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!