Tuesday, April 12, 2011

e.l.f. reviews part 2

I posted about the 100 color eyeshadow palette from my latest e.l.f. order, but then never got around to the rest! This post is to cover the miscellaneous odds and ends from my order, and there will be one more post about all of the mineral eyeshadows.

I want to mention that this is NOT a sponsored post, I paid for all of this stuff myself. I just know that I Google reviews like crazy before I order makeup online, so I like to put my feedback out there to help others that are thinking of ordering. Plus I like to hear myself talk. (Type?) (However, if you do work for a makeup company that wants to send me free stuff, I am totally down with that!)
Theraputic Conditioning Lip Balm in Blackberry Creme- $1

I am in love with this! It smells fantastic and is so soft! It does go on a little heavy- it works best if you only apply it to one lip instead of both. Still, this is awesome! I plan to buy the other flavors as well. One question- if it is called blackberry, why does the site list the scent as raspberry? The strawberry, vanilla and orange flavors each smell like their title scent. Weird! This doesn't add any color to your lips, but that's ok. The only negative I can find about this is that if you twist out too much (it works like a chapstick where you twist the base to push more product up), you can't make it go back in. This is probably the thing from my order I've been using the most!


Wisteria
Custom Eyes in Truly Pink- $1
I got this because last time I ordered Wisteria, which looks nice and rosy pink online, but is actually a lilac purple. (Should have known by the name, I guess!) Truly Pink, however, is actually pink- yay! Unfortunately, it isn't very pigmented. Even if I pack it on, my eye looks like I have almost nothing on except the slightest hint of pink. The Wisteria shade I have seems to be much higher quality. So it seems like my quest to find the perfect matte pink continues! Suggestions??

Peaches
Custom Lips in Guava- $1
I picked this up because the compact has 4 spaces, and I thought it would be convenient to have a lip color in one. My lips turn anything pink SUPER pink, so I looked for something with a brown undertone. I ended up liking it quite a bit. It looks a lot like the picture when it is on your lips, not super bold but dark enough to make your lips pop. It feels super smooth on the lips, almost like a lip gloss. I do wish I had a great lip brush to apply it with, since it is just in the little round tin and the brush that comes with the compact is pretty useless. I do wish it was just a *little* browner and a little less pink, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. I will probably try another one of these.

Compact
Custom Compact- $1

I'm a big fan of having what I call a "car kit"- a few basic make-up supplies that you keep in the car for those times that you run out of the house with no makeup, and then find yourself somewhere you really wish you looked a little better. (I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me!) This little compact is perfect for that!

Each item that you buy from the "custom" line (eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks) comes in a little round tin. These are metal, and the compact is magnetic, so you just stick em' in and that's that. It seemed a little TOO easy, like they might not stay in, so I opened my compact and gave it a good hearty shake, and one of the three things I had in there fell out. So basically, they're going to stay in there, but not through anything crazy. The good side of that is that you can just pop them out with a fingernail if you want to switch out which colors you have inside.

This is a REALLY nice little compact for a dollar! The mirror is almost the same size as the lid, which is awesome. It even comes with a little applicator, which admittedly isn't great, but it works. Forgive this admittedly awful phone camera pic, I can't find my camera right now but am super determined to finally finish this post tonight!!


That top part is the mirror (reflecting my ugly orange chair, woo!). The top left color is Wisteria, with Truly Pink top right and the Guava lip color bottom right. (bottom left is empty)

It would be awesome if they had thought to put some metal in the applicator so it would stick to the compact, too, instead of falling out when you pick it up to look in the mirror! But seriously, this is a darn good buy for $1. The colors to go inside are $1 each, too, so for $5 you can have a little kit to keep in your car for touch-ups or unplanned outings after work. (I recommend getting a neutral lip color that will go with pretty much anything, a white shadow to use as a highlight color, either a light brown or the Wisteria for your lid, and then something darker for the crease or more dramatic looks.)


Baby Lips
Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Ruby Slipper- $1

I have been looking for a great red lipstick for about a decade. I have never found a color that looks good with my skin tone, they either come off pink or brown, never red. I figured a dollar wasn't a bad investment to try yet again. As I kind of expected, this isn't actually red, just pinkish. Observe:


It is an okay color, but I find it totally unuseable because of the taste/scent. It is "vanilla mint", aka a horrible toothpaste-like spearamint. I hate mint, I was just hoping this would be bearable. It doesn't make me gag or anything, but I can't stand to have it on for more than about a minute. If only they made unscented liquid lipsticks, I would try another color.

I'm not totally sure why e.l.f. markets this as a lipstick and not a gloss. It does have more pigment than a gloss, but I still wouldn't really count it as a lipstick. Something about the shape of the applicator also made it really hard for me to get this on nicely, which you can probably tell from the above pic. Overall, this gets a thumbs-down.


Fairy lipgloss, lip moisturizer, lip makeup
Hypershine Gloss in Black Cherry- $1

Since I love the other glosses so much, I wanted to try this line, too. The Hypershine Glosses have a "cotton candy" scent, instead of the grape vanilla found in the the Lip Shines. As it turns out, this tastes less like cotton candy and more like really old Pepto Bismal. The scent/taste is TERRIBLE. I nearly gagged when I put this on again to take a pic for the blog.


The gloss itself is ok, but not even close to being worth the awful smell. Another thing I wasn't fond of is that the gloss comes up through a brush instead of a regular applicator, which makes it a little trickier to apply. This one is going in the trash. :(


Super Glossy Lip Shine in Iced Latte- $1
I am officially a Super Glossy Lip Shine whore. This is my 3rd one. The only real negative is that they all have the same scent (Grape vanilla). If this actually had a latte scent/flavor, I would be 100% in love. This doesn't give your lips a lot of color, but lots of shine!


Essentials Lipstick in Fantasy- $1
I really like this lipstick. It is soft, easy to apply, and the color is a really nice, simple neutral that gives your lips some color without being too dramatic. It's basically my natural lip color with a little something extra.

(It is showing up a little more orangey on my computer than on my lips. It is actually strangely similar in color to my tongue.)

I love that you really don't even feel this lipstick on your lips, unlike some heavier kinds I've used- it is super comfortable. There is no scent or flavor, which I am totally ok with. I will totally be trying out some more of the lipsticks! This only comes in 6 colors so far, so I am hoping they add more soon!

All Over Color Stick in Toasted and Spotlight -$1
The All Over Color Sticks can be used, as the name says, all over. They can be lipstick, cheek color, eye color, etc. In my last order I got the Pink Lemonade color, and found it made a great blush, but not so great anything else. This time I tried Toasted and Spotlight. Even though I've had these for over a month now, I haven't really used either one.

Spotlight looks almost like my All Over Cover Sticks (like concealers), so I have to check the bottom to make sure I'm grabbing the right thing. On the skin it is a sheer, shimmery ivory. There really isn't enough pigment to it to use as an eye color, but it does make a nice sticky base to put other shadows on top of. The best use for this would be any little areas you want to add some subtle shimmer to.

Toasted, on the other hand, is a nicely pigmented warm bronze-brown. I *love* that you can apply it really sheerly for just a hint of color, but you can also pack it on and get a nice rich coppery bronze. This works surprisingly well as a crease color on your eyes, but I feel like it is too slippery for a lid color. Perfect to use as a light bronzer, though!


Rosy Beige
All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige- $1
Not to be confused with the *color* stick, this is a portable little stick concealer/foundation. I already have one in Fair that I use quite a bit, so I wanted to try out a slightly different shade. In my experience, these aren't great as all-over foundation (too greasy feeling), but are great for little spots here and there.

Apricot Beige is just a little bit lighter than Fair, which is the shade I already had, but unless you are looking really closely, they are hard to tell apart
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Try not to be jealous of my sophisticated labeling system. That's Apricot Beige under the A, Fair under the F. This is applied directly to my skin from the tube with no blending.

Nail Polish in Mint Cream and Lilac- $1 each

I like these colors, but I'm not in love. I feel like mint and lilac should look really fresh and crisp on the nail, but these are missing something, its like the colors are a little murky.

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This is THREE coats of lilac. (Rocking the cameraphone pic again!) It looks more dreary than Springy. I'm not sure what I would call this color, dusty grape, maybe? Certainly not lilac, though.

I'm going to eventually try painting my nails white and THEN layering one of these colors on top to see if that brightens it up a little.


Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils in Plum Passion and Grassy Green- $1 each

These pencils rock! I already had the black & teal, and these are just as good! They glide on smoothly, and stay on fairly well.

One thing that I like about these is that you can either use them with a neutral eye look for a little pop of color, or to compliment a colorful look.


Here I've paired the plum with pretty much the most neutral eye look ever (brown and white).

The only negative I found is that it went on in a pretty thick line, but I used it without
sharpening it first, so you could probably get a finer line with some work. This liner is super soft and glides on easily, which I love! There is plenty of color and a little shimmer. This would be awesome if you are starting to experiment with color and just want a little accent of color instead of anything too bright.

I like the concept of the built-in cap sharpener, but I find it a little hard to use since there isn't much to get a grip on. I prefer the sharpener that comes with the other e.l.f. liners to this one.

My only complaint is that the pencils don't have the name of the color printed on them anywhere. This makes it easy to mix up my teal and my green, since they look almost identical- I have to hold them next to each other to tell the difference.

WHEW! Post finished, almost 2 months later! Stay tuned for reviews & swatches of the 10 mineral shadows I got!

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for posting reviews for ELF! I have been wanting to try out some of the ELF products since my Target just started carrying it, but I have been a bit nervous because it is so darn cheap!

Crystal said...

Welcome! I'm a total nerd when it comes to researching stuff before I buy it, so I figure other people probably are, too!

I did some reviews of my first order a while back if you're interested!

http://blog.lovemanythings.net/2010/07/elf-product-reviews.html

There are also a ton of reviews of their eyeshadow quads mixed into my archives.

Thanks for commenting!