Hello again! As long ago promised - I'm finally posting review and swatches of my E.l.f. package.. I actually mentioned this already here - NEW in May along with other makeup products that I will review soon ;)
So this post will be quite a longer one, normally I would devide stuff into groups but today I decided to present them all together.. As you can see I'll have a lot to talk about, from eyeshadows, to lipsticks, eyeliner, lipgloss... E.l.f. is a brand that everybody knows and has at least one product from them. My first package from them was a couple of brushes that I'll review in another post. But this is actually the first package I ordered from E.l.f. on my own. Many love this brand because it's not expesive and you can really get some great products for a reasonable price. Also, you can read some great reviews but end up buying stuff that are not worth even that little money... so keep on reading if you are interested in these products and whether they are any good. :)
First, I wanted to start with some photos of the products and writings on the back ( what products promise) and ingredients :)
What this product promises:
And ingredients for the eyeshadows:
What this product promises:
And ingredients for lipgloss:
What Shimmer pencil promises:
What this product promises:
And starting with reviews and swatches :) First I'm gonna talk about these two lipsticks, as they are the best products in this buy and absolutely worth the money. I got two shades, as you can see.. with very fitting names - Cheerful cherry and Rustic brick. When picking the shades I wanted to try one for a more daily makeup and one red. You already know I love red lipstick, so no matter how many I already have - I am gonna want to try a red lippie at every brand I get in my hands :D Both promise to be free of parabens, preservatives and chemical dyes.
Also - ingredients for lippies: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, ceresin wax, microcrystalline wax, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, paraffin wax, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, tocopherol (ve), ascorbyl palmitate (vc), retinyl palmitate (va), mica.
Packaging - Both come in a cardboard box and than in a matte black case, square shaped. Packaging it's plastic, but looks nice and elegant.Each contains 3,8g of product.
Colour - Rustic brick is a nice browny- beige colour, suitable for warm toned, neutral to yellow skin toned girls, probably would also look good on olive skin tone. Also it sometimes looks rather pinky undertoned lipstick, especially on photos, it was really hard to catch the real colour. Cheerful cherry is a strong, neutral to warm toned red. Still I think it's a colour any skin tone can pull off, because it's enough neutral red.
Scent - they both have a little smell, probably from one of the oils, but it is not too invasive and when on lips you can not smell it.
Texture and application - both are really smooth. They are well pigmented, smooth to apply, leave an even colour. I had no trouble with application, I just put it on straight form the bullet. Finish for both is a little shiny, maybe the Rustic brick one is looking a bit more matte when applied than Cheerful cherry. Damn I love these two names, they just fit so well with the colours and sound so good :P
Longlasting - not so much. The brick one stays on a bit longer, but both seem to fade after 3 hours. At least on me - I'm constantly eating and drinking etc... Scroll down to see some more photos of the lippies :)
|6713 Rustic Brick|
|6710 Cheerful Cherry|
And next are eyeshadows. This product is called Brightening Eye colour and it's in shade Luxe. This quattro eyeshadow was a product I was really looking forward to, but dissapointed me the most. The colour combination looks really good and I especially had hopes for the reddish-browny shade.
Packaging - Simple, small, a bit too small... probably good for traveling but not so much handy when using the product. It's plastic, and not a good one, so you must be careful not to break it. It has a tiny clutch where you open it and to me this is a bit troubling because it's very hard to open it and I feel like the whole thing is just gonna fly out of my hands and break on the floor. Also added double sided sponge applicator and under it a tiny mirror. The sponge is already falling off and I have never even used it.
Pigmentation - As you can see on the swatches, none of these is very well pigmented. So this was the first big dissapointment for this product. Simply the shades are so invisible, even after several coats. Also the shade taht looked most unique and special, the reddish brown - actually with several coats looks kinda too reddish-pinky to me and I really don't like it at all!
Scent - they don't have any particular scent at all, don't smell nice or bad.
Texture and application - They feel smooth, also when applying they feel smooth. I used brushes and my fingers and both went ok, I didn't have any trouble getting the colour on my eyelids.
Longlasting - not at all! Using my usual, ArtDeco eyeshadow base, this product fades away in a matter of two hours??? I mean this is probably the worst eyeshadow product I have ever owned. After two hours and a lot of coats to even get the colours visible, they just fade away, like I never had anything on! Even with cheap Essence stuff I have never had such a bad experinece, so far. So this was a big turnoff and I don't think I'm gonna use it again.
Next are two eyeliners, the golden one is Brightening Eyeliner in Gilded, the black one is Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Black Bandit. These two have both proven to be quite good for the price!
Packaging - both have a plastic transparent cap, Black Bandit has pencil sharpener in the cap, so you don't need an extra item, the Gilded one has a sharpener added extra to the whole package.
Shade, texture and application - both are very well pigmented. Gilded is a great warm golden colour, perfect for summer and Black Bandit has a lot of nice, small shimmer in it. It doesn't fall on your face or eyes, it stays put on your eyelids. Application is easy and smooth, both products are easy to use and leave a nice, even shade. There's no need for many coats, one or two will be looking just fine :)
Longlasting - in the middle. On me, I have quite greasy eye lids, these stay put for 4 to 5 hours. After that I need to reapply a little, but that's not a problem, so I don't consider this something that would turn me away from the product. I love both shades and I am really satisfied with both of them. :)
Last one is Hypershine Gloss in shade Vixen.
Packaging - It comes in a plastic tube, that you have ti turn at the end to push the product out and than apply with a brush like applicator. On top also atransparent plastic cap. So this product of all looks the cheapest.
Texture and colour, application - Texture wise this not a very good product. It's rather sticky and a little too greasy, I make noises when smacking my lips :P Really, it also dries my lips a bit. The colour looks so promising - like a lovely strawberry red - in real, on lips it looks transparent. Like there was no colour added, just a bit of shine, maybe just a tiny bit of colour is visible when my lips are really pale. Application is easy, the brush is ok, but nothing special.Scent - it has a sweet scent, that is quite strong and a bit a turn off for me...
Longlasting - not at all! This goes off in a matter of one hour, really fast and doesn't leave any stain or anything, like I was never wearing anything.
To wrap it all up - lipsticks are both great, both great shades and I love using them. Also both eyeliners have proven to be good products so maybe I'll buy one of these again in another shade. Eyeshadows and gloss aren't good at all, personally I would not recommend it to anyone. A total waste of money on those two, but anyway, more than half of the things I got will serve me very well and are actually pretty good for the price. So all in all this was a good buy, I got some really great stuff and some not so great. :) Will see about my next buy at E.l.f., maybe some foundations for fall? Will see, will see... How about you? Do you use E.l.f. products? Which are really good and worth trying?
Thanks for reading and I hope this was useful to you!