E.l.f. Essential lipstick in Fearless: Review/ Swatch/ LOTD

By Ghayathri

Christmas is round the corner and that means it is time to dig into our vanity cases and find out the perfect red to wear for parties ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you havenโ€™t found such a shade yet keep reading, Iโ€™ll show you one ๐Ÿ˜‰ Deeps gifted it to me when she came home (along with a lot of other things :D) and I couldn’t thank her enough for handing me such a gorgeous shade ๐Ÿ˜€ Presenting ELF Essential lipstick in Fearless, truly for the fearless!

e.l.f. fearless lipstick
e.l.f Essential Lipstick in Fearless

What ELF says about their lipsticks:

Indulge your lips with long lasting color and shine. The moisture rich formula hydrates, conditions and softens on contact for silky smooth lips. Instantly beautiful, healthy-looking lips designed, formulated and tested by our professional team of makeup artists.


Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyisobutene, Bis-Diglyceril, Polyacyladipate-2, Mineral Oil, Caprylic Triglyceride, Polyethylene Wax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Tin Oxide, Mica. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red No. 40 Lake (CI 16035), Red No. 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red no. 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red Lake No. 6 (CI 15850), Blue No. 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow No. 6 Lake (CI 15985)

Price: $1 for 3.5g

Availability: Not available in India. Available only in USA

Let me start off with the shade, it is a stunning, gorgeous bold red shade. I havenโ€™t come across such a bold red in a while. Even if slightly dabbed on your lips, you are guaranteed to attract stares. I generally use bold lipsticks as a blush in an attempt to finish them off but this one is too bold for me to do even that ๐Ÿ˜›

The packaging is a let down, not because it doesnโ€™t look shiny or glossy (for $1, I donโ€™t expect it to look that way) but because it doesn’t work well. The mechanism is not smooth. It gets stuck atleast three times before I can get the bullet fully up.

The texture is awesome, to say the least! Glides on smoothly, no tugging on lips, even on dry lips like mine. It dries to a semi-matte finish and is insanely pigmented. I have never, I mean NEVER seen such a highly pigmented lipstick! I tried toning down the shade using every trick in the book but it is very difficult to tone down this shade, mainly due to itโ€™s high pigmentation.

This lipstick stains very badly. I had a hard time removing it from my lips and hand. So if you are planning to wear this shade, make sure you have a proper makeup remover at home. It didn’t budge when I used my home-made makeup remover โ€“ extra virgin olive oil + rose water.

It stuns me with itโ€™s staying power โ€“ the shade stays on for 6 hours easily and the stain stays for a couple more hours. A definite downside of the product is that it dries out my lips badly. The first couple of hours are fine, but after that Iโ€™m left with lips which look so dry and full of lines. So even though it stays for a long time, the looking-good aspect of it fails.  


  • The shade – a stunning, bold red!
  • The texture
  • Staying power
  • Last but not the least, the price!


  • Packaging 
  • Availability
  •  Stains the lips a lot

Final Word:
I’m absolutely bowled over by this one, definitely grab it if you get the chance ๐Ÿ™‚ The shade is stunning and the texture is so good that it is hard to believe that I’m wearing a $1 lipstick.

Rating:  4.5/5

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  • omg i need dis in my lyf..its super pretty… n hawwt lip swatch <3

    • Thank you so much Riya ๐Ÿ™‚ Many more red lipstick reviews coming up ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I so want elf to be available in India. Whatever is available at online stores is way expensive than what they actually cost..!

    • The prices of elf products are insanely high in online stores here.

  • The color looks brilliant!! You can swipe it on the back of your hand, add a little lip balm to it and use it as a tinted lip balm! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love the pics <3

    • Hey thats a great tip Deeps! Will try it for sure ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Zatheela ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great Shade – The color looks Awesome on you <3

    • Thank you so much Vipra ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love reds …looks so gud on u

    • Thank you smita ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nice lip swatch .. this does seem to enhance ur lip lines but fantastic color!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Jan ๐Ÿ™‚