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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dupe or Dud: ELF Lip Stain vs. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge

ELF's Lip Stain and MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Rouge are visibly very similar in both their packaging and claims, making it easy to want to draw comparisons between the two. So, I'm doing just that with a little review and demo!

ELF's Lip Stain ($3) is described as a full coverage matte lip color that wears for hours while keeping lips smooth. On the other side of the double-ended packaging is a clear gloss that promises moisturizing wear and a shiny finish. The stain wears like a thin liquid lipstick, applying smoothly, but not necessarily covering or flattering dry, chapped lips. Worn alone, it lasts for an impressive 4-5 hours before it starts fading away. With the gloss, however, the lasting power is nonexistent - it becomes more of an opaque gloss that wipes off easily. 

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Rouge ($22) also claims to have the long-lasting hold of a lip stain with the "eye-catching shine of a gloss." Unlike ELF's Lip Stain, MUFE's has a slightly thicker consistency to better cover slight texture differences. It also provides much more comfort during wear. The real test came with the application of the gloss. It lasts! Gloss or no gloss, MUFE's Aqua Rouge lasts between 6-7 hours - through eating and drinking. To see a full review of more shades from the line, check out my review and swatches!

Bottom line: For maximum comfort and long lasting wear with a matte or glossy finish, MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Rouge is worth every penny! That being said, ELF's might not be a dupe, but it's certainly not a dud. For a functional, affordable matte stain, it's a good alternative. Just don't expect it to last with the gloss!

By Bailey B

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