Sunday, June 12, 2011

ELF Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen


While feeding my addiction of ELF cosmetics, I took advantage of a 50% of sale and purchased the ELF Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pens.  These pens come in seven shades, two of which are relatively new to the line; Ash, Black, Coffee, Midnight, Plum, Purple, Teal.  These pens retail at $1.00 each, but if you're lucky and snag them on sale you can get them for only $.50, like I did!

Here's a bit of the product description:
Get no smudge with no-budge eyeliner, which creates a fabulous and fresh look of precision that lasts for hours. The smooth pen applicator easily glides on color for very fine to bold lines for effortless beauty. 
Removal is easy, use a water based makeup remover.
Best stored with tip down for ultimate color saturation.

Likes:
- affordable at only $1.00ea
- decent range of shades, 7 shades total
- easy to use as the product is not all watery which makes it easier to create precise lines
- slender packaging, tight sealing cap
- felt tip applicator
- the two newest shades are very pigmented and brighter than I expected them to be

Dislikes:
- majority of the shades do not translate the color they swatch, when worn they all look dark - almost black
- the tip is extremely stiff and has no give at all, this actually hurt the skin on my lash line
- not completely "waterproof", the liners did start to transfer on my lid after wearing it for more than 6hrs

Ash, Black, Coffee, Midnight, Plum, Purple, Teal

Ash comes off as a deep grey, not completely black but still very rich


Black didn't come out as pitch as I was hoping (felt sort of dry as well), but I think this might just be a dud pen because I have a different liquid liner ELF pen that's super pitch black


Coffee dries to a dark brown but from a distance it can come off as black


Midnight is not what I expected at all, swatches online show it to be a navy blue, but in person this dries to a deep dark navy - almost black to be honest


Plum didn't turn out as what is shown online, it's a very deep plum almost showing as black in person


Purple is a very pigmented and bright purple, this far exceeded my expectations based on the online swatches and the first five shades I tried prior to this one


Teal is a very pigmented dark teal with a true teal haze, this shade is probably the most surprising in regards to color payoff



You can watch my review here as well:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

ELF Studio Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15


I have been eyeing these lip balms for a while, pretty much ever since they were released online. I was a bit hesitant at first because I don't really like digging lip balm out of a pot, but after seeing a couple people on youtube rave about the conditioning factor, I finally decided to buy one.
Retailing at $3.00ea and .26oz / 7.5g, the ELF Studio Conditioning Lip Balm comes in six shades; Nice & Natural, Peaceful Pink, Mellow Melon, Blissful Berry, Bombshell Brown, Romantic Rouge.

Product Description:
With the e.l.f. Conditioning Lip Balm, lips get treated to a sheer splash of color that’s super smooth, velvety soft and non-sticky. Not only are these sheer, natural shades beautiful, they’re also beneficial, with natural ingredients that condition dry, chapped lips including Vitamins A & E. SPF 15 to protect delicate lips against harmful sun damage.
Directions:
Apply to lips and blend in color before sun exposure and as often as desired. This is the ideal lip balm to carry with you, or take when you travel, as it multitasks by offering great color, SPF protection and conditioning benefits.


My Thoughts:
This lip balm is so smooth to apply, and it stays smooth for about 4hrs until it starts to dry a bit like any lip conditioner does.  I purchased the shade Romantic Rouge because I adore red tinted lips, plus I don't like sheer balms very much.  The balm is sheer, but so pigmented that you can apply more product to build up color on your lips.  The scent is fruity with a hint of SPF, but it definitely doesn't smell or taste like sun block, so don't worry.  The balm itself is very soft, I had expected a more solid, waxy balm, but this one is very similar to MAC's Lip Conditioner pots (which I love).  The packaging it super cute - I love boxy shapes - and it still fits in my cosmetic bag without being 'bulky'.