Tuesday, March 18, 2014

e.l.f. Cosmetics Full Face Tutorial

Click HERE to watch my first One Brand Tutorial using all e.l.f. Cosmetics! I wanted to a very affordable look that anyone could achieve - no matter your level of skill or size of your wallet! Everyone loves a good smokey eye and nude lip, and anyone can pull it off! Here are my thoughts on some of the best and worst of e.l.f. cosmetics. :)

Products used in this tutorial can be purchased at Target, Walgreens, at eyeslipsface.com.

e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in shade Sand - $6
I purchased this foundation specifically for this tutorial with absolutely no idea what to expect. My first impression? The packaging is phenomenal. It's in a glass container and has a pump. (Why can't all foundations come with a pump? Is it really too much to ask?!) I got the second to the lightest color, but the color runs very yellow. Super yellow. The product says oil free, so I was worried it would be way too dry for me. For a product that says it's free of oil (or any product for that matter), this foundation leaves a very dewy finish. If you have oily skin, this product is not for you! I didn't set it with powder, and I actually felt that I was getting way too shiny... and that never happens to me! This product does oxidize as well, so keep that in mind when picking a shade (go lighter than you think you will need). Overall, this product is not bad. I can make it work. However, I would prefer to spend a few more dollars and get a lower maintenance foundation.

e.l.f Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter - $3
I remember using this product when it first came out. Maybe it worked for me back then because I didn't have much to conceal, but I was shocked when I recently picked up another one for this tutorial. The highlighter is laughable. It's stark white and impossible to use, even on my fair skin. I don't know a single soul who could make it work. The concealer itself is okay. If you're young and don't have dark circles to conceal but are looking to brighten your under eye area, this could definitely work. If you're like me and need to conceal, the thin and very liquid texture of this product is not going to cut it. There are far better drugstore options in my opinion.

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush in Headliner - $3
e.l.f. has been known for some great blushers, so I was very intrigued when I saw their HD blush while I was meandering through the cosmetic aisle in Walgreens. The pigmentation in this product is no joke. You can go from a nice rosy flush to full on clown in a quick second. This blush must be very gently applied (a little goes a looong way) and gives a nice glowy finish. Although it can be rather patchy and difficult to blend, overall I think this is a nice product. There aren't a lot of similar products to be found at the drugstore. I still prefer my other e.l.f. blush featured in my February Favorites.

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium - $3
If you are a big eyebrow person, I think this is a great kit, especially for the price. However, I rarely find myself reaching for the gel part of the duo. The powder is decent, but if you have any eyeshadow that works well, I would skip out on the $3. Don't get me wrong, I do like this product and use it on occasion, I just don't find it to be a necessity.

e.l.f. Clear Brow and Lash Gel - $1
I won't ramble on about this product, because if you've seen any of my videos, you know that I love this stuff. It holds my brows in place without leaving me feeling like my brow hairs are glued to my face. It's certainly not the best brow gel on the market, but it gets the job done. And it's one dollar. Need I say more?

e.l.f. Studio Blush/Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia - $3
I have loved this product for years. I think this and their studio blushes are my favorite e.l.f. products. I have featured it in favorites before, and it continues to be a favorite.

e.l.f. Eyelid Primer - $1
This is a great drugstore primer. I have extremely oily eyelids and will probably be a MAC Painterly girl until the day I die, but I honestly have to say this stuff is good and can contend even with my oily lids. It reminds me a lot of Too Faced's Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay's Primer Potions, but for a teeny fraction of the cost!

e.l.f Volumizing Mascara - $2
I have to say I had little expectations of this $2 mascara. It claims to be volumizing... yeah, not so much. And it's not really lengthening, so I was ready to toss it. I must say though, I was pleasantly surprised at the affect it gave my lower lashes. On days when I wear less makeup, I usually don't coat my lower lashes at all because they often look too dramatic. This mascara gives them great definition without being too much. I am definitely keeping this little guy in my day-to-day routine!

e.l.f. Custom Eye Shadows in Moondust and Ivory - $1 each
While I don't reach for these shadows in my Custom Eye Compact very often, I must say they are surprisingly pigmented and creamy. The Ivory shade can be somewhat chalky, but I am pretty impressed with the quality considering the cheap price.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow in Bark - $3
I love the color of this shadow especially when paired with the black liner as demonstrated in my video, but the texture of this shadow is pretty awful. It's super dry, chalky, and almost uncomfortable to wear. I would definitely skip out on this formula and stick with the $1 single shadows.

e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen - $2
I can't even describe how much I loathe this product. The formula is nothing special (not even waterproof) but the pen applicator is so stiff. It's difficult to apply and it actually tugs at my skin! Ouch. No, just... no.

e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural - $3
I have been loving this lip pen since last summer. It's a perfect nude color with just enough pink. I do feel I need to apply a gloss or balm on top to keep it from getting too dry. This product is definitely a win for me!

e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm in Nice and Natural - $3
This is a great lip balm to top over any lip product. It's a very complimentary natural color, it smells good, and it's not too sticky. My only complain is the giant tub it comes in. Not very practical to throw in your bag. But still, it's a great product.

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set Spray - $6
You'll see in my video that I only used this product to dampen my brush to make the mineral eyeshadow more metallic. In my opinion, that's the only thing this product is good for. It's way too sticky, and I don't notice a difference in the way it makes my makeup look or last. I would pass on this guy...

The total cost for these products?! $41 (unless you don't count the spray, in which case it's $35!!) That just goes to show you can still look good using affordable products and make them work, even if they aren't the best products on the market.

Would you be interested in seeing a blog post dedicated to all my favorite e.l.f. products? Comment telling my your favorite e.l.f. items!!


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