I've been at it again...E.L.F. haulin' that is...
This lovely package arrive a couple of weeks ago but it took me ages to getting around to taking a few snaps and swatches.
First up, I have the warm bronzer and find that a little dark for me, so I went for the cool bronzer this time and plan to use it as a contouring powder as there are pink undertones. It's a matte, pigmented, soft powder. It's £3.50 and I really rate the packaging for that price. NARSesque without the rubbery feel and therefore easier to clean.
The Gotta Glow 'blush' was my main reason for the order. It's touted in blogland as a dupe for NARS Albatross, a pretty pale golden toned highlighter. I haven't tried the NARS one but am pretty happy with Gotta Glow, even if it is a little chalky. I also picked up Pink Passion which I hoped would be a true dolly pink, but it actually looks neon! Used lightly it can come off quite sheer and really brightens up my complexion. Both are £3.50.
I took a risk and ordered this black eyeliner. Last year I got a couple in Ash and Coffee colours and was completely let down as the 'nibs' were very dry and the liquid not pigmented. I think ELF had revamped this product as the liquid flows easily, is decently opaque and the nib is much narrower than the earlier versions. It lets me create a pretty nice cat's eye and is only £1.50. I would definitely recommend this product. However if it does dry up within a couple of weeks I'll let you know.
I already have the All Over Colour Stick in Pink Lemonade which I use as a lovely cream blush. I've been looking for a cream highlighter and went for Spotlight (on the right below). It's not as glowy as I hoped and slightly sticky, but it does give a nice effect. Persimmon comes out a lot more orange than it looks online - not sure what I'll use this one for yet! Each are £1.50.
I'm a fan of ELF Mineral lipsticks, especially Barely Bitten, and was keen to try what their £1.50 offerings are like. I chose 'Classy' purely on the name and it's turned out to be a nice bubblegum pink with blue undertones when applied. It is quite drying, but I don't mind that too much as it means it lasts longer.
I have most of E.L.F.'s normal range and Studio line brushes, except for the new Bamboo ones but this. I got through many eyelash/eyebrow combs as they get manky pretty fast, so I'll be getting this £1.50 ELF one from now on rather than MAC's which is about £7. The Angled Contour Brush is from the Studio line and so is £3.50 and very soft. Not sure what I'll do with it yet as it's a bit large for my area. I might use it to apply powder highlighter to my browbone and top of my cheekbones, but it could also be used to draw a contouring line in the hollow of my cheeks and then I'll use a fluffy brush to blend out.
I'm already itching to place another ELF order and this is the state of my wishlist...are there any products you've tried and love/hate or any I MUST include?! Please comment and let me know! Thanks :)