Budget Friendly Makeup - e.l.f.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Calling all recessionistas!  If you've been searching for great, affordable make-up but your budget is limited, i have fantastic news for you!  On a recent trip to Target, i came across e.l.f. (Eyes, Lips, Face), a make-up line complete with all the necessities to make you go from blah to vavavoom without breaking the bank!  In fact, i had to do a double take when i saw the prices!  I'm quite used to spending a pretty penny on my make-up so this was a novelty to me!  I've read about e.l.f. products in magazines but when i came across their isle at Target, I decided to see what all the hype was about.  I immediately stocked my cart with enough stuff to create an easy, summer look! 
I proceeded to purchase the following products:
Lengthening & Defining Mascara in Black - $1.00
Lengthening & Voluminizing Mascara in Black - $3.00
Cream Eyeshadow in Candlelight (includes brush) - $3.00
Cream Eyeshadow in Bronzed (includes brush) - $3.00
Pigment Eyeshadow in Naturally Nude (includes brush) - $3.00
All Over Color Stick in Persimmon - $1.00
All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade - $1.00
Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Coffee - $1.00
Liquid Eyeliner in Copper - $1.00
Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal - $1.00
Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Perfect Pink - $1.00
Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in beige - $3.00
Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - $3.00
Shine Eraser Sheets - $1.00

Total cost... a whopping $26!!!  That's what i pay for one of my Chanel Polishes!  Hello!!!!  Can you say SCORE!

I immediately went home, ripped the packages open and began to play!  I can't even explain how surprised i was that this stuff was actually pretty good!  The eyeshadows were incredibly pigmented, much to my surprise!  The worst thing ever is realizing that shadow you love so much, barely shows on your skin!  Uhh!  The eyeliner pen is fool proof, trust me!  Anyone can use this stuff to create a perfect line!  The liquid lipstick reminds me a lot of Stila's applicator with the exception that instead of a brush, you'll get an angled spongy application which i happen to enjoy!  I loved the All Over Color stick in Pink Lemonade the most, as the Persimmon was a bit light for my skin tone.  If you like copper/gold glitter, then the Liquid Eyeliner in Copper is for you!  This stuff is gorgeous!  I worry about looking too teeny bopperish wearing it but thought that maybe if i just dab it on my eyelid for a little extra sparkle on a special evening, then it's harmless.  Unfortunately, the tinted moisturizer was not the right color for my skin tone.  They do have others but I'll just keep using what i normally use and call it a day!  As for the mascaras, i decided to get two because i wanted to compare why one cost $1.00 and the other cost $3.00.  Personally, i say splurge on the $3.00 mascara because the wand is certainly better.  I actually didn't mind this mascara at all and have been wearing it all week.  In fact, I've been wearing solely this make-up for a week just to be sure my skin didn't have any weird reaction, and so far so good!  Overall, the price point is exceptional and the packaging is appealing and looks high end.  They're made with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes which makes them even more appealing!  Oh and they're 'cruelty free' which is important to note!

The swatches below are in the same order as the picture above.  From left to right:  Pigment Eyeshadow in Naturally Nude, Cream Eyeshadow in Bronzed and Cream Eyeshadow in Candlelight.

Below is the All Over Color Stick (from left to right) Persimmon and Pink Lemonade.  Unfortunately the pictures are not doing any of these colors justice.  They look so frosty but they're much prettier in person!

Below is the Eyeliner Pen in Coffee... love this!

Below is the sparkly liquid eyeliner in Copper

Here is a close-up of me wearing the following products: 

Cream Eyeshadow in Candlelight (includes brush) - $3.00
Cream Eyeshadow in Bronzed (includes brush) - $3.00
Pigment Eyeshadow in Naturally Nude (includes brush) - $3.00
All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade - $1.00
Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Coffee - $1.00
Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Perfect Pink - $1.00

Total cost - $11.00! What??? Just think of all the wonderful things you can do with all the money you'll save!!! 

Ok, here's a picture of me wearing some solely e.l.f. products!  What do you think?

So go ahead and grab yourself some e.l.f. products! At these prices, you can't afford not to right? Every woman should have the ability to purchase quality products without sacrificing her budget... these are the products that will ensure you stay on point! Let me know what you think! Happy Experimenting!

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  1. I'm totally agree with you, cosmetic can be great with less price! Sometimes you just pay for huge name)

  2. really gorgeous<3
    btw maybe we can fllw each other?

  3. great post! ill defs check them out!


  4. nice products and i love your natural make-up!!
    following you now!!


  5. hello,I love this e.l.f. review. The swatches are amazing!
    thank you so much for visiting, your nice comment and following back!

    kisses chris