Product Reviews

ELF Hits and Misses

December 12, 2013

Hey everyone!

Today’s post is going to focus on ELF cosmetics. I have blogged briefly about some of their products, but I recently did an online shopping trip and I have been using the products for a month and a bit, so I have some hits and some misses. I just got my stuff from Cyber Monday (50%) today so I’ll be hauling that stuff later on. So I’ll now stop rambling and get on with the interesting part of this post 🙂


First I’m going to start with the stuff I have really liked so far because the majority of the stuff I bought can fit into this category.

Baked Eyeshadow Palettes in California and Texas

I have blogged about how much I like these before, but I couldn’t leave it out. These are awesome. They have such a nice mix of shimmer, metallic and matte shades that there are loads of possibilities. All of the colours are vibrant and easy to blend. I thought I’d include a picture now that I have my good camera, so that you can see what they look like “in person” and not in their website pictures. It’s a bit dark, but it’s winter, so sun is rare haha.

California (Left), Texas (Right).

32 Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette

My last shopping trip ended up being filled with eyeshadow somehow, so my next ‘Hit’ is also a palette. This is a relatively new product and it goes along with a bunch of others. Visually, this palette is appealing with all the different shapes and good variety of colours. I appreciate that a few brighter shades were included because I think if blended with the other neutrals, they could be a great pop of colour. I find myself reaching for the black that’s in the lower right corner whenever I’m doing a dark eye. It applies great to my waterline and it’s completely matte. Plus this shade is incredibly pigmented.

Professional Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette- Limited Edition (What a mouthful)

This next ‘Hit’ is also a palette (shocker). This palette is my currently my ‘everyday eyes go to’. There are so many shades (32) and everytime I find more and more looks. I often pair this with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, to create a soft brown smokey eye.


Brightening Eyeliner in Coffee

To go along with the soft brown smokey eyes I mentioned above is what appears to be a boring eye pencil. However I happen to love this eye pencil. It is a great colour first off and a great alternative to always using black eyeliner, as I find it looks very soft and natural for simple school day makeup. My other favourite part is how creamy it is. It applies with virtually no pressure and blends without being smudgy.


Essentials Eyelid Primer in Sheer

The next ‘Hit’ on my list is ELF’s sheer eyelid primer. This is only $1 for the full size tube and it has been compared to some of the expensive high end versions, like the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I haven’t tried a high end version and after using this I see no need to. This blends right into my skin and prevents creasing. The one I have is the small tube that comes in some of ELF’s kits because I bought the full size in another shade, but I’ll explain that in my ‘Misses’ section of this post.



Now I’ll move on to the things that just didn’t work for me. It may just be that some of these things don’t look good on me or something so if anyone reading this has ideas on how to make this stuff work, I’ll take it!

Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky

This next product is definitely a miss for me. During my shopping trip I decided that I needed to get a blush. I only had one blush and it had hit pan long, long ago. So I picked the baked blush in Peachy Cheeky. I will say that it is a beautiful colour. It looks beautiful in the package, but it just doesn’t suit me, It’s not necessarily the colour, but instead it’s the finish. This blush has almost a pearly type finish to it and it just doesn’t look natural on me. It ends up looking cakey no matter how much I blend it. I’m discovering as I play around with makeup that I really like matte blushes, so I have now purchased a matte  ELF Studio Blush (which I received today!) and I already know that I’ll like it.


Essentials Eyelid Primer in Champagne

While the eyelid primer in sheer made it to my ‘Hits’, the champagne shade did not. I will say that it blends fine and has the same anti-creasing power as the other shades, but what really turns me off of this is that there is glitter in it. To me, a primer should just even out my eyelid and be there to make the eyeshadow better, but there is no purpose of the glitter. It just confused me. Also in person it is much more purple, also odd. I will probably use this up because it’s alright, but next time I will make sure to purchase this in sheer. For only $1 it’s not a real loss.

Essentials Eye Widener

I bought this white pencil thinking it would be great for my inner corner or lining my waterline, to as it claims, make my eyes look bigger. Unfortunately I don’t think this product is successful. It doesn’t have the exact same formula as the Brightening Pencil I mentioned above, instead it’s a bit chunky. This makes it look pretty unnatural in my inner corner, even blended the chunks stick to the corner of my eye…not so hot! It also can’t line my waterline, this may have been pushing it, but still. I will continue to experiment with this because there may be potential. But once again, only $1 so no major loss!

Overall I liked way more things than not, so I will continue to purchase from ELF. As well it’s interesting to note that ELF does not test on animals,  so you can have cosmetics with a conscience. I think they are a great company and perfect for my student budget.


P.S.- New ELF haul coming later on today 🙂



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