Budget Beauty | E.L.F Cosmetics

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

I have been a fan of E.L.F cosmetics since I tried them a few years ago; they offer fantastic quality makeup at an affordable price, none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals or made from animal derivatives, and they even have their 'Essential' and 'Studio' lines to fit in with all budgets.
For Christmas, I suggested to Dan that I would like to try the ELF Bronzer palette, but he was so, so sweet and surprised me with a whole selection of ELF goodies - best husband ever! He really impressed me with his choices - it just shows how well he knows me!

I really wanted to get my hands on this as I have finally come to the end of my beloved ELF studio contouring blush & bronzer duo and I was looking to try something new and a bit more versatile. The ELF Studio Bronzer Palette houses 2 matte and 2 shimmer powders in a variety of depths and shades so that you can contour and bronze yourself accordingly year round.
I was so impressed with the pigment of these powders, you really only need to work one sweep over the face for a good flush of colour but, of course, you can build the colour if you have a darker skin or prefer a deeper glow.
I'm not usually a fan of shimmer bronzers as I feel they can leave you looking a little heavy and sweaty but the shimmer particles in these are very small and subtle - perfect to give you a summer glow year round aqnd I have enjoyed using them so far.
The powders are presented in a sleek black square with a large mirror inside. I think the packaging actually makes the product look very expensive and the minimal text on the front keeps it sleek and current.
Overall, a wonderful palette which allows you to create custom colour at a (very!) affordable price.

I dont usually use bright blushes like the ones featured in the ELF Studio Blush Palette, and I was a little nervous the first time I used it - but I was actually pleasantly surprised. The colours are builable to your specific style and you can blend them to create your perfect custom shade. I like to blend the top 2 shades for a healthy glow with a delicate flush of colour.
The powders are silky soft and apply like a dream, plus, there is something for everyone as the palette holds 2 matte and 2 shimmer blushes. I think the darker pink shades will work well when I have a summer tan, but for now I'm sticking with the lightest shade!
I like the fact that the packaging matches with the Bronzer and Illuminating palettes - it means these look amazing when stacked together on my vanity.
To be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked this for myself but I was pleasantly surprised when Dan gifted me it and I have really enjoyed using it!

I really liked the look of this palette when I saw it on the ELF website and I was absolutely delighted when I opened it on Christmas morning. I've never really been able to work so well with liquid and cream highlights so it's wonderful to own a palette with a nice variety of colours in powder form.
The powders are made to give a soft-focus finish, so you have a natural radiance once you've applied them. I like to use the champagne and gold highlights most as that is what I would usually go for, but I have also enjoyed using the pink and white ones to give an open look to my eyes.
The only thing which I would have to put a negative on about this was that the packaging doesn't quite match up to the Bronzer and Blush palettes - the 'e.l.f' text seems to be much larger. This isn't a big problem of course, it's just a shame that everything in the line doesn't match up.

Lipstick is something I am getting a real love for. I have started to collect a few and I was very pleased to add this to my collection. I just love the sleek, sophisticated look of the packaging; its square and black giving it a more expensive look.
The pigment of 'Beautiful Berry' is strong and it applies smoothly and evenly - gliding on for soft, moisturised lips. The longevity is fair.
I love the fact that all of ELFs mineral products are made without parabens, preservatives and chemical dyes. This lipstick just includes the good stuff like natural oils, waxes and vitamins, which equals healthy lips year round.

Although Dan had treated me to the Blush palette, I was still pleased to find this in my stocking as it is unlike any of the colours included in the Blush palette.
'Mellow Mauve' is a dusty, muted shade with an opalescent shimmer finish which gives off the most beautiful glow - however I do find that it works better with some eye looks than others.
The pigment is delicate with this shade so you do need to work with it and build it up, but I don't mind that as I wouldn't want to end up with too much of the shimmer on my cheeks right away!
All that said, the powder is soft and easy to apply, it doesn't leave you looking patchy and it doesn't dry the skin out, so it is a nice product.

If you know me well, you'll know I love mascara. Even a simple slick on a lazy makeup day can open the eyes and make you look wide awake.
I have tried mascaras from all sorts of brands, for all sorts of prices, offering all different results, but I have truly never met a match for the ELF 3-in-1 mascara, its even better - dare I say it - than my Urban Decay 'Perversion' mascara! Shock horror!
The 3-in-1 mascara promises to lengthen, define and volumize lashes. It sounds like a dream in a tube doesn't it? While it does take a couple of coats to get a volumized look, it certainly delivers on the lengthening and defining part. I have honestly never owned a mascara as great as this, and if you don't believe me just read the reviews on the product page!
This doesn't flake or dry, leave your lashes stuck together or leave marks around the eye area, it just effortlessly glides through your lashes leaving them super black, super long and super pretty. It even has a little ball end on the brush so you can get right into the corner of the eyes to catch every single lash, every single time.
What a find!

I own a few powder and blush brushes - the Real Techniques ones are my favourites - but they are all fairly large and full, so when Dan decided to treat me to this one by ELF, he was onto a real winner. The smaller bristles and the tapered edges make it a dream for creating a sculpted face with my bronzer and blush combo.
The bristles are soft and made to be anti-bacterial, so the brush is less likely to harbor harmful bacteria - you should still wash your brushes regularly, though!
I like the sleek design of the handle and the black colouring means that this brush fits in well with the rest of the ELF 'Studio' line.
This brilliant brush is affordable and a must-have in any makeup collection.

I was very pleased with everything Dan treated me to, and each item only cemented my belief that E.L.F really are a brand that have pulled off budget beauty successfully!

What are your ELF faves?


  1. Elf has such a wonderful things!! Love that pink lipstick


    1. They really do! I just wish there was an actual store here so I could spend a day swatching EVERYTHING! Hehe!

  2. I've never tried anything from Elf before but I really like the look of all of these!


    1. Oh Isabelle I'm sure you'd love it - so budget friendly too!
      Thankyou for reading!