I have bought several items from ELF – Eyes Lips Face, an online makeup store, but my three favourite items that I think are really worth shouting about are: ELF Eyelid Primer (€1.70), ELF High Definition Face Powder (€6.80), and ELF Professional Shine Eraser Sheets (€1.70).
ELF Eyelid Primer
ELF Eyelid primer costs €1.70, that’s right only €1.70 for 5ml which lasts for ages. I got this by mistake, thinking I had ordered the ELF Mineral Eye Shadow Primer which is meant for use prior to applying mineral eye shadow but I liked the fact that the mineral Eye Shadow Primer has no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes. The mineral eyeshadow primer is €3.50. Having used both, I can say that they are just as effective as each other.
The Eyelid primer holds up really well against Urban Decay Primer Potion, I can’t see any real difference between the two, I’ve tested them side by side, by using UD primer on one eye and ELF eyelid primer on the other, and at the end of the day after about 6 hours wear there was no difference between the two in terms of how they performed, my eye shadow on both eyes was still in tact and was crease free.
Obviously there is a big difference in price UD eyeshadow primer retails for €20, although it now is available in a tube, which I do prefer as it is a lot more hygienic and less open to bacteria getting into it.
That said I have found that L’Oreal Touche Magique works well as a primer for me on occasions.
ELF High Definition Powder
ELF High Definition Powder €6.80. This really fine white powder completely disappears into the skin and seems to fill in fine lines. It’s light weight so you don’t look or feel like you are wearing powder on your face. It leaves your skin feeling very smooth and even. Although it is white, it won’t make you look like casper the ghost, rest assured that it completely disappears.
ELF High Definition Powder is considered a Dupe for Makeup Forever HD powder according to Kevin J Bennett, award winning makeup artist and author of www.inmykit.com (it’s a fabulous site that lists products that the pros use, it will make your head spin!!!)
What Kevin J Bennett Says: ‘OK, suspiciously similar in many aspects to the MUFE HD Powder…almost exact. The only difference is the addition of silicone, which does not change the effectiveness or total transparency of this product at all. Huge difference…it’s $6 ($24 less than MUFE).
WARNING: Do Not use the big fluffy puff that comes with this powder. It applies far to much to the skin and will leave a white residue. Use a kabuki style brush and buff powder into skin.]’
What ELF say: The high definition loose powder creates a “soft focus” effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.
Fabulous product at an amazing price!
ELF Professional Shine Eraser:
These go everywhere with me just in case I need to take any shine off my face. They are really effective and 50 sheets for €1.70 they are also fantastic value. See my previous review on ELF Shine Eraser Sheets.
I am not a brand snob by any stretch of the imagination but the packaging from ELF is awful. ELF don’t spend money on fancy packaging or advertising which is one of the reasons why they can sell their product at such great prices, but once you get the products out of the box it all looks a lot nicer.
www.eyeslipsface.co.uk services Ireland, the UK with several countries having their own site. USA is serviced by www.eyeslipsface.com although I believe you can purchase ELF products in K-Mart in America.
Animal Testing: ELF products are NOT tested on animals.
I’ve tried some other ELF products, but not all of them, these are just my favourites. Have you tried and liked any ELF products that you would recommend?