To continue on with the ELF theme of the day, I’m going to do my first haul post! I just got my Cyber Monday ELF order today and because it was 50% off I got quite a bit of stuff. Some of it is for gifts, but the majority is stuff I wanted to try and the sale was the perfect time to test it out. I will talk about what I bought and what my first impressions are. I haven’t used any of this yet beyond swatching it, so it’s purely first impression.
In the past couple weeks my friends have been loving my ELF Mascara Primer (And yes I know it’s bad to share) so I decided to take advantage of the 50% sale to get them some. 3 mascaras for $4.50 is a pretty sweet deal. They’ll be happy to get those and I’m happy that I got to spread the ELF love 🙂 Next were gifts for my boyfriend’s younger sister. She’s 10 and has recently gotten into makeup, but I didn’t want to buy her “the real deal” quite yet, so I decided that lip gloss and nail polish was a great route to go. I got her the Holiday 4 Piece Shimmer Gloss Set because it’s not babyish, but it’s not too old for her. I also picked up Nail Polish Remover Pads because they’re an easy way to clean up your nails. The last thing for her was some Toe Separators because I think they’re an essential piece of any nail kit.
Now onto the rest:
I’ll start with brushes. I got 2 new brushes this trip, both to inexpensively fill holes in my collection. First one is the Studio Blush Brush. I realized that I didn’t have any brushes like this, so it was much needed. I have a contouring brush, but it’s usually covered in bronzer, so not useable for blush. I was using a giant powder brush, but it’s way too big for blush, especially since the new ones I’ve bought are so pigmented. My first impression of this is that it’s a bit smaller than I imagined, but will still be great to apply the new blush I also got. The picture on ELF’s website is definitely accurate, I just didn’t look that closely obviously. The next brush I picked up is the Studio Small Stipple Brush I initially picked this up for concealer, but I think this will be perfect for the liquid HD Blush that I also picked up during this sale. So far the brush seems perfectly dense and will be perfect to blend concealer or to lightly stipple on the HD Blush.
On this trip I got 2 blushes, 1 powder and 1 liquid. The powder one was the Studio Blush in the colour Passion Pink. This stuff is crazy bright, well beyond the picture. But I already know I’ll use it because it’s completely matte and is just pink, not peach. It’ll be a great spring/summer blush. I did swatch it and besides how bright it is, I noticed how creamy it feels. With a light hand I think this will be awesome.
The second blush I got was the Studio HD Blush, which is a liquid blush. I got this in the colour Headliner and it’s like a rosy pink. It will be well suited for winter I think since it’s a bit more muted than the Passion Pink. This product has been compared to expensive high-end liquid blushes like Makeup Forever and after only swatching it I can see why. It’s so so pigmented, blendable and has almost like a stain effect so I imagine it will be long lasting. I have a feeling this will be a hit for me. Plus the packaging is so cute.
The next thing I got was the Baked Bronzer in Maui. I read in the reviews that the lightest shade was too light for many people, so I went with one shade up so that I could possibly contour with it. On the website it looks completely brown, but in person it’s a bit orange. I am still hoping to contour with it, so we’ll see how that goes. The verdict is out on this for now.
As I’m writing this post I realized that I got a lot of eyeliner. I got 3 cream eyeliners and 1 eyeliner pen. The Essentials Waterproof Eyeliner Pen is the first thing I got in the colour black. I find these types of eyeliners are awesome for the base to a cat eye because if you can hold a pen steady, you can use this. I was using this liquid liner from walmart but it was one of the ones where one side of the applicator is thicker and the other is thinner (if that makes sense) and if I accidentally rotated it the wrong way, I would get a really weird-ass line, like thin and then thick. It was drying up, so it needed an improvement and replacement. I swatched this and it seems like it will do the job. Plus I know it’s definitely waterproof because it has already made it through 4 hand-washings with soap and it’s still going strong.
The next things I got were all the same product, but in different colours. I got the Studio Cream Eyeliner in black, gunmetal and coffee. I have the an ELF eye pencil in coffee and it’s one of my favourites so I decided to try the cream version because I think it will look even richer. I got black because that’s just a great staple to have around and gunmetal because it’s great for softer smokey looks. So far they seems to have great colour and are nice and smooth. Strangely though, the black is way creamier than the other two. All good, but the black is definitely a creamier texture. I got this because I’ve been eyeing Mac Fluidline eyeliner, but I need an inexpensive alternative.
I’ll admit this is the first ‘lip’ purchase I have ever made. I have never owned lipstick because I thought that I couldn’t wear it, I don’t know where that came from if I’d never worn it. I usually focus on my eyes, but I decided to expand my horizons. The first thing I got was the Studio Lip Definer and Shaper because it’s supposed to make your lips look fuller and more defined, so I thought that might ease some of my lipstick fears (so weird). I tested this on my hand and it seems like it will blend well, so we’ll have to see how this works out.
Next I got 2 lipsticks. This product is new to ELF, so I thought I would give it a try. I find lipstick even in Walmart to be expensive, especially for someone who just wants to try it out. So for $3 I am able to try out lipstick and I can handle that. The ones I chose are the Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff and Red Carpet. Party in the Buff was advertised as a nude type shade, but after swatching it I think it’s a bit more peachy pink, but still nice. Red carpet is a true red, very classic. We’ll see if I can gather up the courage to wear these out of the house.
The next couple of things are a bit miscellaneous. I got a couple of face products, one of ELF’s well recognized HD Powder and then a Zit Eraser. The High Definition Powder is incredibly well known to make your makeup not budge, so I had to give this a try. It’s a translucent white powder, so it won’t mess with your makeup. I’ve heard it’s great for managing oil, even though this doesn’t apply to me since my skin type is dry. Since this is so popular, I’ll give it a try. The next thing, I’m a bit skeptical on, but my roommate said that this works for her. The Studio Zit Eraser is like a pen filled with a variety of ingredients to erase zits. I thought that this would be perfect for me because I only get acne occasionally, so I don’t use an acne cleanser (my skin does not like these) because my face is so sensitive. If it works I’ll be happy because my entire face won’t have to suffer.
This is the last section of stuff I got, so now you can truly see how this is a haul. Holy moly. First thing in the random section is from the Studio Lash Collection, a set of natural eyelashes. It’s nice to have these around, if I ever decide to be fancy. At first glance, they look alright, but I’ll admit not fabulous.The next thing is Makeup Remover Cloths because they’re handy. From reviews I’ve heard that these are pretty big and can be cut in half, making them last even longer. They also come in an exfoliating version, if anyone is interested. I decided not to buy the exfoliating ones because my skin is so sensitive. I make my own exfoliate from oats, coconut oil, honey and brown sugar and that doesn’t irritate my skin, so I’m always too nervous to deviate from that. Second last I got the Studio Makeup Mist and Set because I’ve heard that it’s great for skin and sets makeup as well. My sister is on her second bottle of this, so I’ll trust her opinion. The last thing I ordered is Brush Shampoo. I have been washing my brushes with dish soap and it works fine, but I decided I would treat myself to the real thing.
So as you can see, I got a lot for my money. I always have good luck with ELF makeup, so I think it’s a great option for makeup addicts on a budget.
I hope you enjoyed my first haul 🙂
I will probably review and update these products as I get to use and enjoy them.