Beauty By Krystal: August 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

ELF Daily Brush Cleaner & Brush Shampoo

I've purchased a few of these cleaners and have yet to review them.  This review will be short and sweet because I don't have much time to type this out.  Pretty much, I've been using these cleaners since earlier this year, and these two bottles photographed are my second ones, back ups that I had purchased during a 50% off sale.

The daily cleaner spray is very gentle on my low end and high end brushes, it picks up layered on makeup with ease, I only need a few spritz per brush, and the fragrance is pleasant - not chemically or over powering.  The brush shampoo I actually prefer more than my baby shampoo, it's gentle, the fragrance is soft and it lathers very nicely, it also leaves my brushes soft and not dried out like some shampoos tend to do.  I personally don't put conditioner on my brushes because I don't like the idea of build up on my makeup brushes that touch my face, so it's great that these cleaners don't dry out my brushes.

For this review, I cleaned three brushes with different makeup mediums on them; eyeshadow, concealer and brow powder.  All three brushes were spot cleaned with the ELF Daily Brush Cleaner, and all three brushes are makeup free, clean, soft and ready to be used.  These cleaners are awesome, and for $3.00 each a total bargain!

Friday, August 12, 2011

ELF Studio Lip Stain

I have been wanting to try the ELF Studio Lip Stains for a long time, but I just never got around to picking one up.  During ELF's gigantic birthday sale, I picked up all the shades, and I must say, there are a few must-have shades for my collection.  Unfortunately though, there's a good portion of the collection I personally could do without.

The ELF Studio Lip Stains are $3.00ea and come in eight shades; Birthday Suit, Bombshell, Fashionista, First Date, Heartbreaker, Lucky Lady, Mysterious, Red Carpet.  The packaging is sleek as is most of the Studio line items, but I didn't care for how the two tubes twisted into the center piece because the corners didn't line up and it made it look cheaper in quality - this wouldn't prevent me from buying it, but in my drawer of lips products, these are the only ones that are crooked.  The closures of the product are nice and tight so I am hoping these don't dry out anytime soon because it seems very sturdy.

Some of the formulations were very thin and streaky and needed at least two coats to look opaque, whereas a few of them felt more like a cream gloss consistency - those I actually preferred more.  I only found that two shades were pigmented enough for just one coat of application; Bombshell and Red Carpet.  I did notice that a lot of these shades applied almost neon - my camera settings couldn't capture how bright they are; the brightest shades are Birthday Suit, Fashionista, First Date, and Red Carpet isn't neon but it sure is bright.  The clear gloss end, I was definitely not impressed with, but a gloss at $3 didn't have my expecting too much.  It's a thinner gloss that doesn't seem to last very long, and the applicator is very tough and almost removes the stain you are topping off.

Description: Achieve full coverage that lasts for hours with this long-wear formula. Enjoy silky matte color or layer on the moisturizing clear gloss for a shiny look. With key Vitamins A & E your lips stay smooth all day long.
Directions: Apply the Stain to bare lips and allow to dry for a matte finish. Apply the clear gloss on top of the color for a shiny effect and to moisturize the lips if needed. Remove with any oil or cream based makeup remover or cleanser.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

ELF Mineral Lipstick

Eyes Lips Face is notorious for their 50%+ sales, so on their latest Mineral Line Half Off sale, I picked up all of the ELF Mineral Lipsticks. The ELF Mineral Lipsticks are $5.00 ea, they offer 18 shades; Bare Brown, Barely Bitten, Beautiful Berry, Cheerful Cherry, Cool Coral, Fiery Fuchsia, Natural Nymph, Nicely Nude, Party Pink, Pouty Petal, Prime Plum, Rich Raspberry, Ripe Rose, Rosy Raisin, Rosy Tan, Royal Red, Runway Pink, Rustic Brick.  The packaging is sleek being all black with white lettering, it's closure securely clicks to let you know it's closed, twisting the bullet up and down has a clicking stopper as well to let you know when the bullet is fully extended and again when it's fully retracted.

These lipsticks apply and wear extremely smooth, feeling like a lip conditioner.  Over time, they maintain hydration and moisturize your lips, they do not have a drying sensation, unless your lips are naturally drying or are already chapped then you might need to put a conditioning base on prior to these lipsticks.  Although the formulation is similar to a lip conditioner, the pigmentation is not sheer at all, large majority of these shades are extremely pigmented and only need a light hand when applying.  At 4hrs wear time the colors began to fade a tiny bit, but not enough to need reapplication.  At 6hrs wear time the colors faded enough to need another application, but still did not feeling drying on the lips.  In a 12hr day I only had to reapply my lipstick 3 times, twice were after eating.