E.L.F. haul

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products

  • retractable lip brush, $3
  • blending brush, $1
  • matte lip color in berry sorbet, $3 (part of a gift with purchase)
  • eyeliner and shadow stick in plum, $3
  • moisturizing lipstick in razzle dazzle red-berry kiss-black berry, $3 each
  • baked blush, $3 (part of a gift with purchase)
  • clear brow and lash mascara, $2 (part of a gift with purchase)
  • intense ink liner, $3
  • mineral infused mascara, $3 (part of a gift with purchase)
  • baked eyeshadow palette in nyc, $10 (part of a gift with purchase)
  • long-lasting lustrous eyeshadow in festivity-gala, $3 each

swatches

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  • gala lustrous eyeshadow
  • festivity lustrous eyeshadow
  • moisturizing lipstick in berry kiss, black berry, razzle dazzle red
  • matte lip color in berry sorbet

thoughts

  • moisturizing lipsticks (20 shades)
    • glides on easily and is enriched with shea and vitamins a/c/e to hydrate your lips
    • swatches from online match up very well to the actual in-person color
    • applies slightly patchy. i would recommend taking the time to coat your lips a couple times with this product to achieve a more even look
    • shiny finish
    • longevity is pretty fair for a $3 lip product
  • matte lip color (12 shades)
    • easy to use automatic lip crayon
    • doesn’t tug when applying but you will need to take a little bit of time to ensure even application
    • is not too creamy so it doesn’t smudge easily
    • longevity is surprisingly good. it does stay on your lips pretty well but as with most matte lip sticks, you can see a patchy inner ring on your lips as the product wears off
  • intense ink liner
    • this is MY FAVORITE felt tip liner on the market. better than kat von d. it is black, glides on easy, lasts, doesn’t flake or dry too quickly, and the felt tip doesn’t fray or dry out–and it’s $3–like, that’s hard to wrap my head around because it’s THAT awesome. if you haven’t tried it, i’m telling ya you’re missing out!!
  • lustrous eyeshdaow (7 shades)
    • whipped formula consistency
    • can double as a liner and lid shadow
    • long lasting–like seriously lasts forever
    • does contain a little more chunky glitter than i prefer, but you can build upon this shadow with pigment or powder shadow to counter act the glitter
  • eyeliner and shadow stick (5 shades)
    • one end is a liner, one end is a shadow
    • colors are paired together for best results
    • shadow is creamy and blend-able
    • liner doesn’t tug and glides on
  • baked shadow palette (4 shades)
    • i haven’t swatched this yet but i am definitely going to use these shadows wet. i’ll apply mac fix plus to my shader brush to enhance the pigment. it seems like they swatch a little chalky and light when used dry.
  • mascara
    • i haven’t used. i’m actually giving this away to a friend!
  • baked blush (4 shades)
    • when i swatch this, it comes off very light and not pigmented which leads me to believe that i’ll be using it as more of a highlighter
    • again, you can use wet or dry depending on the intensity you want
  • brow and lash mascara
    • haven’t used this yet, but willing to give it a try.
  • brushes
    • lip brush is soft and dome-shaped for easy application
    • blending brush is soft, doesn’t shed

thoughts

i love elf. honestly, i have used this brand for several years and have found a LOT of gems. of course, there are always some misses in drugstore brand products but at the price point elf sells, it’s hard to beat. my favorite products are their lip sticks and their felt tip eyeliner. i have repurchased them over and over because of the quality and price tag. things i tend to stay away from are their baked products, simply because they aren’t very pigmented. this causes problems for me because they tend to be patchy, chalky, glittery and just not worth the effort. all of the baked products i featured in today’s post were sent as a free gift with purchase pack, so i’m not complaining!!

if you aren’t subscribed to elf’s email blast, you should do that after you finish reading this! elf does so many different specials and features that you’ll get first access to. i bought all of this stuff for $25, qualified for free shipping AND i used a promo code for the free gift with purchase pack. crazy! not to mention that elf has amazing customer service, and their shipping process if quick and easy.

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