| MAKEUP MONDAY | e.l.f. Cosmetics Favorites & Fails!

e.l.f. Cosmetics is one of my favorite makeup brands of all time. I first discovered e.l.f. products in high school and I've been using them since. They're super affordable, cruelty free, and some products are really high quality. Like any other brand though, there are a few products that aren't so great. 

e.l.f. Cosmetics have three different lines that range in prices. The e.l.f. "Essentials" line features the cheapest products, most starting at only $1 but no higher than $3, these are usually in white packaging. The e.l.f "Studio" line, usually in black packaging, features products that are supposed to be higher quality with prices ranging from about $3-$10. There's also the e.l.f. "Minerals" line which focuses on mineral based products, which rage from $3-$8.

Today I'm going to show you five e.l.f. products I love and five I'm not too fond of. 


Left: Blush shade.
Right: Bronzer shade.

I bought this when I was looking for the contouring palette from e.l.f. They didn't have it, so I purchased this instead. I was actually not very happy with this palette at first, but after a few uses it began to grow on me. The bronzing powder is a deep brown with a light sheen and the blush is a light pink with a light sheen as well. The colors look so gorgeous together and are decently pigmented. The best thing is that it is build able, so you can either add a little for a natural look or build it up to add more drama.

For only $3 this is a total steal! It comes with a wax/gel for defining you eyebrows and a coordinating powder for setting them. It also comes with a mini brush that's actually quite useful. It's so easy to use, the colors are pigmented and this lasts all day. My only issue was I bought the shade Light and it was still too dark for me. I have naturally dirty blonde-light brown hair, (but I dye it light blonde), so I was shocked that the lightest shade was too dark for me. However, they now have an Ash shade which looks like it might be perfect for me, so I'm going to buy it and let you know!

This is one of my favorite drugstore brand mascaras ever. Its the perfect consistency, not too dry and not to wet. It also never clumps on me. This mascara is perfect for a more natural look, I don't usually use it if I'm doing a dramatic eye look, but you can build it up. I love wearing this mascara to work because it applies easy and can be very subtle.

4. e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow in Beautiful Browns: $2.00

This product was an impulse buy for me. I saw it while standing in the checkout at the store, liked the colors, and figured I would spend the $2 on it. I wasn't expecting much from this eyeshadow quad, but boy was I wrong. The colors are really pigmented and not very powdery when swatched. When put on the eye they're still pigmented and when used with a primer they last basically all day. The colors coordinate perfectly to create an easy and beautiful natural eye look.

5. e.l.f. Pointed Foundation Brush: $4.00

This brush is new to me, and I think it's new in general. It's perfect for applying liquid foundation. The pointed tip allows for easy application in hard to reach places like around the nose and eyes and it also gives an even coverage all over. The bristles are soft and the handle fits perfectly in the hand.


1. e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer: $6.00

I bought this in the winter while looking for a moisturizing primer since my face was feeling a little dry. (I have combination/oily skin that will sometimes get very dry in the winter.) This has got to be one of the worst products I've ever used, like ever. It pains me to say that because I hate talking bad about products from brands I truly love, but I cannot lie about this primer. 
First off, it smells horrible. It has a weird plastic-y smell that actually makes me gag. It's also incredibly greasy, it doesn't feel like a primer on the face, it feels more like a really oily gel. It also made me break out very badly. It got to the point where I was going to go to the dermatologist for acne, when I've never had to do that before. As soon as I stopped using this primer, my skin cleared up so I knew that was the problem.

2. e.l.f. Eyeshadow "C" Brush: $3.00

This is actually a favorite among many as far as e.l.f. brushes go, so I might get some hate for this but, I don't like this brush. It picks up plenty of color and applies it nicely, but every time I use it it hurts my eyes and this isn't a problem I usually have with brushes. I don't know what it is, but I feel like because the bristles are so short and the metal around the bristles isn't that smooth, it always ends up hurting my eyes every time I try to use it. It stinks because I do like the way this brush applies shadow.

3. e.l.f. Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow: $3.00

I might get some hate for this one too, it seems to be another very popular e.l.f. product. Unfortunately, I just don't like it that much. The color is great and pigmented, but the application and wear isn't too good. Applying it can be annoying without the right brush and I hate using my finger to dig into the pot, especially if my nails are a little longer. It also doesn't stay all day for me, it moves around and the color fades.

4.  e.l.f. Expert Liquid Liner: $2.00

So I featured this in my Top 10 Under $10: Eyes post about a month back, and I now regret it. I mean it's an easy to apply liquid liner and it does the job for only $2, but I don't love it. It doesn't dry matte and it does take a little while to dry. I've just found recently that I'm not happy with the results this eyeliner gives me. I like the L.A. Colors Liquid Eyeliner more and it's a buck cheaper.

5. e.l.f. Flawless Face Powder: $2.00
*Not pictured above, I no longer own this product*

Probably one of my least favorite pressed face powders ever. The color range isn't that great and the color I did pick that most closely matched me, ended up oxidizing on my skin after a short amount of time. The packaging is also really tiny. It is only $2 but for the amount you're getting, you might as well buy the $8 drugstore pressed powder that works better. It will end up costing the same in the end.

I made this Favorites & Fails list for e.l.f. cosmetics as a way to help you decide which products to try out. Just because a brand is super cheap, doesn't mean you should waste your money trying out every single item they have, if that's the case, you might as well buy the higher-end products that have a better chance of working. I hope these lists help you decide which e.l.f. products to go for, and which ones to skip.

Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with me. 
Also let me know your favorites and fails from e.l.f. I'm interested to hear what you think!

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