Latest Budget Buys from ELF Cosmetics

By Emma | June 1 2012 | 18 Comments

ELF products

Another day, another cheeky wee ELF purchase to show you. There’s so much great stuff to discover on that site but, to be honest, this lot was a bit of a mixed bag.

I’d been after these eye stencils for the longest time but they were always out of stock. Pixiwoo used a set of stencils in a recent vid for a really lush, full-on brow look, and that’s what I was hoping to achieve – but it wasn’t to be. All four stencils are thinner than my natural brows, so I won’t be getting much use out of them. Just as well they only cost me €1.70, so…

My cuticles are an absolute disgrace so next, I went for this Nourishing Cuticle Pen, also €1.70. I had high hopes it would perform like the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen, which I love but never seem to come across. But instead of a brush on applicator, this has a hard nib, which doesn’t dispense enough product and feels uncomfortable to use. Ah well.

Thankfully, this baby didn’t let me down. I love the Studio Matte Lip Colour in Natural, €4,00,  so when I learnt about this new colour it had to be mine. It’s everything I dreamt it would be – a gorgeous blue red that’s more of semi matte as there’s just a hint of sheeniness,  making it comfortable to wear.

Finally, I picked up some brushes. Two of them are back-ups for Brush of Wonder and Joy – which I discovered is also amazing for powder! Yes, I know it’s called a powder brush, I’m not sure why it took me so long. And it makes blending a breeze, too, I swirl it over my contour, blush and highlight just to make sure I’m not stripey. I’m sure I frequently am stripey, but it’s not the fault of this brush.

And speaking of contour, that’s what this final brush is for. I’m trying to brush up – no pun intended – on my highlighting/contouring skills, and this fan brush, also €1.70, is the first step. So far, so good – I’ll tell you more about that soon.

Do you have any recent ELF experiences to share? To the comments!

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18 Replies to "Latest Budget Buys from ELF Cosmetics"

  • Cait says:

    I have both those brushes. I bought the flat powder brush after your last recommendation and I use it to apply my liquid foundation. It’s AMAZING! I only use the fan bush to sweep away fallout under my eyes though, which is probably not what it’s intended for but works for me.

  • vonfluffy says:

    Ive never bought anything from elf.. but frequently browse there site I prefer going into a counter to let the SA poke me in the eye with stuff, but at these prices i might change my mind,

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    I haven’t had an ELF splurge in a while – though I frequently head over to the site and fill fantasy carts full of cheap goodies. My own Brush of Wonder and Joy is still perfect after a year, AND I have a backup, so I don’t really have much of an excuse to haul more stuff.

    They have a new thing called “Lotion Wipes” which sound very cool for bringing on holiday. Am very intrigued by the sounds of that…..

  • Babodpower says:

    I’ve found more misses than hits with ELF but the Studio matt lip colours are amazing,I have two of them and plan to buy more.and of course the powder brush is their biggest hit IMO,perfect for applying my Chanel Sol De Tan!

  • Leelee says:

    I’m a big fan of elf products!!
    It’s been like rehab for my expensive Benefit bronzer & blusher addiction!! I now only spend €4 on a blusher instead of €34!!!!!!!!

    I have tried alot of elf products over the past year or so & have found that the only ones that I now buy & find to be good are the studio ones! Wondering are the regular products where people’s misses with elf are coming from!?

  • Chloe says:

    Love their Powder Brush for foundation! May have to pick another ew up for powder so..

  • orla says:

    Cait, fan brush to sweep away eyeshadow fall-down, genius! I have a fan brush and never use it and will now be using it for this- Ta!

  • littlesis says:

    Wow, I can barely believe how good value the Elf stuff is. I really must get my paws on that magic brush, I’m sure it will fulfill all of my foundation dreams :)

  • orla says:

    Elf’s mattifying/blotting sheets are cheap and fab, a good replacement to powder for those sweaty upperlip/shiny T days.

  • Fee says:

    This is a typical e.l.f. result for me too – throw a few extra things in the basket cos they’re so cheap, who cares that they mostly turn out to be duds?!

    I’d agree that the Studio range is slighly better quality although I’ve been using my powder brush regularly lately – dug it out after the review here – and I can tell that handle and brush will soon be parted :( Bought the similar Sigma brush recently and after a few goes of that there is no comparison; you get what you pay for!

    Have also used the e.l.f. Studio Minerals foundation brush on and off or a good while though and that’s holding up well.

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