Tuesday, 2 February 2010

ELF Studio line makeup review and swatches! part 2

Well real life has been preventing me from updating this more often, but im here now and ive got my review of some of the latest ELF products ive bought and used thoroughly. I try not to review anything until ive used it alot..so i dont get all hyped up about a new product and then change my mind later on!
The photos were taken on my older camera as i dont have my new one at the moment, my partner is borrowing it for some work related issue!

Brushes - i bought from the studio line powder and c brush .

I love them both. They're so soft and they've become staples in my kit. The blusher brush is slightly pointy shaped and i find this hugs the apples of the cheeks well. The powder brush is a long handled kabuki style brush and great for buffing on powders. The C eyeshadow brush. I use this for adding on shadow in my eye crease and blending it out. There has been no shedding when using or washing these brushes and they still feel great after being washed over 20 times now.

Studio line face primer. A let down im afraid. The bottle makes the product look like its one of the white liquid type primers which i love so much ( Smashbox light, Illmasqua matt) but the bottle is deceiving!

The primer is actually one of those clear silicone type ones..that just does not suit my oily skin at all!!!! Its alot like the smashbox normal primer or any of the silicone type primers. I couldnt use this at all. Others who like those silicone ones may find this useful, i was just annoyed that the packaging does not show it to be clear.
see!? I put it on my face and applied foundation and within 10 mins i could see the shine all over my tzone.

Studio Line Transformer compact
This is such a clever little idea! 4 subtle powders- blue, pink green and yellow that when applied over other powders change the shade of what it is...On pale tones its quite subtle, but on a black base the colours really show up.
This swatch is just on bare skin.
To see it on black go check out Sirvinya's blog!

27 Piece Mini Makeup Collection. This was a freebie with what i ordered. Its a cool little set of eyeshadows, skin powders and lip colours in a compact that opens up. Big mirror inside the lid and sturdy packaging.

Now i dont tend to use lip pallettes as i like to keep a lipstick or gloss with me to redo my lipstick throughout the day, which you cant really do with these lip colours in the pallete, but saying that, they are nice feeling on the lips and a good pigment. The colours have a wide range of shades from pink to peach, plus 3 strong reds.

The eye shadow shades are quite well thought out, with shades for mixing and matching and going from natural day tones to darker smokier night looks. There's 3 smoky greys, 2 greens, 2 browns and 2 warm purples. all with one dark and one light tone. All shadows have shimmer to them and are decently pigmented.
There is also a shimmer eye creme in white, which i dont like, then again i dont like creme shadows as they crease like hell. But it is good for using as a cheek highlighter!

A black eyeliner pencil which was well pigmented and seems to last well.
The brushes included are useless, i dont know why they bother!...they could have fitted in some other products for the wasted space that the brushes take up.
The blusher and bronzer i think are the same shades as in the studio blusher and bronzer compact and i think the blusher shade is candid coral...which i already have and love. The bronzer makes a good contour powder for pale skin and a decent bronzer for warmer skin tones.
The face powder is a warm shade, not very useful for me as im too pale for it. But it feels nice and isn't chalky.
Its a good weekend away compact, but i might remove the lip colours and make my own pressed shadows to fit in instead!

Studio Translucent powder compact. Another fail for me....It looks great, a sleek black compact with the sponge in a separate tray to the side of the powder,a nice idea. But for some reason when i apply it it ISNT translucent, it darkens on my skin. So after touching up my make up i see my nose forehead and chin are darker than the rest of my skin, not a good look. This is the only translucent powder to ever do this on my skin. I expect it from a powder which says it has a colour..like light, medium etc. But from a translucent it shouldn't appear on the skin as any colour. Real shame as i really like the packaging, so handy for popping in my bag with its large mirror and sanitary separation of sponge and powder.

So thats that for now...i have some more things from ELF but im still trying them out!


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Sakara said...

Thanks Sarah! ill check out your blog now!