Elizabeth Arden Ultra Ceramide Lipstick in Watermelon Is a Casually Cool Summertime Treat

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One of these days Tabs is going to walk downstairs and find a super sweet, 5-foot 1-inch-tall seedless watermelon sitting in my computer chair.


It’ll have skinny brown arms and hands with long fingers, and flat arches at the bottom of its high-heeled feet.

From behind it Tabs will ask, “Meow?” wondering what happened to his previous assistant, and the watermelon creature will slowly turn toward him in its chair and say, “Tabs, it’s me.”


I’ve eaten so much watermelon over the past month that I just might turn into one.

And if I do, where would that leave Tabs? How would he get his lurvies from a giant watermelon girl? It would be like an episode of The Twilight Zone — the old-school, black-and-white one with Rod Serling. Except with fruit. A cat. And makeup.

Of course, it makes total sense to extend this fruity fantasy into the realm of makeup, right? First, with MAC’s watermelon pink Impassioned lipstick, which we looked at earlier this month, and now with Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Watermelon ($22.50).

With its slick, thin texture and high-gloss finish, EA’s Watermelon reminds me of some of the other stick gloss lipsticks we’ve seen over the past few years.

The Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks are Elizabeth Arden’s recently-released new line of medium-to-full coverage plumping, moisturizing lippies. Available in 18 shades of red, coral, neutral, pink and plum across three finishes in cream, shimmer and pearl, they’re packed with hydrating ingredients that EA claims make lips look fuller and younger.

Do my lips look fuller and younger with it on? Maybe a little? Methinks any noticeable difference in plumpness might be due to a trick of light from the glare.

Good enough for me. πŸ™‚

Unscented and unflavored (yep, unflavored), it lasts about four hours on my lips, which isn’t quite as long as Impassioned’s all-day wear time, but it’s still not bad at all.

Both of the watermelon shades we’ve looked at lately have been fun, punchy summertime pinks, but they aren’t completely alike. To my eye, Impassioned has warmer, yellower undertones, while Watermelon has cooler, bluer ones. If you prefer the way you look and feel in cooler-toned lipsticks, Watermelon might be the better fit, but I think both lipsticks look lovely with summery golds, bronzes and teals.

Watermelon’s high-gloss finish and medium coverage feels casual to me, and Impassioned’s creamy, almost matte finish and opaque coverage feels more formal. I can picture Watermelon wanting to be worn with shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops to a picnic on the beach, but Impassioned would wait for the sunset dinner cruise, where it could accessorize a tailored summer dress and strappy heels.

There’s plenty of room in my heart for another watermelon shade, and this Watermelon looks great.

PRICE: $22.50
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Elizabeth Arden counters and also online

Where my Drop Dead Divas at?

With all of the hullabaloo over True Blood on Sunday nights, I almost forgot about Drop Dead Diva!


Thank goodness for DVRs.

I watched the new episode last night (**STOP HERE** if you haven’t seen it yet! **SPOILER ALERT**) and hello! — Vanessa leaving Grayson at the alter? Saw that one from a mile away.

Please tell me you caught the killer smokey eye Jane wore with her wedding outfit. LOVED. IT.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. M says:

    Oooh! I like the colour and the casing! I’d noticed that the casing is like Red Doors of the EA salons! Cute!

  2. Myr says:

    It’s not just your lips! You look younger and oh-so-girly in this picture. I love the glossy finish. I don’t usually wear lip products other than balm, but I actually want this.

  3. Kayleigh says:

    Oooh I really like this colour!! I’ve been wanting to try more brights on my lips but this is a perfect finish for someone like me who’s afraid of anything too bold and pigmented to start out!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kayleigh,

      This might be right up your alley, then. If it’s still too bright you can also dab it on your lips to create a light stain. πŸ™‚

  4. Crystal says:

    I’m loving the packaging, so pretty!
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  5. Vijaya says:

    Very glossy looking. Love it. Is Elizabeth Arden cruelty free, to your knowledge?
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  6. Chris25 says:

    I thought of MAC Impassioned when I saw this! I love the way watermelon shades look on you. They never work for me, even though I am also NC42. I think I’ll just stick to eating watermelon. πŸ˜›

  7. Jaymie says:

    Gorgeous lippy…definitely saw homegirl leaving! Poor G! I don’t know when Jane has ever looked bad…

  8. Jessi says:

    This color is so pretty on you! I know it wouldn’t look the same on me but I’m tempted to buy it anyways, haha.
    Jessi recently posted … LUSH Love Lettuce Mask Review

    • Karen says:

      There are tons of other colors in the lipstick line. If this one doesn’t fit you I’m sure there are a few shades that would look great on you!

  9. Marian says:

    Wow….that’s really pretty! I really like the glossiness. I’ve never really looked at Elizabeth Arden before but I’m going to!

  10. Julia says:

    I love Drop Dead Diva. It’s a great show, and I’ve been watching it since it started. I know Deb is always going to be obsessed with Grayson, but I really like the surgeon that she’s dating right now.

  11. Sonya says:

    That lipstick looks great on you! Vibrant but not obnoxious colors are right up my alley, I may have to check this out..
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  12. yuri says:

    love the color.. oh thanks for the spoiler thanks to my sister i only got to watch the first half and hour of drop dead diva lol

  13. Eesha says:

    Very glossy and looks pretty on you πŸ™‚

  14. Naj says:

    Ohhh I love you stories! It’s like reading a book.

    And thank you for the comparison! I like the sound of both of them.

  15. Liza Marie says:

    Welcome back into my life (and lips,) Elizabeth Arden! This looks amazing.

  16. Ana says:

    WOW it really does make your lips look like juicy watermelon! lol. I wouldn’t have thought the finish would be so glossy. Dang it Karen…. this may be another Elizabeth Arden impulse buy thanks to you (I ran out and got the black violet eye pencil after your post on that – my first Arden purchase!) ;-P

    • Karen says:

      Oooh! That Black Violet pencil is the bomb.com! What color are your eyes? It’s so great on brown, hazel and green eyes! πŸ™‚

      • Ana says:

        I’m a brown eyed girl πŸ™‚ I love wearing the pencil just on its own, smudged. And yes, I just picked up the lipstick today and it gets an A+ from me too! πŸ™‚

  17. Christa says:

    That looks like the perfect combo of pigmentation and shine. So pretty on you.

    Do you mind me asking where you picked up that necklace? I’ve been drooling over it from your pics this summer. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christa,

      I don’t mind at all! I got it about a month ago from Lulus.com. Unfortch it looks like they don’t have it on the site anymore, but they often restock popular items.

  18. Annette says:

    the lipstick looks amazing and yes I also think that you looks younger.
    I love watermelon πŸ™‚
    I would also like to know where you’ve bought the necklace!! πŸ˜‰ I like it

    • Karen says:

      Hi Annette,

      I bought it about a month ago on lulus.com. I checked the site today and unfortch it looks like it sold out. Here’s a link to their jewelry section, though, just in case you want to see what else they have.

  19. Nina says:

    ohhhh the color and the shine — its getting me excitedddd!!!

    i want!

  20. Kim says:

    Definitely a fun, summery color. Looks like everyone has watermelon on the brain this season. πŸ™‚ Btw, I meant to ask you yesterday if you’d seen the new Hello Kitty Graffiti packaging. For some reason I found it very unsettling! I’m sure a lot of people will think it’s cool, but I’ve always thought of HK as cute and young. This was like someone giving their toddler a smokey eye and smeared red lipstick, to me. Totally creeped me out. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I’ve seen pics of it… It’s not really my style, but I can see how it would appeal to gals who like the HK with an edge. But yeah, like you I associate her more with being sweet. It feels kind of Toddlers and Tiaras.”

  21. Rene says:

    This is beautiful on you! Love the packaging as well.

  22. Lilly says:

    Your photo look so summery and happy, like how one feels at a resort! Remind me why I’m working in a cubicle under florescent light again? Ah…the bills….

  23. Jen says:

    Oh My Goodness!! I hadn’t realized season 3 started!! LOVE that show! Jane is the CUTEST!! But she is too good for grayson, she is the SAME who he used to love but he can’t get over her size. NEXT!

  24. Vanessa says:

    This is so pretty on you!

    OMG, i’m going to watch Sunday’s episode tonight. I totally read the spoiled lol, but it’s ok. I liked her with Tony too, he was adorable. My favorite is still Fred, I have a soft spot for the nerds.

  25. Emma says:

    KAREN LOL! Why are you so funny? The watermelon visual made me laugh so hard.
    On a makeup note, the color is gorgeous, especially on you! Love the high gloss, I could see it working on everyone’s skin tone!

  26. Nicole O. says:

    Gorgeous color & beautiful packaging. Your necklace is AMAZEBALLS!

  27. Gauri says:

    Oh wow Karen! I don’t know what you did but you look amazing in this photo, Watermelon looks amazing on you!!
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