I’m probably not the only girl who spends quite a bit of money on makeup every year. I would like to be able to save wherever I can, but cheap makeup is often bad makeup. It might simply not look good, but it could also dry up your skin and give you breakouts. Which is why a bad product can often be more expensive than it seems.
Eyes Lips Face (abbreviated e.l.f.) is known for their incredibly cheap makeup, and the last couple of years I have realized that some of their products are pretty good quality too. I normally put in a couple large orders a year, so that I can use their free shipping offer – on orders over $35. E.l.f. still can’t replace my favorite brands, but there are some products that I am more than happy to save some money on, and here are my top five favorites:
Waterproof eyeliner Pen – $2.00
I always buy at least three of these eyeliners with every order. I love how easy it is to use and how long it lasts. It doesn’t do great on your wetline, but it’s perfect for a nice cat eye look. My only complaint is that it doesn’t last quite as long as its more expensive equals, but for the price I think it’s more than worth it. I still have a couple other eyeliners that I love, but I will still keep stocking up on this one too.
Angled Eyeliner Brush – $3.00
I am no expert when it comes to makeup brushes, but I have been very happy with several of the brushes in the e.l.f. Studio collection. The one I use the most though, is the angled eyeliner brush. I’m a fan of gel or cream eyeliners, especially those that are waterproof enough to be worn on the wetline. I use one from Make Up For Ever, and I need a brush to apply it. I’ve used my brush for over two years, but it started looking a little rough so I just now bought two new ones. I don’t see the point in paying more for a brush from a different brand when this one works so well.
Makeup Remover Wipes – $3.00
The wipes from Neutrogena used to be my favorite until I decided to try these from e.l.f. I still love them both, and in quality I would say they are pretty much interchangeable, but the ones from e.l.f. smell much better and they only cost 15 cents a wipe, versus Neutrogena’s 26 cents a wipe. Not a life-changing difference, but I think it’s enough to be worth it for something you use daily.
I also haven’t noticed any negative side effects – breakouts etc. – from either product, but I always make sure to rinse my face off with warm water after I’ve removed all my makeup, so that no residue from the wipes is left. I think that is a good policy for any makeup removers, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Mineral Infused Face Primer – $6.00
A good primer is a must if you want your makeup to stay on all day. And it makes your skin nice and even so that your foundation goes on looking better. I ordered the Tone Adjusting Green, which is ideal for minimizing redness and correcting blotchy skin. My cheeks tend to get a bit red – and even more so during the summer. I have used mine for a few months now and I’m very happy with it. Make sure you only use a tiny bit of it, though! It will make your face oily if you use as much as you think you need. If that happens just use a facial tissue to blot off the excess cream/shine. I use it everywhere in my face except on my eyelids, where I’ve been using an eye shadow primer from Too Faced – it has been working so well that I’m not ready to switch it out.
Matte Lip Color – $3.00
I only own the color Rich Red, but I’ll definitely be getting a couple new ones in my next order. Bright or dark red have always been my favorite lip colors though, and this one does not dissapoint. The color is bright and gorgeous, and it LASTS! It stays on for longer than my MAC lipsticks (which I still love) – and without clumping. The color will fade a bit, but it will still look great after a whole night out.
What are your favorite products from e.l.f.?