Sunday, September 08, 2013

Top 10 e.l.f. Products

My lovely friend Mia sent me a message this morning asking about some of the e.l.f. makeup I've reviewed in the past, and asking for some recommendations. If you've read my review posts, you know that I've had very hit and miss experiences, so I thought I'd put together a handy list of products from that brand that I think are totally worth buying. I originally planned to also include 10 to avoid wasting your hard earned dollar on, but this post got long quite quickly, so I'll save that list for another day!

(I'm not affiliated with e.l.f. in any way, sadly. Just doing this list out of love!)

10 Products Totally Worth Buying:

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

This is basically my holy grail of cheap makeup products. It's so good that I'll even forgive the fact that they recently doubled the price.
I've tried the teal, and it just wasn't as good. I've also attempted to try the purple, but both of the ones I've ordered have arrived dried out and had to be refunded!

e.l.f. Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Innocent Ivory - $3

First, a disclaimer: Elf's pigment eyeshadows are NOTHING like MAC pigments. Don't get all excited. This will not replace your beloved vanilla pigment by any stretch of the imagination. Sorry.

That said, I have gotten SO much use out of this little pot of white powder. (That... sounds wrong.) Yes, it's great as a highlight color, but my favorite use for it is mixing it with other shadows to either lighten them or town down their shimmer. I've been meaning to do a blog post or video or something about how great this is for that purpose, but life has been crazy! Mixing this with some of the otherwise too shimmery e.l.f. mineral eye shadows works magic, though!

e.l.f. Essential Natural Lash Kit - $1
It's false lashes for a buck. Enough said. Just use your own glue, since the tube that comes with these sucks.

e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Sheer - $1
A one dollar primer that actually works. I've gone through several tubes of this stuff. Just don't buy any of the other colors they've recently come out with, they're not as good.

Eye Shadow Brush
e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush - $1
Is this the greatest eye brush you'll ever buy? No. Does it do a pretty frickin' good job for a dollar? Yes. I have many of these.

e.l.f. Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Sangria Starters - $2

This little guy lives in my purse and gets a lot of use. In my experience, it's totally on par with the similarly designed Pixi lipsticks that sell for about $20. It has just the right level of pigmentation, so you get a good amount of color on your lips without being too bold. I also have this in the color "Movie Star", but that shade isn't as universally flattering as I think this one is (it looks awful on me). I'd love to see e.l.f. expand the number of colors available!

e.l.f. Essential Lipstick - $1
There's nothing truly spectacular about these lipsticks, but they are good. The main reason that I like them is that finding a flattering lip color can be really tough, so it's frustrating to spend $10 on a new one only to discover it just doesn't look right on you. At least with these, if you pick a bad color you're only out $1. They stay on fairly well, and the formula applies smoothly and feels nice on the lips. My favorite shade is "Fantasy" (shown above).

e.l.f. Essential Soothing Lip Balm in Blackberry Creme - $1
This is the smoothest, creamiest, most awesome stuff you can put on your lips. I'm glad that they appear to have eliminated the disgusting orange variety. Trust me - the blackberry is where it's at! Don't worry, it goes on clear.

e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm in Mellow Melon - $3

This stuff magically appeared in one of my last orders even though I didn't buy it, and it became my favorite lip product of the summer. It feels amazing on the lips, has a great color, and even smells good. I bought another jar in the color "Nice and Natural", but it's just not as much fun.

e.l.f. Essential Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Twinkle Teal or Grassy Green - $1

Colorful liners are a lot of fun to play with now and then, but I really doubt most of get enough use out of them to warrant spending $20+ for a high end one. These go on smoothly, come in fun colors, and even have a handy built-in sharpener. Skip the black or white version of this - they're not so great. I've heard that the bronze is good, but have yet to actually try it.

That wraps up my top 10! I'll try to get around to the Products to Skip list soon!

Do you have any favorite e.l.f. items not on the list that I need to check out? Or another inexpensive brand that you love? Let me know in the comments!


Beeb Ashcroft said...

Great recommendations! I'm intrigued by the primer. I wear really heavy eyeliner, do you think this would work for that? I have a terrible time with it smearing - I've been using Urban Decay's primer recently and really liking it a lot.

Gigi Parker said...

I agree with you on the black eye liner. I tried it and didn't really care for it. I have had mixed results with the actual lipsticks matching the swatch (my mistake for ordering online) - but the prices can't be beat.

I have been wondering about the eyeliner pen! I think I'll have to pick it up!

I love the Makeup Remover Pen - I think it's a must for everyone's makeup bag!

Amy Orvin said...

I have never tried elf products before, but would like to try the Natural Lash Kit.