Wednesday, April 22, 2015

e.l.f. Cosmetics Reviews Part 1!

I am really excited to be writing today’s post. Over the past year or so I have been slowly trying out products from the brand e.l.f.  Since I have quite a few of their products I decided to split up the review into two posts. This first post is mostly reviews on products that I’ve had for quite a while but also a few new items. If by chance you've been following my blog for a while you may have seen a few items mentioned in other posts. However, I still wanted to include them in this post since it’s dedicated to the brand and just in case you haven’t seen them in the previous posts. I have been very pleased with this brand so far and hopefully my reviews will help you in deciding if you should try the brand out as well. 



Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder-When I first tried this out, I was on the fence about it. I thought it worked well but didn't seem like it was anything real magical. However, when I stopped using it, and started using my regular face powder to set my under eye area, I could definitely tell a difference. I still don’t feel it’s anything magical, but there is a difference. This powder feels very smooth and leaves a velvety finish. It really sets my concealer well so it feels dry instead of tacky and helps it last throughout the day without any creasing. This powder also helps to add some brightness to camouflage fine lines and dark circles. Even though there are some glitter bits in this powder, it doesn't look glittery. If you’re on a budget and are looking for a good setting powder for under the eyes then I highly recommend trying this out. 
 


Studio Kabuki Face Brush- I was looking for a good kabuki brush to apply my face powder with but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I was online looking on different websites and came across this brush. I didn't have a lot of money and it seemed pretty good so I went out and bought it. I immediately fell in love. This brush is so soft and has a good amount of bristles in it. It’s not too dense that it’s stiff but it’s not too flimsy either. I've never had a problem with the bristles falling out and it cleans really easily. It picks up a good amount of product but I don’t feel like it absorbs a lot of the product. I only use it for powder so I’m not sure how it would work with cream products. Overall, it’s one of my favorite brushes and I highly recommend trying it out. 


Essential Eyelash & Brow Wand- I purchased this wand because I love these types of tools to brush out my mascara. After I apply a coat of mascara I take a clean wand like this and brush it through to make sure the mascara distributes more evenly without clumping. It also helps to separate lashes for a fuller look which is how I prefer my lashes. It’s better to use this wand than the actual mascara wand because otherwise you’re just applying more mascara which will only cause more clumping. This wand was pretty cheap but the actual packaging feels pretty durable so I’m not worried about it falling apart on me. Even if it does, the cost was so reasonable that I wouldn't be too upset to replace it. Even though I haven’t tried many of their brushes, based on this and the kabuki brush that I have tried, I would recommend checking them out if you’re on a budget because I still feel like they would do a good job. 


Studio Daily Brush Cleaner- The actual packaging is pretty nice and the nozzle sprays a nice even mist which is great. Right away I noticed that this has a very strong perfume scent to it. It’s sort of a flowery sweet smell. It’s not a bad scent to me personally, but it is a bit strong. I don’t use this as a thorough cleanser for my brushes but just to refresh them in between washes. It helps to remove quite a bit of makeup (but not all) and to disinfect so I can use my brushes a bit longer before washing them more thoroughly. I normally use the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner which is quite similar to this one in that it helps to refresh my brushes in between washes. However, I’m not sure if I’ll continue to repurchase this because the smell is so strong and it lingers afterwards for quite a few days. It’s not real bad but it does bother me personally. Therefore, if strong smells bother you then I wouldn't recommend this, but if smells don’t bother you then you can definitely give this a try. 


Essential Expert Liquid Liner in Jet Black- I’m not that skilled with liquid liner so I wanted to purchase a cheap product that I could practice with. That way if I didn't end up liking it I wouldn't feel bad about throwing it out. For the price of this liner it’s actually pretty nice. The applicator is a long skinny brush which is somewhat hard for me to handle but if I take my time I’m OK. It has great pigmentation and is pretty opaque even with just one layer. I usually add a few layers just to make sure the color is even. What really impressed me was the fact that this liner dries really well and will not smudge. It can fade a little bit but it stays in place. It’s not water proof so as long as you don’t go swimming or anything it will stay on all day. This may not be as great as other liquid liners but if you’re a beginner or on a budget it’s definitely worth checking out. 
 


Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium- This has become my favorite eye brow product. Before this product I had tried pencils and powders and was ready to try a different formula to see how it compared. I don’t really like the powder color in this kit because it doesn't match my hair well but I love the wax. It has great pigmentation but doesn't go on too intense. You can start with a small amount and build it up to how you want. It looks very natural which is what I want my brows to look like. This makes it easy to fill in my brows to make them look thicker but without looking like I completely drew them on. I wouldn't say this is waterproof but it lasts all day for me without fading or wiping off real easily. It helps to keep eyebrow hairs in place a little but not completely. Overall I really love this product, will continue to purchase and highly recommend checking it out. 
 


Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St, Lucia- I love that this kit has two products in one which is really convenient. The pans in the packaging are also quite large so you get a good amount of product that will lasts for a long time. Both of these colors are quite pigmented and blend fairly easily. The bronzer can be a bit harder if you use too much so make sure you apply light layers. The colors are also quite opaque so you don't need a ton of product to get good color payoff. They last through the majority of the day without much faded as well. The bronzer has more of a red undertone to it and is matte, while the blush is a cool toned light pink with gold shimmer in it. I know there are different colors so you can choose which one would best suit your needs and skin tone. Overall it’s a great product for the price and I highly recommend trying it out. 
 



As you can tell, I would recommend a lot of their products. When I first started trying out their products I had pretty low expectations since the cost was so low. However, these products ended up exceeding my expectations and made me open to trying more from the brand. The overall quality and performance of their products is really great for the amount of money that you pay. In a few weeks I’ll have another post with reviews on more products from this brand that I purchased a few months ago so make sure you stay tuned!  

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