Until today, the only product I've ever tried was the All-Over Color Stick, and that was gifted to me in a holiday Secret Santa exchange. Admittedly, as a cream eyeshadow, this stuff stinks, but it does make a pretty good primer for other shadows. It can also make an ok highlighter if you're in a pinch and want a little extra sparkle to your look.
I decided to bite the bullet today so while I was in Target, I made three small purchases. For a grand total of $10, I picked up the following:
- Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder (here)
- Studio Cream Eyeliner in Black (here)
- Studio Powder Brush (here)
We'll start with the blush/bronzer duo.
The bronzer is VERY dark. There's also very little sparkle that I saw.
Next up is the cream eyeliner. I'm mostly a crayon girl, but I think that's only because I'm so comfortable with crayon liners. I like to smudge a thicker, dark line across my lids, and obviously cream liners don't lend themselves to this look very easily. So just out of apathy I've avoided all gel and cream eyeliners. Until now, that is.
The E.L.F. cream liner comes with a small applicator brush. This is actually really helpful in getting that little winged flick that is ideal with gel lined eyes. I just have to be careful not to lose in my makeup bag! It's smaller than my finger!
And lastly, the Studio Powder brush:
The brush is surprisingly good for the price. It's sleek and professional looking, and the bristles are so soft! We're talking fur coat kind of soft. It's one of the least abrasive brushes I've ever owned. I haven't had the opportunity yet to use it when contouring my face, but I'll give a whirl first thing tomorrow morning when applying my slap. Naturally, if it fails to meet my expectations, you'll read about it on this site :)
Do you have any experience with E.L.F.? What is your take on the brand?