Eye Primer -E.L.F. -Essential Shadow Lock and Eyelid Primer

on 8/11/2017 9:51:00 AM

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Eh....not sure what to think about this primer. I picked up for $2 to try out. I guess I am glad that I didn't pay any more for it. It doesn't seem like a bad primer for the price but you don't get a lot of product at all. I purchased in the shade sheer, which works fine. It goes on sheer and blends in fine but it there are other primers that I simply prefer.

It's not bad but I am not sure I will buy this again. I find that eye shadow primer for me is a must, and have tried several but this wasn't a favorite. I will say that I use this when I am experimenting with different looks, this way I am not using up my other primers. For that reason it does serve a purpose and I will use it up that way. I think I just prefer other primers, I have also been known to use a concealer for an eye primer which works okay as well.

I will give this 3 stars. If you want to try it out, it's very cheap if you want to give it a go and if it's not what you are looking for it's not going to break the bank. It seems there are mixed reviews on this product, some really like it and others do not.

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BB Cream -E.L.F. -Studio BB Cream SPF 20

on 8/11/2017 9:39:00 AM

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Meh...I don't like this at all. My sister uses it and likes it quite well so based on her experience I thought I would give it a go. I can appreciate the fact that it has sunscreen in it which I really do need. But I did not care for the smell of it at all, it smells like sunscreen. This is the same reason that I stopped using self tanners so long ago, I simply could not tolerate the smell of them.

I purchased in fair, I am fair skinned but this foundation is perhaps a hair too light for me. I probably should have gone a touch darker. I don't wear this to work but will use on the weekends if I am lounging just so my face isn't completely bare. I do appreciate the SPF in it but that's about it.

For me this was a dud. I like ELF as a brand and have found some great gems. This was not one of them though, will not repurchase.

ETA - I took this BB cream, NYX Matte Not Flat which was the wrong shade, and a concealer from BH Cosmetics that was too light, put the contents in a jar and mixed them all up. The result was a nice color foundation that I was able to use up completely, so maybe the BB cream didn't work for me on it's own but I was able to use in conjunction with other products. So if you get this or any other foundation that doesn't work for you, try mixing it with other ones and see if it works better. It did for me.

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Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. -Brushes- All

on 8/11/2017 8:25:00 AM

I have tried a handful of ELF brushes, some I really like, others are just okay for me. Many of the ones that I have purchased are in the dollar range, and I find them to be just okay. Though I have a few others that were higher prices but are definitely among my favorite ELF brushes.

Kabuki brush - one of my all time favorite brushes, use for all over face. My only beef is that it's harder to clean than some of my other brushes

Angled blush brush - one of my go to's for my daily highlighter, it's all black, nice and soft but effective, use this one a lot

Eyeshadow C brush - nice brush to have for applying lid color, all black and seems to be durable

Eyeshadow brush - white handle, not bad for applying lid color but prefer the C brush, bristles are a little stiffer

Defining Eye brush - white handle, nice for outer corner work, brushes are a hair stiffer than black brushes

Eye crease brush - white handle, more pointed for detailed crease work

Blending eye brush - white handle, blends okay

At first I really liked the dollar brushes with the white handle, but after trying other brushes I find these are just okay. I find they are stiffer than other brushes I have purchased since and I just don't use these as much. If you are looking for a cheapie travel set, these may fit the bill. I find that I use these when experimenting with different eye looks but they don't get as much use as my other brushes. If you have young ones that are just getting into makeup and are looking for brushes to practice with, these would work for that purpose as well. I have several nieces that will be getting into makeup in the next few years, they may be the recipients of these as they play around with colors.

My definite favorites from ELF are the Kabuki, angled blush brush and the eyeshadow C brush. I have already purchased a second Kabuki brush and would likely grab another blush brush as well. The other ones are just okay and I would not repurchase, but they are inexpensive so if you try them out and get some duds you aren't out a ton of money at least.

I give them 4 stars overall, some are great, others are "meh".

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Pressed Powders -E.L.F. -Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder-- ALL SHADES

on 8/10/2017 9:38:00 PM

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I love elf powders I think they're the best of the DS powders. You don't get a lot but they are cheap & this NARSesque futuristic packaging won me over its perf for my bag w its mirror. I didn't find it oxidized and I'm extremely oily. These are hard to find in my area locally all stores are always out of elf powders in the displays so like ev1 else I will buy 3 or 4 when I see them. They absorb oil quite well. #winning


Lip Treatments -E.L.F. -Studio Lip Exfoliator

on 8/10/2017 5:17:00 PM

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This product is slightly expensive for what it is. I do like it how ever. It really makes my lips soft! I use it to prep when I use a liquid lip product. The original is my favorite, it exfoliates the best. With the others the granules are smaller and it isn't as effective. I wish there was a little more product in the tube. When you do buy this get it from Ulta or Target. I bought it from Forever 21 and it was $0.90 more expensive! Not a lot, but as a frugal shopper my heart sank a little. $3 is generally what I pay for it. If you can find a sale, stock up!

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Pressed Powders -E.L.F. -Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder-- ALL SHADES

on 8/10/2017 5:09:00 PM

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Not translucent--too orangey for me. Cheap price, keeping the nice little compact for a mirror.

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Eye Primer -E.L.F. -Essential Shadow Lock and Eyelid Primer

on 8/10/2017 4:06:00 PM

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This is my go-to primer for eyes. I have oily skin and lids that has to be blotted at least twice a day and this is the first primer to actually keep my eye shadow from creasing or running for about 12 hours. There is not a lot of product in this tiny tube but it lasts me for about a month... which I suppose is good because you want to keep your eye makeup refreshed to avoid bacteria build-up.

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Brows -E.L.F. -Instant Lift Brow Pencil

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This fills in my eyebrows really well, highly recommend it if you're looking for an inexpensive eyebrow pencil that can do the job

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Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. -Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray

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Does its job good, very inexpensive and dries pretty quickly

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Eye Primer -E.L.F. -Essential Shadow Lock and Eyelid Primer

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This is the only eyeshadow primer I have ever used because it is so inexpensive and sooooo good, really works, cans recommend this enough. I have very oily lids and this one keeps my eyeshadow from creasing and from being ruined, love it so much.

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Eyeliner -E.L.F. -Cream Eyeliner - All Colors

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This is a great dupe for Maybelline's gel eyeliner, it one is just as pigmented and lasts just as long. It is so cheap and works perfectly, I would highly recommend it, although the brush that comes with it isn't that good you can just use one you prefer.

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Highlighters -E.L.F. -Studio Illuminating Palette

on 8/10/2017 12:52:00 PM

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I like the packaging and the option in this palette, but unfortunately the pigmentation was lacking and I couldn't get it to show up on my skin tone so I had to pass it along to my neice who is fairer skinned. The texture of the powders is soft and buttery, the shades are pretty (just too light for me), and the pans pop out so if you had other e.l.f. palettes you could mix and match to make a custom palette. Great price point as always. Although this palette didn't work out for me I do recommend it for those with fair skin.

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Lipstick -E.L.F. -Studio Matte Lip Color

on 8/10/2017 7:15:00 AM

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Have this in praline and wine. Love the first! Very easy application, product is matte, stays on ok and wears really well. 1 star off bc the stick hippie broke without me dropping or knocking it around, but overall this is an excellent line if you find suitable shades

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Loose Powders -E.L.F. -Studio High Definition Powder

on 8/10/2017 6:06:00 AM

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I have already repurchased this powder.

Cheap, blurs pores, smoothes texture (great for undereyes) and controls oil on my face. I use very little, so haven't experienced any powderiness or flashback issues. Like it a lot, and for the price I'm sticking to this product


eta: cracked open the new tub of hd powder (round packaging) and it seems to be more powdery now than before. did elf tweak the formula?

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Treatments (Eye) -E.L.F. -e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream

on 8/10/2017 12:02:00 AM

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I've been going back and forth about this eye cream and honestly - it sucks.

Pros:
- It's $10
- Jar is nice looking
- From a cruelty-free brand

Cons
- Doesn't DO anything. My under eyes felt greasy and I noticed no improvement with my dark circles and I used it for the recommended amount of time.
- After the initial try-out, I went out on a trip and forgot the jar at home. Some period of time passed and I decided to try this again upon my return. Bad choice. It stung my under eyes and made my eyes extra watery. I had to wash it off of my face. This happened in the very beginning when I tried it just not as severe. There are multiple accounts of customers who've experienced this type of irritation on ELF and Ulta's reviews so I'm a little surprised there weren't any here.
- While the jar looks fancy, sometimes it's a pain to get open.

Look, I tried for a cheap eye cream and it looks like I need to look to more expensive ones. I'm a firm believer in spending a little more on things that will actually sit and seep into your face (serums, eye creams, toners) rather than things you can wash off (cleansers, exfoliates). This seems to be a sign I need to look at Sephora for a better eye cream to fit my needs or something. Really disappointed.

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