I love the fact that Target now carries e.l.f. products. Sometimes I just want to buy a few things, not a whole box full of items which I usually end up doing when I place an order from e.l.f. online just to make it worth the shipping cost. So I figured I’d try out just a few products from e.l.f. because its been a while since I’ve actually made any beauty purchases. I can justify buying a couple of goodies when they are only $1 each. Gotta love guilt-free shopping!
e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
I have been wanting to try this product for quite some time now and I’ve heard mixed reviews on it. I’m usually a gel liner kind of gal and I usually stick to my trusty MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, but I wanted to try an eyeliner pen to see if it is any easier than using a liquid eyeliner, since those tend to have some of the worst applicators and make it a pain to use. But to my surprise this eyeliner pen is actually pretty easy to maneuver. It leaves an opaque black line and the line can be thickened depending on how much pressure you use when applying the product. This pen is much easier than using the typical liquid liners. It also has great lasting power and doesn’t budge at all throughout the day. I did notice a bit of fading towards the end of the day, but it was still pretty dark and almost unnoticeable. The big downside to this product is that it can dry out rather quickly so in order to keep it working properly it needs to be stored standing up with the pen tip down. I just store it in my brush holder. But for only $1, this product isn’t too bad and is worth picking up, at least for a backup liner.
e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara
I’ve been using the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear ever since I was in high school and it has always been my go-to brow gel. But this e.l.f. clear mascara does the same with even more product, a better and bigger brush, and it’s even cheaper! Not a bad deal. I always apply a clear gel after I fill in my brows to help keep the little unruly hairs in place and to maintain the shape of the brow throughout the day. The brush size on this mascara is perfect. It’s a little bigger than the Maybelline mascara which makes it easier to just quickly sweep through the brows and the tube squeezes off more product because the brush is bigger so you aren’t left with globs of clear mascara on the brush (I often have this problem with the Maybelline one). It applies just the right amount of product. Although one side is specifically for the brows and the other for eyelashes, they are actually the same product and the same size brush. So technically, you get two brow gels in one. That’s a better bargain, especially at only $1.
e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss in Fairy
I’m usually pretty weary of cheap lipglosses, so I never had any real desire to try the e.l.f. glosses. But after reading about the Hypershine Gloss in Allure magazine I was curious to see just how good these glosses are. They recommended the shade Fairy for an everyday gloss, so I picked up that shade to try. And I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. I’ve been using this even more than MAC Nymphette, which is usually my everyday gloss. The Hypershine Gloss surprisingly has excellent staying power and lasts for quite a few hours. It isn’t overly sticky, but it also isn’t really liquidy like most cheap liglosses. And this color is great! Fairy is a light iridescent pink that looks great on its own or over most lipsticks. I’ve been pairing it a lot with MAC Lipstick in Myth and Angel. And, this lipgloss is even conditioning for the lips. Again, not bad for only $1. I plan on repurchasing this as soon as I go through my first tube, which might be sooner than I thought since I’ve been using it so much! You can see me wearing it here over MAC Lipstick in Myth.
e.l.f. Essentials Concealer Brush
Ok, so I know the last thing I need is yet another makeup brush, but it’s only $1! Again, guilt free shopping lol. But I bought this for different reasons than its designated purpose. I actually purchased this to use as a lip brush. I rarely use lip brushes (on myself, that is) and I like the look that is achieved when using a lip brush to apply lipstick. I find the lines to be cleaner and more precise. It also helps when you don’t want such intense pigmentation and just want a soft wash of color on the lips. I actually got the idea to use this as a lip brush from Keiko Lynn’s blog, which you can view here.
Have you made any guilt-free purchases lately? I’m always looking for great beauty bargains!