Great product with outstanding shine control at a super low price. If ELF disclosed all the ingredients on their website, then this is also a quite healthy product.
I picked up this powder at Walmart when it was on clearance. Coverage: medium Lasting power: mediocre Shine control: 6/10, may it's the liquid foundation that makes me look oily, but I've seen much better shine control in elf's mattifying powder. Finish: satiny - this powder has a slight shimmer in it Packaging: ordinary compact, I wish the mirror was at the top instead of the bottom so that I can actually see my face while applying. Ingredients: talc and paraben, 'nuff said I will not repurchase
Lotions/ Creams -Johnson & Johnson - natural baby lotion
yisha 3/2/2013 1:37:00 AM
I wanted to try this lotion as I've been looking for something green/natural. It turned out to be a nice product. This lotion is quite light so it might not be moisturizing enough in fall and winter - depends on your skin type. It is now early spring, I apply this lotion on my face and it works just fine. This lotion comes with an interesting scent which I'm sure some people might be uncomfortable with. I don't resent the scent though, it reminds me of rice water (Asian much lol).
I am quite impressed by this product. ELF flawless finish foundation comes in a very nice-looking bottle with a pump. Though it is only half the amount of a usual liquid foundation, this product will last you months. This foundation provides medium to full coverage - depends on how you apply. Quite blendable and fairly long-lasting, however I'd love to see stronger oil control because I have oily skin but for the price, you can't complain. Be careful with the shade you select, the swatch on ELF's website is a bit off, the actual foundation is darker than the online swatch - at least in my case. I picked up "buff" for my northern Asian skin, it is wayyyy too dark. Sand should be a better match, and it is the second lightest shade. Same with other ELF face products. I'd say their face products in general lean towards the darker end of the spectrum. The ingredients are relatively healthy as I don't see paraben, BHT, etc. in the list.
Foundations -Hard Candy - Just Face It - One Step Foundation
yisha 3/1/2013 8:58:00 PM
pros: reasonable price, medium to thick coverage, decent packaging cons: limited color selection (only 3: light, medium, dark), not very long lasting, makes my face oily One thing I hate about this product is that when I apply it on my face, there are some tiny spots of "residue" that just sit on my skin and I have to blend each of them out with my fingers.
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream
yisha 2/21/2013 10:11:00 PM
Weirdest cream I've ever came across. This product leaves a purple oily sheen on your face, what the hell? TBS brands their products as natural, herbal, and healthy. Look at the ingredients: peg, all sorts of paraben, Shea butter, and fragrance. You could get exactly the same crappy ingredients at a dollar store.
Eye Primer -NYX - HD High Definition Eyeshadow Base
yisha 2/11/2013 6:09:00 PM
The liquid and oily texture does help eyeshadow show up better, but it feels kinda gross on my eyelids. I guess you could simply use a lotion to achieve the same effect. Not a necessary makeup item in my opinion. This primer sometimes makes the eyeshadow look cakey due to its runny texture. Might as well apply liquid foundation on eyelids and skip the eye primer altogether.
Blush -New York Color - Color Wheel Mosaic Powder Pink Cheek Glow
yisha 2/11/2013 5:19:00 PM
Wearable pink color, easily blendable. There is room for improvement in terms of packaging. Though I won't repurchase unless NYC substituted the toxic preservatives (paraben etc.) with healthy alternatives.
I don't like the dry feeling on my lips. I prefer matte lipstick + creamy lip gloss. I got "antwerp" and it's way too pink, not at all like the light pinky coral shade I was expecting. I got this lip cream from cherryculture at around $5 plus shipping, and I don't think it's worth the price, I've seen better lip products for much less.
This foundation was on clearance sale when I purchased it, I've paid roughly $7 each. I've planning to switch to healthier mineral products but hesitated to deal with loose powder, so I bought one to try it out. I pressed the loose powder into the jar with rubbing alcholol and it works GREAT. Dewy finish, goes on smoothly, and free of harmful chemicals! So I bought another two jars and pressed them also.
Primer/ Corrector -E.L.F. - Mineral Infused Face Primer
yisha 6/28/2012 10:17:00 AM
Decent product but too much paraben (really harmful, especially to women) and very silicone-y - that's all I'd like to say. For girls who have oily skin like I do, we could totally switch to a mineral powder foundation or simply double up the amount of setting powder to achieve a full coverage instead of packing on liquid foundation along with a silocone based primer, not only will it save time but also healthier.
Maybe I was expecting too much from this primer, but it really didn't do much on my lids. One thing I've noticed about this primer is that I have to apply eyeshadow while it's still wet on my lids or else the primer - which feels kind of silocone-y, will actually dry up and create a tight, slippery surface that barely holds any powder eyeshadow. When using a pigmentated eyeshadow, I'd rather skip this step and save some time; when using a crappy eyeshow, this primer does not make a dramatic change. For the price, I can't complain much but I won't repurchase. I'll try the mineral primer next time since there are less harmful chemicals in the mineral line.
Eye Shadow -Rimmel - Glam Eyes Quad 002 Smokey Brun
yisha 6/28/2012 1:31:00 AM
I bought 2 glam eyes quads for about $3 each and I wish I hadn't. The pigmentation is downright terrible, the colors look good in the pan but on the eyelids the color payoff & lasting power disappointed me BIG TIME. Not to mention that the regular price of this quad is much higher than what I've paid for. I think most Rimmel products or overpriced, including this quad. Besides, this eyeshadow contains parabens, talc, coal tar, etc., they are either carcinogenic or has a hormonal effect on our bodies (most products do contain these harmful chemicals because the US cosmetic industry is self-regulated). Hence I've switched to mineral products and whenever I'm about to purchase a makeup or skin care product, I always go through the ingredients first - I suggest other girls do the same. Trust me, this is definitely worth your while.
I have to say: I am very disappointed! I do agree with someone below that the quality of ELF blushers VARIES. The candid coral that I got has no pigmentation whatsoever and it's not like that you have to put on pounds of the product without the color showing up, rather, the powder blush itself is pigmented but pressed so hard that you can barely pick up any with a brush, either do puffs or fingers. I've experienced this same problem with MAC blush - frankly scarlet. I have two other studio blushers: pink passion and berry merry, both work well. Pink passion seems to be perfectly pressed - not too tight like candid coral and not too loose that each swirl leaves crumbles. Berry merry is more towards the loose end, and as a result, the pan is always dusty.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof
yisha 5/3/2012 3:14:00 AM
Great product! Hold curls, volumizes, doesn't clump or smudge.