E.L.F. haul!

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I got sucked in by the labor day sale
E.L.F was having last weekend. I mostly bought brushes, but I got a little makeup too. Everything studio was half off if your order was over $25 so it was an awesome way to try some brushes without dropping much money to do it.
The brushes are surprisingly nice considering the price. At $3 a pop I expected loose hair, low density, crusty bristles. These are anything but. They are all taklon (synthetic) bristle brushes, which I find makes them less picky to clean. They aren’t shedding at all (at least so far) and the bristles are soft and densely packed.

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The flawless concealer brush is bigger than I expected, so I don’t think I’ll be using it for that.  Maybe under eye though. Mostly I think it will be good for contouring and for eye shadow when I want a soft all-over color. The density of the domed brush head is impressive,  and it has almost a springy feel without being stiff.

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I oredered both sizes in the stipple brush with the intent of using them for foundation. Now that I have them, I’m thinking they may be better for blush, but I haven’t tried them yet. I expected these to feel loose, but they are interestingly firm with soft bristles.

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The small tapered brush is also bigger than I expected.  I’m not sure what I’ll end up using it for, but it has a nice shape and soft dense bristles, so I’m sure it’ll be good for something.

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The retractable lip brush is awesome,  and I wish I’d bought a couple more! I like that it closes into the handle so it won’t make a mess, and the bristles are soft but firm. In the past when I’ve bought lip brushes they were shaped by laquering them with hairspray and the first use made a frizzy, sheddy mess of them. The bristles of this brush hold their shape without product, so I’m excited to try it!

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The contour brush is about the size I expected the concealer brush to be. It’s got a very firmly packed head of soft bristles, giving it almost a sponge like feel. I think this brush is going to see a lot of use, because it would be good for concealer, eyeshadow, and for smaller areas of contouring.  I may need another of this one too!

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The small precision brush (top) and small smudge brush (bottom) are really similar. I probably could have gone with only one of the two and been fine. The precision brush has longer bristles,  but both are small, firm, soft brushes with rounded ends. They seem to pick up color well despite their size, and should be good for small areas of concealer and for eyeshadow, especially in the crease and as a soft liner.

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I love E.L.F.’s matte lip colors (I had nearly nude and red already, and the nude is nicer than the spendy Kardashian one the gal at ulta almost sold me on.) so when I saw colors my local store doesn’t carry I had to give them a try. The coral is really pretty, and is kind of the color of cantaloupe.  Usually orangey colors look gross on me, but this seems cool toned enough that I think it will be cute. Tea rose is kind of a neutral dusty pink, and is similar to the color my lips are naturally,  so I expect it will look very natural. They can be a touch drying, but last well and have a natural matte look that I like. (I find some matte colors are just TOO matte.) They do pretty well under gloss too, so the same color can be worn two ways.

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The baked highlighter had rave reviews,  so I thought I’d try it. It’s very pretty. I wish the lighter color hadn’t been sold out, but pink diamonds is still a nice shade. The finish is shimmery without being sparkly, and leaves a pink glow but no real color. It was hard to photograph it, but trust me, it’s lovely. It might be pretty for eyeshadow if I want a really natural look, and it will be nice for highlights as well.

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Speaking of pointless swatches, the primers seem nice. The packaging and formula was different between the two formulas, so I don’t know if one is older or what. I expected clear to be less… clear. I thought it would be translucent whitish, so the crystal clear color surprised me. The purple looked just like the MUFE stuff I tried at sephora, only it costs WAY less. Both were nice, although the clear feels a little nicer to me. Also, for those who care, the purple contains parabens, while the clear does not. I think the clear may be newer, so hopefully that will be the formula for the purple in the future. One thing I liked is that there is no fragrance to these primers. I like fragrance in products, but I have a fragrant powder and I don’t need too many smells going on at once. Especially ony face.

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Lastly, for referring friends at checkout I got this cute eye shodow quad free. I didn’t want to buy ant eyeshadow because I own a ton, so I might have preferred something else, but the colors are good, and anyway it was free. The two grey colors are pretty similar, but one is a bit lighter and more metallic than the other. The black is nice, and doesn’t have much shimmer although it isn’t a true matte. The white, to be quite honest, kinda sucked. It is matte, and not very opaque, so it doesn’t really show up at all. I really gobbed it on for the swatch, and you still can’t even see it. I use a lot of shimmery white, so I was really disappointed this color was such a bust.

Overall, this was a good order.  I highly recommend the brushes, since they’re inexpensive but still nice. The primer is nice, but get the clear instead of the colored kind. Even though this stuff is already dirt cheap, watch for sales and freebies, which are frequent.

Pros:
Cheap is heck
Brushes are really nice
Good products are good
They give you free stuff

Cons:
Products can be very hit or miss

If anyone has these brushes, please let me know your favorite uses for them in the comments! You can also let me know which E.L.F products you’ve used and what you thought of them so I know what to order in the future!

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