I ordered quite a few products from Elf the other day, well I had to take advantage of the free delivery over £30!
They came in the post yesterday (Saturday), I only ordered them on Wednesday so impressed with the speedy delivery!
First things first, each item came in it's own individual packaging which says the product name and colour etc, but when you take the items out, the majority do not have the colour name printed on the actual product itself, not a huge issue but annoying when you want to refer back to a product colour / name, most people probably don't keep the cardboard packaging!
NB: All of these products were £1.50 each apart from the mineral make up Warm Starter Kit which was £15 for five products.
The first product I tried was the Therapeutic Conditioning Balm in Orange Creme. I really like this product, it smells lovely (if you like the smell of oranges!) and goes on really nicely, it's very moisturising, a really lovely lip balm for such an inexpensive price.
Next up was a huge fail, the Feather Proof Moisturising Lip Liner in Bark. This product made me so mad. I was warming it up on my hand prior to using it on my lips and it broke straight away. I then started to sharpen it (with the sharpener than comes with it) and it broke at least two more times, and then proceeded to break another time when I started to apply it to my lips. Ridiculous! Aside from that it wasn't particularly moisturising and it didn't last very long. Definitely will not re-purchase...
Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Ruby Slipper. This is a nice autumnal colour, applies well, not massively pigmented but good for the price. It smells kind of minty which is quite nice. This has a foam applicator, you twist the bottom of the lipstick and the product comes out of the top. I would describe as a lip gloss not a lipstick.
Hypershine Gloss in Sugar Plum. This smells of chocolate which is fab! Although once you've got it on it kind of tastes a bit perfumey in the mouth which isn't so nice. It's very sheer, but can be built up for more colour. Nice product.
Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 in Mauve Luxe. I haven't worn this on my lips yet but when I swatched them all this was the most pigmented. It's a gorgeous colour too, a kind of deep reddy brown with a gold shimmer. This smells lovely and fruity too.
Plumping Lip Glaze in Ruby Kiss. This is a double ended product, one end is a clear gloss and the other is the colour. It's another one which is fairly sheer but can be built up. It's a nice red with pink shimmer.
Natural Radiance Blusher in Glow. This is a really nice natural blush, it gives a lovely glow (hence the name!) to the face. You do get an awful lot of fallout when swirling your brush around in it though. Tap off the excess!
Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Butter Pecan. This is a disappointment too. Nice colours, a pinky bronze and a chocolate brown with a gold shimmer. I've only used the pinky bronze colour but it creased almost straight away even with a primer underneath.
Liquid Eyeshadow in Misty Mauve. This is a pale lilac with some shimmer. It comes with a foam applicator and is supposed to dry like a powder eyeshadow. I'm not particularly impressed with this product, it looks quite cheap on the eye, not very pigmented. However I do have hope for it, I think I just need to experiment with it a bit more. When I swatch it on my hand it looks lovely, so we'll see!
Brightening Eye Colour in Drama. This is a quad with a matte white, sparkly light grey/silver, sparkly dark grey and sparkly black. I've only used the light grey/silver and the matte white so far, they are quite pigmented for the price and the silver is a lovely colour. Great for daytime and can be used with the other colours to do a smokey eye too. I can't comment on the longevity of the product as I've only applied it this morning so we'll see what it looks like by tonight.
I bought three nail polishes; Mint Cream, a gorgeous pastel pale mint green, Medium Red, a basic dark red, and Clear, which is... clear! I've only used the clear one so far as am giving my nails a bit of a rest from colour for a couple of days, no problems with it so far! The other two colours look gorgeous and I can't wait to try them!
Mineral make up
I bought the Warm Starter Kit as I've heard lots of good things about mineral make up so I wanted to give it a try. This kit contains Warm Foundation, Warm Concealer, Bliss Blush, Bronzing Brush (which is angled) and Total Face Brush. I don't know if this is just the Elf products or mineral make up in general but I'm not convinced. The foundation does give a nice healthy glow to the face but both the foundation and the concealer don't provide nearly enough coverage for me. I could still see blemishes and redness after applying quite a lot! I don't see how they can provide as much coverage as liquid foundation. I want to like them so if anyone with problem skin uses and likes mineral make up please let me know, any tips would be much appreciated! I would use the blusher again, it's a nice pinky colour. On the first use of the brushes they malted an awful lot, I looked down and had a load of brush hairs all over my top. However on the second use of the bronzer brush, which I used to apply my blusher today, it was much better.
So all in all mixed feelings towards Elf so far. The products are really inexpensive but with some of them this is definitely reflected in their quality. However I really like the lip balm, blush and most of the lip glosses.
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