E.L.F: Fun For The Money
I’ve never been a huge fan of really cheap cosmetics. As you may have read in our Mega Last Lip Color post. But as I was doing a little research on Wet N’ Wild, I came across a lot of positive opinions on E.L.F. cosmetics (that’s Eyes, Lips, Face for you newbies) and decided to give them a try.
I’m no stranger to E.L.F. I’ve known about their products my cousin referred me to their website about 3 or 4 years ago (www.eyeslipsface.com). I never thought to order anything because frankly, if I wanted cheap makeup I could buy N.Y.C. or Wn’W at my local pharmacy, so why pay shipping right?
Well it turns out E.L.F. has be busy. Busy adding more and more products to their already banging-bargain bins. The recently came out with a minerals collection and a Studio collection which is a bit fancier than their standard products (compacts come with mirrors and a sleek black case). These go for #3 as opposed to $1 but are still an amazing steal. They’ve become so popular in fact, that Target recently started carrying their products. Which is even greater since you don’t have to pay shipping.
Last Christmas I gave my very-little-makeup wearing friend some E.L.F. makeup starter kits. I got her two gift sets, one for lips and one for eyes that were limited edition holiday kits (although I think you can still get them on their website). I think I paid $5 for each (we had a $10 gift limit, it’s a thing we do to save money on the holidays). It was a huge hit! Seeing as she rarely wore makeup, this kit let her experiment with lots of various colors and textures for a very affordable price. This is exactly how I feel about these products.
E.L.F. products are of very decent quality, but I find they lack in the “staying put” department. Their eye shadows and blushes lack pigment and therefore tend to fade fast. But for the everyday girl who wishes to experiment with a new color or look or if you just want that teal eye shadow to go with your outfit for Friday night, then hit the E.L.F. shelf pronto. You may find you end up using your $1-$3 product much more often then you expected.
What we tried and what we liked:
E.L.F. Studio Single Eye Shadow in Pebble
What we thought: Not nearly enough pigment for what you get. Even for $3, you’d be better off with a Revlon or Maybeline single. It’s a nice hue and it layers well, but you would need to add a lot of layers to get any real dramatic color. And you know we love drama!
E.L.F. Studio Minty Lip Gloss in BostonWhat we thought: Despite its somewhat medicine-y smell this lip gloss was well worth the price. The jewel toned colors are sparkly and sheer and the case was in itself a bit glamorous. It definitely looks more expensive than it is, and we love that.
E.L.F. Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
What we thought: This was neither here nor there. It definitely worked well and it has a slight shimmer to it, which we liked, but the compact doesn’t come with a brush, which is highly inconvenient when on the go. Over all its still a good buy for the price and it lasted all day, much longer than more expensive blushes. We’d go with a darker shade however, as tickled pink was too light for our cinnamon skin tone.
E.L.F. Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Basic/Brown
What we thought: This was one of our favorite buys. The sleek looking pencil has a shimmery eyeliner on one end and a shadow stick on the other. It was easy to apply and when you’re on the go it’s a lifesaver since you don’t have to mess with a brush or applicator. It does tend to crease like most cream shadows. And it wont last nearly as long as a higher quality shadow stick, but the colors were fab and the price is right.
E.L.F. (Original) Plumping Lip Glaze in Plum Pout
What we thought: This was by far our absolute fave. I cannot believe I paid $1 for this lip gloss. I loved it so much, I bought it in 3 colors. The duo gloss comes with a base coat (white shimmer) on one side and a pigment gloss on the other. The base coat reminds us of a Mac Lipglass we paid $14 for back in the day. I could have had the entire E.L.F. Lip Glaze collection and 3 E.L.F eye shadows for that!
How much did we love our E.L.F. trial? We went on the web site and ordered 9 more products. (For less than $20!) And if you use the coupon code CAROLINA you’ll get 50% off your first $15 (you’ll save $7.50, that’s like 7 E.L.F. products!) We’re giving their mineral line a try next so check back soon for savvy reviews on more E.L.F. goodies.