Saturday, June 22, 2013

e.l.f. Haul and Reviews!

Last month, I learned via Twitter that e.l.f. was having a Memorial Day sale where you could get free shipping on orders over $15. I still had the $10 in gift cards from the problems with my last order, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to get several items and only spend $5!

If you're unfamiliar with e.l.f. - They're a super affordable brand (most items are $1-3) that's sold online and in a few stores like Target. My luck with their products has been totally hit and miss - there are a few items that I LOVE and will buy over and over, and a few that never make it any farther than the first use. For me, the main appeal is getting to try out a lot of new products without spending a lot of money. The occasional awesome item is just a great bonus! They have sales pretty much all the time, so I usually wait to order until there's an awesome deal. (The best deal I've had is 10 free eye shadows with a $25 order.)

I ordered 7 items this time. I placed the order on 5/26, and it arrived via FedEx on 6/5. Not super speedy, but not too bad.

Here's a quick rundown of everything I got! Since it's only a few items this time, I'm just combining them all into one post.


e.l.f. Essential Liquid Eyeliner in Stardust - $1

I've had mixed luck with these liquid liners in the past. The black one I have is pretty good (especially for $1), but both of the silver ones I've received have arrived with a stiff, dried out brush. Still, I'm someone that finds glittery things hard to resist, so I thought now might be a good time to try this one out!



I was really pleasantly surprised by this! I think I was expecting it to be chunky and not all that wearable, but it's really nice! Applying a line of this glitter doesn't instantly make you look like a disco ball; it's subtle. There's just enough glitter in it to show up (especially when you use it over a dark liner), but not so much that you look like a contestant on Toddlers and Tiaras. (Sparkle, baby!) Once it dries, the glitter stays in place even if you rub it, so there's a possibility that layering this over more smudgy liners might help keep them in place. E.l.f. sells a similar glitter liquid liner in a copper color, so I may pick that up next time.

e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Teal - $2

While we're on the topic of eyeliners... I also picked up this one! If you've read my past reviews, you know that I LOVE the black version of this. I'm a little bummed to see that they have now raised them from $1 to $2, but it's still a steal.



I'm not sure how often I will actually use this since... let's be honest- it's teal. I've been experimenting with it a bit, though, and if I do a thin line along my upper lashes, it's not all that noticeable as being teal instead of black. I mean, you can obviously tell if you look at me closely, but you wouldn't see it from across the room and think "What is she wearing?" One perk: It makes my eyes look super blue!

The packaging says this is waterproof, so of course I had to put it to the test. The verdict? I'd call it splash-proof, but not waterproof. That is to say that if it gets wet, it doesn't automatically run or come off. However, if you rub it while it's wet, it's gone a few seconds later.



Here's the Stardust glitter liner from above over the teal liner. 


e.l.f. Essential Lip Stain in Nude Nectar - $2

I've been wanting to try one of these lip stains for ages! This comes in four different colors, but the others were a little too vivid for my taste. The reviews of these on e.l.f.'s site are not so great, so I wasn't sure how this would work out. It turned out to be about what I expected, which means not great. It feels exactly like you're coloring on your lip with a marker, but there's not much color to show for it. It's a bit drying, but not long lasting. Overall, I'm not a fan. The color gives your lips that "I just had a red popsicle" type of look.



Not super dark, eh? This was after a couple of good swipes of the pen, too. I was thankful to discover that this is unscented, though, since some of e.l.f.'s lip products have interesting scents.


e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15 in Nice and Natural -$3

This is probably the item that I was MOST excited about! I somehow received this in Mellow Melon in my last order, despite not ordering it, and it ended up being the most lovely surprise! I'm obsessed with how great the first one I got is, but it's not a color I wear much, so I knew I wanted to pick up another one in a more neutral color.


Fairly close to the stock photo. Sorry that the swatch to the left is a little blurry - my camera is on its last legs!

I ended up not liking this one quite as much as the first one I had, because while I wanted something more neutral, this is a little TOO far that direction. It adds only the faintest hint of color to my lips. I wonder if maybe one of the other available colors would be a happy medium?

e.l.f. Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Movie Star - $2

Yes, I bought a lot of lip products! I got one of these in Sangria Starters last time, and it's been one of my go-to lip products! I keep it in my purse, and it's so easy to grab for some quick lip color. I'm a big fan of the pencil format- it reminds me a lot of a similar one I have from Pixi, but at like 1/10 of the price!



I picked this color because it looked like it had potential to be a nice red. As tends to be my luck with reds, this was a swing and a miss - it's definitely pink. The swatch in the photo above is after about 10 swipes - it definitely takes a lot to build up much color. I doubt I'll end up using this one much, unless I find something else to layer it with.


e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush - $3

I was in need of a new foundation brush, so now seemed like a time to pick one up for three bucks! 



When I hear "stipple brush", I expect something a bit stiffer and more dense than this. Definitely not what I expected from the photo. It does do a pretty decent job of blending foundation, but it's not what I wanted in terms of an application brush. 

e.l.f. Essential Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in black - $2

And the last item of this order, a different eyeliner pen! Since I'm such a huge fan of the other eyeliner pen, this one seemed worth a try.



So far, I'm not a huge fan. The tip design isn't as easy to draw with as the other liner pen, and the formula of the liner itself is a little too watery. It's not a terrible eyeliner, I just prefer the other liner pen a lot more.

Like the teal eyeliner above, this pen claims to be waterproof. It performed about like the teal - it stayed in place when wet, but if I rubbed while it was wet, it went away pretty quickly. However, I did accidentally test the long-wearingness! I took this photo around 9 a.m. one morning, and then totally forgot that I had eyeliner on my wrist and went on about my day. The next morning when I got in the shower, it was still there! Impressive! Of course, it may not last quite that well on eyelids since they tend to get a bit more oily than wrists, but it looks promising.

Pssst, did you know you can read all of my old e.l.f. reviews by clicking here? How magical!

5 comments:

HilLesha said...

I tried e.l.f. for the very first time last month when I was desperate for some liquid eyeliner. I was very pleased with my purchase and don't think I'll be buying any other brands for awhile. :)

tara said...

their products are so hit or miss but totally worth a shot for such a low price!

Heather said...

Sorry to hear about the eye marker....it looked like a great dupe for the TooFaced one.

barkergirl33 said...

This is the great thing about e.l.f-overall the prices are so low that when you get something you don't like you aren't out much. I will give things I'm not fond of to my 14 yr old. I'm into neutrals so I like the lip balm, but I also like the lip pencil because I like the way they go on (any brand). I love the teal eyeliner-but most likely I would never actually wear it-but the color is great. Thanks for all the good & 'not so' info! ~Raine~

barkergirl33 said...

This is the great thing about e.l.f-overall the prices are so low that when you get something you don't like you aren't out much. I will give things I'm not fond of to my 14 yr old. I'm into neutrals so I like the lip balm, but I also like the lip pencil because I like the way they go on (any brand). I love the teal eyeliner-but most likely I would never actually wear it-but the color is great. Thanks for all the good & 'not so' info! ~Raine~