One of the things I was very lucky to try out from Ellana Minerals is their Lip & Cheek Gel* which I got in Amethyst. It comes in this weird pump packaging that always spells trouble for controlling the amount of product you squeeze out. The liquid is quite runny for a gel, though it doesn’t necessarily drip or run like a liquid would.
Amethyst, though pretty plummy and purple in the bottle, registers like a really warm red. I was a bit surprised, since this looks more like a “ruby” than an amethyst.
The texture is quite weird. And like I said, “runny for a gel.” Here’s what happened when I tried to spread out that dot.
Like most multi-purpose products, the Lip & Cheek Gel works better as one product and not as both—in this case, it is better for me as a cheek product. Amethyst gives me a pretty, natural flush on the cheeks as thought I’d been working out. On the lips, though, it’s a bit too much of a warm red for me. Plus, like most lip stains that lean red, it makes me look like I’d been drinking the Kool-Aid.
I think I also really just dislike most warm-toned lip colors. And, I mean… I think with good reason.
And now we arrive at the biggest con I’ve found so far… Finger-staining:
These are from both hands. It’s quite hard to remove, or at least it takes time to. You’re not going to be sporting red fingertips for days, though I can’t see myself grabbing for this product when I’m rushing out of the house, just because I won’t have time to scrub at least most of the tint off of my hands.
* PR Sample. Ellana Minerals is cruelty-free.