I have to admit: E.L.F is a sneaky company. Lately, I've found my makeup cabinet cluttering with their products. With cute packaging and prices ranging from $1-$5, it is hard not to get a thing or two from E.L.F. While some of their products are great, many others are just so-so. Before buying anything from them, I did extensive research and I have found myself using these five products constantly.
|My fab five from E.L.F|
Top row: All Over Color Sticks in Golden Peach and Pink Lemonade
Middle row: Gotta Glow Studio blush and Drama Brightening Eye Color quad
Bottom row: 2 in 1 Conditioning Gloss in Bedazzled
Let's meet after the jump so we can discuss more about these 5 items, ok?
|E.L.F Studio 2 in 1 Conditioning Gloss in Bedazzled ($3)|
|Doe foot applicator|
Also, you get more material from this one than from the Minty Lipgloss. The one in Chicago has the exact same finish as Bedazzled but with a minty scent that smells like your Crest toothpaste. Although I love them both, I prefer the 2 in 1 lip gloss better.
|E.L.F Studio blush in Gotta Glow ($3)|
|It has a mirror and I don't throw away the protective sleeve for a reason|
|You get about 3 grams of stuff, which is a lot for a blush|
I use it as a highlighter for my cheekbones and sometimes, my eyes. It is very soft and powdery. That's why I don't toss the protective sleeve away. Weight-wise, the E.L.F Studio blushes weigh about 2 grams less than the Nars ones. However, with this price, I can put up with it. Like Albatross, Gotta Glow creates a nice ethereal glow that reminds me of soft focus effect in camera. It does not make your face look too obviously highlighted. You probably don't notice it on your skin but in film, the glow is very apparent. And that's why I love this product so much.
|E.L.F Brightening Eye Color in Drama ($1)|
|Close-up at the quad|
The staying power is quite impressive as long as you use a good base or primer. I did a smokey look with E.L.F eyelid primer and it was fine but with UDPP as a base...holy cow! It was a very dramatic eye look!
|Last but not least: E.L.F All Over Color Stick ($1)|
(L-R): Golden Peach and Pink Lemonade)
|Yup, that's all you get, about an inch of material|
While these products are marketed to use on your eyes, lips, and face, I can only use Pink Lemonade as a blush and Golden Peach as a cream eyeshadow/highlighter. Since they smell like lemon Pledge, I feel uncomfortable to apply them on my lips. Also, Pink Lemonade makes a horrible grandma-ish lip color. However, the way I use them as described above works for me. Golden Peach does crease after some time, though, which is a downer. It does look like a peachier version of MAC Rubenesque.
The blushes as well as MAC Rubenesque are not blended out
|Blended out blushes|
See what I meant when I said Golden Peach is a peachier version of MAC Rubenesque?
Disclaimer: I bought all the items reviewed in this article.
That's all for now. What do you think about E.L.F? What are your favorite products from them? Tell all, tell all!
Dao, your friendly makeup enthusiast
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