Happy Sunday Everyone!
Summer is well under way and that makes me incredible happy *huge smile*
I have been so insanely busy for the last few weeks redoing my entire bedroom. Really long nights after works each day, but it’s finally done, all the new furniture is in place and now I just have a few touches to complete.
Today I am going to be writing about one of my latest hauls from E.L.F Cosmetics! I know most of your probably own a thing or two from them, but this is my 1st real E.L.F Cosmetics purchase. I recently picked up a couple of their brushes from Dollarama, and was quite impressed with the results and quality especially since they were a dollar each! In Toronto I haven’t really see much E.L.F. anywhere, since we don’t have the Target chain of stores (YET) there isn’t really a good option for us to buy this brand in person. I’ve seen a few things here and there at Marshall’s but honestly I’m not sure what is up with the ladies that shop there but EVERYTHING is open/broken/used and just plain gross! I am not paying for bacteria infested products, no thanks to that. So when E.L.F. recently held their online BOGO free sale (which essentially was 50% off) a large selection of their best-selling products, I had to load up and try them out once and for all.
If you are not familiar with this line, they are basically a really great valued set of products that range from nail polish, to mineral makeup to tools. Huge variety, and loads of colour selection, and everything is so CHEAP! I must also add they are cruelty free, and are on the PETA list of safe companies :) a must for me! Now for those of you who are makeup ‘snobs’ clearly this isn’t the brand for you. For me personally, I will try to buy anything regardless of the name. I love great deals, I love indie products and I also love my ‘high end’ brands. A true makeup lover in my opinion focus on the quality of the product NOT the name or price tag.
Anyway, so having never tried their actually products I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but the total cost of my haul was equal to buying one ‘high end’ palette, so the purchases were a steal in my eyes. I loaded up my cart with lots of goodies, here is a breakdown of what the totals were:
I know that might sound like a lot, but for the amount of items I got I think the price is unbeatable. (I will add that Canada Customs did charge me $20 at the post office to collect my parcel, but that’s not E.L.F.’s fault, they are pretty random with charging customs on orders from the US) :( Nevertheless, even with the total cost, I am still quite pleased and will be ordering from them many more times in the future ;)
Onto the GOOD stuff! I don’t have full reviews/swatches on everything just yet, but I will do a thorough review once I have used them enough to give a reasonable opinion. This will be a brief “initial thoughts” post, to hold you over….
Lets start with the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6)
I am really impressed with the feeling of this primer. I own about 6-7 various primers. Some I love some I hate. The first thing I noticed about this product was that it gave a really smooth velvety finish. I am told it is comparable to the consistency of the SmashBox Photo Finish primer, but I cannot confirm that as SB is not cruelty free and I do not own it. It is clear and spreads very well therefore you only need the tiniest amount for great surface coverage. There is no odor to it at all if scents turn you off. It doesn’t feel overly ‘silicone’-y like some primers. It truly is a great and cheap product! My only complaint is the pump gets stuck easily and I sometimes squirt out way more than I want to.
I have only used 3 so far, the mango, purple & nude and these colours are really lovely!. These are not the greatest polishes I’ve used, but they are also far from being the worse. For this outstanding price I will be picking up the rest. The only problem is they take a couple of coats to get an opaque finish, but I’ve had that same issue with some high-end polishes so it’s not a big deal. **TIP** the square black cap comes off, leaving behind a cylinder handle, which makes holding the brush MUCH easier!
The Mineral Blemish Kit comes with its own brush which is a bonus! I apple it at night on any spots that I am prone to getting blemishes or on a ‘under the surface’ blemish that I feel is about to surface. It really works, by the morning my skin looks healed and the blemishes don’t ever see daylight! Here is what E.L.F says about it “This translucent powder has active acne fighting ingredients like natural Sulfur, Tea Tree and Willow Bark to treat acne and prevent future breakouts while penetrating deep into the pores to control blackheads.” This is a fabulous product, and will last me a long time!
As for the Zit Zapper, this is a little miracle roller ball as well! I use this on any zits that have already made an appearance and it really calms them down and helps heal them FAST. This was great for my ‘time of the month’ hormonal zits :) I will continue to buy this for as long as they make it!
Now onto my ‘can’t live without’ beauty products, eyeshadow primers! I grabbed the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer ($3) in Sheer & Blush.
I cannot believe these are 3 dollars. They are comparable to the Urban Decay Primer potion only SO MUCH cheaper! I own so many primers, I have been searching for the best bang for my buck, and this time I hit the jackpot. My shadows stay put, and incredibly vibrant but the greatest thing is these are 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes! Amazing right? Once I finish all my other brands, this is the only primer I plan on buying in the future.
Up next, my obsession…eyeshadow. I picked up 4 of the e.l.f. Studio Single Eyeshadows($3)
I chose: Totally Teal, Sea Blue, Coffee Bean & Raspberry Truffle.
Without Primer ->;
With Primer ->;
I am sad to say this, but I was disappointed with these shadows. 3/4 didn’t have major pigmentation, some felt slightly chalky and they all had fallout (some worse than others). As you can see the Sky Blue was very blotchy, even with primer I had to swipe 4 times to get the colour to show up decently. (The first colour was 1 swipe, and the last two were 2 swipes). The colour with the best pigmentation for me was Totally Teal, but it did have major fallout. Raspberry Truffle was SO light, if you are into that then this could work for you. The Coffee Bean was my 2nd best in terms of colour payoff. I don’t think I will be repurchasing any of these colours.
Now for something else I really liked! I got 6 of the e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliners($3)
The colours are really pretty, and I chose: Coffee, Gunmetal, Black,Ivory, Teal Tease & Punk Purple
I didn’t do a swatch of the black, because my mom really wanted it (she’s never heard of cream eyeliners) so I gave it to her :). As for the rest the picture is pretty self-explanatory. My favorite is the Teal Tease colour, but I think they are all really pretty. The Punk Purple is the hardest to work with, but with some effort you can get it to really look great. What I like best about these is the don’t budge! If you let them set for a minute, you can rub over them and they don’t smear at all. They are water-resistant, (more like waterproof!) because water alone will not wash them away. I had to rub pretty hard with soap and water to get them off, so make sure you have a good makeup remover if you get these! For the price, you can’t go wrong. These are some of the best cream liners I have ever used!
Now for the e.l.f. Studio Blush($3) I got Berry Merry & Blushing Rose.
I haven’t used either of these yet so I cannot speak to the quality, however I can say that the pans are quite large so you get a lot of product for a great price! I have read the the Blushing Rose blush is a dupe for the NARS Dolce Vita. Can’t wait to try these out :)
Now 5 more face related goodies!
e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder($3)
e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder($3)
e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder($3)
e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder ($6) in Translucent & Correcting Yellow
I am going to have to do separate reviews for all these powder products. I give them all 5/5 and think they deserve in-depth reviews. I use them all daily and will repurchase them all going forward.
As you can see I really went full out on my order, but it was worth every penny! I will be taking advantage of great promotions that they have in the future, and urge you to do the same :) I check thier Facebook page out to stay up to date on what deals they have at the moment.
So do you have any favourite products from this brand that you would recommend? Or any that you think people should stay clear from? Share your thoughts below, I would love to hear what you have to say!
Till next time,