Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hits & Misses: Elf Edition pt.1

I LOVE e.l.f. products, for the most part. There are so many option to choose from and their pricing is phenomenal. Sometimes, however, it can be a bit overwhelming. Although you wouldn't really be losing out on too much money if you buy something you don't like from e.l.f., it's still money that maybe you could have used for another purpose. So in short I thought I'd give you my opinion on some of their products. 


e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

I was really disappointed with this product. I was excited when I placed the order because it is supposed to camouflage fine lines, dark circles, and imperfections. In actuality, it does none of those. The brush that comes with the powder is utterly useless, it is ridiculously small. I got mine in sheer, and it is, however the main problem I have with this product is the GLITTER! I read reviews on the product and some people did not that there was shimmer in the powder but no it's very sparkly. When I first applied it didn't look too bad, then I went outside. I looked like a little girl who just discovered loose glitter. It was awful. One last note is that it is extremely messy, the powder is so finely milled that it just sort of dusts up when you open the top. I'm just not a fan of this product at all!

e.l.f. Soothing Lip Balm

I can usually tell immediately whether or not I like a lip balm. This one I definitely don't like. It reminds me of the Maybelline Baby Lips which I do not like. I know a lot of people do love that product but I just find it does nothing for my lips. The same goes for this lip balm. I don't find that it is hydrating at all its too slippery to apply anything over top of it sheers out any lipstick I just really don't like it. I will say the smell is delicious, I got the shade Strawberry Creme. I do find that if you have a matte shade or you just want to gloss up your lips this would work for that purpose. So you could think of this as a small and convenient clear gloss.

e.l.f. Essentials Eyelid Primer

What a gem! I absolutely love this product. It is meant to prep your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting and crease-proof eyeshadow. The liquid formula absorbs quickly leaving a slightly tacky base for your eyeshadow to stick to. I believe every word of the description. It works like a dream and for only $1 how could you not love it. I got mine in the color sheer. They do offer three other shade choices but I have not tried those.

e.l.f. Studio Blush

At $3 a piece these truly are brilliant. They are so pigmented that you really need to use a light hand when applying.  I've had mine for over 6 months and you can barely tell they have ever been used. They are very smooth not chalky at all and blend out beautifully. I don't think you can go wrong with these blushes. 

e.l.f. Matte Lip Color

These pencil formed lip colors and magnificent. Although the finish is matte the formula is not drying whatsoever. The consistency is actually quite creamy. There was no tugging on this lips while applying it just glided on and stayed on. I only reapplied this product once throughout the day which I though was just phenomenal  These are $3 but I say they are very much worth it. 

e.l.f. Lash Curler

There isn't much to say about this as I do not have a high standard for lash curlers. This is a basic need in ones makeup kit and this works brilliantly and only costs $1. Pick it up and give it a try.

e.l.f. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara

Again this is another basic, in my opinion, and this gets the job done. I do have quiet long and unruly brows (thanks daddy..), so when I wake up in the morning sometimes they are standing straight up and I look insane. This product does exactly what I expected it tames them and keeps them in place all day long. I love it. 

e.l.f. Essential Foundation Brush

This is a hit for me for sure but not for foundation purposes. I use this brush for applying face masks. It works like a charm. I can smooth out the mask and make sure it pretty even and its very gentle. The bristles are very smooth and silk like. After I apply my mask I just rinse the brush with hot water and it's ready to use for the next time. Also, it's only a $1 so when it breaks down on me I can just pick another one up. I really enjoy this brush.

e.l.f Shine Eraser

The claims on these are a bit beyond what they actually do but it's still a great basic product. It is essentially just oil blotting sheets but unlike competitors its is merely $1. The package claims to absorb oil and shine, mattify shiny skin, minimize pores, and the green tea extract is supposed to help re-texturize skin, masking facial imperfections. Now, while most of that is not true it does absorb oil well without disturbing your makeup and that is basically what I was looking for so this product is a hit for me. 

e.l.f Brightening Eye Color

I think this are pretty amazing. Although I'm not a fan of the packaging, the weird triangle shapes is not very practical, the product is good and definitely worth the price. For one dollar you get four coordinating eye shadows, that's a good deal. Now granted not all of the colors are amazing but if you even see one shadow that you think is nice it is definitely worth picking up in my opinion. The quality is really good, I have had a couple of occasions where one of the colors did have quiet as much pay off as the others but like I said if you even like one it's a great deal. One last thing I would just like to mention is that these are not "Brightening" at all they are just regular shadows. 

e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow

These are just like the Brightening Eye Color quads with better packaging. The quality is the same they are all coordinating colors. Same color pay off and some even have that one shadow that doesn't want to show up. All in all it is exactly like the other, I will buy more of these instead of the Brightening Eye Colors just because I find the packaging to be more convenient.