so recently my mom and i were going to sign up for ipsy, but we didn’t like some of the terms and it seemed like a hassle if we didn’t like what we got, so instead we decided to just buy a whole bunch of makeup off of the e.l.f website. $36 worth to be precise, and we regret absolutely nothing. here’s everything i got and how i’m liking it, including what came with the e.l.f summer sweeties mystery pack that you get when you buy $25 of makeup or more. i’m also including the e.l.f products i got for christmas, because they’re also pretty cool and i like them about as much as i like the ones i got just this week and want to mention them here.
flawless matte eye shadow kit // matte for plum
i got one of these for christmas and i really liked it, but the colors were more pink, which are more my mom’s colors than mine, so i traded her mine and bought this one for myself. the kit has four colors, a base, lid, crease, and line color, but i’m not super into that kind of thing so i usually use them separately. my one complaint is that each color has a little stripe section as you can see above, and it’s harder to use and there’s not much of it. the colors are very pigmented, though, and i love the gray look of it when i do put them all together, and with a dark water line, it looks really dark and edgy and stays on all day really well (as long as you don’t rub your eyes, obviously). i wore it out to run some errands while it was pretty windy and gross weather (yay spring in my area) and it didn’t come off at all.
clear brow and lash mascara
this was actually recommended to me by ruby at ruby’s cadence, and i thought i’d give it a try because it sounded useful. i will probably be using this a lot because my brows are very cara delevingne-esque and trendy right now, so i don’t fill them or do much to them, but they’re very unruly (as is the downfall of big eyebrows). they generally need waxed every month, and i wake up with them everywhere and just being wiry and frustrating, so this was perfect. my mom describes it as “hairspray for your eyebrows”, which is essentially what it is. it’s super easy to use and doesn’t get everywhere and keeps my eyebrows in the same position all day, which is something i usually worry about. my only complaint here is that there’s not much in the bottle, and i use it a lot, so i just wish it came with more product because i think it’s going to run out pretty quickly.
black kohl eyeliner pencil
i’ve actually been kind of scared to try kohl eyeliner for awhile, even though it’s every grunge girl’s staple, so when we were $2 short of free shipping and it was my turn to pick a product, i decided “screw it, i’ll try it” and now i’m never going back to regular eyeliner. kohl eyeliner is thicker and oilier than regular eyeliner, so it glides on smoother and stays in place all day. in better terms, it goes on your waterline thicker and easier and doesn’t travel down your cheeks during the day. i line my waterline pretty much every day, it’s my go-to look, so this is my new favorite thing, like ever. this one also comes with a little smudgy tool on the other end, which is my second new favorite thing because smoky eye. so yeah, go buy this if you like the raccoon eye look, you will love it.
mineral eyeliner // black
remember how i said i’m never going back to regular eyeliner? well i kinda already did, but that’s just because i freaking love this eyeliner and ran out of it recently so i had to stock up. it’s just generally nice basic eyeliner, no big deal. my one problem with this is that it runs down my face when i use it on my waterline, but it stays in place really well on my eyelid. basic eyeliners like this are good to have around, i have a few of these in different colors and they’re like tee shirts, they don’t really go out of style and they’re nice to have around. good product, ’nuff said.
shape and stay wax pencil
i don’t really know what to say about this because it’s the same thing as the clear mascara stuff, just a pencil, and i’m not super big on it. it’s supposed to keep your eyebrows in place like the mascara, and my mom bought it for herself but then decided she didn’t want it and made me take it, but i have no use for it, so it’s just kinda sitting there. maybe i’ll use it some day? i dunno.
basic lipstick // posh
so i’m pretty big on cool lip colors, i just got nowhere to wear em and often feel semi-self conscious if they’re too out there. darker colors tend to look the best on me, so i bought this one thinking it was a slightly darker red than the ulta lip crayon i already had that i recently lost at school (moment of silence for my favorite lip color). i do really like it, it just looked a lot different on the website than it does on my lips. i thought it was going to be darker, but i’m not really mad about it. it’s very pigmented which is nice, and it glides on really smoothly, which is a bonus for me, and stays really well for quite a while. i wore it for a couple hours and didn’t really have to touch up, but i haven’t worn it all day yet. i like it, it’s pretty cool, not gonna complain, moving on.
matte lip color // dash of pink
i just mentioned that i like darker lip colors, so i had expected my mom to take this one (it was one of the products in the mystery pack thingy), but she doesn’t like matte lipsticks so she gave it to me. i don’t really think i’ll use it much because i don’t have much use for bright lip colors, they’re not really my thing, but i have no complaint against the product itself. my one thing about it is that the website said it would come as a lip stain, but it’s a matte crayon/pencil type thing. either way, i don’t really care that much, it’s an overall good product and stays really well, but it does dry out my lips like most matte products, so i can’t forget that lip balm underneath otherwise my lips will become the sahara desert. update: i actually gave this to a friend who tried it when we were hanging out at my house and liked it. it goes way better with her skin tone.
hd mattifying balm
to be honest, i’m not entirely certain what this even does because i have no use for it, but i guess it’s okay. this is another one of the mystery pack items, but i have no use for it, so it just kinda chills in my makeup bag. as far as i can tell, you put it on the parts of your face that are oily with foundation on them and it makes them not shiny, but i don’t wear foundation and i don’t have oily skin, so i don’t really need it. it’s kinda cool i guess? maybe i’ll find a tutorial on this and come back to it in another post someday. moving on.
this thing is again, one of new favorites. previous to getting this, i was using individual little blending wedges from winco (blech) that streaked my bb cream and made it all gross and not at all blended like their purpose was to do, so when i got this in the mail i was very excited. i’ve wanted one for awhile, i just hadn’t had the chance to buy one and didn’t want to go out and spend $20 at ulta for one and now i am very pleased. very good product, i love it, it’s squishy and cute and very nice, i am happy. that is all.
baked blush // peachy cheeky
if you have not used any baked makeup products, let me just say, you are missing out. gone are the days of messy powder everywhere and getting too much on your brush, baked makeup is the future. i had a powder blush in almost this exact shade, i just hated it and therefore never used it, so when i got this for christmas, i was very excited and also slightly confused to see how it worked. don’t be scared though, it’s very simple and also virtually impossible to get too much on your brush and there is basically no mess at all. i use it pretty much every day, and i don’t think i’ll ever go back to powder blush because it pales in comparison to this gloriousness. go try it, it’s beautiful and lovely and i don’t know where i’d be without it.
baked bronzer // st. lucia
because i was so in love with the baked blush, i decided to get some baked bronzer as well even though i have absolutely no idea how to use bronzer. i know what it’s for and the basics behind it, i’ll just have to find a good youtube tutorial on where exactly to put it and all that. other than that, pretty much the same review as the blush, it was really pigmented when i swatched it on my hand, and wasn’t messy or grainy like i feel like some powders like this sort of thing can be. baked makeup is awesome, i love it, that’s pretty much it.
i’ve mentioned this product before in my daily makeup post, but it’s another one of those things i’m not entirely sure how to use because i am in no way a beauty guru, i just like putting stuff on my face until i think it looks good and then doing that same thing over and over because i know it works. anyway, this palette comes with four colors, a creamy white, pinky blush, a beigey almost brown color, and an orangey bronze kind of color. i’ve been using the lightest one as an under-eye concealer and to brighten my eyes and the others as blushes or eyeshadows or whatever i feel like. the instructions on this were very vague, all they said was to “brush onto areas of the face that need illumination, including cheeks and eyelids” so i just kinda do that. i do like the colors, and maybe one day i’ll learn to use it properly but let’s not get our hopes up. (update: i read a review on this and the ~professional~ reviewing it said she uses them the exact same ways i do, but she also uses the pink and bronze as blush and bronzer, which is what i kinda guessed they were for. so i guess i do know what i’m doing. ha.)
so that’s everything i got and what i’ve been thinking of it. in general, e.l.f is probably my favorite makeup brand because it’s so cheap price-wise but not super cheap quality-wise (at least everything i’ve tried). i have one friend who hates e.l.f because she’s a huge mac fan and pays entirely for quality and popularity, but she’s also a huge makeup snob (not in a bad way, she’s just good at it and knows what to do with it) and spends all of her money at mac and sephora. i am not that invested at all (she said one time she spent $60 on a palette and i almost fainted because why would you do that when you could buy books), and i’m also not big on contouring and palettes and stuff like that like she is. so this is my take on makeup for the rest of y’all out there like me who don’t feel like spending a crap-ton of money on makeup, but still like playing with it and experimenting. i hope you found this informational (try the baked makeup, it’s glorious i swear i will never stop praising it till the day i die) and helpful, and let me know if there’s a good e.l.f product i missed on that spending spree and maybe i’ll get it on my next time round. side note: i usually do take my own pictures, just this weekend i’ve been at my sister’s softball tournament and haven’t had time to take any, sorry.