Primer/ Corrector -E.L.F. -Studio HD Mattifying Balm

on 9/17/2017 12:38:00 AM

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I was so excited to try this out and boy was this awful. My makeup usually gets real oily around the T-zone after 5-6 hours and blotting reduces the shine but takes my makeup away. I was kinda skeptical because it contains quite a few oils as ingredients and the thought of this making my skin matte mystify me but I decided to try it anyway.

I feel like I have given this product a very fair shot. I tried applying it with my fingers (it completely removes my makeup and it stopped looking matte after 5 minutes), I tried using a stippling brush, and a fluffy powder brush - just melted my makeup in tiny dots so my skin looks like mosaic tiles.

This is going straight into the trash bin. Won't recommend and won't repurchase.


Primer/ Corrector -E.L.F. -Poreless Face Primer

on 9/14/2017 5:08:00 PM

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I have long since discontinued use of this. I ruled all my products out as the culprit, and narrowed it down to this primer being the culprit that was the sole contributor to my deep, painful cystic breakouts/boils. My skin is PERFECT without using this, so as soon as i found out it was this, I stopped using it. Shame, because it actually worked, and smoothed over my pores, and while it didn't make my pores any less visible with foundation on top than my skin was without this primer (it did diminish the appearance for about half an hour, I forgot to mention that before, sorry, but after that 30 min, my pores were glaring obvious), it still kept my makeup in place for long work days. ALSO, as much as I like some of e.l.f.'s other stuff, i call it as I see it, and that is that they are SKETCHY AS H*** for not putting the ingredient list somewhere on the packaging. Seriously, who keeps the box? Elf, you kill me. The weird tea tree oil scent of this isn't all that appealing either. I'm sticking with my $$$ Algenist primer, thanks. I love drugstore products, but this is the 5th drugstore face primer I've used that broke me out or irritated my skin in some way (and I've tried many different d/s brands, and my testing has comprised three different formulas: a lotiony formula, a more silicone texture like this one, and a more watery essence formula), I think for primers, I'm better off going high end.

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Eye Shadow -E.L.F. -Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow

on 9/11/2017 2:33:00 PM

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I love the Maybelline Color Tattoo pots and was led to believe from online reviews that these were very similar. And whilst I would say that’s true to a point, there are some very significant differences which left me disappointed.

I purchased the shade Cruisin’ Chic which is similar in shade to the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On & On Bronze (Bad to the Bronze). I applied it using my ring finger and although coverage was good, it had a very stiff consistency making it hard to blend out once it was on my eyelid. I thought the heat from my skin might make it easier to work with, but continuously trying to blend it out actually just made it set firmer and in some places in even started to ball up a little. Also, the pot is significantly smaller than the Maybelline ones with an opening that is almost impossible to get into, making it difficult to get a good amount of product onto your finger/brush. Once it was on it did have good staying power (I used it over the UD Eyeshadow Primer as my eyelids are way too oily to use any eyeshadows without it) and removal was easy too, coming off completely with micellar water with next to no effort.

However, here’s the main issue for me – along with the size of the pot which makes it very difficult to use, the one I had dried up in a matter of weeks. I got no more than a handful of uses out of it before it became a crumbly, unusable mess. So, although it cost a fraction of the price of the Maybelline Color Tattoo, it’s nowhere near as good in terms of packaging or durability. I’m glad I tried it but I wouldn’t repurchase and will be going back to the Maybelline versions.

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Primer/ Corrector -E.L.F. -Tone Adjusting Lavender

on 9/11/2017 1:13:00 PM

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Did nothing for my skin except give it an unpleasant silicone feel, which in turn made it feel like my skin couldn’t ‘breathe’ properly. It also didn’t do anything to help with the tone of my skin and after continued use (every day for a week) I noticed my skin felt and looked much greasier and I was developing small breakouts along my jawline. At that point I stopped using it and as a result wouldn’t recommend it, especially for anyone who has oily skin or is prone to breakouts after using silicone-based products.

One final point to note - the packaging is deceptive and not in a good way. From the outside - and going by the picture on the E.L.F. website - it makes it look like the whole bottle is filled with product. However, on receiving this I noticed that the bottle actually has an outer layer to it, with another section inside of that containing the product. So in actuality you don't get nearly half as much as E.L.F. would like you to believe.

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Primer/ Corrector -E.L.F. -Studio Blemish Control Primer

on 9/11/2017 7:08:00 AM

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For $6 -and my tween DD begging - I figured "What the heck".
Seems OK - it's not as luxe feeling as smashbox - but it seems OK so far and has not broker her out.
Does a 12 year old NEED primer?
Really?


Lip Gloss -E.L.F. -Gotta Glow Lip Tint (all colors)

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

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This is the same idea as the gimmicky green lipstick (made widely popular by Lipstick Queen, even though they were hardly the first brand to create such product). I got the shade Perfect Pink, which looks like a very pale pink but in fact turns a bright, slightly Barbie-esque pink when applied - at least on my lips. It acts like a stain, albeit not the most long lasting one, and the formula makes it look like you have nothing on your lips! Perfect for everyday wear or "no makeup"-makeup. The shade is the only thing making taking away from the natural look, and in hindsight I wish I would've gone for the Berry shade instead, since it's probably closer to my natural lip colour and would look more natural on me.

The lip tint is almost undetectable on the lips. I'd say it's neither drying nor very moisturizing, despite the claim of shea butter making the formula nourishing for the lips. I don't think it can replace a lip balm, so if you're having a day where your lips are too dry for wearing a "regular" lipstick, they're probably too dry for wearing this product alone, too.

So is this worth 6 bucks? Hell yeah, it is! I think it's a really great lip product to have on hand. Sadly it's marked up to over 100SEK (about $14) here in Sweden, which is a questionable price for a product from a lower end drugstore brand.

+ Cruelty free
+ Vegan
+ A very affordable alternative to gimmicky colour-changing lip products
+ Effortless to wear, but beautiful on the lips. Talk about my lips but better!

- Could be a little more moisturizing - although maybe that would take away from the natural look by making the finish shinier
- Pretty flimsy and cheap looking packaging, but then again it /is/ cheap, so it's almost silly to complain about that

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Pressed Powders -E.L.F. -Studio Perfect Finish HD Pressed Powder

on 9/10/2017 1:11:00 PM

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I bought this for my midday t-zone shine and it has not disappointed. I am very pale, so I haven't had any issue with a white cast. I apply with a fluffy powder brush instead of the included sponge.

It doesn't settle into my fine forehead squint lines or bother my highly sensitive skin. I absolutely will be repurchasing and am not on the hunt for an alternative.

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Liquid -E.L.F. -Flawless Finish Foundation

on 9/9/2017 9:40:00 PM

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I was excited to try this based on some videos I had seen recommending it, and while there are several things I like about it, this isn't going to be an everyday foundation for me.

Pros
- The finish is beautiful and satiny. No complaints here. It has exactly my preferred balance between dewy and matte.
- The coverage. It's medium. I'm not a full-coverage fan, and this has a great medium coverage.
- The price is right at 6 dollars. I actually got it on sale for 3 dollars. It's the price of a sample of many other foundations, so I figured it was worth a go.
- The packaging is lovely. It is in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. It has a nicer bottle than a foundation I paid 40 dollars for.
- All other products applied really well over it.

Cons
- The smell is a deal breaker for me. It has a weird perfume/ chemical smell that I could smell all day (I wore it to run errands). I spent my drive home looking forward to taking it off to clear the smell from my nose.
- The color range is not great. The lightest shade (light ivory?) is fairer than many elf products, but it pulls a bit dark and really yellow on my cool, fair skin (probably NW 10- 13ish). When I tried it at night, I liked how it cancelled my redness, but in the harsh light of day, it wasn't a good match

All in all, even it were a perfect color match, the smell bothers me enough, that I wouldn't use it. For me, the scent lingered for about 5 hours before I finally scrubbed my face of all traces of it. If you aren't sensitive to scents, though, it's worth a try for the price.


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

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I cannot believe the quality of this $3 eyeliner. It is amazingly pigmented, it lasts all day, and it glides right on. This is only the second gel liner I have ever tried, but I'm in love with it. I was very surprised to see how black this is; it is as black as I would expect a department store product to be. It doesn't chip or flake. I'm beyond happy with this product, and I will repurchase once I run out.

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Primer/ Corrector -E.L.F. -e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer in Brightening Lavender

on 9/7/2017 12:19:00 AM

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This primer has no redeeming factors. Pills up, doesn't prolong foundation, no color-correcting, lines and pores are exaggerated. Do not recommend.

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Liquid -E.L.F. -Foundation Serum

on 9/7/2017 12:15:00 AM

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I'm constantly trying new products and this is one I was really excited about. It didn't deliver. The consistency felt nice, as it was very thin and it didn't look cakey but the cons far surpass any of its good points. The colors are very orange and artificial-looking and it sinks into pores. After an hour, the coverage begins to fade noticeably in random places on the face. I'm also breaking out for the first time in moths since using this foundation so that's also a bummer.

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Tinted Moisturizer -E.L.F. -Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

on 9/5/2017 2:40:00 PM

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It's very bendable and has SPF. The downfall is that it has no staying power at all and will melt off your face. it's megacheap so maybe someone with a dryer complexion will have more success with it,


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

on 9/5/2017 1:25:00 AM

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This does basically nothing. I don't notice it making my makeup last longer. Personally, I don't even notice it making my makeup look much less powdery. It just ... does nothing. It's like water. I guess it does refresh my face a little bit? The spray bottle isn't very good though. I will not be repurchasing.

EDIT: After some more testing, I am changing my review from 2 to 4 stars. It turns out that this does help with making makeup stay on -- you just have to spray a LOT on. I basically sprayed my entire face with this until it was dripping wet, and then let it dry. When I did that, my makeup really did 'set' onto my face. Even my bullet lipstick became almost transfer proof. It uses up a lot of product, but this setting spray is pretty cheap, so I don't really mind. Overall, not a bad product, actually.

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Highlighters -E.L.F. -Studio Baked Highlighter

on 9/4/2017 10:28:00 PM

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If you're looking for a natural, subtle looking affordable highlighter you need this in your life!
(Moonlight Pearls) ✨
Take in mind- u need to scratch the top layer to release the formula out with the first application.
Also, Works best with a large crease brush, not with a fan brush since it's so refined.

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Lip Gloss -E.L.F. -lip lacquer - natural

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This lipgloss is actually PIGMENTED. I was scared it might go on looking clear and only shimmery, but no it's actually pigmented. It's a nude shade and it's so pretty. It doesn't wash me out. It's a peachy nude. I usually don't gravitate towards peachy nudes but this one is a really pretty color. It's great for everyday and I found it at a Dollar Tree for one dollar! I recommend!

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