My first e.l.f. Haul!

I only learned about e.l.f. a couple years ago, when I moved to New York.  In Canada, it’s not popular at all, because (as far as I know) e.l.f. isn’t sold there.  In case you don’t know, e.l.f. – as in, eyes, lips, face – is a cosmetics line that strives to sell professional grade products at a great value.  Great value is kind of an understatement, in my opinion, because e.l.f. is so budget friendly that I had a hard time taking it seriously.  When a blush and bronzer duo is only $3.00 (compare to NARS blush/bronzer duo at $42.00), you expect it to suck, right?

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From left to right: Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths, Eyebrow Kit in Medium, High Definition Powder, Makeup Mist & Set, Mineral Infused Face Primer, Blush Palette in Light, Studio Kabuki Face Brush, Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Lip Exfoliator, Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose, Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude.

I haven’t had the chance to test drive these products around town, but my first impression is positive.  I admit that I’m pretty impressed by most of these products, given the low low low price (Next thing you know/Shawty got low low low low, low low low low/I ain’t never seen nuthin’ that’ll make me go/This crazy all night spendin my dough).  My favourites so far:

  • Studio Kabuki Face Brush ($6) – soft and full.  It’s a little smaller than some Kabukis, but that’s actually a plus for me because I like smaller tools than most.  It arrived with some stray hairs, which I snipped off.
  • Mineral Face Primer ($6) – Thank you e.l.f for using a pump! Standard clear silicone formula, feels like the original Smashbox Photo Finish on first application.  Not better than Benefit Porefessional or Laura Mercier’s Primer, but oh so good for the price.  Plus, the bottle is reusable (yes I already took it apart to investigate), which is a HUGE plus for me, as I like to depot non-pump products into pump bottles.
  • Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose ($3) – I like the color indicator on the bottom, and the formula is so smooth and actually well pigmented (which is my fear when it comes to lipsticks advertised as moisturizing – sometimes the color payoff is not so good).  The twisting mechanism of the packaging is really tight though, kind of annoying, but the lipstick itself is awesome enough that it doesn’t matter much.  Totally MLBB lippy.
  • High Definition Powder ($6) – translucent powder with a puff.  I like the packaging (I’m looking at you, Cover FX setting powder that arrived with a broken lid) and I’m hoping it’ll turn out to be a dupe for Make Up Forever’s HD Microfinish Powder.

Overall I’m really happy with the performance of these e.l.f. products, especially considering my entire haul together was around the cost of a single Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift

I rarely regret my beauty purchases, because if I don’t like something I buy then I immediately return it.  Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Liplift,  however, is an unfortunate exception.  Whenever I open my lipstick box and see it, I always get especially sad – because it’s so beautiful!  Just look at it!  I was seduced by its sculpted gold exterior and convinced myself that “you get what you pay for,” i.e. a premium, can’t-be-beat lip primer.

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But the gold tube is where the attraction ends.  Inside is the weirdest formula – dry and sandy, it stubbornly refuses to apply on my lips with any grace.  Furthermore, I don’t see any results either, whether used as a standalone moisturizer or applied underneath lipstick.  I didn’t notice any increase in comfort or durability.  It likely helped prevent slippage (because dry = friction right?) but that’s not usually one of my concerns.

Now that I know, would I return it if I could turn back time?  Maybe.  It does look really nice on my counter though…