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Review: ELF Matte Lip Color

22 Dec

Hello everyone! This is the last of the ELF review marathon. Whew I apologize for the sheer amount of posts today but hey I’d rather be blogging than working or helping my mom bake.

Description: A lip crayon with a matte finish. Shades are Tea Rose (mauvey pink) and Praline (dark brown based pink).

Review: I didn’t get to take a picture but there is quite a bit of product in the tubes itself. The shades are based on the opposite spectrum. Tea Rose is a cool tone lipstick (which is why it looks awkward on me) and Praline is a warm brown based lip color (those work best with me). The texture is not smooth as expected with matte lipsticks they tend not to be smooth while applied to the lips. With a matte finish it does have a tendency to emphasize dry lips or flaky lips so I recommend you exfoliate and moisturize before putting on this lipstick. The lipstick is very pigmented and packaging is a nice crayon format which makes it easy to apply to the lips and you can line your lips at the same time. It has a twist up design which stores a lot of product. Overall, it is a matte lipstick which acts like a matte lipstick but does have pretty good pigmentation.

Cost: $3USD @ eyeslipsface.com

Would I recommend this product? I find that the shades themselves are not really flattering and matte shades are very hard to pull off due to the texture and finish but I do like the product itself. I don’t know if I would recommend these to others or not so I’ll just leave this section as an ‘buy if you are curious’ or buy if you love matte lipsticks.

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Review: ELF Blush and Bronzing Duo

22 Dec

Hello everyone! Man, I am so sorry for all these posts. It’s a bit crazy at my house so posting these will put some pressure off me and keep me occupied for some time.

Description: A blush and bronzer duo similar to the NARS duo in Orgasm and Laguna. The blush is a light pink shade with gold glitters, and the bronzer is a dark brown with gold glitters (luckily not too noticeable).

Review: Could I just ask who actually owns the NARS duo in Orgasm and Laguna? A lot of you? Well I don’t have the duo but whispers on the internet says that the shades are similar as well as the packaging. Personally I’m not a huge fan of blushes with glitters in it but this blush doesn’t show that much glitter on my skin. Same thing goes for the bronzer as I mainly use bronzer to contour but the glitters don’t show up that much on my skin which is nice. I don’t have to worry about reflecting light off as much to the point where I can be a glitter bomb. Wear time is pretty good about 6 hours on my skin (it’s oily but lately it’s been dry due to the weather). I really like this product and it does work to multitask which is great. The packaging is nice and sturdy and the big mirror included is really nice. Overall, I’m going to join the legions of people who absolutely adore this blush and bronzer duo.

Cost: $3USd @ eyeslipsface.com

Would I recommend this product? I would as it is a great everyday blush color and the bronzer works well and who can’t resist the fact that it’s a NARS dupe.

Review: ELF Beauty Eye Manual – Brights Edition

22 Dec

Hello everyone! I saved the best for last the bright colors!!!

Description: A 12 color palette with bright, fun colorful eyeshadows! Shade descriptions are from left to right (top to bottom) Row 1 has a glittery silver white, shimmery golden champagne, glittery, gold pink, shimmery tan; Row 2 has a silver tone gold, a shimmery mid-tone green, a shimmery turquoise blue, a matte red based brown; Row 3 has a glittery blue based white, a shimmery bright purple, a shimmery dark rust/burgandy, and a shimmery silver speckled black. All shades were swatched with one swipe.

Review: Can I just say that I love bright colors but don’t dare to wear them? Well I can just can’t say no to bright colors so this palette has found a home for me (I foresee myself using this palette a lot during the summer months). The packaging is well meh as per usual for the other palettes as well. As for the eyeshadows I found the pink shade to be really crumbly so it’s super soft and that just makes it really hard to work with. But other than the pink shade all the other shadows were smooth, pigmented and very blendable. Wear time without primer is about 4 hours but with primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion) it lasted for 8-9 hours. Overall, a great colorful palette to play and have fun with.

Cost: $5USD @ eyeslipsface.com

Would I recommend this product? I totally would based on the colors and who doesn’t need bright eyeshadows in their life? The pink shade is a shade that I can forgive for being difficult to work with as the other eyeshadows are of excellent quality. Two thumbs up for this palette.

Review: ELF Beauty Eye Manual – Natural Edition

22 Dec

Hello everyone! Part 2 = Natural

Description: An eye palette containing 12 shades for a natural nude look. Shade descriptions from left to right (top to bottom) Row 1 has a matte cream, glittery light brown, matte tan, and a shimmery mid tone brown; Row 2 has a shimmery dark champagne, shimmery golden brown, shimmery bronze and a glittery gold brown; Row 3 matte gray-tone brown, shimmery silver tone light brown, glittery gold gray tone brown, and a shimmery dark brown. Swatches were done with one swipe.

Review: Whew, an everyday palette from ELF then again who isn’t making neutral everyday palettes? I found all the shades to be soft, blendable and pigmented which is good considering that all 12 shades were done really really well. Packaging nothing to speak home about but it works. Just once I would love to just try and travel with it to see how friendly it is for travelling. Wear time is about 4 hours and with primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion) about 8 hours give or take a few hours. Overall, I have to say that I am impressed by the shadows and formulation of this palette. It’s an A+ in my book despite the packaging.

Cost: $5USD @ eyeslipsface.com

Would I recommend this product? I would this is a great palette for those beginning with makeup and those who use neutral shades everyday. Highly recommend!

Review: ELF Beauty Eye Manual – Everyday Edition

22 Dec

Hello everyone! I got three of the ELF Beauty Eye Manuals and this is the first of three. Enjoy!

Description: An eye palette for an everyday look with 12 eyeshadow shades to choose from. Shades from left to right (top to bottom) Row 1 has a matte pinky nude, a shimmery pale pink, a shimmery gray tone lavendar and a dark shimmery gray-violet. Row 2 has a shimmery champagne, shimmery light brown, shimmery gray brown, and shimmery gray. Row 3 has a shimmery bright purple, shimmery mid-tone blue, shimmery midnight blue, and a glittery black. All swatches were done with one swipe.

Review: The shades in general have a soft texture that is semi-pigmented or pigmented. I found the shimmery midnight blue to be very hard to get pigmentation or any color from. It was a bit harder to work with compared to the other shades. To me all the shades look pretty much similar (based on undertones) so I wouldn’t say that it’s unique. The packaging is cardboard with foam holding the shadows in. It looks alright and considering the price point I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by the packagin. Wear time is about 5 hours considering that the shades are dark and with primer it lasts for 9 hours give or take a few hours. Overall, a pretty good palette but in comparison to the other palettes in the eye manual series this one turned out to be not as unique or user-friendly.

Cost: $5USD @ eyeslipsface.com

Would I recommend this product? I would for those who are beginning with makeup but for those who are seasonned this palette is nothing special and is not worth considering.

Blue my Mind

22 Dec

Hello everyone! A makeup look today since I was playing with my makeup yesterday and came up with this look. All the items used can be easily purchased in drugstores. I apologize for the lighting the photos were taken at night.

Products Used:

Eyes:
NYX Retractable Liner in Turquoise Blue (lower lashline), Deep Blue (liner), Purple (lid color)
Annabelle Kohl Liner in Lapis (outer edge line)
Wet ‘n Wild White Eyeliner (waterline)

Face:
Missha Watery BB Cream
TheBalm Bahama Mama
Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Rose

Lips:
Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

 

Review: ELF Studio Blush

22 Dec

Hello everyone! Continuing on with the ELF reviewing marathon.

Description: A pigmented blendable blush with an ease of usage. Shades from left to right (top down) is Berry Merry and Blushing Rose. Berry Merry is a dark berry with brown undertones and golden shimmers, and Blushing Rose is a dark rose withorange undertones and golden shimmers.

Review: Both shades are pigmented as you can tell from the swatches and work very well on my skintone. Texture of the blush is really nice it is smooth and glides onto the skin very easily. The packaging is well done with a mirror (a nice touch but not ideal) and a window so that you can see the shade. I really like how big the pan is it just shows how much more product there is compared to packaging. Overall, these shades work really well I haven’t tried them on other skintones so I don’t know how they will look. But I really like these blushes and would recommend everyone to try them for the price point.

Cost: $3USD from eyeslipsface.com

Would I recommend this product? I would! It’s a pretty good product that is pigmented and the packaging makes it look classy and not something for the price point.