Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection
Enchantedd 12/17/2012 3:59:00 PM
This is a great brush set for beginners. It comes with 11 different brushes: an eye shadow brush, a complexion brush, a small angled brush, a small smudge brush, a fan brush, a powder brush, an angled foundation brush, a concealer brush, a small precision brush, a blush brush, and a contouring brush. The studio line is made much better than the essential line. The bristles are soft and the handles are well made. I would buy this again, HOWEVER, I would not buy it at the $30 price tag. elf usually has sales where they have for $3.50 when you buy $30 worth of other things, so that is a good time to get it, or when it is half off during their studio 50% off sales. It is worth it if you can catch it on sale. It also comes with a carrying case and most of the brushes have a brush guard on them that is good to save when it comes the time to clean them, or to get their bristles in a nice shape.
I bought this in light thinking you were supposed to pay attention to the wax color instead of the powder color, so my powder is too light, but the wax is fine. I just use a matte brown eye shadow to replace the powder until I use this kit up. I really like the packaging too, it's a small container with a mirror and an a really good dual sided brush. One end is angled and the other is a little fluffy for blending. I will buy this again!
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette
Enchantedd 12/16/2012 9:18:00 PM
I have this palette in the original bright palette and the neutral palette. Why do I need 144 eye shadows? I don't know. To test out ALL THE COLORS. The brights palette has just about every color that could possibly be made into an eye shadow, so it's nice to have a bunch colors to play with to see what works with your skin tone or eye color the best. The brights palette in arranged so that it looks like a rainbow, with different shades of each other going throughout the palette. The finishes are matte, shimmer, and satin. Some of the lighter colors don't have very good pigmentation, but a primer will solve this. It's great for beginners too since it doesn't cost that much...the website says it is normally $30, but it seems like it is always on sale for $15. I have never seen either palette priced at $30. As for the neutral palette, it has 144 shades of every brown, black, taupe, apricot, peach, silver, and gray imaginable in the same matte, shimmer, or satin finishes. Some of these are also in the bright palette, but it only has 4 columns of neutral shades rather than the entire palette. Again, the lighter colors need a primer. But these palettes are great! Not only for beginners, but for aspiring makeup artists too. It's great because you can find out which colors work the best for you without buying a bunch of colors and then not liking them. I would not buy them again for myself (because there is so much) but I would buy it for a friend or someone who really likes playing or experimenting with a lot of colors. The packaging is pretty cheap, so the hinges may easily break with use. These palettes do not have an applicator or mirror like all other e.l.f. palettes.
Palettes -E.L.F. - ENDLESS EYES 100 EYESHADOW PALETTE
Enchantedd 12/16/2012 8:17:00 PM
I have this in the original 100 eyeshadow palette and the spring (white packaging) palette. The spring palette is now available in their original black packaging, and is now called the "marble palette." The quality of the palette is actually pretty good for the price, but the packaging is kind of delicate and plastic, so it can break easily. So basically, you get 100 different colors in a convenient palette. Some of them show up better than others. If you use a primer, this shouldn't be an issue and I have not had a problem with creasing with any of the colors. They all come in a variety of finishes: matte, shimmer, and satin. The satin ones show up the best. The lighter colors need to be worked with a bit so they can show up. Either use a primer and pack it on, or dip your brush in some water (not too much!) and apply it wet. Some of the colors and great, and some are not that good, but with 100 colors, you can mix and match and play with any of it. This is great for beginners or people who are trying to see what color works with their skin tone or eye color because there is so much variety. The color sets are broken down into columns, with 10 shades in each column. 1st column: Peaches, taupes, whites 2nd column: Yellows, browns 3rd column: Greens 4th column: Blues, purples 5th column: Pinks, reds 6th column: Plums, browns 7th column: Browns, pinks, corals 8th column: Taupes, browns 9th column: Browns 10th column: Whites, silvers, grays, blacks For the spring (marble) palette, the colors are brighter and have more pastel colors. It also has 11 different shades that are marbled, meaning they have two colors mixed. The finishes are satin, matte, and shimmer. 1st column: Whites, beiges, peaches 2nd column: Taupes, browns 3rd column: Browns 4th column: Purples, pinks 5th column: Yellows, oranges, corals 6th column: Greens 7th column: Pinks 8th column: Purples 9th column: Blues 10th column: Whites, silvers, blacks. It also comes with a small mirror and two sponge applicators.
I have this in the original warm and cool editions and the spring 2012 warm and cool editions. They are all of the same quality and price. They all have 32 shadows that feature different finishes: satin, shimmer, and matte. The matte colors are pigmented, but really need a primer in order to stand out. The satin colors seem to be the ones that show up best and none of them had a crease problem for me. You can also use a damp (not wet) brush in the shadows to make them more vibrant before applying. I gave the packaging a 3 because the case is delicate and plastic and will break if you drop it once. My mirror also came out of one of them within a few uses. I keep it steady and make sure it is still glued in though. Original Warm: Features browns, blacks, peaches, and plums. The majority of these are satin and matte. Original Cool: Features blues, greens, pinks, purples, silvers, grays, and the bottom row has neutral tones. The majority of this palette is satin and matte, with one or two that has chunky glitter. If you ordered from e.l.f. when they were having their spring sale, they featured new packaging with white instead of their usual black. This sale featured a marbled 100 palette, 32 cool set palette, and 32 warm set palette. The packaging is exactly the same as the originals, just white instead of black. Spring Warm: Features a lot of pastels. Mostly matte finishes. Mainly peaches, pinks, yellows, and plums. Very few satin finishes. These were also a little more chalky since they are so light, and definitely need a primer first. Spring Cool: Again, mostly pastels that are blue, green and purple. The first row has white, some navy blue, some blacks, and a few silvers. The rest are matte blues, purples, and greens. The only colors that are satin are a green, silver, and a cerulean blue. Recently, they have removed the original warm and cool 32 palettes. Now they have "everyday," "natural," and "brights." The one that is natural is pretty much the same as the warm and the one that is called brights looks similar to the original cool palette, but they do not have the same color pattern. I would not buy these for myself again (because I have so many), but they make wonderful gifts for beginners to makeup, or aspiring makeup artists.
I really like this color. I have fair skin, so it gives me a light flush of color without overpowering it. I like that it is a light nude peachy color and blends very well. But it has a lot of shimmer, so don't overdo it. The packaging is great and durable, but these blushes do not come with their own brush, so be sure to have something to apply it with. It also comes with a small mirror and a tiny window in the packaging so you can see the color in the pan. The blush isn't cakey or chalky either. It's really soft and brushes pick it up really well. Peachy Keen and Tickled Pink are my favorites from this series.
Misc Beauty Tools -Maybelline - Maybelline eyelash curler
Enchantedd 12/16/2012 1:00:00 AM
This was the first eyelash curler I have ever purchased. It works really well! I can't remember if it came with a replacement pad or not, but if it did, I have no idea where it is. I haven't even had to purchase a replacement yet since it still works so well.
All of the colors glide on so smoothly, but smudge easily. Most of them have a shimmer finish, so if you don't like a lot of shimmer or glitter, skip these, none of them are matte. They will probably be more vivid on a primer, but they will still smudge. These also are twist-up rather than having to sharpen them, so once they become dull, you cannot really sharpen them again. They also have a crayon waxy smell to them when you first open them, but it goes away with use. They are really nice colors if you can work with them.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Forest Nymph
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 11:31:00 PM
This is a green toned brown with a shimmer finish. It glides on very easily and can be blended very carefully. If it is blended too much, it will become sheer. There are ten colors in this series and this one seems to be one that has that least amount of shimmer.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Feeling Lucky
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 11:18:00 PM
This is a medium brown with tiny red glitter flecks in it. The glitter is not big enough to really stand out, so it is very subtle. If you try to blend it, the color kind of fades, even with a primer since they formula is so smooth.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in French Lace
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 11:00:00 PM
This color, compared to Little Miss Thing, is more of a nude pink than the champagne-ish color. Little Miss Thing also has more of a shimmer than French Lace, and French Lace has more of a glitter finish. You can see small glitter pieces in this eye shadow rather than the shimmery finish in Little Miss Thing. Little Miss Thing is also more of a yellow undertone whereas this one is more of a pink undertone. If you are looking for a nice nude eye shadow with a glittery finish, then try this one. If you don't want a glitter finish, and rather have the shimmer finish, try Little Miss Thing. Either way, they are both nice nude colors.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Little Miss Thing
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 10:43:00 PM
This is probably one of two colors of this product that are going to be the closest to white. This is more of a light champagne color with a lot of shimmer. I would use this mainly for the inner corner of the eyes. It could also be used as an eye shadow base. The color glides on so smoothly, you don't even need to apply a lot of pressure. I won't buy this color specifically again because I generally use for the inner corners of the eyes, and I don't see myself running out of it any time soon.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Bali Bound
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 10:32:00 PM
I bought this thinking they would be similar to the NYX shadow sticks (which I have not tried, I just know they are really popular). It has a twist up feature rather than having to sharpen them, which is kind of cool, but if it gets pretty dull, you can't really sharpen them back. Anyway, I really like this green. It has subtle shimmer to it and is a really nice forest green color. It glides on easily and is even more vibrant with a primer. But it fades and smudges way too easily. Even with a primer, I had to apply a lot of coats and it still faded within the hour. All of the colors smell of waxy crayon wax, which is kind of overpowering when you first open them. I really like it, it just doesn't stay on very well.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Gumdrop
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 9:59:00 PM
This color is very frosty and lilac. I really like the color, but it doesn't go too well with my fair skin. It makes it look like I'm really cold. I would not use this for an everyday look, so I'm keeping it for dramatic or costume look. It's a lovely color, it just doesn't look good with my skin tone.
Lips -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart
Enchantedd 12/15/2012 9:27:00 PM
I really like this color. It's a nice, bright pink without being a super hot pink, so it is very wearable. It glides on so easily and the color pay off is so good! Very pigmented, I only had to use one coat to get the color. The product is so soft and smells good too. It is also so easy to remove.