I’ll start by saying that I’m a huge fan of E.L.F. and their products. Great products that you can try for cheap is pretty hard to hate on. Further, let me take a moment to gush about their customer service. I was supposed to have received their Studio Blush in “Gotta Glow,” which I hear is a pretty good dupe for the NARS blush in “Albatross.” Albatross is $30 and a highlighter that gets rave reviews, and I adore my NARS contouring blush, so if I can get the same effect from a product that costs me only $3, I’m definitely going to try out the $3 product. Unfortunately, my studio blush wasn’t included though I was billed for it, and the website says they’re not out of stock, so I had to contact their customer service… on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day.
E.L.F. thankfully managed to get back to me within 24 hours, not only promising to send me my blush but also sending me a $5 gift card for my trouble– which is $2 more than what I paid for the blush. I definitely have to give them major props for the way they’ve handled it. As I said, the blush appears to be out of stock online, so fingers crossed that the one they sent me is the correct one.
Now… On to the products I did get!
E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation in Porcelain
I already use E.L.F.’s Studio BB Cream in Fair, and I love it. It’s a staple of my makeup collection for my every day “I’m not wearing any makeup” look. I’ve tried their Studio Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain, and while the shade is a good match for me, I would prefer something with a more matte finish and fuller coverage for my powerhouse foundation on days when I need it. Right now, that powerhouse foundation is Lancome Teint Idole Untra 24H, and I do love it. Of course, if I can find a similar foundation for $6…
There’s a pleasant citrusy fragrance to this product that I can’t quite place. It could be attributed to one of the “acne fighting” ingredients included (camphor, maybe?). I honestly can’t attest to that part of the product’s claims. I’ve battled blemishes, but I don’t have particularly bad skin. I purchased the product more for its full coverage and long lasting claims.
It goes on smoothly enough with a brush. I also used both fingers and a sponge just to be thorough. The coverage isn’t quite as good as with Lancome’s, which isn’t entirely unexpected. At Lancome’s price, I’d darn well better be getting my money’s worth. But for the price, I’d say E.L.F. hasn’t done half bad. I was able to build with this by buffing it into the skin with a foundation brush.
I tried doing a selfie of myself both before and after, but I can’t figure out how to get the lighting adjusted properly. Not to mention, pictures of me without any makeup could quite possibly scare small children. I’ll just say that I could see a full matte finish, and it was still in place after seven hours with little more than a setting spray to kick off and two blotting papers over the course of the evening. For $6, I definitely don’t feel like it was a waste of my money. I’ll likely be purchasing this again.
E.L.F. Flawless Eyeshadow Quad in Rio De Janeiro
I already own these in Beautiful Browns, Tantalizing Taupe, and Smoky. I’m slowly working on getting the full color collection, as Tantalizing Taupe is probably my favorite eyeshadow quad. I use it all the time, and this from a woman who owns and loves the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.
Regarding E.L.F.’s shadows… They’re very powdery, and they do have a tendency to wear off and crease easily, so I definitely recommend using a good primer with them. Thankfully, E.L.F. sells an amazing one of their own for only $2! If you’re going to really need stuff to stay in place, I also recommend following up with a brush of their Lock & Seal over the finished look.
These colors practically scream “fall,” which is why I got this one in particular. The base/highlight doesn’t add much in the way of color, but it does add a pretty shimmer perfect for the brow bone and inner eye. This didn’t contain any matte colors, but I don’t mind that. It’s gorgeous, as you can see.
Here, I’m using the “base” color all over. I’m using the peachy “lid” color on the lid up to the crease. The “crease” color is in the crease, obviously, and then pulled it out toward the outer corner to form my usual cat eye shape. The “line” color is being used to line the uper and lower lash lines and was also used to darken the outer “v” and blended into the crease, since the crease color left the outer corner a little too light for my taste. I’m also using Wet n Wild Volume Plus Mascara in Black and E.L.F. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Light.
I know it’s difficult to see the lid color with my eye open. I have very hooded lids, which is why I’ll do my best to give you a picture of my eye both open and closed. I know my mascara could be thicker, too, but I’m purposely keeping it light here to highlight the shadow.
E.L.F. Flawless Eyeshadow Quad in Blushing Beauty
There’s not really much to say here that I haven’t said above. I’m using the same lash and brow products as before. Here’s the finished look:
I used a slightly different application here from before. The “base” and “crease” shades were matte with this palette, but there was definitely some shimmer to the “lid” and “line” shades. I started by sweeping the base all over my lid and up to my brow. This time, I worked in my crease, building the color there and pulling it out into the outer “v” before I used a brush to pat the “lid” color into place. I also swept just a little of the lid color into my lower lash line before using the “line” color to line both upper and lower lashes.
I really hope that the lighting isn’t screwing up the overall effect for you guys. I can tell it’s not entirely doing the colors justice.
E.L.F. Flawless Eyeshadow Quad in Party Purple
This one didn’t come with my order, but I spied it while I was at Target, so I picked it up. I’ve been wanting to try out some purples, and as with all things E.L.F., why not? It was only $2, after all. So here’s the finished look:
Brows and lashes are using the same products as above, though my brows are a little messy here. I’m lining with a mix of the “line” and “lid” colors. The “lid” color is on my lid, of course. “Base” color is used all over as per usual. This one had a slight pink tone to it and a bit of shimmer. I think this one and the Rio base are my two new favorites. Both are very pretty. I’m going to say the same for the gorgeous purple “crease” color here, used in the crease and outer “v.” I love this color so darn much. I’m probably going to be trying some other looks with it. I have a wine-colored lip/eye liner that I got in my Ipsy for August that I think will go great with this and the blush colors.
At the end of the day, my opinion on E.L.F. isn’t changing anytime soon. They have some great products, and if you hate them, you’ve lost only a few dollars per item. Most single items are no more than $6. So by all means give it a try!