Review & Swatches: e.l.f. Essential Lip Stain in “Nude Nectar”

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar

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Price: $2.00

Company’s Description

Get beautiful precision color that lasts for hours with this pigment rich lip stain marker. The pen-like tip lets you draw on color easily for a streak & smudge free professional look. Infused with nourishing Vitamin E to hydrate and moisturize lips.

e.l.f.’s new lip stains come in 4 shades and are part of the company’s Essential line. This review is for the shade Nude Nectar–a medium, brown-red shade.

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Packaging: 9/10

This lip stain comes in a plastic pen-like tube with a snap-on cap and pointed applicator. This packaging’s plastic is softer than what you find with other lip stains.

Quality: 7.5/10

Nude Nectar applies in a translucent manner and is on the weak side of the pigmentation spectrum. I have to go over certain areas to build up and even out the color because the color applies in a splotchy manner.

The formula doesn’t dry out the lips, which is a big advantage marker lip stains have over other cream formula lip stains that require you to apply a balm or gloss on top of the color. The product also has no smell.

The stain has quite weak staying power. Even with a balm applied on top, I saw significant fading of the color after the first hour of wear, subsequent to light coffee drinking. The color was definitely gone by hour two (2) and three (3).

I like this color–it gives a noticeable but natural tint to my lips. But the finish is very patchy and the “stain” lasting power is low.

Ease of Use: 7.5/10

What makes this product less than ideal for application is the significantly smaller marker tip. It takes more time to cover you lips with the product and it’s more difficult to get an even layer of color.

Additionally, it’s difficult to get an even layer of color because the stain doesn’t layer well. I would try to go over portions of my lips where the color was weaker, with very little effect. I exfoliated my lips and re-tested the product, to make sure the patchiness wasn’t cause by my skin, but this didn’t get rid of the patchy quality. I can’t quite figure out why the color won’t layer evenly, but in any case, you end up with a patchy finish that’s difficult to correct.

Price: 9.75/10

For $2.00 you get 0.078 ounces (2.2 grams) of lip stain. This product contains less than you get with other drugstore lip stains, but it also costs drastically less.

Final Grade

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar Swatch (2nd From Left)

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Nude Nectar Applied


Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol (Ve), Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben May Contain: Red No.33 (CI 17200), Yellow No.5 (CI 19140), Red No.28 (CI 45410), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow No.6 (CI 15985), Blue No.1 (CI 42090)

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