Elf Sheer Slick Lipstick – Review and Swatches

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As a brand Elf cosmetics has really stepped things up over the past couple of years. They went from that really cheap brand that was just okay, to becoming one of the mostly highly regarded drugstore brands. I’ve been adding more of their products to my collection lately, including Elf’s Sheer Slick Lipsticks. 

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The Elf Sheer Slick Lipstick is one of Elf’s newer product launches. Elf describes these lipsticks as being “inspired by the summer days of biting into juicy, delicious fruit”. I love the idea of really fresh, I-just-ate-a-popsicle sort of lip look, so these sounded right up my alley.

As with everything from Elf, the Sheer Slick Lipsticks are super affordable. These lipsticks retail for five dollars each. These lipsticks are also cruelty-free and vegan, so you can feel good about wearing them. 

I picked up three of the six shades: Dragon Fruit, a pinky red, Jam or Jelly, a berry tone, and Wild Peach, a peachy coral. The other shades include Grapefruit, Cherry Slush, and Orange. 

Elf Sheer Slick Lipstick

From top to bottom: Dragon Fruit, Wild Peach, Jam or Jelly

Product Stats and Review

The lipsticks go on creamy and are very comfortable on the lips. They feel almost balm like. 

I do think these are great for summer as they give a wash of vibrant fruit-inspired color. These lipsticks are somewhere between a lipstick and a gloss. The color is sheer, but bright, and gives a decent amount of shine. 

Elf Sheer Slick Swatches

Jam or Jelly, Dragon Fruit, Wild Peach

Trying on Elf Sheer Slick Lipstick in Jam or Jelly

Top | Lipstick (shade Jam or Jelly)

The main downside to these lipsticks is the staying power. This is a sheer, shiny, balm like lipstick, so it’s not something I would expect all day wear from. While this is a con of the product, I don’t see the staying power as a deal breaker for me. These are easy to reapply and hydrating, so they make a nice purse lipstick.

My favorite shade of the lipsticks I have is Jam or Jelly, as I’m partial to berry shades, but all three of the colors are beautiful. I would actually like to pick up the Cherry Slush shade too. I love a subtle bright red. 

Black Cherry

I wanted to update this post to discuss the Elf Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry. This is a newer shade to the line and has gone a bit viral due to it being considered a dupe for Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It should be noted that while the Elf Sheer Slick Lipsticks retail for five dollars, Clinique’s Black Honey will set you back 20.

I actually tried Black Honey as a teenager, and I remember liking it, but I can’t say I remember much else about the product. Color wise,  Elf’s Black Cherry seems spot on. I would consider it a sheer burgundy tone. It’s a really perfect color for fall/winter, especially if you prefer more natural makeup.

Elf Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry

Swatch of elf Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry

Black Cherry


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