You might have looked at the title of this blog post and though, “yep, she’s finally lost it!”. I wouldn’t disagree, however this experiment is not as crazy as it might seem. I was talking to my mum and spotted this Estée Lauder lipstick on her dressing table – I look the liberty of trying it on (we’re a very sharing family) and realised that it reminded me of a slightly lighter version of an ELF lipstick I own. So, my little beauty-blogging-brain started ticking over and I mentally devised a ranking system by which I could review and compare the two. So, let me introduce the two products.
The Estée Lauder lipstick is in Candy. It is from the Pure Color Long Lasting Shimmer range, and retails for a whopping £18. If I were my mum, I’d have it under lock and key, not letting a slightly unruly 20-year-old prod and poke it for a review!
And the competitor! This is the ELF Lipstick in Gipsy (is that spelt incorrectly or is it just me?). This sells online for a modest £1.50, which places it firmly at the budget end of the cosmetics world. So, what difference does £16.50 make? Let’s find out.
You can’t deny that the packaging of a product does have some influence over what you think of it, at least at first. It’s impossible to deny that the Estée Lauder lipstick packaging looks impressive; you actually feel like you’re holding £18 worth of product when it is in your hand. The ELF packaging is, well…what you’d expect for the price. But it’s not that bad considering, and these scores have to be relative.
Estée Lauder: 9/10
I initially picked these two as they were the most similar in shade that I had access to. Here they are on my lips, starting with the Estée Lauder one.
And now the ELF Gipsy Lipstick…
I have to admit that there are pros and cons to each shade. I love the shimmer in Candy, although I think there might be a risk of it looking a little ‘plastic’, and whilst Gipsy is nice and bold (which I love), the colour feels a little one-dimensional.
Estée Lauder: 7/10
I’m the kind of person who can be a bit of a snob about lipsticks when it comes to their application. I always remember those toy lipsticks you had as a kid, which were really just plastic. Unfortunately the ELF lipstick reminds me of those a little, and you almost have to press quite hard to get a decent application. In contrast, Candy glides on to the lips – however, it isn’t all perfect, as for some reason the shape of the tip doesn’t quite reach the bottom corners of my lips, so I have to have a bit of a play around with angles to get a perfect application.
Estée Lauder: 8/10
I hate it when people over-use the word ‘pigmentation’ in YouTube reviews, so that’s why I haven’t put it first on the comparison list. Pigmentation is important but it isn’t everything – sometimes it depends on what the product is meant to look like. Estée Lauder’s Candy looks very pigmented in the tube form, but is a little disappointing on the lips – however, this isn’t all bad, as it is meant to be more of a shimmer shade than a block. ELF’s Gipsy is bold and colourful, and once you actually get it ON to the lips, the pigmentation pays off brilliantly.
Estée Lauder: 7/10
I’ve worn the ELF lipstick on a few nights out, and for the price I was relatively pleased with how long it lasted on the lips. I would say it lasts a couple of hours out before you need to re-apply, which really isn’t that bad. However, after smacking your lips together a couple of times wearing Candy, the colour seems to be fading ever-so slightly already. I won’t be too harsh on it, as I haven’t worn it out, but first impressions aren’t stunning.
Estée Lauder: 6/10
Ah. Yes. The price. I’m not sure where to start…£18 is a hell of a lot of money for one single lipstick, even by high-end standards. The colour is nice and all, but it really is such a lot to spend. £1.50 on the other hand is NOT a lot to spend, and whilst the product certainly is inferior in many ways, if we’re speaking relatively, it’s a bloody good deal.
Estée Lauder: 4/10
So, out of a possible 60 points each, here were the scores:
Estée Lauder: 41/60
It’s a draw! Don’t forget that this review was relative – if ELF were charging £18 for this lipstick, the Estée Lauder one would win hands-down. For their prices and categories, they are both great products. I hope this review has been helpful!