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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Review & Swatcheroonies: ELF Cosmetics

Hi all.

ELF (short for Eyes Lips Face) cosmetics has been on the lips of beauty bloggers and beauty fans for a few years now. The bargain prices, wide range and surprisingly good quality of the products have slowly but surely made become a one stop shop for many people out there.
I was sent a few bits to have a play around with a few months ago (I know, this review is a bit delayed) so I've given them a try and here are my two cents...

ELF Natural Radiance Blusher in Bronzed:

When I first saw the colour of the blusher I was a bit unsure about it purely because it looks much more like a bronzer than a blush so that's exactly how I've used it. It's not a product that I would apply generously on the apples of my cheeks but when used with a light hand and underneath a coral blush, it gives a gorgeous sunkissed look. There is a very fine metallic-ish finish to the product so it really does sit well on my fair skin.
I'm not so sure how the product would look on really pale/fair skin because it could possible run the risk of looking too orange but again, if applied with a light hand and fluffy brush it might have a similar sunkissed look.

ELF Mineral Lipstick in Rustic Brick:

Having never used a mineral lipstick, I was impressed with how creamy and glossy the texture and finish of the product were. However 'Rustic Brick' is definitely not my colour and when I applied it, I felt like someone had drained all the colour from my face. I'm more of a pink/red/purple/orange type of gal but I thought I'd try out a darker shade but it did absolutely nothing for me. I would like to try some of the brighter shades from the ELF Mineral Lipstick range because the product is great but the Rustic Brick shade is not for me.

ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler:

This is probably my favourite product out of all that I was sent to play with and has become a staple product in my makeup routine now. The ELF Eyebrow Lifter and Filler is a double ended up product with two very creamy and soft pencils at each end which makes it nifty product to have in your makeup bag.
I don't like drawing in my brows straight from the pencil because they look way too 'out there' and noticeable for my liking, so instead I use my Bobbi Brown Brow Brush and pick product off the filler end and feather it into my brows. I found it gave me a much more natural look and I could control how dark and defined I wanted my eyebrows to look. The lifter end of the pencil is a soft and creamy peach shade which can be used just under the brows to give them a bit of 'oomph' but I prefer to apply it with my fingers than straight from the pencil.
Also, the lifter end doubles up as a really good eyeliner if you're looking for a peachy shade to give you that 'open eyed' look that is great for all skintones.

Overall, for the price and quality of the product, you really can't go wrong. ELF has a wide range of products and although I may not have chosen the shades of products I have reviewed, it definitely won't stop me from going back and placing a hefty order online. Prices on the ELF cosmetics site start from around £1.50 so you really can't go wrong!

You can buy ELF products online from HERE.

Until next time...

Keep swivelling those hips in your

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5 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. This was really helpful I've been watching out for some swatches of ELF products and I thought about getting the brow lifter so I'll definitely be giving that one a go.

  2. I definitely recommend the brow pencil.. It's a really handy duo to have at hand.x

  3. Thanks for the pictures and swatches. The lipstick looks gorgeous. x

  4. brow pencil looks great...wouldn't buy bronzer and lipstick


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