Top 10 Picks and Passes from E.L.F.


After mentioning ELF makeup in yesterday's vintage eyebrow post, I wanted to share some of my favorites from their line and some of the ones that missed the mark for me.

I've always been a drugstore makeup girl. Most stay at home moms don't have the funds to buy a $20 eyeshadow and when we do, we'd rather buy a new pair of shoes or have a thrift store shopping spree.
E.L.F. has a huge line of super cheap makeup and is sold at Target, Walmart and online. At prices ranging from $1-5 for a single product, why not try a few? I think a lot of people think that "you get what you pay for" when it comes to makeup but I have found a lot of really amazing makeup products that do the job just as well, if not better than higher end brands. Right now, E.L.F. is having a Memorial Day sale on their website so you can really snag a steal

Pick the e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit -Again, as I mentioned yesterday, I love this kit! Such a fab little compact with two shades of brown- one in a creamy pigmented wax, the other in a setting powder. I've been using the darker wax of the medium palette for over a year and love it to pieces. I use a small angled brush to apply and it fills in like a charm and looks very natural. The compact has a small mirror inside so you can get up close. It comes with a small angled brush but I pitched it and use my own. It's not waterproof but I've never had it run down my face in the rain or heat either.

Pass on e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick
So far, I am not at all a fan of ELF mineral lipsticks. Ones I've tried have been super greasy and heavy, sometimes lumpy in application and just blah. I tried a red that was so dry I had to use olive oil to get it off, followed by loads of chapstick. A pink that actually went on kind of chunky and looked like Pepto Bismol. If you want a really good cheapy lipstick, try Wet N' Wild's Mega Last Matte range. I wear them almost daily and love 'em.

 Pick the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
 I am head-over-heels for my NYX The Curve Liner but Rhys busted into my makeup one day and came running into the living room stark naked, covered in black eye liner. So, I had to order a new one. While I was waiting for my NYX to arrive, I ran to Walmart for a new liner to use in the mean time. I picked up the ELF waterproof eye liner pen for $2 or $3 and it's a great little product! It has a felt tip applicator, which makes application a breeze. This liner doesn't allow for a super thin line like my NYX but for the price, it's a pretty good liner to play with. The formula is smooth, jet black and stays put. This pen is a
2010 Siempre Mujer Makeup Award winner 

Pass on e.l.f. Studio 100-Piece Eyeshadow Palette
I used to think "eyeshadow is eyeshadow" until I tried E.L.F palettes and what a bummer. There's color in them and they don't blend if my life depended on it. I guess it's okay for a quick slap of color before going to the grocery store but for the price, you might as well get some really kick ass NYX shadows.Can you tell I'm a NYX fan?

 Pick the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
I have always had under eye circles, even as a teenager but being 27 with two toddlers, I can use all of the help I can get. I picked up this under eye setting powder, a little skeptic about it. They claim that it's a light defelecting      It's a super fine powder in a very pale pink hue with tiny glitter added. "Glitter under the eye? Yeah... bad idea." I thought but I gave it a shot and wow, it really does work and the glitter isn't noticable! It's not a miracle powder, erasing 10 years from your under eye area but if you do a before and after look, you'll notice the difference!
Pass on These Brushes
e.l.f. Studio Fan Brush
Okay, not a "fan" of this one at all. The bristles are cheap and plastic feeling. I know, they -are- plastic but it feels like a little girl's play makeup brush.
e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush
Again, I'm not crazy about the fibers on this brush either. It's a very strange brush to use. Seems like the fibers are too long and sparse for the task and it creates a really thick, chunky messed up line.

Pick These Brushes

 e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush-this is the one I use for my brows and I really love it. It's $3 and does a beautiful job of creating a sharp line and keeping a thin line when I need it. It's so perfect, I've even started using it to do that Marilyn style lower lash wing- and it's vegan friendly

e.l.f. Essential Foundation Brush I've tried higher end brushes for foundation but this little gem works a charm, applies smooth and has lasted forever!

Have you tried e.l.f. products? What are your picks and passes? 

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  1. High end, low end...I'm at my wit's end with the dark circle thing! Thank you, genetics. I share that "not a good idea" feeling about glitter in an undereye setting product, but I will try to remember your review here and give it a fair shot.

    For those who love to paint their nails, the elf small concealer brush is only $1 and is perfect for cleaning up the edges of a manicure. :)

    1. me too!! I've been plagued with the circles since I was a preteen! I bought some of the elf concealer stick at Target last night and really didnt think it would be a miracle or anything but holy cow, it totally worked and was really smooth and light, in spite of the full coverage. I got the ivory one :)

  2. I use some Elf products and brushes too. I'm a bigger fan of Wet n Wild. The eyeliners are wonderful, they glide on and stay put. At less than a dollar, what a buy! I've used both high end and drug store brands, and I have seen a lot of high end products I wasn't at all pleased with. I mean 34 dollars for powder? Twenty four dollars for lipstick? EEK! Seriously, with the economy bad that is just crazy. Revlon has a line "Moondrops" that has a lot of colors from the 50s and 60s, plus they're moisturizing. I love them. By the way, you are so down to earth, I love that. I have been a reader of this blog for about three years and have always enjoyed your simplicity! I'm sure a lot of people enjoy that about you. Thank you Brittany for all your great posts and sweet disposition!

  3. Thanks for this post. I was thinking of getting some new brushes, but after your review I'll probably look elsewhere.
    I can definitely recommend the tinted lipbalms from ELF and the mineral makeup starter pack isn't too bad, although you might want to buy some proper brushes for it.

    1. They do have some nice ones worth trying. The ones with the white handle seem to be pretty good. I almost bought a big fluffy powder blush last night but opted for a concealer brush instead, which I like very much!!

  4. For the most part, I tend to be a drugstore make-up gal myself, too (with my MAC lippies being the main exception to that statement), and am with you 100% on feeling like that you'd rather splash out on clothing instead of cosmetics, so long as you're pleased with the drugstore brands.

    Great review - I'm not sure if we have E.L.F up here in Canada. I'll definitely be looking into that now.

    Big hugs!
    ♥ Jessica

  5. I was just contemplating buying some E.L.F. products. Thanks for the suggestions!


  6. I've tried a few E.L.F. products, and a some of their items are for sale in Dollar General stores here in southeast US. This is a very good review of their products. I'm thinking of trying the undereye setting powder. (:

  7. I would love to see a photo oflittle Rhys only wearing eyeliner! :)

    1. HAAHAA! You know, I was angry for a split second. He was just SO funny call covered in eye liner. And he looked at me, with the liner still in his hand and said "a mess?" LOL!

  8. ELF has some great products. I really like their matte lip pencils and their blush is actually pretty fantastic!


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