March 17, 2016

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain ($4) are a new, limited sheer lip stain that launched with the E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Spring 2016 Collection. OMG I used to be the biggest lip stain junkie in the world. Things tapered down a few years ago but I seriously wasn’t myself if I wasn’t wearing a cheerful shade of red lip stain!

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

So of course, for nostalgic reasons, I decided to haul a few E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stains for myself.

E.L.F. Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain are available in three shade selections and promise a refreshingly light gel formula that feels cool on contact with lips and provides a flush of color that gives that just bitten lip look. These are apparently created with purified water to hydrate lips.

Each stain is 0.20 oz in size and comes in a clear barrel with a colorful aqua cap. It’s cute packaging for E.L.F. and I’m really liking the idea of them potentially doing a few limited edition collections like this seasonally!

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Swatches (Dew Berry, Rouge Radiance Red Orange Wash)

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Swatches (Dew Berry, Rouge Radiance Red Orange Wash)

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Swatches (Dew Berry, Rouge Radiance Red Orange Wash)

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Swatches (Dew Berry, Rouge Radiance Red Orange Wash)

I liked these a lot but they aren’t terribly long wearing for a lip stain but I honestly didn’t mind too much since the longer stain wears, the drier my lips become. I got about two hours wear on two of the shades and the darkest shade, Red Orange Wash I got about three hours of wear. During the wear I never felt like the stain dried my lips out. They weren’t terribly hydrating but they weren’t drying either.

They do in fact have a gel-like consistency as promises but this breaks down once they hit lips and the formula becomes thinner and watery. They feel quite comfortable with the very lightest burst of moisture during the initial application but it isn’t hydration that lasts but thankfully the formula isn’t drying either. I didn’t notice and flavor or fragrance here if anything they were a tiny bit bitter when I licked my lips! I did feel the tingly coolness that was promised and my lips kinda felt like a puff of cool air hit them. They have fairly ok pigmentation and are obvious enough on lips that they don’t look completely natural.

E.L.F. Rouge Radiance Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Rouge Radiance Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain  Rouge Radiance

E.L.F. Dew Berry Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Dew Berry Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Dewy Berry

E.L.F. Red Orange Wash Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Red Orange Wash Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain Red Orange Wash

For the most part, both Dewy Berry and Rouge Radiance looked the same on my lips but Red Orange Wash was considerable more pigmented and different from the other two shades.

All in all, E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain are a cute and inexpensive lip stain that makes it easy to get quick, pretty color on lips!

Get them now at elfcosmetics.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • ann b

    Any chance you’ll be reviewing the new Milk Makeup lip stain? I’m intrigued by its roll-on applicator.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t have it Ann but I have had it sitting in my cart for a while so maybe at some point 😀

  • lala

    Ok im glad i read this. I am contemplating on getting some of these. Im afraid they arent worth it. I have yet to find a good lip stain! Ugh. Maybe ill give these a shot.

    • Isabella Muse

      they aren’t the best stain I ever tried but they aren’t the worst either 🙂 they are a nice, light stain for the budget price 😀

  • Lori

    These are all really pretty! I have a love/hate relationship with stains, but for $4 a pop, these might be worth a try. 🙂