Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Review: e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer & Liner Sealer

This is a review for the e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer & Liner Sealer, not to be confused with their mineral eyeshadow primer, that I reviewed before here. This retails for $3 for .09 oz primer and .14 oz sealer. The sealer side is suppose to help turn your eyeshadow into liquid eyeliner. As I don't usually use that because I'm scared to poke myself in the eye, I decided to try it out. It just felt like a cold brush, but some color from my e/s did show up so I guess it does work, if I lined a few more times the color will build up.

As for the primer side, I tried this as an experiment with NYX eyeshadow. On one side of my eye, I used no primer at all and on the other, I used this product. You can easily tell that the side with the primer made the e/s more vibrant and not dull like the other eye. After several hours, the eye with primer lasted without creasing, which makes this product effective! I wouldn't recommend these with cream eyeshadows because it creased for me.

Compared with the mineral eyeshadow primer, I would say it is equally effective, but the mineral one comes with more product (.15 oz vs .09). I guess it would depend on which applying method you like better and if you have use for the sealer end. I have read that this studio primer reminds people of a concealer stick which makes me wonder if regular concealer sticks can do the same job. I guess that will be another experiment for next time!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Some e.l.f. studio swatches

Here are some swatches of some e.l.f. studio line products.

The first picture contains the colors of the Eye Transformer palette. It is suppose to transform the color of your original eyeshadow into something different depending on the color that you choose to put on top of it. The shades are green, coral, pink, and blue.

This next one is from the Shimmer Palette. It seems to be in the form of a cream consistency and it is very shimmery/metallic-like on the skin when you put it on. The shades are white, light pink, coral, and a slightly darker pink.

This last one is the new eyeshadow singles. The colors are Charcoal, Coffee Bean, Pebble, Raspberry Truffle, Saddle, and Sand Dollar.

This is the Golden Bronzer and Warm Bronzer. The swatches are the colors in clockwise order. The fifth color is all the previous blended together. I think these would make great e/s colors!

These are the new blushes. The colors are Merry Berry, Blushing Rose, Mellow Mauve, and Tickled Pink. The colors are definitely not as shimmery as I thought from the pictures from their website.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Review: e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

This is a review for the e.l.f. mineral eyeshadow primer, not to be confused with their studio line's eye primer and sealer. So far I have tried this three times on different hot summer days. This retails for $3 for .15 fl oz but if you have been taking advantage of their 75% off the mineral line coupon I mentioned in my last post (WWYB75M), they would only be $0.75 each!

Day 1: I used the primer with Sugar e/s, which is a regular powder type. My first impression of the primer was that it was more watery than other ones I have tried. The lasting power was pretty good and the e/s did stand out, but it could've just been that the e/s is shimmery itself haha.

Day 2: I used the primer with Revlon's Illuminance Cream Shadow. It did not work for this type of e/s. It creased like crazy!! I had to wipe it off because it looked so unflattering.

Day 3: I was home today and decided to test it out again. On my left eye, I used Sally Hansen's Line Soothing Mineral Powder (which I think is supposed to be a blush but the pinks are so shimmery I wanted to try it as an e/s). So far so good, the color is vibrant and no signs of creasing. On my right eye, I used the Revlon Cream shadow again, to see if last time was just a fluke. Boy was I wrong, within 15 minutes (no joke!!), it was like crease city. It was so horrible, I'm glad I was home when I did this.

All in all, I think it's best to not use this primer with cream shadows, perhaps because my skin is oily, but with regular e/s it is working pretty well. $3 and well worth it, time to stock up!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

E.L.F. Haul

So I ordered from E.L.F. sale I mentioned to you last week Thursday. Tracking actually said that they went to my house on Friday (one day shipping!) but the hard working U.S.P.S. (pfft) are liars because I was home and they did not leave me any notice nor rang my doorbell. So I finally had time to go to the post office that was far away to pick it up. Here are all the stuff I got for a total of only $41.25!

Here are the eye shadows and blushes/bronzers in the compacts.
1st compact (clockwise): Bronzed, Flushed, Shy, Glow
2nd compact (clockwise): Periwinkle, Pink Ice, Wisteria, Truly Pink
3rd compact (clockwise): Dusk, Ivory, Moondust, Mocha

This is the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer and Eye Primer & Liner Sealer. The sealer part doesn't make sense to me because doesn't it get contaminated by each color you use? Also, the liquid inside comes out of the container very easily.

This is the travel mirror and Candy Shop lip gloss (free gift).

These are the concealer, foundation, and blush/bronzer/blending brushes. They are very soft!

Lastly, these are the mineral lipsticks which is why I ordered in the first place.

Colors: Bare Brown, Barely Bitten, Cool Coral, Fiery Fuchsia, Natural Nymph, Nicely Nude

Colors: Party Pink, Pouty Petal, Prime Plum, Ripe Rose, Rosy Raisin, Rosy Tan, Runaway Pink

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