I have spent a pretty penny or two on some high quality, brand name cosmetics that I have both loved and hated. Loved, because they are simply awesome but hated because of the price tag. For those of you who are interested, I have recently discovered a line of cosmetics that are both affordable and wear-worthy!
Let me introduce you to ELF cosmetics!
My first order was a haul. I researched the brand and their items (via youtube and blogs) and placed my first order. There were several items that I LOVED, some that were so-so and some that I would probably never purchase again. Keep in mind, every brand is like this. Everyone is different and everyone has their preferences (I have clear skin but it is very dry and sensitive). After 4 to 5 orders, I have tried out several items. Check out my favorites:
1. e.l.f. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder
Achieve even flawless skin that's smoother, redefined and shine free. This translucent powder works on a wide variety of skin tones to help set your makeup in so it lasts longer. The silky lightweight formula also miraculously mattes skin to diminish oil and shine for a beautiful and healthy look!
This is my everyday, go-to setting powder and is probably my favorite ELF item. After I apply my liquid foundation (e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation) and concealer, I buff the powder on with a kabuki brush. It sets my foundation and takes away the shine. It makes my skin appear smooth without the cakey look.
2. e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
Create a healthy and natural glow all year long with the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder. The Blush highlights the cheeks to add a flush of color, while the Bronzer accents and contours cheekbones for beautiful definition. This convenient compact has just what you need to achieve a gorgeous glow anytime, anywhere.
Love, Love, Love this set! One compact with two products (pictured on the right)! I line my cheeks with the bronzing powder and finish the apples of my cheeks with the blush. They have recently released a new color (Fiji) that comes in a matte finish. Can't wait to try it!
3. e.l.f. Mineral Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow
Color: Wine Tour & Forest Frolic
Create a beautiful eye look with our all-natural pigmented Pressed Mineral Eyeshadows. The innovative pressed powder design creates a silky smooth texture that is blendable for everyday, easy wear. Our natural mineral formula is infused with Rosemary, Cucumber and Vitamin E to replenish the delicate eye area and provide anti-aging benefits for a more revitalized look.
The Mineral Eyeshadow is my favorite ELF eyeshadow. It goes on buttery smooth, it is very pigmented and lasts the whole day. Wine tour is a rich, warm purple with gold flecks. Forest Frolic is black with a very slight hint of shimmer. These eyeshadows are not portable. I like to carry my makeup in a bag and Forest Frolic ended up a breaking into a powder. The packaging however was very sturdy and didn't let a speck of the eyeshadow escape. ;)
4. e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer
Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish.
This primer comes in a pump-style container and goes on super-smooth. My foundation goes on evenly when I use this product and seems to hide the fine lines on my face. I couldn't ask for more!
5. e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow
The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!
Bark is such a beautiful color! A little bit goes a long way and the color lasts all day. Awesome pigmentation and a lot of shimmer! The eyeshadow has a dome shape and comes in a cute compact. The actual eyeshadow is huge! Lots of product :)
6. e.l.f. Essential 3-Piece Liquid Eyeliner Set
Color: Black & Brown
No more tugging or pulling on your eyelids with this easy glide Liquid Eyeliner set. The smudge-proof liner is rich in color, creating a long lasting defined look. The fine tip brush creates easy and precise definition for natural or dramatic effects.
I was able to purchase these individually in the colors black and brown. These go on suprisingly well and do not come off until I wash my face. I use the black for a more dramatic look and the brown for an everyday look. They go on easily and are greatly pigmented-just shake before you apply!
8. e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush
This anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this brush! Our handy and easy to use Kabuki Brushes provide a light to full coverage on your face or body to ensure a flawless finish. The compact brush is perfectly sized to allow for precise and controlled application of bronzer, powder, or a highlighter on your skin.
The Kabuki brush is so soft and full! It is perfect for all over powder, conturing powders, blush and highlighter. I ended up buying two because I loved the brush so much. It is easy to hold, super soft and dense and easy to pack in color. Awesome brush!
9. e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush
Size: Standard & Small
Use the Small Stipple Brush to create soft layers by adding texture for a natural airbrushed result. The two layers of bristles create ultimate control from sheer to heavy coverage for small and hard to reach places. Ideal with liquid, cream or powder products, foundation, concealer, and cream blush.
I adore the small stipple brush! It is PERFECT for concealer application. It blends out easily and is so soft on my undereye area! I use the standard size stipple brush for powder and liquid blush. It reminds of me of the soft focus brush by Bare Minerals. Great brushes and so worth the price!
10. Studio Powder Brush
This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. studio brush!
This is my go-to brush for my foundation application. It is soft and dense and gives my face a smooth finish. It makes liquid foundation so much easier to apply and control!
So there you have it..my top favorites from the ELF cosmetics line.
All comments are based on my opinion. My opinion is not paid for by ANY company. These are merely my observations. All e.l.f. products are available at Target or online at www.eyeslipsface.com.