Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: ELF Lipsticks, Mineral & Essential

Mineral Lipsticks
Quality: 5 out of 5
Packing: 5 out of 5
Price: $5.00
Where To Buy:
Would I Buy Again: Yes

I really love these lipsticks. They are creamy, pigmented, cheap, etc.

Runway Pink: Cream nude pink, pigmented and so so gorgeous. I don't have to look for a nude pink every again.

Nicely Nude: Light pinky-peach with suble gold shimmer.

Pouty Petal: Midtone pink with a tiny bit of shimmer, another gorgeous color. This shimmer is very subtle.

Cool Coral: The name kind of says it all, its a neutral coral with a noticable shimmer that isn't frosty.

Essential Lipsticks
Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Price: $1
Would I Buy Again: Yes

These are the newer lipsticks from ELF's $1.00 line. These lipsticks smell like berries. The two I have are creams and long lasting. I really love Classy for an everyday color. The packaging is fine but I think the mineral lipstick looks more sleek.

Classy: Cool-neutral pink with blue tones. Creamy, lasts a good 5-6 hours or more.

Gyspy: Cool dark pink cream.

These swatches are pretty accurate, but Gypsy (the last color) is a little more red toned than blue toned and all the colors are just a tiny bit more warm than these photos turned out.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mini Review: ELF $1 Quad Brownstone

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Price: $1.00
Where To Buy: Target,
Would I Buy Again: Yes

This is a really great product from ELF. Its a small quad that has 4 great neutral colors that would suit anyone I think, except maybe those with dark skin (it could be too light). All the colors are satiny and quite pigmented (with a primer). You can do a very natural look or a smokey look. I would use it for school, work, night, weddings, traveling, pretty much any occasion.

The packaging is fine, its cute but it could be better. For the price who the heck cares? Its cheap plastic but it doesn't feel flimsy by any means.

In this photo I have the 1st color as a highlight, 2nd on the lid, 3rd in the crease, and 4th under the lower lashes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mini Group Review: ELF eye blending & crease brushes

ELF Mineral Blending Eye Brush

Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: $5.00
Would I Buy Again: Yes, I think I bought a back up that should be here today.

The ELF mineral line has a new line of brushes. These differ from the others because they have bamboo handles, recycled material, and they all run for $5.00. I bought the Blending Eye Brush and I absolutely love it.

The bristles are very soft, I think maybe one hair shedded before I washed it the first time (and it dried very quickly). I wouldn't use it strictly as a blending brush, I don't think its dense enough for that. I use it as a crease brush. It is firm enough for precise color placement and not so dense that it leaves obvious lines, it kind of blends as you go.

ELF Crease Brush (regular line)

Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: $1.00
Would I Buy Again: Maybe

This crease brush reminds me of an overweight pencil brush. Its short and comes to an obvious point. I think its too short for a crease brush for most eyes, people with smaller eyes might like it better. Or if want a little bit of a color in a small area it would work for that. I use it for the outer corner and under the lower lashes if I want a smudgy line (I wouldn't use dark colors with this brush there). Its not a bad brush, its just isn't one that everyone needs to have and doesn't function as an all over crease brush. It is very soft with no shedding.

ELF Eye Blending Brush (regular line)

Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: $1.00
Would I Buy Again: Yes, I'm on my second one.

I love this brush. Back when ELF first came around it was an ugly scratchy sparse unless piece of crap but they totally re-did it and now I love it.

It is very soft and dense, really good a blending out those harsh lines on the brow bone. Its also great at applying color to the crease. If you are looking for a great crease/blending brush this is for you. Of all my crease brushes this and the mineral one are my favorites that I use almost daily.

On thing I want to mention is that with my first (reformulated) brush the handle broke off and after maybe 6 months chunks of bristles started coming out. I don't know if this was a fluke or if I got water inside the brush and it ruined or what. I've never had that with another ELF brush so I an not really upset about it (it was a dollar for 6 months of use, not a bad deal). If it happens again I'll bring the rating down, otherwise I'm passing it off as a fluke and will continue to recommend this brush, it really is amazing.