e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows Review

 

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I bought three of these colors at Target a while back because I’m always looking for new eye products. They were $3 a piece and I think that’s a fair price for the size of the product (.12 oz, compare to Urban Decay’s eyeshadow singles that run about $18 for .05 oz.). The packaging is nice and easy to open. From what I’ve tried, the colors are hit or miss but I definitely plan on trying more. Here is my experience with the colors I bought…

Bark: This color has become a total staple for me. If I somehow managed to run out of this product I would buy it again, although I don’t think I will need to considering the generous amount of product. This is a very shimmery brown color and it looks great with so many different eyeshadow colors. Most days I wear a cream eyeshadow on my eyelid with a warm brown/mauve in the crease and I don’t feel complete until I’ve blended some of this color on the outer part of my eyelid.

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Pixie: I had high hopes for this color, I’m a huge fan of colors like Urban Decay’s Sin and Virgin so I was hoping to find another shimmery pink lid color now that Urban Decay sold out to L’Oreal. It’s a pretty color but not as pigmented as I thought it would be. I find myself having to dig my brush into the product to get the coverage that I want.

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Burnt plum: I’m obsessed with this color. I tend to avoid colored eyeshadows because I find that they can easily look clown-ish. However, this eyeshadow is just neutral enough that I have no problem using it on a regular day. It’s very pigmented and I love blending it on the outer part of my eyelid when I’m wearing cream, brown or gold eye makeup. I think this is a fun yet easy way to add some color to your makeup.

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Overall, I think these eyshadows are worth a try. I use two of them on a regular basis and I hope to get more colors in the future.

Review: E.L.F. Tinted Lip Balm in Rose

I bought this hoping for something that would give my lips the just-bitten, Twilight-esque look. That isn’t this product but luckily I have found one that fulfilled this purpose, which I will review later. This product is still nice in it’s own way.

Pros:

  • Easy to buy, sold at Target
  • Pretty color
  • Smells nice, minty
  • Cute packaging

Cons:

  • More opaque than I wanted, although that could be a good thing depending on what you are looking for
  • In my opinion it’s a bit expensive for a tinted lip balm, $3, but you probably couldn’t do much better anyways
  • Not as moisturizing as a balm

Top: one swipe
Bottom: full color

Review: E.L.F. pressed powder

It’s pretty obvious that I am a major user of E.L.F. products. They’re cheap, accessible and a lot of them have become must-haves for me. This pressed powder has become a part of my everyday routine.

Pros:
– As I mentioned, it’s easy to buy (sold at Target)
– Cheap ($1)
– Pigmented for a pressed powder, I’ve been using it as my foundation lately. It also works well over liquid foundation.

Cons:
– Honestly, I can’t think of any!

Review: E.L.F. Makeup Mist and Set

This was one of those purchases that you know you don’t need but you have to have it anyways. I’d been wanting to try using face primers but I couldn’t find one that was affordable, plus I didn’t want it to make me break out like I’ve heard a lot of them do. I decided I’d try a setting spray instead, considering it was only $3. As for making my makeup last longer,  I wish I could say but I don’t really have a problem with my foundation coming off.

Pros:

  • Cheap, $3
  • Easy to buy, sold at Target
  • Mine doesn’t have the bad smell that a lot of people complained about
  • On days when my skin feels a bit dry or I used too much powder, a few sprays of this makes my face feel amazing and it makes my makeup look nice and dewy
  • My cousin has really dry, sensitive skin and she tried this and loved it, she said it helped reduce the appearance of flakiness

Cons:

  • You don’t get a lot of product  (2.02 fl oz)

Review: E.L.F. Blush in Mellow Mauve

I bought this blush in the fall hoping for a more dramatic color. That is definitely not what I got!

Pros:

  • it’s a pretty color
  • gives a very natural flush
  • cheap and accessible, $3 at Target

Cons:

  • so sheer I can’t even believe it, it hardly shows when I swatch it unless it’s wet
  • weird texture, not what I would call chalky but you seriously have to dig it out with your brush to get the color

Overall, I would not recommend this product.

Review: Bonne Bell LipLites in Caramel Latte

Pros:

-Smells like heaven!!!! It legitimately smells like a caramel latte
– Love the color, it is the perfect nude lip gloss for my skin tone. It has a shiny finish and it’s not as opaque as a nude lipstick so I find it easier to pull off.
– Awesome applicator and packaging. I’m a huge fan of the classic doe foot applicator lip glosses and I just like how simple it is and not some stupid tube that gets really messy
– Cheap and easy to buy, I got mine at walmart for a few bucks
–  I emailed Bonne Bell and they said that this flavor in particular does not contain carmine

Cons:

– Bonne bell said that some of the flavors in the lip lites line contained lanolin and some other non-vegan ingredient so if you are a vegan these probably aren’t for you

Review: Hard Candy Baked Blush in Living Doll

I was really excited to buy this product, mostly because of the packaging and the way anything baked/marbleized looks so shiny and pretty.

Pros:

  • Easy to buy, sold at Walmart
  • Not terribly priced, I think it was about $7
  • SO PRETTY, it has the exact iridescence that I wanted, it makes my skin look glow-y and the color does show up (I was worried because some reviews said it was very sheer)

Cons:

  • I usually have to do two layers of this or else I have to sort of pack it on my brush to get the color to show up
  • I don’t know if the color would show up on people with darker skin tones
  • I’ve heard some sketchy things about Hard Candy claiming certain items are vegan when they’re not

Review: NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup

I bought this product while searching for a cheaper alternative to Makeup Forever HD foundation. I purchased this at Walmart for about $3. That being said, you can’t expect much from a product this cheap but I think that the quality of this product wasn’t worth a fraction of the cost.
First off, the texture is extremely thick. I can’t get product out of the bottle without using a q-tip to scoop it out. This thickness is the same on my skin, it’s not one of those foundations that you forget about while wearing it. Considering the consistency of this product, you would expect it to be extremely full coverage but I found myself having to layer in order to get proper coverage.
Now on to the worst part of the product. I would apply it and leave the house and when I returned I noticed that it had taken on an orange tint. At first I just thought I hadn’t blended well enough however after testing it out I saw that this foundation oxidizes horribly. Overall, this foundation is not a good product and I would not recommend it even for the price.

Left: after drying, right: immediately after applying

Review: E.L.F. Studio Lip Stain in Fashionista

This product wasn’t exactly what I expected. E.L.F. seems to be notorious for having shade examples online that are totally different than the actual product. I knew that before I ordered this though, so I was kind of expecting the unexpected. First off, the color online seemed a lot more muted and what I received was a near hot pink. That being said, I really like the color and would still have purchased it knowing the actual color. The stain itself has an interesting texture. I would say it’s more of a matte lip cream. Other lip stains have a gel consistency and this almost seems like paint (that sounds bad but it’s not). Now I’ll do my usual pro and con list.

Pros:

  • very pigmented
  • not horribly drying, if I didn’t already have dry lips I could see it being worn without a balm or gloss
  • cheap
  • comes with a clear gloss, it’s basic but I like having it

Cons:

  • I don’t know if this can be purchased at Target like some of E.L.F.’s products. I’ve never seen it there but I got mine on drugstore.com
  • if you were hoping for a specific color it may not be exactly what you ordered. I definitely recommend looking up swatches of whatever you plan on buying from E.L.F.

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