Today I received a much anticipated package from ELF! I haven't ordered from ELF in about half a year and I was needing some of their new products. So when they had their 50% off Studio sale I took advantage. Being a makeup-loving-college-student, ELF has become one of my favorite companies. I have only had a few products that were not what I expected, and considering about half of my makeup collection is ELF, that's quite impressive for a company with all their products ranging in price from about 1$-3$. Well, lets get started!
The first item I opened was the Complexion Face Brush. I already own a few Studio brushes and knew that the quality would be great! The bristles are super soft and the handle and ferrule are super sturdy. The bristles are slightly longer than I had expected, making them a lot more floppy. I'm not quite sure what this will be my go-to brush for yet. Currently I'm using my ELF Essential Total Face Brush for bronzer, and this may be it's replacement when I do the "E3" technique.
This is the ELF Essentials Smudge Brush. I do not own a smudge brush and have been using a small pencil brush for applying shadow to my lower lash line. Luckily, this seems like it will make applying and smudging eyeliner and shadow to the lash line much easier. This brush seems to be higher quality than some of the other Essential brushes I own. Some of the ferrules are very weak and I need to re-glue it to the handle, or the bristles will be falling out before I even wash it, but not this one!
The last brush I purchased was the ELF Studio Stipple Brush. It is a duo fiber brush for use applying blushes and highlighters. I have been waiting for ELF to make a brush like this and am so happy they did! I have nothing like it and am very excited to try it because it appears to be very promising. After I took pictures I went to wash my brushes which I highly recommend before using them your first time, especially ELF brushes because they come from China and usually have a milky residue coming out of them when I wash them the first time. Yuck! Nobody wants that on their face!
The Cool Bronzer was a pleasant surprise. Online (the tiny picture of broken bits) the lower left color appears to be a fuchsia-purple. Totally not a bronzing color! Luckily the color in real life is much more of a peachy bronze. All colors are matte which makes it perfect for contouring! Another pro of this is that each section is large enough to dip your brush in just that section making this product not only a bronzer, but a blush, highlighter and contour color all in one. The swatches are on my arm without any base. As you can see, there is great color pay off. The compact features a HUGE mirror which I love when traveling because I can bring just this and use it as my makeup mirror.
The eyeshadow I purchased is Wild Wheat. I own two other studio shadows and love them. This one appears to be no different in quality. It is a lovely shimmery gold with tiny specks of glitter. The swatch has the shadow with the ELF Essential Eyelid primer (left) and with no primer (right). My camera was not picking up just how pretty this eyeshadow is! As always with the Studio Line the packaging is very sleek, and the eyeshadow also has a tiny mirror.
I got the Matte Lip Color in Coral. When I opened the packaging I was a little scared that the lip product would be the light pink on the bottom of the packaging. It turned out to be very misleading because the true color was, in fact, a coral. As you can see the packaging is twist-up style and it's completely full and contains a lot of product! Kudos to ELF for not jipping us on product! When applied this product is truly matte. There is no smell, or a gross texture. I also have very sensitive lips that get chapped easily, and this does not feel like it will result in any chapping! I didn't like the matte finish so much, so over it I put some ELF Studio Minty Lip Gloss in Chicago which is a golden gloss. It resulted in a perfect summer look! I'm still wearing it so I'll let you guys know how long wearing it is.
You can expect reviews of these products in the near future. If there is a product you would really like a review of please let me know and I will review it sooner.
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