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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: e.l.f. haul update (part 2/3)

Alrighty... I've had a little over a week to review some of the e.l.f. products I had purchased...
  So far I've tried out the Studio High Definition Powder, Mineral Blending Brush, and the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer, enough to write up a true review.

e.l.f. Studio HD Powder I really like the packaging.  I would never use the powder puff, but it serves as a great barrier to keep powder from slipping between the cracks when closed, I HATE THAT!  The texture is ridiculously silky smooth!  It is supposed to be great for all skin tones, but I would hesitate to use it on a client with a deeper skin tone than Beyonce (I usually use celebs as references for skin tones, versus foundation #s).  It has no coverage whatsoever but it serves great as a "wearing makeup for about 5 hours max" setting powder.  I would not recommend it for oily skin, mature skin, a humid environment, or if you plan on breaking into a heavy sweat.  It is not oil/moisture absorbent and it tends to settle in even the finest of lines.  Overall, it leaves skin with a natural satin finish.  I will reach for it for clients that have annoyingly perfect skin, use as a sublte "bridal" cheek highlight, in place of a beauty powder (which I use to keep blush from getting blotchy), and for setting my makeup on any days when I'm only wearing it for a few hours.
It gets 3 out of 5 Moxie kisses and I'm still debating if I'd buy it again.

e.l.f. Mineral Blending Brush
I was happily surprised by this brush!  Normally I steer clear of discount priced makeup brushes.  I believe finely made makeup brushes, along with their steep prices, pay for themselves in the long run.  Just think, the more you have to replace one, the less money you can spend on new stuff!  Like I said in my prior post, I ordered it because it appeared to be the little sister to MAC's #222 brush, but when I received it, it was more like the #217.  It grabs product well, its made of synthetic brush fibers, its well made (I tried to take it apart under hot running water-I know that's pretty psycho, but if a brush comes apart under that test it sucks), and it has multiple uses.  You can use it for detailed powder dusting, nose contouring, concealer, and blending.  The handle is not very long (the longer the handle, the easier the blending) so you have to work a little harder on your blending, but it works great for defining and concentrating color in the crease.  I think I am going to buy a million more, especially because softer brushes, especially white/cream colored ones, take FOREVER to dry.
It gets 5 out of 5 Moxie kisses and like I said, I'm going to buy a million more!

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
  I was most excited to try the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer.  I used the primer 5 separate occasions, we all know I'm a skeptic and I had to put it to the test!
  The first time 2 times I applied it with my #252 MAC Brush (the orange larger sized firm bristle brush), big mistake!  It has a doe foot applicator (which does nothing in terms of helping you apply it smoothly), so I added three small gobs of it and spread it out with the #252.  Both times I used MAC eyeshadow over it, if anything is going to crease or fade you are going to notice most on your eyelids, so besides my other shadows, I packed Melon Pigment (frosty finish) on the lid one day and Brule (satin finish) on the other.  Come hour 3 or 4 the creasing began...bOOOoo!  I still wanted to keep trying it out because it was easy to blend over and wasn't fast drying nor did it made my eyes look "parched" like Urban Decay's Primer Potion.  I figured I had to buckle and use my finger to spread it out (I hate using my fingers around my lid, it makes for premature wrinkles), but I was super surprised the primer smoothed out easily and evenly.  Over the next couple of tries I was truly impressed, who would have thought it would work well doing the whole finger thing instead of a brush?  I have abnormal eyelids LoL they are extremely sensitive, they tend to be dry towards the inner lid and surface of the brow bone and can get pretty oily in the inner crease.  I would recommend this primer for any occasion on eyes that don't tend to get oily, or for combination type of eyelids for days when you won't be in a humid environment or sweating.  I absolutely love this for more mature eyes and will be using this on my clients.  Its also great because my shadow didn't fade.  If I was doing a super colorful and pigmented look, I would layer a creamier primer over it (primarily on the lid).  When I used it, the longevity was just as awesome as my "go-to" primer MAC's Paint in Untitled.  Best $3 I've ever spent!!
It gets 4.5 out of 5 Moxie kisses and like I said, I'm going to buy a million more!

Sorry about the crappy quality of these pics, my camera was ruined by a Red Bull spill in my purse. *tear* So I had to use my web cam that came standard on my laptop.  These were taken in the wee hours of my insomnia-tic mornings, after about 12 hours of wear.  I couldn't believe this discount primer lasted! 

I like to call this look the "Lazy Smokey Eye" LoL because its so easy and fast to do. 

I used these products to create my look:

MAC Studio Moisture Fix (mixed with)
  MAC Micronized Airbrush Foundation
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
e.l.f. Studio HD Powder
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Bronzer for contouring
MAC Beauty Powder in Blush Of Youth for an "airbrushed" cheek
MAC Blush in Don't Be Shy for color on the apples
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
MAC Eyeshadow in Grain (on the lid), Tete-A-Tint (in the crease)
MAC Pigment in Fairylite (brow highlight), Gold Dusk (inner lid)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack as liner, blended into MAC Eyeshadow
  in Print (not further into the crease, just to fade)
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden (to soften the outer edges of Blacktrack)
Rimmel Maxx Volume Flash Mascara
MAC #3 Lashes
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown to define my brows
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Bronzer to fill in my brows
MAC Viva Glam GaGa Lipstick
Smashbox Lip Gloss in Champagne

Please ignore both the "Thug Life" pose (was trying to show the majority of the lid) & the half-sucked-in lip (bad habit). Thanks! haha


  1. I love elf products, so cheap and cheerful! :) x

  2. I like elf products but they are NOT my to go to products. Maybe just for fun. But if I need makeup that lasts, Elf isn't really reliable.
    N-E way I love the makeup look above. So sexy and perfect for a date out.

  3. I Love ELF products, even though some of there items are abit hit and miss it doesnt really matter because its so cheap.
    I love that makeup look, its so sexy :)

  4. hahaha thug life pose...thats funny. you must be from cali lookin all gangsta. just kidding - i'm from the bay area so i can say that! Anyway, I am loving this loko on you! very pretty on the eyes and lips ♥


  5. Thanks so much for stopping by ladies!

    @dazzlelight91: You're welcome, anytime!
    @The Real Steph: I know ridiculously cheap right? Working for MAC for a chunk of my life, the price point seems so odd!
    @xoxo Elizabeth Toledano de Gomez: LoL yeah, mos def not throwing out my good stuff anytime soon for an all e.l.f. kit, but definitely fun to try! Gracias for the compliments!
    @Emma Louise Howorth: Exactly, the price makes you want to try everything! Thanks!
    @Ariadne: aw, you guys are making me blush through my BLUSH haha
    @katie♥: Howdy neighbor, I'm from the bay too, in fact, next town over.. Thank you, glad you likey!

  6. WOW. nice haul there :) and you look gorgeous. Love the look you did. I am a new follower and I have to say that you have a great blog :)

  7. @Sara.H: Welcome! Thanks for the positivity!

  8. I envy this haul! I love how primers make the look seem so put together. :)

    Thanks for the well wishes, by the way! Your hair is rockin'! :)

  9. Your eye make up looks great.
    Any tips for putting on eye shadow on asian eyes?

  10. i love the last picture! you look hawt!! <3

  11. Very pretty look!
    Luv to invite u to join the Makeupbee Makeup lovers community! You will luv it if u like makeup! I'm on it too, you can show case your blog to an audience of Makeup Lovers.