Monday, December 16, 2013

e.l.f. - Get it or Forget it? + A Giveaway!

I'm constantly seeing e.l.f. products on my Pinterest feed as great replacements for pricier makeup. I decided to put certain products to the test to see if they are as great as people claim to be. The nice thing about e.l.f. is that everything is priced awesomely with most products ranging between $1-$5. 

So without further ado, here is the list of products I tried and whether or not I feel they are worth it, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom of this post, I'm offering a giveaway on a few select e.l.f. products and a $25 Target gift card!

Essential Holiday 3 piece Plumping Lip Gloss Set - $3

Pros- I liked 2 of the 3 colors (the light pink (middle color in the picture)was a bit too pink for me) but I loved the other two colors and the color itself showed up very nicely on my lips once I was able to get it applied properly.

Cons- I seem to have a problem with e.l.f.'s applicators, they are constantly fighting me when it comes to applying this stuff on me, and these glosses were no exception. I had to dip the applicator in the tube 5 or 6 times to get it evenly coated on my lips. After the gloss dried, it became sticky and didn't stay on very well. 

Get it or Forget it? Forget it. The price is awesome but if you can't get it on your lips and then it won't stay, then what's the point? I will, however, be looking for these colors in other brands because I loved the choices!

Mineral 2 Piece Blemish Set - $5

Pros- It's supposed to help clear up blemishes. I didn't use it long enough to test that claim out. 

Cons- It's meant to hide and disguise blemishes. It didn't. 

Get it or Forget it? Forget it. There are plenty of better concealers and blemish treatments out there, this one didn't do anything it claimed to do for me. 

Mineral 2 Piece Booster Set - $5

Pros- It provides a "finishing touch" on your makeup, almost like a setter. I noticed my face was not as shiny towards the end of the day when the oil on my face would normally work its way out. I definitely feel like it pushed the longevity of my makeup out even further. Also, it did a good job of reducing the size of my pores and softening up my face a little.

Cons- I was not a big fan of the brush. It looks fluffy in the picture, but it's not. It's a bit larger than a concealer brush and since I use this all over my face, I need something that's going to cover more ground in less brush strokes.

Get it or Forget it? Get it, but invest in a different face brush, like this one from e.l.f.

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer - $3

Pros- It works just as well as any other primer I've tried. It helps keep eye shadow on, although I personally feel like certain other primers help colors pop better, like Too Faced's. 

Cons- I don't know what it is about e.l.f. products and their wands but I am forever having trouble with it and this is no exception. The wand deposits very little of the product onto my eye which means I have to dip it into the tube several times to get my whole eyelid covered. Quite frankly, I prefer the tube style of the more popular eyelid primers, however for the price difference I think this con is something I could easily overlook. 

Get it or Forget it? Get it, it works just as well as the more expensive brands for a third of the price. 
Lip Exfoliator - $3

Pros- Does exactly what it promises, it exfoliates and leaves my lips nice and soft (as long as I use chap stick afterwards, of course). 

Cons- The smell. Sometimes it has a very nice vanilla-y smell which is pleasant. Other times it smells like mothballs in my Grandmother's coat closet, which isn't so great.

Get it or Forget it?- Get it, the smell isn't too bad and it definitely has lessened the amount of peeling, chapped lips that I normally get this time of year. 

Tone Correcting Powder- $3

Pros- It definitely does what it says it is going to do, which is correct the color tone on your face. I use it after I prime my face but before I apply my mineral foundation and it helps to lessen the redness in my face. It, however is not a miracle worker. There are still parts of my face (like blemishes) that are a bit too red for this to completely correct, but it does a good job of reducing redness.

Cons- It dries my face out quite a bit. There are a few parts on my face (like my cheeks and chin) that this seems to pull out the dryness even more and causes flakiness to the skin in these areas. I add more moisturizer to those areas and it does help, although there are still some dry patches every once in a while. 

Get it or Forget it?- Toss upIf you have uneven skin tone and are on a budget, get it. It does what you'll need it to do. If you can afford a pricier tone corrector, you may want to find something that will be a bit kinder on dry spots on your face. That being said, I do use this every morning, regardless of the flakiness that it causes. 
Contouring Blush and Bronzing Cream - $3

Pros- I'm going to be honest here. I used this stuff one time and that was it. It wasn't that it was a bad product or anything, I just HATE cream blush, foundations, bronzer, anything. I have no idea why I chose to purchase this to test. It was easy to apply, so that's always a plus.

Cons- If you don't like cream stuff like me, it would be best to avoid this. Also, I've read on a few sites this color is supposed to be flattering for everyone, but I felt like it was a bit too dark on my fair skin, but that is also personal taste, I'm not a huge fan of drastic colors. 

Get it or Forget it?- Toss up. If you like cream blushes and have been lusting after the NARS version of this, get it. Otherwise, forget it.

Studio Bronzer - $3

Pros- Good color, easy to apply. I purchased it in Golden Bronzer and it was a great color for my fact

Cons- It's a bit light, I would think that it wouldn't show up very well on anyone with darker skin. Also, you  have to swirl the colors to get the one tone, so it's hard for me to contour my nose with a smaller brush that isn't mean to swirl.  

Get it or Forget it?- Get it, great price for a great product!

And now for a giveaway!!! I'm throwing this out there now, this is my first giveaway ever so please be patient with me. One lucky winner will get e.l.f. 32 piece geometric eyeshadow set, the lip exfoliator I reviewed above, a 12 piece brush set, and a $25 Target gift card!  

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  1. I have a bunch of brushes, mostly blending brushes for my eye makeup. I also have the small stippling brush that I use to contour around my nose (I just use a dark concerler, I'm so pale that most bronzers look redonkulus on me!) Love all these reviews! I'm on the fence with some of their products, too!

  2. I don't have any e.l.f. products. I've looked at them several times and haven't bitten the bullet yet. However, after this review, I may try some of the products that you have recommended :)

    1. if you do, let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts on them!

  3. Elf products are fun! I do have a a few products from them and cant remember what they are. I guess that means I own too much makeup. ;) Great giveaway! I'm doing one too!!! xoxo

  4. Elf products are bad ass dependibg on what it is... My favorite products are the flawless foundation and the acne treatment foundation . What I do is that I contour my face whit a darker color of the flawless foundation on my temples and the sides of my checks abd everything else I put on the acne treatment foundation and I mix them in. It just looks fabulous! !

  5. Elf products are bad ass dependibg on what it is... My favorite products are the flawless foundation and the acne treatment foundation . What I do is that I contour my face whit a darker color of the flawless foundation on my temples and the sides of my checks abd everything else I put on the acne treatment foundation and I mix them in. It just looks fabulous! !

  6. I dobt have a blogdoline a facebook or instagram.. so I guess I wnt b winning:/ but thanks soo much for the info on tge blog !! Its verry helpgul!!:)!!

    1. Hi Lupita, you still are able to enter for the giveaway because you commented on the post, which means you do have a chance of winning! Good luck!

  7. I haven't tried too many elf products, so I haven't come across any I dislike yet. My favorite product is their 32 piece palette, brights - a great selection of colors!


  8. I have never tried elf products, so I must find them at least to try them. I really like a line that has a wide array of products to address many issues. Love the colors.

    Maria @ The Good Life

    1. If you are looking for them, I know that Target carries them! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I have never tried it before honestly...but I wanna try it! thank you

    1. hopefully you'll win the giveaway so you can try them out, if not their products are really inexpensive so I would recommend checking them out, thanks for stopping by!

  10. I finally get to comment! My iPad doesn't hate me anymore... I guess I COULD go to my computer... but that's not easy. I LOVE the tone correcting powder--IF I put it on right after I moisturize-otherwise it's too flaky!

  11. I've never tried it before until a month or so ago when a friend of mine got this festive glitter eyeliner from e.l.f. I was in such a holiday spirit I had to get one for myself. And I'm LOVING it! I love it because it's not one of those subtle shimmery liner, but it's the festive, great-for-Christmas kind of glitter! :)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Nicole!

    1. I haven't tried their glitter eyeliner yet, that is something I will definitely have to check out! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

  12. I love all E.L.F products especially the E.L.F brush sets and the E.L.F Brush Cleaner!! I'm not really picky so I don't think I could do without anything from E.L.F...

    1. Aren't their prices great! That's one thing I love about them, it makes it so much easier to try their products out since they are so inexpensive. Thank you for stopping by!!!

  13. I LOVE their mineral lip gloss!!

  14. I'm currently using an ELF blush in pink that I really like.

  15. I have tried a couple of their products and for the price I usually like! I have a bunch of their brushes and love the bronzer!


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