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E.L.F.: Lip Exfoliator – Cherry Tart and Mint Maniac

I first tried the E.L.F. lip exfoliator in its standard brown sugar scent ages ago and didn’t love it.  The first few uses were amazing and then the texture went kind of sticky and I found it didn’t run easily across my lips anymore so I threw it out.  THEN I found out that the trick is to put on a bit of lip balm first, then use the exfoliator SO with that plan in mind, I ordered the cherry and peppermint scent to try.

But I have gotten ahead of myself.

The E.L.F. lip exfoliator is a bit of cult product.  It is presented in a lipstick bullet which is super practical and clean.  No dipping into a pot here.

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Mint Maniac

I would recommend that you don’t wind the bullet up too far though as you do put more pressure to exfoliate than you would to apply a lipstick so this will help avoid breaking off the bullet.  This hasn’t happened to me, but I am careful.

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The exfoliator has a good amount of sugar scrub to it.  It also contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Avocado, Grape and Jojoba oils to nourish and protect the lips.  I find it useful to have a damp cotton pad ready to wipe away the residue when I am finished and then I am ready to go ahead and apply my lip product of choice.

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Cherry Tart

In terms of scent I find that these do smell sweetly of their assigned mint and cherry.  They are confectionary scents rather than actually smelling of the fruit and herb but they are pleasant.  The mint version does not have a tingly sensation when applied like you may have with some minty products.

Overall, I really enjoy these.  They work well (when using the lip balm tip!), they are easy to use and are mess free and they absolutely help to prep my lips for other lipstick products.

If you haven’t tried these, I would say they are certainly worth a go.

Have a wonderful day.

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F Baked Eyeshadow Palettes

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series.  Today I have three baked eyeshadow palettes to discuss from E.L.F.

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California

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

Here is where I have to admit a very amateur mistake.

These baked eyeshadow palettes from E.L.F looked so beautiful online that I purchased three of them from the range on impulse in a single order.  And if the only purpose of these palettes was to sit there and look pretty, they would be great.  In the pan, these look beautiful, BUT, they are supposed to be wearable as eyeshadow… and in that role, these palettes are very disappointing.

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NYC

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

  • Firstly, they are very hit and miss.  There are a couple of shades in each palette which seem to bee quite smooth and pigmented and are really pretty but these are in the minority.
  • For the most part these shadows are hard, dry and lack pigmentation.  The swatches I have provided here are heavy finger swatches – these are not nearly so pigmented with a brush.
  • These get a hard pan layer really quickly!!
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You can see here that the shadows are already getting a hard-pan layer

  • It is difficult to pick up product unless you really scrub your brush into them, at which point they crumble.
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Here you can see how the shadows crumble when used

  • You WILL get shadow everywhere when using these.  Shadow in the palette, on your work surface and fallout all over your face, particularly if you use them dry.
  • You can use a fixing spray, water or some other mixing medium to foil these and that does work, but I still find them to be quite patchy.
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I picked the most pigmented shade from the California palette for this example.  The top swatch is foiled with fixing spray and the bottom is the same colour swatched dry with a brush.

Overall, I was SO disappointed by these.  The reviews online seem to be quite good and one girl on youtube actually put these in her ‘top products from E.L.F’ video – but I have to be honest, these palettes are not worth the trouble in my opinion.  I have not had a look from these that I have been happy with and they really are just a hot mess to work with.

The most pigmented of the three palettes is Seattle.  Some of the purples in the top row are quite pigmented and very pretty, but the bottom row contains some of the worst shadows I have ever used – very hit and miss!

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Seattle

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

To put it bluntly, these palettes are more trouble than they are worth and I will be decluttering them.

If you are looking for a cruelty-free, budget-friendly baked eyeshadow you can buy great little trios from MUA (see my review here) or quads from Makeup Revolution (see my review here).  Both brands produce creamy, pigmented and totally beautiful baked eyeshadows that work really well dry and look stunning when foiled.

As for these shadows from E.L.F, I really don’t love them.

ELF: Prism Eyeshadow Palettes

I like ELF.

They are budget-friendly, cruelty-free AND they make beautiful products like these Prism Eyeshadow palettes.  I really enjoy these eyeshadows.  They are soft, buttery and very pigmented.  These are very good quality and are by far the best quality ELF eyeshadows in my collections to date.

There are currently three palettes in the Prism collection including Naked, Sunset and Smoke.

ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette: Naked

ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette: Naked

Naked swatches

Naked swatches

Naked is a neutral palette of warm, gold and copper toned colours.  The fourth and fifth shadows are quite similar but I love the colour so I am not complaining.  The second shadow is the most yellow gold colour that I own and I really do love this one all over the lid for a simple but pretty look.

ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette: Sunset

ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette: Sunset

Sunset swatches

Sunset swatches

The Sunset palette is actually my favourite of the three Prism palettes.  There are a number of colours here that I think are quite unique and they are ALL beautiful.  You really can make a sunset looks with these.  I love the peachy colour (swatch 2) – so pretty!

ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette: Smoke

ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette: Smoke

Smoke swatches

Smoke swatches

The last palette in the Prism range is called Smoke.  The colour that drew me to this palette is that stunning green (swatch 3).  I have used the Smoke palette the least out of the three but I am trying to experiment more with dramatic smokey looks.

As I said in the introduction, I think these Prism eyeshadows are beautiful quality.  As all the shadows in these palettes are shimmery I feel like these work best in partnership with matte colours from another source.  I don’t notice fall-out with these and I find them to be very pigmented.  These shadows last well, but I do always use them with a primer.

I would definitely recommend these Prism Eyeshadow Palettes from ELF – they are totally shimmery, pigmented goodness 🙂

E.L.F. Brow products that I LOVE!

As a person relatively new to brow products I have to share these two products from E.L.F. that I am in love with.  They are affordable, cruelty-free and really kind on the budget.  I use a combination of the E.L.F eyebrow kit and the E.L.F. clear brow (and lash) mascara when I am doing my brows and I think they work really well for a natural look that will last all day.

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

The E.L.F. brow kit that I have here is in medium and it includes a medium brown brow wax and powder.  The packaging is a sleek, matte black and includes a small mirror which can be used to do your brows in a pinch.  The wax is certainly cooler toned and the powder is warmer in tone.  The powder looks quite light in the palette but I find that it applies as a good match to the wax on the brow.  I do use these products together to fill in my brows by applying the wax to the brows first with the little angled brush included and then I stipple the powder onto the brows with the tiny soft brush end of the applicator and finally I blend them with a spoolie.

E.L.F. eyebrow kit in medium with swatches of wax and powder.

E.L.F. eyebrow kit in medium with swatches of wax and powder.

To set my brows I use the E.L.F.  wet gloss lash & brow clear mascara.  I have never used this on my lashes but I really enjoy this for my brows.  The packaging allocates one end for lash and the other for brow but I just use both sides for the brows.  I simply brush this through my brows and it sets them all day.

E.L.F. clear eyebrow mascara

E.L.F. clear eyebrow mascara

Even on days where I don’t fill in my brows with the eyebrow kit I will still use the clear brow mascara because it really helps me to feel more ‘put together’.  As you can see from the image I do keep a backup of this product because I like it so much!

I have really enjoyed the E.L.F. eyebrow products and would definitely recommend them.   In Australia the cheapest place I have found to purchase these products is from iHerb but you can also find them from elf cosmetics or from Kmart.

Have a great day!