Since moving out Matthew and I have been on a real saving mission, and make-up seems to have fallen to the wayside. Obviously, I am devastated and keep seeing items I am desperate to snap up, but they will have to wait.
The positive thing I guess is that there will be no impulse purchases as I will be waiting until pay day each month to decide if that lipstick really is worth the money after all.
Before we finally moved though, I did squeeze in an order to E.L.F cosmetics. I am sure I remember ELF being available to purchase in Superdrug when I was younger, but these days it seems to only be available online. I probably would never have even thought to look online, but Allana Davison is always raving about how good the products are for the price point so I thought I would get a few of their best sellers.
The first thing I put in my basket was their oil free foundation. I am always weary of ordering foundation online, but I used findation to try an get a decent colour match, and the fact it was oil free really sold it to me. I have combination skin, but my t-zone can get extremely oily, so I thought it would be a good product to test out.
So far it is okay. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. The colour match is pretty good, but it does oxidise and turn a slightly warmer tone that I usually want. However, it's the formula I am not sold on as it comes out in a really thick moussy texture that means you have to really work with the product to get an even layer on the face. Once it is worked in it does look really seamless, and lasts all day. I think I need a few more tries of this before I really make up my mind.
Next thing I was after was the contour palette as, again, Allana mentioned that the dark colour was a good dupe for the cult classic Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder and I am all about saving myself £30!
I really love this palette and have taken to using it every single day. The dark colour is pigmented but blends really nice to avoid that harsh line of contour, but it leaves enough pigment to get a nice sculpt to the face. The lighter bronze shade is perfect for warming up the face and the highlight is the nicest, subtle, everyday highlight.
Aside from the contour kit, I also picked up the bronzer, as I am having a bit of a moment with really bronzed healthy looking skin. However, although the bronzer is beautiful in the pan, it has little to no pigment and I was really disappointed that it shows nothing on the skin. Such a shame as I love the packaging and the colour in the pan, but for me it just doesn't work.
Similarly, I saw that the baked blush was one of their best selling products, so I purchased Passion Pink. But yet again, it has minimal pigment and I found it to be quite glittery in certain lights. I think this would look lovely in the evening, with a bold eye or lip, but for everyday I think it looked slightly over the top. Be warned.
Finally, I purchased a couple of their brushes, which I can say have massively impressed me. Both the stipple and the crease shadow brush are extremely soft and gentle on the skin. To say they are both under the £10 mark, they don't shed at all and compare to the likes of MAC in my opinion. In both aesthetic and practicality!
I will 100% be purchasing some more of their brushes in the near future.
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Also, ELF are always running promo codes where you can get bonus goodies if you spend over a certain amount. That's how I got my hands on this lipstick and blusher/bronzer set. Bargain!