Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mini E.l.f. Haul/Review

 Hi Ladies!!

Another exciting day at the mailbox! Though this time the stuff wasn't free, it's just as exciting! I ordered a couple things from E.l.f. or In my personal opinion, they have some really wonderful products, but they also have some serious bust items too. There has been a lot of hype around both the new formulation nail polish and the Holiday 2011 Gem brushes, so those were my main reasons for placing this order. Well, enough of this, lets see what I got!
In this mini haul I purchased the Candied Lip Balm Collection, the elf eyebrow lifter and filler in medium, the new formulated nail polish in Mint Cream, two of the Gem brushes and for referring 3 people I was gifted the Hypershine Liploss in Berry Cherry.
This is the New Improved Formula Nail Polish in Mint Cream! I do apologize that my camera did not do  very good job at picking up the beautiful color, but that is the one thing I did like about this polish. I did not, however, find a huge difference between the new formula and the old. The quality seems to be about on par with each other.
This is the Polish after 1 coat, and I did apply it really thick and it was still very streaky. Not the smoothest application either.
This is after 2 coats, and before top coat. I would say that overall and compared to other brands out there in the same price range, this is just ok. I don't think I'll be getting any more of the elf polish myself, for the $2 it cost for this, I would rather wait until Walgreen's has a $1 sale on Sinful Colors polish, and snag 2 of those. The Mint creme color however is really pretty and perfect for Easter!
Next up..... The 2011 Holiday Gem Brushes! I'm going to say these really are cute brushes, and if you have a clear glass brush holder make sure you move these to the front because Girlfriend!!!!..... they are cute! Turn on your makeup lights and can you say bling bling?? With that being said, I do think they could have made the quality 1000 times better. I lost a couple of the gems off the handle just taking it out of the package. No I wasn't rough with it either! Looks like they used a glue stick to keep the gems on, should have splurged for super glue! I also was surprised that they were so small. That's the gem eyeshadow brush lined up next to the studio eyeshadow brush (above). As you can see it's much shorter, but good for travel?
The quality of the brush however is identical to the Studio line brush. As you can see above, aside from the color the bristles are the same. Just as full and soft as the studio brush. Does a great job at picking up shadows! Overall, they are pretty cute. I won't be making them my go to brushes any time soon, but they do look nice in the brush holders and will work in a pinch! I paid $4 for the gem brush, and $2 for the Studio Line brush so if you are looking for the most bang for your buck, I would just stick with the studio brush.
Now for something I couldn't rave more about! The elf Eyebrow Lifter and Filler! This is a generously sized dual ended eyebrow pencil with a built in sharpener in the cap! At first I didn't have too high of hopes for the product, but everything right down to the sharpener impressed me. 
 One end of this pencil is an Ivory "lifter" or as I use it for, a highlighter. At the other end is a medium colored brow filler.  The formula glides on effortlessly, and this is something I now use on the daily! Thank you Elf for this one!!!

Now for this, The Hypershine Lipgloss in Berry Cherry, I have a Love/Hate thing goin' on. I love love the consistancy of the gloss, and the shine is WOW, but I don't notice any color? It doesn't have a different scent or flavor then my other Hypershine Gloss's so I'm not really sure if it's my lips or the product, but I think it's lacking. Not something I would spend my money on probably, thankfully it was FREE! :)
Lastly we have the Candied Lip Balm Collection. This is a BUST. I'm sad that I wasted my money on this and wish I would have gotten another product to try instead. Trying to think of something positive to say about it....
These come in three flavors, Blackberry Creme- Strawberry Creme-Vanilla Creme. As far as I can tell, none of them have a taste and they all smell the same, so I'm not sure why they are called Candied Lip Balms. 2 out of 3 tubes broke after the first application. When you push the product up to use it, they don't go back down again. That was disappointing. Very very very cheap packaging. These would definitely break if you tossed them in your purse. 
Above is the Lip gloss swatches as follows Blackberry Creme- Strawberry Creme-Vanilla Creme. As you can see, they don't offer much color either. I can say though, they do feel moisturizing and the formula is not sticky. But I would NOT recommend this product. Save your pennies, and get a better moisturizer! :) 

Well Ladies, that's my mini elf haul for the day! I hope you enjoyed and found at least part of this useful to you! I know I had fun doing it! Till next time!!

xoxo The Vampin Beauty

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