5.19.2015

e.l.f. Products That Are Worth Trying!

e.l.f. Products That Are Worth Trying!
Goodness, those e.l.f. coupon codes and sales always used to get me..... every.... single.... time. Beforehand, I never thought I would see the day where I would impulse buy for dirt cheap thrills online (for me, impulse purchases usually involved being in a physical location, where I would just kiss my self-control goodbye, and take said cheap thrills home with me that very same day; which didn't happen all that often, but still). The good news is that, along the way, through thick and thin, I found some true gems in the line. Keep reading to find out more about them!
e.l.f. Products That Are Worth Trying!

1. 18-Piece Eyeshadow Palette - Honestly, I'm not certain as to whether this palette is still available or not, but nonetheless, as I've learned that the very few different eyeshadow formulas from e.l.f. that I've experimented with in the past are mostly misses, this palette is definitely  one of the better ones. The texture isn't what I would call creamy, as the shadows are a bit firmly pressed, but the pigmentation and application on most of the shades is pretty much true to pan, there's absolutely no fall-out, and I love that they kept all the matte shades exclusively in the top row. The middle row lends to a cool-toned neutral springtime look with the cool taupes, pale strawberry pink and the light spring-green, and the bottom row contains beautiful warm browns, a bronze, a copper, and a stunning rose gold. And major bonus: these shadows didn't have the ingredient found in many e.l.f. shadows that just happens to irritate my eyes! Yipppeee!

2. Studio Makeup Mist & Set - This product has commonly been mistaken as an actual makeup-prolonging setting spray, which is what I initially thought it was when first hearing about it. I use this mostly to foil my loose eyeshadows, and to mist onto my Real Techniques makeup sponge for a more effortless foundation blend, and also to mist onto my e.l.f. flat top powder brush I use to apply foundation with. After this runs out, I will be refilling with water because, well, it basically does the same thing.

3. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Single in 'Enchanted' - I have tried other shadows in this line, but this one is, without question, my favorite. The formula of this is so incredibly silky and blendable, much unlike the formula of their baked eyeshadow palettes. Cringe.

However,  when I bought a backup of this same exact shade from the e.l.f. website, it wasn't nearly as silky and creamy as the first one I had bought from Target. Nope, scratch that: I could get little to no pigment from the new one I had purchased. I'm not sure what's going on with their quality control as of late, but, be that as it may, the color itself is an absolutely stunning medium gold with a peachy apricot sheen. No glitter whatsoever, just finely milled, buttery smooth shimmering golden goodness (well, the first one I bought, rather).

4. Studio HD Blushes - These pigment-packed blushes weren't discovered by me until fairly recently. I really had to do my research, because in the case of a product like this, it's either going to be drop-dead amazing, or it's going to suck tremendously. I've found that there's really no in between.

Well, since you are seeing these mentioned in a favorable  post, you already have an idea of my thoughts on them. Allow me to do a mini-review: These last three times longer than any powder blush I own. I get about 10 hours of wear on average with these before they begin to fade on the skin. The only small qualm I have, is that they set onto the skin at lightning speed, though, so that makes them a bit less user-friendly. In that regard, I'm still trying to decide whether or not to put them into my freelance kit.
e.l.f. HD Blushes
e.l.f. HD Blushes
e.l.f. Studio HD Blushes in Headliner (L), Superstar (R)

5. Mineral Eyeshadows - There are many shades in this lineup that I have tried, but Socialite  and Elegant  are the absolute stars. I've been using them quite often for a couple years now, and still haven't made a noticeable dent in either of them, due to their pigmentation. My assumption is that e.l.f. was attempting to mimic the BareMinerals loose eyeshadows, and though I have only so much as swatched the BM shadows in store, I can say that the finishes and payoff (and presumably, the overall look you get on the eyes) between the two brands run quite parallel, and really aren't dissimilar at all.
e.l.f. Products That Are Worth Trying!
L-R: e.l.f. Mineral Shadows in 'Elegant' and 'Socialite,' Baked Shadow in 'Enchanted' (no primer or base underneath)

6. Smudge Pots - Beautiful cream shadows. You can check out my review for these here. 

7. Studio Flawless Concealer Brush - This brush is a somewhat new addition to their Studio line, and I purchased it with the thought in mind that it would be a great multipurpose blending brush, as it is rather large, and as it turns out, this is fantastic  for multipurpose use! I use this sometimes for an all-over eyeshadow blending, or to blend out my under-eye setting powder. It is not a dense brush at all, and has quite a bit of movement and give to it. I'm still looking for more ways to use this, because I just bought it within the past month, and will definitely try to report back! 

There you have it! 7 products from e.l.f. I certainly think are worth checking out. These are all in the $3-$8 price range, but if you catch one of their many coupon codes for their website, I think it would be well worth your time. 

💋 xoxo-Cailee

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