Sunday, 27 November 2011

Lil Miss Opinionated: Products I love, like and dislike from ELF + :(

 Today I am going to review some products from ELF cosmetics. If you have never of of ELF cosmetics then you are certainly missing out. ELF stands for Eyes Lips Face. It is an online cosmetics company (they also sell in stores in the USA and other countries). ELF is one of the cheapest cosmetic brands I have encountered - and I believe that some of the products are better than MAC and other high end companies. Most of the products sell for as cheap as £1.50, some of the more expensive products sell at £5.50. If you follow ELF's Facebook page, or sign up to their email, you will be notified of special deals (such as 40% off, free gifts and so on). There is usually a special deal every week! 

Here are the products I will be reviewing today: 

Products I love:
 I really love the ELF Warm Bronzer (it retails for £3.50). It is a perfect mix of bronze and pink - and it great for work. The products makes my cheeks glow. Unfortunately, this product did start causing a reaction on my cheeks (a few months ago), but I'm going to buy a new one anyway (and hopefully it won't break me out!). This was definitely my most used cheek product of 2010! I love the packaging - it's very Nars-esque, making it travel friendly.
The next product I love from ELF is the Studio Powder Brush (£3.50) I actually purchased 2 of these! I use this to apply my powder foundation everyday. It helps provide a nice, even coverage. The only downside of this product is that it takes forever to dry once you've washed it (hence I purchased two!). I also like the fact that the product does not waste my powder foundation too much. 

 The ELF Kabuki brush (£5.00) is one of the softest brushes I have ever felt. I use this to apply loose powder on my face. I have felt the Mac Kabuki brush (which retails for over £30!) but I think that this one is more cost effective :)

Products I like from ELF:

A lipstick I like from ELF is called 'Gypsy' (£1.50). This product is a great dupe for Mac's Girl About Town, although the Mac lipstick has more of a blue tone to it. The only downside to this product is the packaging. I recently purchased the same lipstick for my mum but it snapped after one use! If you were to own this product, make sure you handle it with extra care!

 The next product that I like is the ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black (£3.50). This product is very pigmented, it lasted for long (it dried out recently though, after over a year of use). The only downside is the smudging! As I have hooded eyes, I would often notice the eyeliner on my brow bones lol! Obviously the best treatment for this is to apply some black eyeshadow on top ;)

The Elf Studio Blushes in Gotta Glow and Peachy Keen (£3.50 each). I also have other ELF blushes but I gave them away to my mum because I didn't like the shades on my skin tones. These blushes look beautiful in the pan but not so nice on my skin. The pigmentation is mediocre and the products caused little bumps to form on my skin (please note that I have very sensitive skin). I do like the variety of the shades and the price, but these blushes are definitely not so great in comparison to MAC and other brands.

Products I am not too keen on:

 This is the ELF Studio blush brush (£3.50). I do like the texture of the brush and the fact that it does not shed. However, I believe that it makes the product look streaky on my cheeks. Alternatively, I tried to use it as a contour brush, but it didn't work as well as my beloved Sigma brush! It was only £3.50 so I'm not full of regret!

Elf Cream Eyeshadow. (£3.50)  I have always wanted to try a Mac Paintpot but the price was too much! I decided to give the ELF Cream Eyeshadow a go and I think I wasted my money. The product does not last, looks very streaky, the colour doesn't suit me and frankly, I don't think I'll ever use it again. If anyone wants to share tips on how to use this product then feel free...

What do you think of ELF products?


  1. I love elf but they have some products that are a hit and miss... Those kabuki and studio powder brushes are amazing! I really love them, they're so soft.. I really want to try the bronzer too =)

  2. Because, of you, I purchased that bronzer! I even mentioned you in my review of elf products a few weeks ago! Its definitely the best product from elf!

  3. I think my favourite ELF product is the HD powder it's amazing for setting foundation.

  4. I have never tried anything else from ELF than their Mechanical Eyelash Curler and their eyeshadow quads, and I'm impressed! Despite the fact that the metal part of the curler digs into the plastic part, causing it to break open and tug on my lashes, it does an amazing job for the price. As for the eyeshadows, they are incredibly pigmented and last all day!

  5. will be purchasing the bronzer asap! x

  6. I'm also a huge fan of the powder brush, it's one of my faves!

    Sarah xx

  7. @Naliadna - I highly recommend the bronzer!
    @MangoWhirl - I am glad I inspired you :)
    @Kat- I must check that out :)
    @Gaby - that sounds scary!! x
    @Brown Sugar - I can't believe it's so cheap!
    @Sofe - you will love it!
    @Sarah - it's amazing! xx


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