Monday, January 13, 2014

e.l.f. cosmetics "Buys, Trys or Pass it Bys"

Hello lovelies! Welcome to a new series I am starting. This series will be reviews of several products from a certain line of cosmetics, skin care, hair care, etc. I've titled it, "Buys, Trys or Pass it Bys" (yes...I know about the "trys" spelling. LOL) These posts will give you my opinion of a few products from a particular brand. Remember...these are MY opinions only and what does or doesn't work for me may be completely different from what you experience, so please keep that in mind.

In this post I will be talking about some e.l.f. products that I have. Some I love, some that I'm not thrilled about and ones that I would just not recommend at all.

I will start by saying that I love the e.l.f. brand for it's wide range of quality products at such a low price point. I find gems from their regular line and studio line and also a few "duds". First, I will show you photos of me wearing some of these particular e.l.f. products and then I will give product details and my recommendations afterwards.

The products that I am wearing in these photos will be marked with an * below and all of the products and prices listed from the e.l.f. website at: www.eyeslipsface.com

Here is a photo of all of the products I will be talking about and whether I think they are "Buys, Trys or Pass it Bys" and below will be details and my thoughts of each product.


BUYS:
  1. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths: $3.00 - You can't go wrong with a basic makeup remover wipe. I keep these on hand while doing my makeup to clean up little mistakes, etc.
  2. Essential Shine Eraser Sheets: $1.00 - The best price for basic oil blotting sheets for touch ups.
  3. Studio Small Stipple Brush: $3.00 - Favorite e.l.f. brush - a must have for blending out cream blushes or highlights.
  4. Studio Lip Exfoliator: $3.00 - The easiest way to exfoliate your lips. No need to spend time making one at home. It looks just like a lipstick and it's super convenient to leave on your vanity.
  5. Studio Daily Moisture Stick: $6.00 - This is a twist up stick in a clear solid gel consistency similar to a deodorant. This is perfect to just swirl your finger on it and touch up wherever your skin is dry, or your makeup has settled into fine lines. By just patting this on with you finger, you take away the dry, powdery finish and it makes a huge difference in the appearance. (I especially like to use this under my eyes when my concealer settles or if I put too much powder to set my undereye concealer.)
  6. *Studio Eyebrow Kit: (color medium) - $3.00 - It took me a long time to find an affordable product to fill in my brows that wasn't too warm for my skin tone. This product has a tinted wax and a brow powder. I use the enclosed applicator to fill in my brows with the wax and help keep them in place and then top it with the powder. (This is not a perfect eyebrow product for me, but for the price I can't complain...it serves it's purpose.) If you can't seem to find a brow product that isn't too "warm or reddish" on your skin...try this!
TRYS:

  1. *Essential Lip Balm Tint: "Berry" - $2.00 - This is pretty much the same color as my lips and is a bit sticky feeling. Has a great scent and taste, but it really doesn't do much for me. If your lips are less pigmented and you don't mind the stickiness...you may like this!
  2. *Studio Blush: "Blushing Rose" - $3.00 - This is a pretty color, but it isn't as highly pigmented as I thought and it just doesn't "wow" me. It took awhile to build up the color on my cheeks.
  3. *Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow: "Soiree" - $3.00 - This is a cream shadow that has a mousse like consistency and is VERY metallic. I cannot pull off this shadow as a lid color at all. So, I used it as a center lid highlight. If you dab just a little bit on the center of your lid, it comes off as more of a glittery look. Below is a photo that I took in the sunlight at varying angles so you can see how it looks in a concentrated swatch.
 
PASS IT BY: 

  1. STUDIO TRANSLUCENT MATTIFYING POWDER: - $3.00 - I disliked this powder immediately. It is very chalky, it's gets everywhere when you put a brush to it and I did not like how it looked on the skin. I'm not even wearing it in these photos I disliked it so much. There are much better powders from the drugstore. 
Sorry for the long post! I didn't include every e.l.f. product I have, but I thought these would be good ones for the "Buys, Trys or Pass it Bys" series. Keep an eye out for my next post! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Check out my official website at www.reneebruch.com and my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography. Please subscribe to my blog on Google+ and please feel free to leave me any comments down below! Let me know if you like the "Buys, Trys or Pass it Bys" idea!

Bye for now my lovelies!