Despite my desire to keep my make-up collection small and high-end, I have a hard time resisting E.L.F. coupon codes. E.L.F. make-up is ridiculously cheap (mostly between $1 and $3, plus 50% off with coupon codes), yet there are a few stand-out items that even outperform department store make-up.
You have to be selective about what you buy – as there are a lot of duds too. I’ve put together a list of my favourite E.L.F. products, as well as few to avoid – hope this is helpful the next time they have a great coupon code. (Use cybermonday coupon 50WIDE for 50% off purchases over $25 – valid for another 16 hours)
After purchasing MAC’s Dipdown fluidline, I can now compare the two products and say that ELF’s Coffee gel eyeliner is as good, if not MORE pigmented than MAC’s gel eyeliner – but MAC’s cost at least 5 times more. The Studio angled brush makes it easy to appy gel liner, and is especially good for creating winged eyeliner looks.
This brush is one of ELF’s star products – it is used to stipple on liquid foundation for an airbrushed finish. It is very dense and applies foundation beautifully – however, some people (including myself) have had to super-glue the brush head back onto the handle as it is very wobbly and can fall off! Hopefully ELF have fixed the problem since there were many complaints about this.
A super high-quality brush found in many beauty bloggers’ make-up bags. The soft flat brush head makes it easy to apply a wash of color on the lid – I prefer this to my MAC 239.
–Essential Custom compact ($1)
This can be used to store depotted MAC eyeshadows: MAC’s refillable palette costs $7 and doesn’t even come with a mirror – I much prefer this. If you’re feeling creative, you can customize the palette to hold a whole face-worth of product (here’s my tutorial).
–Hollywood Eyelashes Kit ($3)
I purchased this for the eyelash applicator (looks like a large curved tweezer) – I may try the included eyelashes at some point, but so far I’ve been sticking to the dramatic lashes ($1) as they look more natural. If you’re nervous about using false eyelashes and hate putting tweezers near your eyes – the eyelash applicator can help make the process easier. Don’t use the enclosed eyelash glue (it’s not strong enough) – purchase DUO glue instead.
–Mineral Eyeshadow Primer ($3)
A lot of people claim that this is a dupe for Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. I’ve never tried the UD version, so I can’t compare the two. This primer works really well for me – it increases the staying power and vibrancy of my eyeshadow and keeps it crease-free.
I’m a huge fan of blotting my face – I usually don’t need to reapply my mineral foundation as long as I blot my t-zone once or twice a day. These papers are better than the plasticky Clean & Clear ones, their quality reminds me of my Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens. I keep the Boscia ones in my make-up bag, but stock up on these and stash them everywhere else (car dashboard, handbag etc.)
A lot of people purchase ELF cheek products because their packaging and shades are reminiscent of NARS. From my own purchases (warm bronzer, all over color stick) and reviews I’ve read online, their cheek products can be powdery and lacking in pigmentation – so I would stay away from them.
Currently Trying – Here are some products that I will be trying out for the first time – will update here if they’re worth it or not.
Some days I have to apply my make-up on the go, so I’m putting together a mini full-face make-up kit to grab whenever I need it. These brushes are the perfect size and combination for my needs.
–Studio Stipple brush ($3)
Have read really good reviews about this brush and am going to try it with my cream blushes.
–Make-up Mist and Set ($3)
This spray is meant to blend and set your make-up, much like MAC’s Studio Fix or Urban Decay’s All-Nighter spray. It’s meant to be more suitable for acne-prone skin than Studio Fix, so I thought I’d give it a try – especially since these sprays are meant to help mineral foundations look glowy rather than powdery.
–Daily Brush Cleaner ($3)
Thought I’d keep this in my bathroom for those times when I have to clean a brush in a hurry but can’t wait for them to dry.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m obsessed with keeping cuticles well-groomed. The cuticle oil pen seems promising – it contains avocado oil and almond oil, as well as a lot of vitamins. Am going to keep this in my handbag along with the cuticle pusher to try keep my nails in the best possible condition (especially in this dehydrating cold weather!).
My only other advice for shopping on ELF is to look up reviews on Makeup Alley – they can really help you decide which products are worth it. Also – wait for coupon codes so you only end up paying $.50 to $1.50 per item! (I used their cybermonday coupon 50WIDE, which is still valid for another 16 hours. For Canadian readers – only pay US shipping by using this tip.)
Have you purchased ELF make-up – please tell me your favorites in the comments below.
DISCLAIMER: I purchased all these products by myself and am not affiliated in any way with ELF.