e.l.f. Haul: First Impressions and Repurchases

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to share my first ever e.l.f. haul with you. If you are not familiar with e.l.f., it stands for Eyes Lips Face, which is a company that makes quality makeup at an affordable price. Recently they ran an amazing sale on their website, in which almost all items were 50% off. I used this opportunity to get my hands on many new goodies, as well as repurchase some products that I absolutely cannot live without. Let's get started!

Studio Small Tapered Brush

This brush is great for setting your under eye makeup. It can also be used to apply liquid foundation, concealer, or a gentile highlight where needed.

Studio Mineral Powder Brush

This brush can be used to dust mineral powders and loose powders all over the face. It can also be used to apply blush, bronzer, or pressed powder to set the face. 

Studio Makeup Remover Pen

Anyone that does any sort of makeup needs to have this product in their collection. It makes me cringe when girls say they had to do their makeup all over again because they made a mistake. This pen erases any mistake you can think of. I love it for fixing up my eyeliner wing or makeup smears. Just wipe the tip on a clean cloth to keep it clean. It will get stained eventually, but it does not transfer the stain to your face. The tip can be flipped over to extend the life of the product. In the reviews for this product, many people say it only lasts a few applications, but that is not true. Mine still works after being used for almost a year.

Studio Matte Lip Color in Berry Sorbet

This product is smooth, not oily, and applies easily. It does not dry out the lips like many matte lip products, probably because, in my opinion, it does not get as matte as it could. It gets pretty matte, but it could go more. Berry Sorbet is very bright and fun and I know I will get much use out of it. Swatch:

Studio Blush Palette in Light

The red shade is a shimmer, while the others are matte. I like the two pinks and I know that I will use them a lot. There is one shade that is almost brown, which is not much of a blush to me. I tend to shy away from using red blushes because no matter how light handed I try to be, I think my blush looks crazy heavy and bright. Maybe I will find the courage to try that shade. Swatches: 

Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff

Again, this product applies smooth and is not oily. The color is perfect for creating a summertime look. I was trying to get a color that I do not already have. It is unique and something that I'm sure I will use often. Swatch:

Studio Lip Exfoliator

This is yet another product that everyone needs to own. If you have been looking for a way to get the dead, rough skin off of your lips, then this is the product for you. It is gentile enough for daily use. Wipe your lips with a clean cloth after use to remove the product residue. You can also wipe the product on a clean cloth to remove dead skin and other residue. Follow up with your favorite lip balm for super soft lips. It also tastes great, almost like vanilla. I have had dry lips all my life and this product, in conjunction with my eos lemon lip balm, has given me healed lips. I notice this product is rougher on some days than on others, due to the random mixture of exfoliating ingredients. It works well every time no matter what. 

Studio Kabuki Face Brush

This brush is everything a kabuki brush should be. Super soft, yet packed full of bristles. It is great for dusting your face with powders. I will use it with my mineral pearls, MAC mineralize skinfinish, and setting powder for a flawless, glowing face.

Studio Eyebrow Kit in Light

This compact little kit features powder to fill your brows and wax it set them in place all day. I never use the applicators that come with kits. I think an angled brow brush will do the trick just fine. I have heard many great things about this kit and cannot wait to try it for myself!

Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation in Porcelain

I'm always skeptical about buying foundation online because you can never truly be sure about the color. I chose porcelain, since I'm always fair/ivory/porcelain with other products. I was pretty concerned when I opened it because it looked too orange for my skin. I was pleasantly surprised when I swatched it on my wrist and it blended perfectly. Of course, I will test it on my jaw before putting it all over my face. It is creamy and the foundation part flips up to reveal a sponge applicator. I will try applying it with my generic beauty blender and see how it goes. Swatch:

Studio Mineral Pearls in Natural

This product comes with a powder puff, but I plan on applying it with my kabuki face brush or mineral powder brush to get an all over face glow, or just add highlights in certain places. When you swirl the colors together you get a beautiful, light glow. Swatch:

Studio Powder Brush

This brush did a great job of applying my setting powder all over my face. I think it would be good for carving out your cheekbones with bronzer or buffing your foundation into your skin.

Studio Bronzer in Cool

I chose cool because the first shade is more of a highlight, making contouring and highlighting easy. The bronzer shades are bold, which I will enjoy. Swatches:

Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick in Pearl/Glow

I chose these colors because the eye shadow would be easy to grab if I'm using a palette that does not have a good highlight shade, and white eyeliner makes the eyes look big. Both shades are really sheer and shimmery. The eyeliner tip applies a fine line. After washing my hand, I noticed it was shimmering in the sunlight. You could probably blend these colors out on your face for a gentile highlight. Swatches:

Studio Makeup Mist and Set

While I don't have makeup setting issues, I thought I would try this product. Unfortunately, I have sensitive eyes, which were bothering me all day after using this product. I will give it another go and see if it was caused by something else. You simply hold it 12-16 inches from your face and mist it a few times all over. My makeup stayed on just as good as it does without using this product. Maybe it is just not for me.

Studio Angled Contour Brush

I think this brush is too large to use to apply eye shadow, but it would be good for working bronzer into your crease when you want to create a light makeup look.

Studio Daily Brush Cleaner

This is yet another product that everyone who uses makeup must have. I spray this 2-3 times on large brushes, and once on small brushes. Then I gently wipe my brushes onto a clean cloth and allow them to air dry. This spray extends the use of your brushes in between deep cleanings and prevents you from mixing colors on your face. 

Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Antigua 

I love the light, yet bright pink of the blush and the dramatic bronzer shade. Both the blush and the bronzer are a little bit shimmery. I know I will use this kit like crazy. Swatch:

Overall, I am very pleased with these items. The powder products applied very smooth. The brushes are super soft and well-made. The lip products do not have that oily lip gloss feel that some brands have (which I cannot stand!). I highly recommend e.l.f. products. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, these products will work well for you. Well, that's all I have for now. Thank you for reading and allowing me to share this haul with you. Keep letting your true beauty shine and I'll see you next time! 

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