Not bad for the price. It usually starts creasing on me after 4 hours. I was about to give it a lower rating, but after having tried the Essence Love The Stage, the E.L.F. version looks like a miracle product, and still cheaper.
The only version I managed to use up was NUDE (which is exactly the same as the ELF primer in SHEER from the regular line). I tossed the other two because they didn't perform the same: uneven texture, greasy finish and the glitter chunks got everywhere.
I had this on yesterday and it was a disaster. My eyeshadow started to crease after 2 hours, and 5 hours later half of my eyeshadow was gone and what's left was looking like fine cracks on the wall. Never in my life have I looked this miserable by the end of the day, it's like I've spent 36 hours lost in the woods. Thank god I didn't have to get on stage. PROS: funny name (should be changed to 'I Love Embarrassment'). Note: I have oily lids and the best result I've ever achieved with other primers was 6 hrs crease-free.
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
kr1sti 3/12/2012 7:39:00 PM
I was kind of disappointed after my first use, as it didn't give that much desired airbrushed effect nor did it make my pores or fine lines disappear. In fact, it did NOTHING. I applied it with the puff that comes with the powder using light sweeping strokes, then tapping motions, and finally, a kabuki brush. And since the powder is not finely milled, it left quite a few chunks of powder on my face, eeks. So it's been sitting in my drawer for a year until realised I've been using the wrong technique! This time I took a separate, smaller powder puff and applied the powder in pressing and rolling motions, pushing the powder into the skin until my whole face was covered with powder. Then I took a fluffy powder brush and knocked off the excess, working thoroughly to make sure that no white patches were left. Et voilà - (nearly) flawless, bullet proof base for your makeup. What I like the most is the smooth, silky feel that this powder gives, and how it leaves my skin mattified for good 8 hrs without touch-ups. This powder is especially good when your liquid or cream foundation is on the sticky/greasy side, even after buffing it in and setting it with powder (dusting lightly, as the majority of us do, I suppose). And I kind of like the subtle whitening effect of this powder, as the majority of my foundations are too dark for my ghostly pale skin, but that's just my preference. I am not sure how this powder performs on darker skins or for those with dry skin. I washed the puff that comes with this powder and now use it as a lid for the sifter. Will definitely repurchase, as it improves my skin appearance without clogging pores or breaking me out.
I got it in SHEER. E.L.F. say: "Completely sheer and ideal for all skin tones". I say: Completely pink, ideal for some skin tones. Nice texture and finish, good oil-control, but it makes my very fair skin with pink undertones look severely sunburnt.
------Updated----- This is the first and only BB cream I've ever tried, so I can't compare with other products of this type. It is a fairly good colour match for my pale complexion and gives a nice dewy finish. A very thin layer should be applied and blended well (using fingers), otherwise the shade turns pinkish grey. The coverage is light and can't be improved. PROS: evens out the skin tone, nice smell, lovely packaging. CONS: The cream is too sticky and greasy, a lot of blending required. It feels heavy on my face and clogs pores. I didn't notice any brightening, rejuvenating effect or improvement in my skin's texture. ---- INGREDIENTS: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Sodium Chloride, Arbutin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Sorbitan Isostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Sodium Hyalorunate, Mica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Talc, Ozokerite, Sorbitan Olivate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 77492, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Zinc Stearate, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, CI 77491, CI 77499, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Natto Gum, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Gold, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caviar Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Ceramide 3, Asparagus Lucidus Root Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera
kr1sti 1/17/2012 5:41:00 AM
Alpha-H claims: "A gentle creamy cleanser that softly hydrates and cleanses the skin without drying and stretching. Removes all traces of face and eye makeup whilst balancing the skin. Three in one action. Suitable for acne prone skin." Directions: dampen face, apply cleanser, gently massage over the entire face and remove with a warm, damp face cloth. 200 ml / 6.76 fl.oz Made in Australia for the UK. RRP: £23 The cleanser now comes in a bottle with pump (the old version is a tube). Ingredients: Aqua, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sorbitan Stereate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Glucoside, Phenyxyethanol, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Parfum. My thoughts: Does exactly what it says on the packaging. The consistency is perfect: creamy, not thick, yet not runny. It is almost odourless, which means no added irritation for sensitive, acne prone skin. I've been using it for 3 months now and it really helped to balance my skin while reducing breakouts and clogged pores. Ideal for removing eye makeup. I feel it might be my HG cleanser, at least during the cold months. I use it in the morning on damp or dry face (massage it over the face, then rinse with water and pat dry with a cotton pad), and at night to remove my makeup with muslin cloth, just like any 'hot cloth' cleanser (except that I use warm water instead of hot).
Nice product, I have it in glow/fair. Because it sits in the fine lines under my eyes and creases badly during the day, I only apply it on the lower part of my under-eye area and in the inner corner of the eye, also on the browbone, if needed. I use a bit of the highlighter on my browbone and sometimes on my upper cheeks.
I always have it in my purse to keep my nails presentable during the day. I have it for over 1/2 year now and it didn't dry out. If yours did or you had a problem with the tip, that just means it was faulty (it's quite frequent with E.L.F. products).
Cute little kit, perfect colour match. The formula of the gel is not the best and you need to apply quite a lot, but for the price I don't mind. I got it in 'Ash' and it works great for my very dark (black) eyebrows, as it doesn't give that orangy brown shade that most kits for dark brows do. And the powder side, even if it seems light (or much lighter than the gel) on the picture and in the pan, it turns out darker on the brows. I recommend this kit for light brows as well, as it adapts to your brows colour.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Brightening Eye Color - Matte Mauve
kr1sti 1/15/2012 11:54:00 AM
Worst quad, don't even bother. The pigmentation is awful.
Works well for one application, then the brush just splits and scratches the eyelid, or it doesn't 'dispense' enough product. Some eyeliners dried up while still in the packaging. Not waterproof, the colours are sheer or just awful, like the one in 'Coffee'. I got it in 4 shades from ELF UK and the same happened to all of them. Besides the felt tip is too stiff. This review is for their old design (bought mines 1/2 year ago). ELF recently redesigned the tip, so maybe the new ones work better.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Defining/Angled Eye Brush
kr1sti 1/15/2012 11:21:00 AM
Hate this brush. I heard that it is 'a must-have from their essential line' - the only reason I got it, as I only buy ELF Studio/Mineral line brushes. Maybe mine is defective, but the bristles are scratchy, they shed and the brush doesn't pick up enough product. I used it few times for packing on loose glitter eye-shadow and it did the job. No way I would try to use it in the crease or for blending.
Best quad ever. I reach for it every time I don't know what to wear. I use all the 4 colours, the quality of these eyeshadows is amazing.
One of my favourite quads, all four colours are well pigmented and fairly easy to blend.