A looong time ago I got an E.L.F. (eyes lips face, for those who are unfamiliar) haul, and I’ve been meaning to swatch them and review them for ya’ll. This right here is an exciting sight:
Here’s the unboxing of the haul:
When I was packing to move, my elf custom compact met a grisly fate as it sailed across my dresser in one fail swoop and crashed between the dresser and wall. It was pulverized. So as soon as I got settled, I waited for one of their sales, and I scooped up some good deals.
As always, these are my honest opinions about these products. I really like some of the elf products, and can live without some others. In order to get to the free shipping limit, I tend to add products to the cart that I’ve been wanting to try.
The photo on the right above, was their current promo, and was only $6 for the set. I wanted to try the Matte lip color in nearly nude and the palette colors looked pretty.
So now, on with the reviews:
SPF 20 Sunscreen Face Primer: $6 Upon initial trial, I loved this and felt nice on my skin. But I noticed as I was trying to do my eye makeup, it made my skin slippery, and therefore hard to blend. I felt as though it caused the product to melt off my face. Next time I will try to add it last, but am not confident that it will create an oil free base for my foundation and concealor. After using the foundation however, the oily feeling of the skin resolved a bit.
HD Mattifying Cream Foundation in Porcelain: $6
A long time ago I had a cream to powder foundation that was perfect. I forget what brand it was, and have since been on the lookout for a drugstore version of the same idea. This elf version in Porcelain was the lightest shade, and when I initially opened the compact it appeared orange and closer to their listed color “Buff”. I feared I made a big mistake. But when I swiped the sponge over the color, it was lighter underneath. The formula is ok, but is too sheer for me, and doesn’t seem to be effective when I tried to build it. The color wasn’t the light shade that it appears to be online either. Sadly elf powders and foundations tend to be a bit orange on my skin tone.
Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Fiji: $3 This was the only matte version of this contouring blush duo. I’ve been needing a new bronzer to contour with since my old Wet N Wild one shattered. (I’m noticing a trend here) This is pretty much your standard blush and bronzer. The colors didn’t turn orange, and a little bit will go a long way.
Baked Eyeshadow Palette in Seattle: $10 I got this palette included in the promotional combo. I swatched all of these colors on my arm and was really impressed with a lot of the colors. I think elf hits it out of the park with eyeshadows that are highly pigmented. I can’t wait to try all of these shades since they have a nice shimmer. Several will look nice as an all over wash for an easy summer look.
Exact Lash Mascara in Black: Currently $1.49 This was also included in the Promo, and truthfully I probably wouldn’t have tried it otherwise. I was impressed with the formula; no weird smells, and even though the applicator is tiny for getting each individual lash, it provided nice coverage. I especially liked how I had the control to coat my bottom lashes.
(eye on the left has mascara, eye on the right does not.)
Essential Custom Eyes Refill Pan: $1 These were what I set out to buy, so I already knew I loved these. Highly pigmented and I love that I can customize my colors in one compact.
From top to bottom is: Sage, Moondust, Taupe, Dusk, and on the far left in vertical is Ivory.
Mineral Booster in Tinted: $5 This is supposed to create a “photo finishing” effect to your skin. Though not an immediate difference, it did give me a nice glow and blurred imperfections when I used it on top of my makeup routine. (This didn’t photograph well at all, so I couldn’t swatch it)
Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude and Fuchsia: $3 I LOVE elf lipsticks. I love their colors, and their pigment, and the fact that they don’t have an offensive smell or texture. I knew I would love these before I even opened the package.
Glossy Gloss in Ballet Slippers: $3 I don’t like lip gloss. It looks great on other people, but I can’t stand the texture because I tend to press my lips together too much. It’s a nice light color, and I will probably use it lightly over my lipsticks….occasionally.
Eyeliner and Shadow Stick in Plum and Purple: $3 This was also in the promo, and since purples and plums complement green eyes, which I happen to have…. I knew the color would work out. I will need to set the shadow stick with some powder, but the liner is nice and doesn’t pull or grab at the delicate skin around the eyes.
Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Taupe $2 and Brightening Eye Liner Pencil in Coffee $1: I got both colors to fill in my brows. The Brow Pencil has a handy spooly on the one end to blend out the color. The eye liner is very pigmented so I had to use a light hand. When using as an eyeliner, it smoothed on my lash line with no pulling or tugging.
Nail Polish in Lilac: $2 Once again, this was part of the promo. I sadly haven’t been impressed with elf nail polishes in the past, and this one didn’t change my mind. I’m not a fan of the color on me, and I never like the way the formula dries. I will do a full on manicure one of these days, and really give it a chance though, and I might come around to the color.
This is two coats on a nail with no base coat or top coat.
Lastly, I’ve yet to try the Makeup Mist & Set: $3 I’ve tried the NYX that I recently purchased since I desperately need some help with the high humidity and heat of Florida, in order to keep my makeup on my face. Once I try this one, I will follow up with a comparison review of the two.