness after wearing this lip tint. My lips just feel normal--not dry and not moisturized--after I use this product.

Unfortunately, for me, the stain you see on the back of my hand doesn't translate to my lips. After about 45 minutes to an hour, I find that this product completely disappears on me. The shine is gone, and there's no tint/stain left behind.

During the time that this lip tint IS visible on my lips, it does impart a pretty flush of color, but I think that the warm pink shade is one of those things that's either going to absolutely work for you, or absolutely NOT work for you. It's always a gamble when trying "mood" products because you're never going to know exactly what the shade will look like until you actually put it on your lips. But is this product worth the gamble? That's the question.

In my humble opinion, I think that this lip tint is best suited toward younger people who aren't looking for bold, opaque lip colors, or people who prefer a natural "glow" when it comes to lip products. If you're big on color and you want maximum impact and long-wear, this is not for you. But if you don't mind frequent reapplication and you're just looking for something you can easily slap on without a mirror to quickly give your lips a sheer, yet visible wash of color, this is a nice "keep in the purse" product for those types of occasions.

FINAL VERDICT: Not a complete love-match for me, but I don't dislike this product. I was hoping for better staying power and a tint that lingers for hours after application, but this one barely lasts an hour on me before it's completely gone. That's a bummer for me, because I've owned other "mood" type lip products in the past that stain for hours after application. Those of you who don't like fragrance/flavor in your lip products will appreciate that there's zero fragrance/flavor here, but lip colors of this nature are always a gamble in terms of the color. Depending on your skintone, this could impart a soft wash of color, or a more intense, deep flush of color. There's really no way to know for sure until you actually get it on your own lips. On my medium-pigmented lips, this color morphs into a bright, warm pink that eventually becomes softer before it disappears completely. I like the color on me for low- or no-makeup days. It's not something I would actively reach for to complete a makeup look, but it's definitely something I would grab from my purse when I'm on the go and just want a quick wash of color to keep myself from looking like a zombie when I'm out running errands. So in that respect, I don't regret my purchase at all, but I'm not sure if I love it enough to repurchase.

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.
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24 comments

  1. It's nice to see you reviewing products again! These are my favorite posts. :)

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    1. Aaah, thank you so much for that! Now that 'crazy season" is over I can get back to more reviews, so I'm THRILLED that you're happy to see them! :D

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  2. I have the Dior and the elf, elf left too much residue if reapply through out the day. The Dior is great, it leaves a light flush color on lips.

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  3. So excited for reviews! And very excited for future ones too!

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  4. I found this product the other day in my Target (:

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    1. I think I saw some at CVS, hanging on a side aisle with a few other things, like the cream e/s, one of the newer mascaras and l/s.

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  5. If you like mood-types, my favorite is the Tarte Lipsurgence that does the same thing. Not so much the berry one, but the pink, I adore it!

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    1. 2nd the Tarte! I love the berry/darker one myself (the 'Noir' one) b/c my lips are quite pigmented already. But the lighter pink one I actually used up and had to repurchase recently, which almost to never happens, so suffice it to say I like and use both regularly :) Tarte's are also, so far, the only product of this type that doesn't disappear immediately or turn awful-uber-fuschia pink on me *cough*looking at you It Cosmetics*cough*

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  6. It's interesting that for you it wasn't a bold color, but it may be a skin tone difference. I have very fair skin and fairly pigmented lips, and after a minute on me this stuff is a VIBRANT magenta. Sheer, but very bright.

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    1. I had almost the same experience: fair complexion, pigmented lips, and this turned them bright hot pink. It was a shade that actually "worked" for my coloring - just not one I personally would choose. I'm going to stick with my Burt's Bees tinted lip balms that are more subtle and more moisturizing.

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    2. I actually like it pretty well, but I think I'd prefer wearing it in the springtime when bright pink is a little more fashionable, and when I need less moisture on my lips.

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  7. It Cosmetics has a similar product, and I like the one I bought (Je Ne Sais Quoi).

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    1. Yeah, they do. I got it in a kit recently. Its a lot more expensive but for me, its better in that it doesn't turn that awful hot pink, although ItC's colored lipstain shades all turn into the same fugly shade of fuschia on me, no matter what they look like in the tube. I'll stick with Tarte lipsurgance.

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  8. Whenever I've used mood lipsticks (and even a mood lip gloss I bought at Claire's a few years ago), it always turns bright magenta on my lips and the stain lasts forever. I have a feeling this elf one will do the same. I'll pass on this one.

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  9. I love your reviews too. I would love to see pics of the product on your lips, eye, etc.

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  10. Really not a fan of how slick it feels on the lips. It's almost greasy, like Lip Smackers before they thickened up the formula somewhat. Not a fan of that.

    I do like the price point and the fact that it leaves a stain on my lips, but I do find it a little drying.

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  11. I've missed your reviews!

    I'm curious about this one. Reading your review, it makes me think a bit of Lipstick Queen's Frog Prince, but I think Frog Prince leaves a bit more a natural flush (it does for me, anyways, and I've had other mood lipsticks turn bright pink on me) and it leaves more a lasting color, too.

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  12. Yay for more reviews! Those are my favorite thing on your blog (although the I love it all!)

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  13. Hi, G. So glad to see a new review of a product in my price comfort levels. Too bad that this wasn't a total win. I've tried a few self-adjusting products over the years and haven't really been excited by them. But I do love to see new products (and, of course, your reviews).

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  14. I don't know how I missed this post! I would definitely pick one up in stores but I don't see myself buying it online. I'm so glad for reviews!!!!

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  15. Yay for reviews coming back! I love reading your reviews.

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  16. I wanted a balm that was a bit tinted, so this is getting the job done. It turns a nice pink on me and leaves a slight stain. It tends to bleed a little (but I will try with the invisible lipliner by Nyx). I wish it was more hydrating with better ingredients, but hey, I picked it up from Target for $3.00, and thus satisfied my urge to try similar products by Dior and IT at a fraction of the price!!

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