11/12/2013

My ELF haul


This is my first ever ELF haul. I have read a lot of reviews on this brand and when I saw 50% discount code recently I decided to go for it and order some new make up to play with. Sadly, the kabuki brush, much praised by Vicki was sold out, so I satisfied my needs with three eye make up brushes. 

First impressions when I opened the package weren't that great - everything seemed tiny and was covered in a paper scrap residue that was inside the box to ensure safe delivery. I understand that it had to be there, but if you thought that Glossybox's one was invasive, this achieved another level with dust getting literally everywhere - I had to clean the brushes, because they were full of the dust! It seems to me ELF is using simple cardboard scraps for this, so that's the reason why it is such poor quality. All packaging is not as nice as I imagined, but I am not complaining - both eyeshadow and shimmer palettes have mirrors and are easy to open. I adore the eyeshadow brushes - the pearly finish makes them one of the nicest in my growing collection.


Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow palette designed for blue eyes RRP £8
I really like palettes which have specific shades suited for colour of your eyes. Whenever I am home, I try to buy one from Sephora, sadly it is always sold out, so I was super excited to pick this one up. If it proved to be good, they have another one for blue eyes so I may purchase it. The quality of eyeshadows is OK, but they are not that pigmented. I like how there is a selection of matte and glittery shades, but comparing to MUA palettes I still prefer MUA ones.

Shimmer Palette RRP £3.75
I want to get into highlighting soon and it seemed like an inexpensive way to start. I really liked the look of those four shades (white, champagne, nude and pink). All are wearable and creamy and give a healthy glow. They are extremely pigmented and the tiniest pick up will give a great payout. Since purchasing I read few reviews advising not to put it on the eyelids as a primer (I wasn't going to anyway), but it's useful to accentuate prominent bony areas around my neck, etc and inner eye corners.  


Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky RRP £3.75
Since I am a huge fan of blushers I couldn't possibly make an order without one! Having the entire collection of Bourjois blushers, I was expecting a similar payout in terms of colour. Sadly, I was left disappointed. It is not very pigmented and not necessary buildable since you can get too much shimmer on your face. I think I'll try it out in summer with a tan.

All Over Color Stick in Lilac Petal RRP £1.50
Advertised as a multitasking stick to transform your lips, eyes or face. I don't really believe such gimmicks and use the product for one or two purposes only. In this case it's acting as a blusher only and I absolutely love it - I apply it on my cheeks and blend with the fingers. There are five more shades available, so it can act as a highlighter as well, but I am happy with the one I picked. The product is tiny, I guess I shouldn't complain for the price and after initial shock I find it cute and easy to pop into my make up bag.

Mineral Blush in Rose RRP £5
I really like mineral make up and The Body Shop mineral blusher from few years ago is my most-used blusher ever, so I was curious what ELF has to offer in this department. I am happy to get it on sale, because I wouldn't buy it otherwise. The formula is nice and very light, pigmentation is way better than the Baked Blush and it gives my cheeks a natural rose shade.


Mineral Eyeshadow Primer RRP £3
I am a big fan of MUA Pro Base Eye Primer and this seems to be a great alternative. Application is great and eyeshadow colour looks more vibrant and is applied evenly on the lid. Great product!

Smudge Eye Sponge RRP £1.50
Designed to perfectly blend liner and shadow this brush has recently been my little helper and I really like it's shape and how dense it is. It is extremely good in smudging the eyeliner and I'm so happy I got it that I may invest in another one soon.

Eyeliner Brush RRP £1.50
Reading reviews I've noticed that most people use it with gel eyeliner. I can confirm that it's perfect for the job, and the brush tip is wide enough for good application.

Eyeshadow Brush RRP £1.50
I really wanted to get Smudge Brush, but it was sold out so I've settled on this brush, since you can never have too many eyeshadow brushes. This does a good job, the bristles are very soft and nice to use. However, I also came across a common problem of bristles falling out after one use, so I won't be getting another one. 

Have you tried anything from ELF? What do you recommend?

8 comments:

  1. I find ELF really hit and miss but they do have some gems here and there. I'd recommend their Gel Eyeliners and really want to try the eye primer when my UDPP runs out! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Evelyn, I find MUA eyeshadow primer much better than this one. ELF seems more "chalky". X

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  2. Your first elf haul!? I am sure it will be the first of many. Their eyeshadow primer is one of my favourite products. Utter bargain and it does such a good job.
    Their baked blushes are gorgeous. I have a couple shades and wear them all the time
    Great haul
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  3. You got some great things :) Great haul post! xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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