E.L.F. is a makeup brand I recently tried. I know, I think the name is a little strange too, but at least you’ll remember it! I tried it because I frequently read about it here. At first, I was skeptical. I mean, make up that was $3? With that pricing, it sounded to me like it’d be geared towards teeny boppers. Fun flashy colors for low prices, but not necessarily great quality. But, then I left my bronzer in a hotel, and had just the perfect excuse to go shopping for make-up. I mean yes, I just went out to replace the bronzer, but somehow when I left Target I had managed to stash bronzer, powder, eye shadow, brushes, lip gloss, and nail polish in my basket. Target: 1 Lisa: 0.
I knew I did not want to get the same bronzer I’d had. I didn’t like the form that my last bronzer was in. I had the kind with all the little balls of slightly different shades in one container. It never worked that great in my opinion. On top of that, I couldn’t remember the shade of bronzer I had been using, and since I may fall more in to the “porcelain” skin category than year-long-bronzed-beauty category, this was a more serious decision than it may be for you. Also, I had just gotten back from a beach trip and was actually tanner than I normally am mid-January. I decided that instead of trying to guess what shade of tan (ok, fine- beige!) I was, I’d get a couple shades of E.L.F. to find out what shade I was during this transition phase of my life. That way, I could get a shade darker than I would normally try to go with my current tan, but also get a lighter shade that I would inevitably have to switch back to in like 3 days. (Seriously, I’m ready for summer.) Also, then I could try this new brand and see what the deal was, and get multiple colors all for the low price of $5. Since I was in that section, I also bought 2 brushes from their display, just because they were a great price, and I’m not convinced you need super fancy make up brushes. Then I decided that since I was already trying out brushes, powders, and bronzers, I might as well go all in and grab a lip gloss. I mean, who doesn’t need like 10 at a time? So, I tossed in a pink lip gloss.
So the loot:
2 shades of bronzer- $3 each
2 applicator brushes- $1 each (!!!)
1 lipgloss (Don’t remember the exact price, but probably $2-$3)
Total price = About $10-$11
Not. Bad. At. All.
And, I like it all! I was very surprised. The shades I picked, Light Beige and Sun Kissed are pretty decent matches depending on how pale/tan I am in the moment. Although, I would categorize the Light Beige as more of a powder than a bronzer just because it’s so light. I’m honestly not very picky about what brushes I use to apply make-up, but they feel soft and are working just fine. I like that they’re only $1, because for some reason I am always losing them, so I stocked up on a couple to always have some on hand. The lip gloss is still in my purse, and I like the applicator style of that too. It’s a long, skinny tube instead of the short fat ones. I don’t like those little ones because I never screw on the caps tight enough so lip gloss oozes in my purse. Not a fan. Plus, I always end up putting on too much. But, this cap stays on, so the tube never has that sticky feeling, and it doesn’t go on thick. However, I am not as much a connoisseur of lip gloss as Jessica is, so I would always go with her advice on lip gloss. I’m more of a chapstick/Burt’s Bees type girl, but I have been using this lately- so that’s something.