Sunday, August 22, 2010

Elf $1 Lipsticks Swatches, Pictures, Review

ELF recently released a new collection of lipsticks to their $1 line. The collection includes six new colors ranging from pink and nudes to corals and reds. I purchased five of the six colors, Classy, Fantasy, Gypsy, Voodoo and Posh.

Classy is a lighter pink shade and could even be considered a pinky nude if applied lightly. It is somewhat similar to runway pink, which is a color in the ELF mineral collection line, but it is a little darker and feels more moisturizing. Classy is one of my favorites of the new collection.

Classy, Gypsy, Fantasy, Voodoo and Posh (note: fantasy and voodoo are darker in person)

Fantasy is a brown to nude color. It appears to be a brown color in the tube and when swatched, but is a very nice nude color, even for lighter skin tones. I can definitely vouch for the porcelain skinned girls that it is even light enough for you if applied lightly. If applied with a heavy-hand or with two coats, it will show-up as a medium to dark brown. Overall, I really like this shade and say give it a try.

Classy, Gypsy, Fantasy and Voodoo

Gypsy is a fuchsia, berry pink color. It is really bright, yet deep at the same time. The color is buildable and can be applied sheer for a lighter fuchsia pink-toned lip or built-up to be a deep berry color. Right now, I'm loving Gypsy and I think it will be one of my favorite colors for fall. It is a great transitioning shade from your lighter pink summer shades, but isn't super deep like winter shade.

Voodoo is a burnt orange-red shade. This is a great shade for fall if you are looking for a warm-toned lipstick. I find that the shade doesn't look very well on me, so fair tones may want to avoid this shade, but it is suitable for medium skin.

Classy, Gypsy, Fantasy, Voodoo and Posh

Posh is a nice, deep red color. This shade is also very buildable. Dab it on for a sheer red coverage or stained effect, or build it up for a sexy dramatic lip. I would place the shade in the middle, not my favorite, but not bad either.

These lipsticks are a tremendous bargain, however, there a couple cons. The lipsticks do not roll all the way down into the tube, which can cause the lid to hit the top of the lipstick when placing it back on, so be careful with the covers. The lipsticks also aren't very sturdy in the tube. I always feel like I have to be very gentle when applying them because it feels as though the lipstick is going to break. The lipstick does move around a bit, and I have had to push them forward some because they hit the sides after putting it on my lips.

Classy, Gypsy, Fantasy, Voodoo and Posh

However, there are a lot of positives also. They have a nice subtle cherry scent. As mentioned before, they are buildable, which makes the colors easier to wear for most skin tones. They feel really moisturizing on my lips, much more than their mineral lipsticks (which were actually a bit drying). And, of course, the best positive of all, they are only $1 and even cheaper with a discount coupon code. I would highly recommend these lipsticks as long as you aren't rough with your makeup because they are quite delicate when it comes to packaging.

(Note: Since posting this, I have bought the last shade, seductive, and it fits in the same quality-wise. Good color payoff, moisturizing, etc. It is a medium coral shade.)

My Youtube video review of ELF $1 Lipsticks

Friday, August 20, 2010

Elf Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils and Back To School Palettes

Hey everyone! I recently purchased the new ELF Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils and two of their back to school eyeshadow palettes. You can watch my video on youtube to see live swatches and reviews, which will be posted at the end of the of this entry, but below are some more upclose and brighter swatches as well as my opinion on the products.

ELF Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils
The Elf shimmer pencils are only $1 and come in nine different shades. I purchased four of the shades, Plum Passion, Black Bandit, Iconic Ivory, and Twinkle Teal.

My favorite of these shades is Twinkle teal. It looks amazing paired with or put over black eyeliner or shadow. As far as the eyeliner having specks of glitter like they claim to have, I can barely see any shimmer. However, they are still really pretty.

Swatches of Twinkle Teal, Plum Passion, Iconic Ivory, and Black Bandit below

The liners are somewhat creamy and I don't have any problems with them dragging on my eyes. They are not water or smudge proof, so you have to be careful not to touch your eyes with this liner on. You can also slightly warm-up the liner to make them even creamier, which will then make the color brighter.

I do not recommend the Iconic Ivory liner. It barely shows up and it is not as creamy as the others. However, I highly recommend all of the other colors. For just $1, they are a great deal.

ELF Back To School Eyeshadow Palettes
Elf has made a line of products including glosses, eyeliners, eyeshadows and more for back to school. The palettes I purchased are the $3 ones with six shadows each. They come in two shades, Neutrals and Smokeys. There are some pictures below of the swatches.

The Neutrals Palette

The neutrals contained several shades that were very close to my skin tone, so you will not really be able to the swatches of them. Also, if you are pale as I am, I probably would recommend getting the Smokeys palette instead because so many of the neutral shades will just blend into your skin.

Neutral Swatches

An upclose look at the Smokeys Palette

The Smokeys palette is much more pigmented than the Neutrals palette. It contains a pearly white a unique olive color with a hint of silver and gold, a lilac with silver glitter, a maroon and a black with silver sparkles. Swatches of the Smokey Palette are below.

The one negative trait of these shadows is their powdery form. They get really messy and you will get powder all of your palettes. Be sure to tap off your brush several times before applying to your lid or you will get major fallout.

Overall, I would recommend these products, at only 50cents an eyeshadow, they are well worth it. If you have to pick just one, go for the Smokey. It's definitely the star of the two palettes.

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