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On the blog today we’re reviewing a few makeup products from E.L.F Cosmetics, this is a drugstore brand that isn’t able in SA but I sure hope they consider making this available to us because this brand continues to release some really great products. I’ve read in the past that their products were a hit or miss but it seems they’ve stepped up the game because well-known YouTubers constantly rave about their products. They without a doubt give some high-end brands a run for their money.
I’ve reviewed an E.L.F eyeshadow palette sometime last year and it was a collaboration with a fellow blogger. If you’re curious and wanna hear what I thought of it then please click HERE.
I’m just gonna chat a bit about to packaging just to ensure that this post isn’t too long. The compacts all come in a matte black durable plastic. I love that the duo and the highlighter come with a little mirror, especially since this only retails for $4 and $6 respectively. The glosses both come in a sturdy hard transparent tube. The lip plumping gloss has a clear wand that distributes the product evenly and the lip lacquer has a paddle shape wand and I must say I prefer these as a lipgloss applicator.
e.l.f contouring blush & bronzing powder in St.Lucia-$4
This compact has a bronzer and a blush and I purchased it because many said that it’s a dupe for the famous NARS Orgasm and Laguna blush and bronzer duo. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I didn’t see the resemblance at all and I own the NARS Orgasm blush so I had the opportunity to swatch them next to each other. I’ve read other reviews to see how these compare and for some strange reason, it actually looks like a dupe for the NARS duo. Maybe I received a dud, who knows?
The blush is a warm peachy pink shade with tiny gold shimmer. If you look at it in the pan you’d think that it’s an extremely shimmery blush but they’re barely noticeable once applied on the cheeks. It’s not overly pigmented so you’ll have to go in a few times for the colour to show up. I prefer these types of blushes so this isn’t an issue. The texture feels a little dry but nothing too bad.
The bronzer is described as dark golden brown with tiny gold shimmer but like the blush, the shimmer is hardly visible once on the skin. It’s pretty pigmented and the texture is soft but that can be a problem because you need to be careful with the way you apply it or else it ends up looking unnatural.
e.l.f blush in candid coral – $3
I quite like this blush, it also has some shimmer but just like the one above, the shimmers aren’t too prominent once applied. This blush is perfect for that everyday natural glow. It has just enough pigment to give that sheer flush of colour and can be layered for more depth. Their primer-infused blushes look really interesting so those are one of my next buys.
e.l.f shimmer highlighting powder in starlight glow – $6
I purchased this highlighter because Tati recommended it in one of her e.l.f cosmetics Youtube videos. I wish I had gone with sunset glow because starlight glow is a tad bit light for me during the summer season. I still use it during the winter season when I’m a little fairer.
I can tell why Tati raved about it. It has a stunning soft yet lightweight powder that just melts into the skin. That’s exactly what I look for in a highlighter. It gives just enough glow but can be built up for a more glammed up look.
e.l.f lip plumping gloss in peach bellini – $5 (now $3.50)
I’ve been wanting a plump lipgloss because it’s literally been years since I’ve used one. This one had great reviews so I thought I’d give it a go. It has a minty scent and it feels tingling and cooling on the lips (nothing too intense). From what I can recall, this is the sensation you feel with most plumping glosses. After a while, I noticed that my lips looked fuller. This gloss is enriched with Vitamin E and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate the lips for a soft, supple feel.
The texture feels a tad bit sticky but that seems to dissipate after a while. It isn’t extremely pigmented but has just enough to show up on the lips.
e.l.f lip lacquer in natural – $2
This is another product I purchased because of Tati and it’s so affordable that I figured, why not? This gloss claims to provides maximum colour and brilliant shine. Formulated with Vitamin E to moisturize lips. Perfect for wearing alone or layered over lipstick for a bold lip statement. It feels like a gloss without any tackiness as well as a lip balm. I love the texture because it feels creamy and hydrating thanks to ingredients like cocoa seed butter, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and avocado oil.
The shade is the perfect nude that gives the lips a “my lips but better” look. These are the only shades I gravitate towards when purchasing glosses.
e.l.f poreless face primer – $6
This primer is said to transform your face into a flawless, smooth canvas ideal for long-lasting makeup application. It has a very silicone feeling and doesn’t feel like it fully sinks into the skin, which initially made me wonder if my makeup staying in place. When you apply it it feels like it’s sitting on the surface but the trick is to give it enough time to sink in and it does take a while, which sucks, especially on days when you’re in a rush.t give it enough time to sink it you’ll notice your makeup moving within a matter of hours.
It does an ok job at filling the pores but nothing groundbreaking.
e.l.f selfie-ready powder brush – $6
This is a medium-sized densely packed brush. It says that it’s a powder brush but I use it for foundation. It distributes product evenly and the dome shape works perfectly around the face making it easy to move around the under the eye, around the nose, and the brow area.
The Bristles feels pretty soft and I’ve had this brush for over a year and I kid you not, no shedding!!
The Duo isn’t my favourite compact but I’m eager to try some of their other face powder products. The bronzer has a bit of a strange formula and if not used carefully can make you look muddy real quick.
The blushes are pretty and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re into blushes that have just enough shimmer and aren’t crazy pigmented.
I’ve recently been reaching for glosses quite a bit and the lip lacquer is one of my favourites. It’s just a stunning nude shade and gives a high shine without looking gloopy.
This brand isn’t available in SA but makeupshack, musebeauty and the samika store have some products available if you’re keen on trying them out.
Do you own any e.l.f products? Any you would suggest I try?