Earlier this month, I went on a shopping spree on the E.L.F. website, taking advantage of the 50% off and free shipping. I got a total of 12 products for just over £20, which is such a bargain. I’ve now tried everything out thoroughly and so its time to review them. As there’s quite a lot, I’ve decided to split this into two posts so its easier to digest.
This part will focus on face products – the foundation, face powder, brushes and blusher that I bought – and the second will talk about everything else – the eye products, lip products and nail varnish. All the prices on the post are the RRP as shown on the E.L.F. website.
First up, the Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain – £7.50. This is the palest shade they do in the foundation and if anything it’s a touch too dark still. It has quite a thick, creamy consistency and does blend well. When used with a good powder, I have found that it will last most of the day, but I think it’s been a bit hot for it really as it has been slipping. Now that it’s started to cool down I think I’ll have to give this another go, maybe even mixing it with a touch of moisturiser to make it blend into my skin better. As for the bottle, it is quite small, only a 23g one (my other foundation is a 30g which is a lot bigger difference than it seems). It is made of glass and has a surprisingly good pump. If you do a full pump you’ll easily have enough product to do your whole face, if not a tad too much. However, you can quite easily get only a small amount of product out if you’re gentle with the pump. I also like that this has some SPF included. I honestly don’t know why any facial moisturisers or foundations wouldn’t these days. Would I repurchase the foundation? I’m not sure. Possibly if they brought out a paler shade.
Next, is the High Definition Powder in Translucent – £6.95. I bought this powder as I have seen a lot of good reviews about it and bloggers rave about it. Did it live up to the hype? No. The first thing I noticed about this is that the packaging is unnecessarily chunky. It takes up almost half of my make up bag. It does come with a puff in the pot, but I find the powder applies better with a brush so I’d be happy to have a smaller pot without it. As for the product, when used with the Kabuki Face Brush it blends well into the skin and leaves it feeling soft. I actually really like how soft it makes my skin feel, but I do think it makes my pores look more accentuated and I don’t know why this is. But every time I put this on, I find myself staring at the pores on the tops of my cheeks and I hadn’t really noticed them before that. However, the powder does last me most of the day. Would I repurchase this? No, I prefer my Rimmel powder.
The Kabuki Face Brush – £6 is definitely one of my favourites products I have gotten from E.L.F. The bristles are so soft, but also quite dense, meaning that powder sits on the ends of the brush and it is really pleasant to use. I haven’t lost any bristles out of this since I’ve been using it and I have been using it every day I have worn make up. When this brush starts to get a bit tired I will be repurchasing this, but I don’t think it’s going to wear out any time soon.
Sticking with brushes, I also got the Blushing, Bronzing and Blending Brush – £1.95. Considering I paid £1 for this brush, I can’t really make any complaints about it, but I think I would have found it more practical to have a rounded brush head than a slanted one for blending in cream blush. It is really good for powder blush though. This brush also comes with a plastic slip to product the brush in your bag. Again, I haven’t lost any bristles from this brush in the few weeks I’ve been using it. I am thoroughly impressed with the value for money offered by the E.L.F. brush line.
And lastly, the All Over Colour Stick in Pink Lemonade – £1.95. This is sold as a 3 in 1 product to be used on your eyes, lips and face, but I only like it as a blusher. And man does it work well as a blusher. It is creamy, but well pigmented, blending well into my cheeks leaving a lovely touch of colour. I put it on under my powder and it lasts me all day. I know I said it before, but I honestly cannot get over how much this smells of sherbet! I have tried this on my lips, but found it felt quite drying and the shade I got is too pink for me to like it as an eyeshadow. I much prefer either nudes or smokey looking colours. But I would repurchase this and continue using it as a blusher.
Well that’s it for this half of the reviews! Hope you enjoyed it. Have you tried any of the products I bought? What did you think of them?