E.L.F Haul & Swatches #3 - Benefit You Rebel Lite Dupe

Oh yes, it's e.l.f. haulin' time again!  Only a little one this time...

My main reasons for this haul was a little email that popped into my inbox informing me about a £3.50 tinted moisturiser with SPF20!  A free postage Facebook code may have been involved too :) Mailing lists are enablers ¬_¬

First impressions: not impressed that the tube looks half empty...

...and slightly horrified at how yellow the lightest shade - Porcelain - is.  See kids, this is what happens when you jump the gun and order instead of waiting for beauty blog swatches!

In its defense, it is luxuriously creamy and well pigmented for what is supposed to be a sheer product. After I got over the initial shock of the hand swatch I tentatively dabbed some onto my face and I'm relived that is doesn't look anything near as yellow on my face once blended.  It also has a nice refreshing scent.  That must be the aloe and cucumber.
e.l.f. Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain

I'm not sure what use this dupe discovery will be to you, as I am not a fan of Benefit's You Rebel Lite AT ALL.  It doesn't give me near enough coverage - a good moisturiser and pressed powder is a million times better and less yellow.  However, I know there are many that LOVE this stuff, and in my opinion, e.l.f.'s product is the superior in texture and colour.  If you're NC20-25 it should be a pretty good match.

Benefit's You Rebel Lite

Left: Benefit, Right: e.l.f.

I chose this £1.50 eyeshadow palette purely for its name - Ethereal.  These palettes are tiny but the shadows are good quality for the price.

It seems like I've been waiting for the Studio stippling brush to come back into stock for years, so I pounced on it when it finally became available.  It's not as densely packed as my Coastal Scents or Ingot ones, but it's not bad for cream products, or £3.50.

The smudge eye sponge is pretty much what you'd expect, but given that e.l.f.'s eye blending brush is my all time favourite eye brush, I expected great things from its younger sister, the eye crease brush.  Sadly the bristles are very short and stumpy and it feels scratchy on my lids.  Wouldn't recommend.

As I get older I notice I'm getting that 'old lady lipstick' effect around my lips more often and especially when I use a bold colour, and nothing could look more tragic, so I'm hoping this Lip Lock Pencil, which is like a waxy stick, will help fix my lippy in place, away from the dreaded fine lines around my mouth.

There are still many products on my e.l.f. wishlist, so lots more bargain hauls to come!


  1. Cool haul! I'm glad I waited out on the tinted moisturiser - you compared it to You Rebel Lite and I hate that stuff - looks way too yellow on my face.

    Rather want to try the stippling brush, but after repeated Elf hauls,there's nothing that I'm desperate to own now. Have you tried the bamboo brush range yet? That's the one I'm thinking of getting sometime in the future.



  2. Wow that looks painfully yellow! The eye shadow palette looks pretty nice though. Thanks for the review!

  3. Oooh, I'd like to hear if the lip lock is any good! I have Ethereal and a few other quads - you NEED to get Day2Night!

  4. Oohh interesting haul. Do you think I should give the tinted moisturiser a go? I didn't know you had you rebel lite, need to try it when I come round next!

  5. yay for elf hauls!! those brushes look awesome. and the palette is nice too!

  6. I've just ordered the stippling brush so cant wait for it to arrive. The tinted moisturiser looks quite good - I wasnt expecting it to be so pigmented so I might have to order this next time :)

  7. How does that lip lock pencil look? Can't wait for the review! :p


  8. That Tinted Moisturizer is straight up scary. I think they put curry in a tube. WTF? Porcelain... okay. Anyway, Ethereal is so pretty!

  9. Thanks for the comparison between these 2 tinted ones, both won't suit my skintone. They are so yellow...

  10. I really love elf products, they usually work out to be really good value for money x

  11. i bought the tinted moisturiser recently too, was terrified by the yellow colour but it's ok on my face i think and im nc15! xo


  12. great haul! i love elf products!

  13. I'm so intrigued by the tinted moisterizer. I think I want to give it a go!

  14. Thanks for the reviews. I've never really tried ELF, I think I need to asap! I like the tinted moisturizer a lot.
    Started a fashion/beauty blog here in California recently.

  15. Oh nice review, basically i love the foundation and the eye shadow palette looks pretty.


  16. Hi ladies! Sorry for taking decades to reply to your lovely comments!

    @ShimmerDreamz - I haven't tried any of the bamboo brushes yet - for me they're a bit pricey to take a risk on without having a feel first! Plus I have most of the shapes in my brush collection already, but if they bring out something unusual looking I might give them a try.

    @Juno - you're welcome!

    @Robyn - Yes Day2Night if most definitely on my next order! Thanks for the swatches of the other palettes on your blog, the colours on the ELF website aren't very helpful! I really like the look of Brownstone too.

    @Angel - yeah I do think it's worth a try as it's only £3.50, and if you can get the correct shade I think the formulation is fabulous. You can try it and the Benefit one when you're found for my mum's bday!

    @Christine - haha! I wish every day could be an elf haul day!

    @Zoe - hope you like it! It's no where near MAC or Inglot quality, but then again it's no where near their prices!

    @YB - it's just a clear waxy substance that you can't notice on, but should hopefully help keep red lippy from creating tributaries around my lips!

    @Cydonian - it is pretty neon, but it does sheer out on the skin so you don't look so crazy!

    @Evelien - companies need to cop on to a gap in the market for much lighter bases...you can always darken up with powder and bronzer, but if you're pale wearing dark foundation it is just wrong.

    @Atia - yep the individual items are cheap but I only end up bunging loads in my basket and spending quite a bit!

    @KLEE - I'm NC15 too and lighter if they would make it, but I'm making it work for me too!

    @Dale - thanks and you guys get ELF stuff even cheaper Stateside!

    @Fakhra - thanks!

  17. is the elf studio tinted moisturizer better with coverage, lasting power, and moisturizes skin like benefit you rebel? Thanks :)

  18. Hi Michelle, yes I much prefer it to You Rebel on all those fronts, and it smells nicer. Benefit's makes my face tingle slightly also which isn't great.

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