Elf is a brand I’ve often wanted to try due to its super cheap price tags and frequent comparisons to more high-end brands but for one reason or another, I’ve never got around to placing an order on their website. Theres been numerous occasions when I’ve sat trawling through the website for hours on end but the choice is so vast, I was often left unsure what to buy. With this being said, you can imagine my excitement when the lovely people over at elf asked me if I’d like to try a few bits and pieces and share my thoughts with you guys. The products I was sent to try are their HD Powder, powder blush and two mineral lipsticks. Keep reading to find out what I thought about each of them ...
High Definition Powder (£6.00)*
As I just said, I often find myself browsing the elf website and the one product that always catches my eye is this High Definition powder, purely because of its 'HD' name. For some reason it strikes me as the kind of product Kim Kardashian would use and it sounds like a pretty good dupe for the well loved Makeup Forever HD powder. The elf website claims that it "creates a "soft focus" effect to the skin and masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion." I was quite sceptical about these claims before trying the product but I have to say, they're right.
The powder looks bright white when its first applied but when blended into the skin (I use a Real Techniques Powder brush) its translucent and un-detectable. I really like this as it has a very natural finish and sets foundation and concealer perfectly without looking cakey. I also love the texture of this product as it feels silky soft and really does help to smooth the skin. I find my makeup looks more refined and flawless after using this product than it does with a standard powder. I don't have any complaints about it other than the packaging which I'm not keen on. The large black pot is pretty bulky so isn't particularly travel friendly and doesn't fit in my every day makeup bag. It can also be quite messy due to the way the products is dispensed too but I can over look these things as it sets my makeup perfectly!
Powder Blush | Candid Coral (£3.75)*
I’ve been really enjoying wearing blush lately which is something I never thought I’d say as once upon a time I was so anti-blush that I didn’t even own any. However, after a bit of experimenting I’ve discovered that when applied properly, it can really enhance the overall appearance of my makeup and add more definition and radiance to my face. You might have heard me say it before but I’m definitely more of a peach than pink girl so this elf powder blush in the shade ‘Candid Coral’ couldn’t be more perfect for me.
It’s a beautiful pale peach shade with a slight gold shimmer running through it. It isn’t massively pigmented but I don’t mind as I find it gives my cheeks a nice wash of colour without being too overpowering. I also love that the shimmery undertone highlights my cheekbones and gives my face some radiance. I’d actually say this blush is a slightly less pigmented version of NARS Gilda and the packaging is almost identical too. For only £3.75, I really can't fault this blush and I'd recommend giving one of them a try.
Mineral Lipsticks | Barely Bitten & Natural Nymph (£5.00 each)*
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know how completely obsessed I am with lipsticks. Seriously, I never get bored of buying and trying them and they’re definitely my favourite piece of makeup to experiment and change my look with. Now although I love lipstick, I’m quite particular about how I like it to look and feel on my lips. I’m not interested in matte lip products due to the fact I suffer with dry lips and it tends to make them look ten times worse and I don’t like anything too sheer either. I know, miss fussy pants!
Luckily, the elf mineral lipsticks aren’t either of those things and instead sit somewhere in between. I find them pigmented and long-lasting whilst still being very moisturising, the perfect combo. According to the elf website they’re made with a blend of exotic oils, natural waxes, vitamins and plant extracts which helps to keep the lips hydrated and soft throughout the day. I have to say I agree with this as they glide onto with ease and feel very luxurious to apply. The two shades I received are ‘Barely Bitten’, a neutral rosy pink shade (think your own lips but better) and ‘Natural Nymph’, a peachy nude. Barely Bitten is definitely my favourite shade out of the two as Natural Nymph is far too pale for my liking. However, the formula of both is lovely and I'm sure if you like a pale lip, you'd love Natural Nymph!
Overall I'm really impressed with all of these products and I can 100% say I'll be ordering more products from the elf website. If you're looking for high quality products with affordable price tags, look for further than elf. You can find the website here and they often have amazing discounts and offers so do keep your eyes peeled for those.
Have you tried anything from elf? Do you like their products?
Lots of Love,
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