December 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm #144453
So, I went to Target today in search of some make-up and I found this brand, and it looks pretty top-notch, but its really inexpensive. I guess I should be ecstatic, but when I find make-up that cheap, I begin to ponder the quality. Has anyone tried anything from the line and found that it is as great as it is cheap?
Thanks. 8)January 1, 2012 at 1:25 am #144464
Hey…I actually purchased some elf cosmetics and they in my opinion are actually quite nice…I have tried all kinds from dollar store lol to MAC. I think some yes are better than others but if you want a certain look I think it can be achieved from any kind of brand
Hope it helps
KristiJanuary 1, 2012 at 1:37 am #144465
I find E.L.F in general to be a very good performer. I currently use the Eyelid primer, they have a wonder cream eyeliner, their loose eyeshadow and mineral shadows are not earth shattering, but pretty nice for the price. I like their blushes, a few are a little tougher to work with, but again, for the price I find you get much more then you pay for. I have a few E.L.F eyeshadow brushes that I straight up love. The biggest complaint I have is loose ferrules, but you can totally fix that with a little glue..and they cost $1. It won’t replace my MAC brushes, but they are in regular rotation.
I say, pick up a few items. For the money you spend you more then likely won’t be disappointed.January 1, 2012 at 11:13 am #144486
I do not own any e.l.f., but I hear so many raves about this line. So many YT gurus love this line. If I ever get through my humongous stash, I absolutely plan to give this line a try!January 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #144514
I have some e.l.f products, and I really like them. I think the thing to keep in mind though is that while some of their products have been raved about and even compared to high end items (like their primer and HD powder) that it’s like any other brand, some products just don’t meet the needs/desires of some customers and others simply miss the mark.
The other thing is, makeup is all about what you do with what you’ve got. On the old forum I posted a look I did with the e.l.f eyes encyclopaedia, granted I didn’t manage to capture the plum tone very well in the photo, but I noticed that there were more than a few comments from people who were surprised I’d managed to get such a pigmented look from such cheep shadows. A nice creamy base, pat rather than swipe, and even cheap shadows can look fabulous.
I agree with almostcosmic, considering the price just grab some and try them out, it’s not a great loss if you don’t end up liking them, but considering the price you’ll probably be happy with what you purchase.January 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm #144525
Like any other brand, it has its standouts and its not-so-great products.
I really like the brushes in the Studio line, along with the Contouring Blush/Bronzer duo (similar to the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo), and their lippies in the Mineral line. Oh, and the nail polishes aren’t bad either. (It should be said all my polishes are from when they were $1; since then, they’re now $2, and I believe e.l.f. changed the formula as well.)
Really though, everything’s so inexpensive you can experiment quite freely without breaking the bank.January 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm #144531
I really don’t like e.l.f cosmetics. I think some of it is pigmented but I just don’t like the colors and I don’t think it looks that nice on. I think if you’re just starting to use a type of brush, then it’s great. If you’re not a huge makeup fanatic and don’t have a lot to splurge, then stick to a few of their face brushes (there’s a flat top kabuki one that I like). However, I find that cheap brands are really only good for experimenting with a new color or product. I’m a college student so I know how expensive it is to shop at sephora, but I find that I replace just about everything with a high-end product. For example, my elf brush sheds like crazy and I know that mac ones, which cost a ton more, hardly ever lose a hair and are guaranteed forever, so you can always bring them back for a new one if something is wrong. I also have used the elf brush shampoo because it disinfects but isn’t as harsh as dish soap. I would say that elf is great for experimenting with colors or for picking up something for a special event. One example would be holiday makeup, where you might wear something crazy and never again, so it wouldn’t justify splurging a ton of money on it. When I was younger, I couldn’t even afford much drug store makeup, but now that I am working a little bit after class, I save up for products that are really good.January 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm #144606
I’ve used some of the e.l.f eyeshadows and when I use them with a primer they are not bam in your face or anything, but when applied wet I think they look alot more pigmented and really nice. I think that some colors just don’t show up on me as well when they are not wet because I have med/deep skintone and its harder for some colors to really pop on me. But just in general I think some of the things they have are really nice for the price. I love their studio brushes. imo, they have some hit and miss products.January 3, 2012 at 3:26 am #144621
They have a couple of things i really like: the fake lashes, brushes, brushcleaners and setting spray. qualitiy vs prize rocks imho. I also like the 1 dollar blushes with the clear top and the 2-step lipstains (thats not a lipstain btw) and the spf lipcoloursticks. My biggest problem with Elf is that its hard to pick a colour online because the “swatches” on the site aren’t that good and they don’t sell elf instores in the netherlands…January 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm #144861
I really like the lip glosses they look cute. I never really tried their other products because like you i was ify about the quality but after reading what the other ladies have to say i may just give some of their other cosmetics a try.January 4, 2012 at 12:41 am #144900
When it comes to E.L.F it really depends on what you buy. Some of their products are really amazing, but others will be horrible. It’s sort of a “win or lose” game and you just never know what you’re going to get. Since they are so inexpensive, it’s a great way to just experiment with them to see what works and what doesn’t for you. I’ve heard rave reviews about some of their stuff, but mostly I’ve heard a lot of negative feedback about the majority of the products they sell.January 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm #145194
I love the cream liners because they don’t dry out after a month or two like most do. The Studio line brushes, HD Powder, Mineral Face Primer, Daily Brush Cleaner, Eyebrow Kits, and the setting spray all work wonderfully, IMO and I use them on a daily basis. Personally, I’d pass on the $1 brushes and the eyeshadows. I bought a Beauty Book and a quad and they were just awful. So I agree with everyone else, it’s really a hit or miss.
I was really surprised with the Set and Mist spray. The swatch on the left was the one that was sprayed. The first pic was taken in the morning, and the second was taken at night.January 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm #145331
I myself was skeptical about e.l.f. so i youtubed e.l.f. reviews before buying and found them to be very helpful. I have bought a lot of their products and like most others have said it’s hit or miss. I tried a couple of their $1 eyeshadow quads and was pretty impressed but to be honest i didn’t like how they were in triangular pans, it make it kind of difficult to get your brush in there, other than that they were pretty nice. I also really like their Mist n Spray setting mist, or whatever it’s called, i use it daily and tell everyone about it. It really gives your skin a nice dewy, moisturized finish. Also, their studio blushes are pretty good as well and i use their $1 blending brush quite often too. I also like their mineral shadows, they’re not fantastic but with the primer (which is also $1 and works well) they’re not too bad, i find they blend very nicely too. To wrap this up, they have some good products and some really crappy ones. The way i see it it’s worth trying what interests you since everything is so cheap.January 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm #145685
OMG i just posted about this line, for those of us who love to shop for make up and try new products, jackpot!!!! And actually knowing how to put them on makes all the difference!January 15, 2012 at 9:35 am #146634
i like their brushes, can’t go wrong for traveling and with a chance of leaving them for contouring etc.. As far as shadows, The payoff doesn’t seem to last long, even with a good primer and my UD all nighter.. I would rather cough up the extra dough and feel confident all day that my make up will stay on and fresh looking!
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