I got my first request for a blog entry! Albeit from my younger sister and her friends, but I’m more than happy to oblige.
They wanted me to review some products from e.l.f. (eyes lips face y’all), and at first I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to help them out because I thought I didn’t have that many. After digging around my make-up drawer, I realized that I was so wrong. I have more than enough to do a review.
First off, if you asked me what I thought of e.l.f. cosmetics, my response would be, “meh,” because I’ve had some that really let me down, but after thinking about it, I am forgetting how many have gotten the job done, and for only a couple of bucks at that! So I’m gonna review them by love, like, and blegh. Very technical I know.
Tone Correcting Powder – I know it looks like a weird Easter egg palette, but this powder combo is supposed to help even out skin tone, and since I’ve always had issues with having red blotches, I gave it a shot. It just made my skin look cakey and old. The powder was really obvious on my face, so it got the boot. Part of the problem is that my skin is really dry, so powders and I don’t always get along. This was no exception.
Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Porcelain – To be fair, to date I have not found a tinted moisturizer that I like. This made my skin look streaky, and even though this is the lightest shade they have, it was too dark for me. To top it off, it made my skin break out a little bit after using it for a few days.
Essential Liquid Eyeliner in Black – I’m a cat eye enthusiast, so I shouldn’t be as scared of liquid eye liner as I am. This has a nice, precise tip, so if you have a semi-steady hand (like moi) it’s pretty easy to get that nice, crisp line you want. It fades a little bit after a while though, but as long as I’m not crying or sweating heavily (both of which, let’s face it, I probably do more than I’d like to admit) it holds its own pretty well.
Essential Zit Zapper – The only reason this little guy doesn’t make it to the Love List is because I don’t use it that much. One of the few positives about having dry skin is that I don’t break out very often, but if I see a zit starting, this helps shrink it down and keep it from getting really funky.
Essential Shimmering Facial Whip in Toasted – Before I bought my Mac Cream Colour Base (in Pearl), this was my go-to highlighter. It’s great to add some dewy, shimmery goodness to your brow arch, cheek bone, or even cupid’s bow. Unfortunately, after awhile it started to separate really bad, so when I squeezed the little bottle, a bunch of clear liquid would come out before the actual product. Nastay. It’s so cheap that I didn’t mind buying a fresh one, but now I am smitten with my new highlighter.
Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter in Fair – I love my Dad like crazy, but he passed some frustrating Italian genes my way. Enter my freakish under eye circles. I’ll admit to staying up late, but all the sleep in the world can’t get rid of these suckers. This concealer has a nice yellow tint to it that helped neutralize my purple death-bags, and the highlighter was a nice touch to brighten up my brow bone or the inner corner of my eye. There was minimal creasing, and that’s one of my biggest qualifiers for a good under eye product. Unfortunately, like the facial whip, the formula started to go kind of sour after awhile. It had a weird smell to it that made me wary of continuing to use it.
Studio Brush Shampoo – Don’t forget how important it is to wash your brushes! You use them over and over again, and those bristles love to harbor dead skin and bacteria and it’s GROSS. Just work some of this stuff through the bristles from the base outward and rinse until the water runs clear. The shampoo is gentle and doesn’t make bristles fall out. I’m sure there are higher-end brands, but this is one product that has always done right by me.
Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium – Another thing I inherited from my cool Italian dad were crazy thick eyebrows. Over the years I’ve learned to shape them and love them for the beasts they are, and this kit is a lifesaver when it comes to filling in a random sparse spot. The applicator is thin and precise, so it’s like drawing on however many hairs you need to make your eyebrows not look patchy and scary. The store only had medium when I went in, but it’s plenty dark enough for my brows.
Studio Eyeshadow “C” Brush – It looks like an ordinary eye shadow brush, but it’s so good at blending! Only in the past two years or so have I realized the importance of having the right brush for the job, and in my books, this one can hang with the best of them.
Essential Foundation Brush – No more smoothing on foundation with my bare, gross fingers. This puts it on smooth and even. That’s the long and short of it. Does its job and does it good.
And those are all of the e.l.f. products I’ve ever owned. It’s a great line to look into if you are looking for good value. Sure there are some misses, but considering most of the products are $1 a pop, you can afford to experiment a little. I hope this was helpful! I know I didn’t cover many make-up type items like eyeshadow or lipstick, but if I pick any up in the future I’ll let you guys know what I think.
I’m off to mope about it snowing. Little known fact: I’m not a big fan of snow.