ELF Cosmetics

I wanted to try ELF for a while so when I saw that it had landed in Superdrug I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  ELF is a cruelty free budget brand which is always appealing to me.  I tried four different products so here are my thoughts on them.

Illuminating Palette

This palette contains four highlighter shades.  They are not overly shimmery and are well pigmented and long lasting.  I really like the soft finish they provide.  Personally I only use the top two shades as the bottom powders are too dark for me.  My favourite is the first white /  silver highlighter and I have been using this most days.  It is very pretty and can be used to create a soft and pretty glow to the cheekbones or can be used under the brows or across the eyelids for a beautiful finish.  I would certainly buy this product again.

Under the Eye Concealer

The concealer consists of two products, a concealer and a highlighter.  Both have an individual applicator.  When I bought this product both ends were completely empty despite the concealer being sealed.  I was able to return it for a new one.  Whilst I’m very happy with the concealer, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of product in the tubes, particularly on the highlighter side.  The concealer is great for covering my dark circles and making me look more awake.  The highlighter is fine for patting on over the concealer but for me the concealer does most of the work.  I would buy this product again because I really do like the concealer part.

Flawless Finish Foundation

I’ll start of by saying that I definitely would not purchase this foundation again.  I bought Porcelain and it was a little too dark for my skin.  The first thing that struck me about it was the smell.  I really didn’t like it and the longer I had the foundation on my face, the more aware of the smell I became.  I felt that the foundation was really greasy and I looked like a bit of a melting wax work as soon as I put it on.  I got rid of this foundation pretty quickly and didn’t get a chance to take a photo.  I don’t really have anything good to say about it.

Highlighter / Blusher

This is a double sided product with a light highlighter one one side and a rose gold blusher on the other side.  The highlighter shade is really pretty and gives a nice amount of shimmer.  The blusher is quite shimmery too but it is a lovely shade. Overall I thought that this product was fine but there were certainly a few elements that I didn’t love.  When I first used the product I found it hard to get any on my brush.  I had to scratch the surface on each side to almost loosen some pigment. Secondly, the design of the product makes it quite difficult to use a brush.  The highlighter side is fine as my brush is thinner but it is tough to use my blusher brush and only pick up blusher rather than some highlighter too.  I don’t think I would buy it again due to the double product design and I have only used it a handful of times as it is too much work when doing my make-up early in the morning and in a rush.  I think I would prefer an individual highlighter and blusher.

I have mixed views of ELF.  Out of the four products I bought, I would repurchase two. Have you tried ELF?  What were your views?