Testing ELF Makeup


It's been a VERY long time since I ordered anything from ELF. I believe it was way back in 2010 when I did a haul of their cheapest products - most of which went in the bin. I really was not impressed with anything apart from a lippy stick which I clung on to until 2015 (the colour was gorgeous). 

But over the last few years, drugstore makeup has taken strides in improving the quality and formula. Most budget brands are now competitors when it comes to revolutionary makeup products.  With that in mind, ELF's recent migration to Superdrug, and an email I received announcing their one day only half price sale, I decided to order myself a few bits and pieces and test the brand out all over again.

Not gonna lie, I got a really good deal on this haul.

Testing Elf Makeup

Everything was half price, including any offers already applied and when you spent £24 you got free shipping.

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation in Light Ivory £7.50 £3.75
ELF Studio Bestseller Essentials Kit (contains a blush palette, lip scrub, lipstick, highlighter brush and cream eyeliner) £25.50 £18.00 £9.00
Total: £55.00 £25.00

I didn't get concealer, any eye products (other than the eyeliner that came in the essentials kit and the liquid eyeshadow), brow products or contour so it's not a full face, but it's pretty close. I'm pretty sure I got one of the eyeliner pots back in 2010, in the shade navy and it was terrible. But, it's been 7 years and I'm ready to give it another go.

I started with the Poreless Primer
Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

It looks very pink in the bottle but dispenses white, which is odd but fine. It's a traditional silicone primer which I don't much care for, but I was willing to give it a chance. I didn't notice any difference in my skin.

After this, I primed my under eyes.
Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup
Again, I didn't see a difference at this point.

Then I moved on to foundation, applied using a blending sponge.
Testing Elf Makeup
Half a pump of foundation
Testing Elf Makeup

A second half pump of foundation.
The colour is fine. It looks a lot darker once dispensed but it suited me fine. The consistency of the foundation is pretty thick, much thicker than I would usually go for, but it blended nicely. The picture doesn't really emphasise how much the primer shrank the appearance of my pores. They are huge in reality and look much smaller when using this product. 

After this, I concealed and it was then that I saw a difference after using the under eye primer. My concealer went on like a dream and it didn't settle too much into my lines. I then set my face using the Tone Correcting Powder in the shade Cool. 
Testing Elf Makeup
Testing Elf Makeup
This powder clung to my pores and left little dots all over my skin. I don't think it particularly set the foundation either. I don't think I would bother using this too often, although it did balance out my complexion somewhat.

I tried to bronze with the bronzing shade from this palette but it added nothing to my skin. I topped it off with some of the darkest purple-ish blusher.
Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

I used a flat lid brush to blend out some of the rose gold liquid eyeshadow, taking the bronzing powder in my crease and underneath and adding the purple in the outer corners.

Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup
I went a bit ham with the blush...

The liquid eyeshadow wouldn't blend and seemed to disappear each time I blinked. I definitely don't think I'll get much use out of it as actual eyeshadow, maybe I'll use it as a liquid highlighter.

I used a bit of the scrub whilst this was setting...
Testing Elf Makeup

...then reached for the cream eyeliner. I'll admit, I had not been looking forward to this bit.
Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

It applied so easily and it actually stayed put unless wiped off. It's definitely doesn't have the same staying powder as a gel liner, but its nice for a quick defined line. I used a thin liner brush and it literally took two minutes to do both eyes.

I then threw on some Covergirl mascara and reached for the lipstick. I actually really liked that too. It went on easily, once warmed up and didn't feather too much for such a bright red.
Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

Testing Elf Makeup

My final thoughts
I think we can all agree that this is not my best makeup look.

I liked the foundation, both primers and the lipstick. They will definitely be incorporated into my makeup collection. The blush palette, I'm on the fence about. The pigmentation is okay but it takes a while to build up ANY colour (then I went overboard) and the bronzer didn't show up at all. I didn't like the correcting powder, it clung to my pores somehow and I wasn't too fussed about the cream liner. I will get some use out of it as it's very easy to use but it's not long wearing enough for anything more than a few hours. The liquid eyeshadow isn't the best either; it creases and disappears too quickly to get much use out of it.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good ELF actually are; but some of the products were a bit hit and miss. Despite that, they are great quality and value for money. I would definitely order from them again.






2 comments:

  1. The lipstick looks gorgeous! And the liquid eye shadow doesn't look bad in the pictures, but I could imagine it looking nice as a highlight too, if it stays on at all. :D

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    1. It'd probably last much longer on the cheeks, it has that tackiness you can get away with using under foundation and set it with another highlight on top. The consistency reminds me of the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters, so it could be an amazing alternative.

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